Use these delicious Thanksgiving menu ideas to plan your holiday dinner this year. Includes a FREE printable menu template and cooking schedule to help you stay organized!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Food is definitely my love language and I love to be able to dedicate a day to making all of my family’s favorites. My kids also enjoy being my little helpers for the day. Some of the best memories are made in the kitchen!
If you need a little inspiration when planning your Thanksgiving menu this year, check out the list below. It includes our all-time favorite Thanksgiving appetizers, entrees, side dishes and desserts. Most of these are super easy, delicious and can even be prepped in advance.
I also created a free printable Thanksgiving menu template and cooking schedule (download below) to help you stay organized. Things get super busy this time of year, so planning ahead can make all the difference. I hope this helps makes your turkey day a success!
I like to serve a few small appetizers to start off the meal. Nothing too big…you don’t want your guests to get full before the main course. I usually always set out a big fruit and veggie platter for guests to snack on. It’s a lighter option and includes a little something for everyone!
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
A creamy cheese ball coated in bacon pieces, Chex cereal and pecans. Full of flavor and has the perfect crunch.
This easy, fall beverage favorite will be a delicious option this Thanksgiving when entertaining your family and friends! Enjoy all the best flavors of fall with this amazing Thanksgiving punch for a crowd!
Now for the main event! Roasted turkey is traditionally served at Thanksgiving dinner, although I have to admit that I actually prefer a baked ham. Sometimes I make both if I have the time. Next come the Thanksgiving side dishes. There are so many delicious options to choose from, but these are my absolute favorites. Some are cheesy, creamy and all things in between.
Oven Roasted Turkey
Juicy and tender oven roasted turkey stuffed with fresh herbs and coated in a flavorful garlic butter. This delicious dish will become the star of your holiday dinner table!
These lion house rolls are hands-down my very favorite homemade roll recipe! Soft, fluffy and have a nice buttery taste. Perfect for the holidays or anytime you want an amazingly, delicious roll with dinner!
Fresh pear salad filled with mixed greens, juicy sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, feta cheese and topped with a balsamic dressing. This is the perfect salad to serve at your holiday dinner this year!
Raspberry jello pretzel salad is a little sweet, a little salty and a LOT of deliciousness! The cream cheese mixture and salted pretzel crust mixed with the raspberry jello is the absolute perfect combination.
Celebrate the holidays with this delicious homemade apple cranberry pie. Filled with caramelized cinnamon apples and cranberries and a flaky, golden pie crust. There is fresh fruit flavor in every bite!
To help plan out your meal, download this free printable Thanksgiving menu template, cooking schedule and shopping list. The document is editable so that you can create your own menu and type in your favorite dishes. This would also make a great addition to your Thanksgiving table setting. Place a copy of the menu on each plate so that your guests know what’s in store for the big day.
Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.