Your guide to the ultimate Thanksgiving Day gathering


Your guide to the ultimate Thanksgiving Day gathering

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If you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving and are wondering whether or how you will survive, pause a moment, take a deep breath and let us walk you through it with this comprehensive guide. We include recipe ideas for everything from sweet and savory sides and appetizers to desserts and, of course, the bird itself for a spread that will leave them begging you to host again next year.

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HellaWella favorite Smarty Had a Party recommends you refrigerate this red wine sangria at least 24 hours before you serve, to give the flavors a chance to mingle.

Smarty Had a Party

Here are 12 more drinks to consider serving your guests on the big day.

12 drinks to get you through Thanksgiving


Sides & appetizers



We admit it: It wasn't the bacon in this stuffing recipe from A Beautiful Mess that got our attention. It was the bourbon. Just two tablespoons adds an extra layer of flavor to the already savory dish.


Your guests are going to want to stuff their faces with any of the 17 recipes featured here.

17 stuffing recipes


Green beans

Whether it's green bean casserole or any of the remaining 12 recipes featured here, you'll definitely want to include this timeless favorite as part of the Thanksgiving spread.




This may not be the first veggie that comes to mind when you're planning you Thanksgiving menu, but don't count it out! You can never have too many sides, let alone vegan- and vegetarian-friendly ones. Here are 11 delicious recipes that many of your dinner guests may be thankful for.

11 broccoli recipes


Brussels sprouts

When it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes, the Brussels sprout is a classic. It also tends to get a bum rap for being boring or yucky, but these 17 mouthwatering recipes are about to challenge your taste buds. Are you up for it?

17 Brussels sprouts recipes