Does preparing the big feast feel like a huge feat? We know it can be overwhelming (even for us). So we dug through our archives to bring you an easy-to-follow game plan, complete with classic Real Simple Thanksgiving recipes and delicious variations. We’ve included everything from menu ideas, wine pairing suggestions, and, of course, there will be dessert. You’ll find a streamlined shopping list, a preparation checklist and 100 simple recipes. Whether this is your first time hosting thanksgiving or your fifteenth, we’ve got ideas and solutions to make this year’s biggest food holiday one you’ll truly be grateful for.
A couple of tips to get you started. First, get organized. Plan your menu in advance and know how many people you’re planning on hosting. Then, take stock of your pantry. This is a great time to go through your cupboards and see what you have and what you might need. Got two bags of solidified brown sugar? Time to toss those and get a fresh box. Next, make a shopping list and stick to it—this isn’t the time to splurge on pumpkin shaped cookies! (We’ve got better dessert ideas anyway). And remember to delegate when and where you can.