What Is Going to Be on Your Thanksgiving Table?

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This post is for all my American readers who will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday.  Are you ready? What is going to be on your table this year? I have a few Thanksgiving table setting ideas for you from table cloths to place cards.

Thanksgiving table setting idea

I am ready… sort of. :-)

I have hosted Thanksgiving at my house for 23 years which has given me a lot of experience.  I have developed a method to get all that needs to be done, done before Wednesday when I don’t want to be running to a crowded grocery store.

This will be the second year that I will not be hosting a huge gathering. I enjoyed it when we would have a large number around the table every year, but as the years have gone by and the older generation are no longer with us, the seats needed around the table are less. I am looking forward to when those empty seats are filled once again, but with grandchildren. I have to wait a few years for that scenario, though.. xoxo :-)

This week I am in preparation mode and getting things planned out for the day and ready to go.  Since I like to see pretty, setting the table is where I always start my preparations.

Thanksgiving table setting and decorating ideas. Autumn and fall decor.

I have posted many table settings over the years. The one that I did last year is one of my favorites. I am going to do the same thing again this year.  If you are in search for Thanksgiving table setting ideas, I have gathered all of mine and created a page where you can easily find them. It is here:  15+ Thanksgiving Ideas

Open kitchen shelves

I no longer have fancy china since we sold it all when we moved.  I prefer to keep things simple. My collection of three styles of everyday white dinnerware are very versatile… they look good on a casual table or a fancy one.

Organizing behind the scenes

All my French White baking and serving pieces that will go from oven to the table are also white.

As far as what I serve for dinner, I stick with my tried and true recipes every year as tradition reigns BIG TIME at my house. We usually brine the turkey a few days beforehand in a cooler, then roast it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day. This year I have a new roasting pan with a “V” rack.  Have you ever used one? Does it make the bird more tender or juicy? Here in the south, deep-frying the turkey is quite popular. I have never tasted a turkey or cooked a turkey that has been deep-fried, have you?

I make my mom’s stuffing recipe that is soooo good. It is mostly butter, bread and onions… what is not to like, right?  We don’t stuff the turkey with it, I bake it separately.


For years I always made Campbell’s String Bean Casserole recipe that is made with mushroom soup and French’s Fried Onions mixed in. But in our quest to eat somewhat healthy, I stopped making it. Now, I simply steam green beans and toss in slivered almonds and add some season salt. – No complaints from anyone.

Baked Mozzarella Orzo Recipe

There is always a big bowl of whipped potatoes and gravy. I also make Mozzarella Orzo which has become a holiday favorite that I make for Thanksgiving as well as for Christmas dinner when we cook a beef tenderloin.

I buy frozen creamed corn and dinner rolls. Every year we try a new kind.  My house is one of those where we have to make sure to put the timer on so we don’t forget to take them out of the oven as we are about to sit down… a few years they burned.

For dessert we make Ed’s mom’s Pumpkin Pie recipe, which really isn’t a pumpkin pie since it uses a Butternut Squash, not pumpkin.


For those who don’t like the pie, like me, I always make Ina’s Apple Crisp... so good. Both desserts are usually topped with a big mound of whipped cream.

I know many like to eat early on Thanksgiving, but we always eat dinner around 5 ish… sometimes later if I didn’t gauge everything to be done at the same time. Since moving to the lake house this is no longer a problem since we have a double oven.

Besides the table setting and food, there are few more things that happen every year. Watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade and then football games are on all day. After dinner, we gather around the TV to watch Home Alone or Home Alone 2. It is our way to ring-in the Christmas season. We have seen the movies so many times we recite the lines before the actors do. “KEVIN!!!”  :-)

Once Thanksgiving Day is over it will be full-throttle into Christmas mode for me. On Wednesday of this week, I will be sharing a way to display your families Christmas memories.  So stay tuned.

What traditions do you do every year with your family on Thanksgiving?

I hope whatever your family does for the day, that you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day.

For all my non-American readers. I hope you have a terrific Thursday this week.

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  1. I’m with you! Never want to make a Green Bean Casserole again. Too salty, too soft and I did not bake it as long as directed. I like a bit of crunch! I should have listened to you!

  2. Have a Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving!!!

    My eight pups are a little sad that it decided to rain all day, but we’re blessed with a warm house and food and love, so we are happy!

  3. Diane, for more than 30 years I have been hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 33 or more family members. I discovered long ago to never have someone bring a main dish or drink, only desserts or appetizer just in case they forget, dinner is all set. Traditional roasted turkey, stuffing, ( i cooked one stuffed 25lb turkey the day before) mashed potatoes, gravy, oven roasted vegetables ( brusselsprouts, carrots, asparagus, butternut squash, sweat potatoes) baby perl onions dinner rolls, olives and pickles. We usually moved most of our furniture to the garage or front porch and set up tables so everyone could sit together. This year we have relocated and it will be only 5 of us. I am so looking forward to this but worried that i only know how to cook for a large group. Well leftovers are delish right. The highlight, having each guest at the table announce what they were thankful for this year. Wishing you and your family a happy thanksgiving.

    1. Hi Gail –

      You are making my mouth water. YUM-O!!! Are you going to whip any of it into a puree for the littlest member of the family? There will be 5 of us around the table, too. I hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. My daughter, SIL and the SIX grandkids come home once a year – at Thanksgiving. So my siblings (brothers) and their spouses all come to my house for a feast of ‘sit and eat where you can’ since I don’t really have seating for that many folks. It will be loud and the forks will fly – but I know everyone will be satisfied and there will be lots of conversation. Time was that we had the meal at my parents or in-laws. But, alas, they are all gone now. The years really get away from us.

  5. Well, Diane, I am a grandma but with only one grandchild. My gathering will be quite small in numbers but big on tradition – turkey, sausage stuffing (I don’t put my dressing in the turkey ever) mashed potatoes w/giblet gravy, glazed sweet potatoes, green beans w/ham, homemade pumpkin pie for my daughter and homemade apple pie for my son-in-law and granddaughter. We are blessed, although we are small. My son will be working on Thu, but we will get together with his family on Sunday – so 2 Thanksgiving dinners – I’ll have to pass on a lot of those carbs!

  6. Here in Tennessee we have turkey, dressing, gravy, ham, green beans, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, fruit salad, deviled eggs and rolls. And of course for the chocolate lovers chocolate cream pie, brownies and pumpkin pie. Aren’t we blessed?
    Thank you and wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I’m now a grandma to little ones, and my parents are still with us too, so we have a full table. However in the day to day, we usually only have four of us around for dinner. That’s when I notice the empty chairs. Often though we have a good friend of ours with us on Thanksgiving who is single and has no family, but he’ll be with other friends this year. We will have a good friend of my parents with us though and that will be nice. We love to open our home to those who need a place to be a part of a celebration.

  8. Would you consider sharing your mom’s dressing recipe? I am Southern so I love the traditional cornbread dressing, but always look for new recipes.

    1. Hi LaFawne –

      I can give you the ingredients, but my mom made the stuffing without needing a recipe. She did write down what she used and the steps for me one year, but seasoning is to taste. I have never made it as delish as my mom did.

      You will need: 3 bags of soft bread cubes. If you can’t find them, you can cut up soft white bread into cubes. 2 cups of chopped yellow onion, 2 cups chopped celery, 3 sticks of butter. 2-3 small cans of College Inn Chicken Broth. Don’t get the garlic flavored or low fat. The original is the one to use.

      Place soft bread cubes in a baking pan. Set aside. Melt butter, onions, and celery in a pan until they are soft. Pour over bread cubes and mix well to coat the bread cubes. Add the chicken broth a little at a time to the bread cube mixture until the mixture is wet, mushy, and heavy. Mix well. Add Poultry Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Cover pan tightly with foil. Cook for one hour at 350 degrees. 15 minutes before it is done, remove foil so top can get browned. It is the College Inn Broth that adds the best flavor.

      Happy Thanksgiving

  9. Those empty chairs….sigh Now my his is too I’ll to go out of have a lot of visitors.
    Just three of us here. We’ll watch a parade though…read the papers with all
    the ads. Dinner about four. Maybe make a few phone calls. Write out Christmas
    cards. Safe and happy holidays to all.

  10. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanks giving day, sounds amazing Diane…have fun and enjoy and most of all, count your blessing…much love and good wishes from the UK…xx

  11. My husband and I are foreign transplants here and did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving. Our children however are American, so we wanted to create a tradition for them that they will enjoy now and remember for a lifetime. Since they’re out of school and my husband and I are off for most of the week, we take an annual Thanksgiving trip. Two of our absolutely favorite Thanksgiving trips were to Disney, and Universal. This year we’re going to Busch Gardens. It’s far from the norm but we enjoy spending time together, exploring new places, and going on thrilling rides.

    Our kids are now 8 and 9. This is something I hope to continue for many more years, perhaps with in-laws and grandchildren.

  12. I just wish we could have a sit down, pass the dishes kind of Thanksgiving like I did when I was a young child. Just gramma, aunties and my mom and siblings. We even had to pass the same direction. All of use could see each other and it was wonderful. Now the average of 30 or more, not going to happen. It’s grab a chair where you can, at the counter, dining table or couch. I’ll bring the green bean casserole and broccoli with wild rice, plus a couple other items I don’t want to miss out on, like cranberries, olives. I love that part. It will be nice to be with family since I don’t get to see them more than a couple times a year. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Diane.

  13. Oh my awesome decor!!! You always seem to amaze me!!! Thank you for sharing and May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving

  14. In Texas fried turkeys are very popular. Popeyes restaurants actually take orders for them in advance.
    Those have always been moist and delicious with just the right amount of spices.
    If you have a work celebration the person springing for the Popeyes fried turkey always has the
    easiest “dish” to bring and there were never any leftovers to have to take home.

  15. Deep fried turkey, to me, tasted more like ham then turkey. Happy Thanksgiving Diane.