40 Thanksgiving Ideas & Recipes

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More than 40 Thanksgiving ideas and recipes, including desserts, table setting inspiration, Friendsgiving ideas, centerpieces, & more!

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Like all of you, over the years my family has developed holiday traditions, and our own special way of celebrating. Our family has grown, and we don’t all live in the same place any longer. Sometimes we’re together for Thanksgiving, and sometimes we’re not.

While some of us thrive on change, it’s very difficult for others. (I’m raising my hand!) No matter what your situation, making new traditions can help the “change” process along. You can add a new dessert recipe to the menu, mark your place settings with special tags, or if you are blessed to have kids around, make a festive banner. Read on for new tradition inspiration, and lots of Thanksgiving ideas!

Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving Day Snacks

If you serve Thanksgiving dinner later in the day, you might need some snacks to hold you over until the big meal! (To get the gift tag pictured above, plus many more, fill out the form at the end of the post!)

Thanksgiving Day Drink Ideas

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

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Thanksgiving Ideas: Centerpieces


Use this Thanksgiving planner to make the holiday easy for you, and so lovely for your family & friends. Includes planning and organization pages, turkey tips, a Thanksgiving prayer, and more.

More Thanksgiving Ideas

Give Thanks Banner

To get the banner pictured above, just fill out the form at the end of this post. It’s in the same collection that includes all the gift tags! **Please note: if you are already an OSP email subscriber, go ahead and fill out the form below. I will send the download straight to your inbox. My email company makes sure you won’t have duplicate subscriptions.

A Family Favorite

Now I want to share one my family’s favorite dishes. It’s a set-in-stone tradition for Thanksgiving Day, and sometimes it reappears at Christmas. It’s the classic Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe. If you’ve had it, you know how good it is…and if you haven’t, you are in for a treat! This corn casserole recipe can be thrown together in under 10 minutes, and it cooks evenly every time. The only tip I have is to plan your oven space, and make sure you have room for this to cook for about an hour, right before you plan to eat. Our family would never, ever take this off of our Thanksgiving menu!

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  1. Susan McKim says:

    I’m definitely going to make this corn recipe for Christmas this year! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas. Have a beautiful holiday season.

  2. Love the Jiffy Corn Casserole. Have it yearly, and maybe more often. Thank you for all you do, your printable items, the recipes, and the pep talks. May you and yours have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

  3. Giving thanks for YOU Ann! The world is such a difficult place to be right now, I appreciate the inspiration to create a thankfulness celebration. The ideas you’ve shared are simple and doable, and as always BEAUTIFUL. God bless you and your loved ones.

  4. Maureen Provost Ryan says:

    Dear Ann, You have outdone yourself on this blog post! So complete and comprehensive. It just shows how generous you are! Have a great Thanksgiving this year. The cornbread casserole is a real favorite in our family and is requested for most gatherings! Thanks SO much!

  5. Lorri Rauscher says:

    Thanks Ann for the wealth of information on this blog. 💕 You have been a busy lady complling all these great ideas. Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends from Canada.

  6. Tracy R Rathbone says:

    Get tips and ideas Ann, thanks so much for the information.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipes. These look delicious We made your daughter’s pumpkin snickerdoodle cupcakes for a shower brunch a couple of weeks ago and they were delicious. We put the candy pumpkins on top because pumpkins were sort of our theme for the baby shower brunch.

  8. Wow! A wealth of wonderful ideas, beautiful photos and great recipes. Fabulous post.

  9. Thank You for all recipes , deco ideas and all the wonderful prints you have. Thank You for Thanksgiving now instead of doing Christmas so soon. Love your web site.

  10. Elizabeth Anne says:

    WONDERFUL! Post always put together so well I enjoy every one of your special posts! I will be making the “Corn Casserole” for Thanksgiving.

  11. I love this entire post, Ann, it’s so beautifully put together! Thanks for sharing the recipes, tips and inspiring photos. Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Norma Rolader says:

    Yum Yum and precious ideas and tips so thankful for you