I am SO excited for Thanksgiving this year. I’ll be hosting some of my family from out of town and I have grown to LOVE hosting Thanksgiving over the past few years. I used to just think Thanksgiving was fine, nothing that special. I liked the mashed potatoes and the parade but really I could take it or leave it. I think I love it so much now because I don’t get to see family as often so it feels extra special when we do. That, and I really love hosting because I get to geek out over choosing the dinner menu and setting the table. So… as I’m sitting here pouring over which recipes to make, I decided I should share some of our tried and true favorites, and some that I’m hoping to try this year from other sites! Prepare yourself for a visual feast! (PUN TOTALLY INTENDED.)
These cranberry & feta pinwheels are so easy but look fancy and taste AMAZING!
This sounds like the most delicious veggie dip ever – and it’s definitely the most beautiful veggie platter ever! From All Things Thrifty.
This light and refreshing pomegranate apple salad is a MUST.
This Chicken Ramen Salad from Over The Big Moon is one of my favorites ever. It’s a little bit sweet and just so amazing.
Okay, I don’t love cranberry sauce but this Cranberry Fluff Salad from Tastes Better From Scratch looks RIGHT up my alley!
These slow cooker ranch potatoes are amazing AND you can just let the crockpot do the work while you are cooking everything else!
Cheesy mashed potato casserole with bacon from Baking Beauty – looks absolutely heavenly!
I love when I can use the slow cooker for sides because the oven is doing a lot of other work for Thanksgiving! This slow cooker sweet potato casserole from Baking Beauty is perfection.
Funeral potatoes, or cheesy potato casserole, is literally the one thing I look forward to eating most each Thanksgiving!
I really like the idea of savory sweet potatoes! These from baked parmesan sweet potatoes from Lil Luna look AMAZING!
These bacon wrapped potatoes with dill sauce? Heaven.
I love cornbread stuffing, and this cornbread and sausage stuffing from Delicious meets Healthy is calling my name!
MAC & CHEESE
The best ever truffle mac & cheese…. with hand grated white cheddar. This sounds AMAZING! From Meg O. on the Go
This Best Ever Homemade Mac & Cheese from Foodie Crush is making my mouth water!
These Pomegranate Roasted Carrots with Brown Butter and Feta from How Sweet Eats look so amazing. I have them on my menu for this year!
Oh my gosh. Cheesy Cauliflower Au Gratin from I Wash You Dry looks incredible!
Balsamic and brown sugar glazed carrots. 1000 times yes, you guys.
This quick & easy Green Bean Casserole is a staple!!
If you want a simple veggie – steam some broccoli with the best broccoli seasoning ever.
I literally can’t say no to classic, fluffy dinner rolls. Love this recipe from Lil Luna!
Homemade Sparkling Cider (like Martinelli’s!)
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