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The Perfect Thanksgiving: 8 Thanksgiving Menu Ideas + 5 DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

By: Rachel Bernstein, Editor,

Everyone always dreams of putting together the best Thanksgiving experience for their family. But how do you actually create The Perfect Thanksgiving? With these 8 Thanksgiving Menu Ideas, plus 5 DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces, you'll be off to a great start.

The Perfect Thanksgiving:
8 Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Marsala Whipped Sweet PotatoesCranberry Pumpkin Coffee CakeHoliday Stuffed Turkey
5 DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Roast Turkey with Mushroom Stuffing - Find out how to make one of the best birds on the block with this simple yet delicious Thanksgiving turkey recipe. Plus there are instructions on how to make a tasty mushroom stuffing to pair with your poultry. Yum!

Roast Turkey with Mushroom Stuffing


Holiday Stuffed Turkey - This awesome Thanksgiving dinner recipe is not your traditional holiday dish.  If you want to serve something a bit unexpected this year, try out this stuffed turkey recipe that features a pocket of onions, spinach, mushrooms and cashews.  This is Thanksgiving turkey recipe is anything but boring!

Holiday Stuffed Turkey


Creamy Green Bean Casserole - Green bean casserole is one of those Thanksgiving dinner staples, but this year you can spice things up a bit with a delicious twist on the traditional dish.  This easy green bean casserole recipe is creamy and cheesy and topped with a crunchy corn flake mixture, making it a surprising and delightful addition to your holiday table.


Creamy Green Bean Casserole


Marsala Whipped Sweet Potatoes - Light and fluffy and oh-so-comforting, this yummy sweet potato dish is one your guests will be raving over this Thanksgiving.  The other great thing about this recipe, besides the fact that it's delicious?  It can also be made a day in advance, making your day-of prep work that much easier!

Marsala Whipped Sweet Potatoes


Porcini Mushroom Gravy - Don't leave your turkey out in the cold!  This creamy gravy recipe pairs perfectly with turkey and also stuffing to create a truly delicious holiday feast.  Homemade gravy recipes are what set a good Thanksgiving dinner apart from a great Thanksgiving dinner, so make yours outstanding with this awesome mushroom gravy!

Porcini Mushroom Gravy


Cranberry Pumpkin Coffee Cake - You may not associate coffee cake with Thanksgiving, but once you taste this dreamy dessert you may just change your mind!  Featuring the best flavors of the season, this sweet treat is a must-have for your Thanksgiving table this year. 

Cranberry Pumpkin Coffee Cake


Mama's Pumpkin Parfaits - If you think pumpkin pie is the only Thanksgiving dessert you need, think again!  This beyond simple recipe for pumpkin parfaits will have you convinced that there's more to the holiday than just your traditional pie. Sprinkled with cinnamon, ginger and cloves to give it a great fall flavor, this creamy, rich treat will be your new favorite Thanksgiving dinner tradition.

Mama's Pumpkin Parfaits


Secret Ingredient Sweet Potato Pie - Of all the Thanksgiving menu ideas we've shared here, this one may just be our favorite.  Made with an unexpected star ingredient, this sweet potato pie recipe is one that will surely wow the crowd.  Find out what makes this Thanksgiving pie truly outstanding by checking out the ingredients list. 

Secret Ingredient Sweet Potato Pie


Reader-Favorite Thanksgiving Decorations

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Coming from our friends at, here are some easy-to-make DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces to spruce up your holiday table.  You don't have to be a master crafter to create these charming table accents, so why not try making a few of your own homemade Thanksgiving decorations this year?  Your friends and family will be so impressed that you created the perfect Thanksgiving table completely on your own!

1) Autumn Harvest Centerpiece

2) Rustic Fall Vases

3) Air Freshener Turkey Centerpiece

4) Natural Gourd Bird

5) Autumn Harvest Basket



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