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If You're Hosting Thanksgiving This Year, Here's A Ton Of Really Good Ideas

Recipes, entertaining tips, and more!

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Thanksgiving is almost here, but that's definitely not news to you if you're cooking and hosting this year.

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Preparing what's basically the biggest meal of the year is no joke. Between getting all of the shit you need to actually making your home look like it belongs to a decent human person, there are so many details that it gets overwhelming in zero time. We rounded up a bunch of posts with amazing recipes, cooking hacks, and more so that all of your guests will think you're the next Martha Stewart — but better.

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1. 21 Big-Batch Cocktails To Get Your Family Drunk On Thanksgiving

I can't promise world peace, but I can guarantee that everyone will love sipping on this sweet, spiced fall sangria. Recipe here.
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I can't promise world peace, but I can guarantee that everyone will love sipping on this sweet, spiced fall sangria. Recipe here.

2. 29 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Will Make Turkey Irrelevant

This parmesan-crusted butternut squash galette means you can eat your vegetables and your carbs in one delicious bite. Recipe here.
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This parmesan-crusted butternut squash galette means you can eat your vegetables and your carbs in one delicious bite. Recipe here.

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Warning: Adults will probably clamor over these Oreo turkeys too. Recipe here.

4. 32 Vegan Recipes That Are Perfect For Thanksgiving

This vegan lentil Shepherd's Pie with parsnip potato mash will make you wonder why Shepherd's Pie wasn't vegan to begin with. Recipe here.
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This vegan lentil Shepherd's Pie with parsnip potato mash will make you wonder why Shepherd's Pie wasn't vegan to begin with. Recipe here.

5. 23 Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Make In A Crock Pot

Life pro tip: Make your sweet potatoes in a slow cooker to save so much room in your oven. Recipe here.
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Life pro tip: Make your sweet potatoes in a slow cooker to save so much room in your oven. Recipe here.

6. 18 Next-Level Thanksgiving Pies

IDK why no one has ever done this before, but this salted bourbon pecan pumpkin pie combines the best two Thanksgiving pies into one unbelievable dessert — plus booze. Recipe here.
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IDK why no one has ever done this before, but this salted bourbon pecan pumpkin pie combines the best two Thanksgiving pies into one unbelievable dessert — plus booze. Recipe here.

7. 17 Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Make Ahead Of Time

Make these triple herb dinner rolls the day before Thanksgiving, and eat happy on turkey day. Recipe here.
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Make these triple herb dinner rolls the day before Thanksgiving, and eat happy on turkey day. Recipe here.

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Some of us prefer starched, fluffy mashed potatoes, while others need theirs loaded up with garlic. Recipes for both (and more!) here.

9. 25 Delicious Stuffing Recipes For Thanksgiving

Caramelized onion and cornbread stuffing? Yes, please. Recipe here.
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Caramelized onion and cornbread stuffing? Yes, please. Recipe here.

10. 33 Recipes For A Paleo Thanksgiving

Yep, that bacon-wrapped turkey is paleo, and it's perfect for Thanksgiving. Recipe here.
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Yep, that bacon-wrapped turkey is paleo, and it's perfect for Thanksgiving. Recipe here.

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11. 17 Thanksgiving Mistakes Everybody Makes

If you've ever made a pumpkin pie that spilled over the sides, here's why: The filling puffs as it cooks, thanks to the eggs mixed in. This year, leave at least half an inch of crust above the filling so that there’s no messy spillover. Voilà!Get more tips here.
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If you've ever made a pumpkin pie that spilled over the sides, here's why: The filling puffs as it cooks, thanks to the eggs mixed in. This year, leave at least half an inch of crust above the filling so that there’s no messy spillover. Voilà!

Get more tips here.

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If you realize at 10 am on Thanksgiving day that you don't have a roasting rack, don't panic! DIY one out of foil based on the instructions here.

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For example, you need to dry your turkey, and dry it well!

14. 19 Charts For Anyone Hosting Thanksgiving This Year

Yes, one wine bottle per guest. You read that right.
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Yes, one wine bottle per guest. You read that right.

15. How To Host Thanksgiving For The First Time Ever (For Under $100)

Everything you need to know and more for first-timers!
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Everything you need to know and more for first-timers!

16. 27 Ways To Win Thanksgiving

Having a properly-cooked, juicy turkey is definitely a win.
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Having a properly-cooked, juicy turkey is definitely a win.

17. 17 Incredibly Helpful Charts For Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Emergency gravy!!! Know it. Love it.
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Emergency gravy!!! Know it. Love it.

18. 27 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips For The Laziest Host Of All Time

Boil your potatoes like a non-lazy person? Pshhh. Microwave those things instead!
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Boil your potatoes like a non-lazy person? Pshhh. Microwave those things instead!

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19. 17 Thanksgiving Tables That Are Goals AF

I see no reason *not* to buy all of the decorative pumpkins this holiday season.
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I see no reason *not* to buy all of the decorative pumpkins this holiday season.

20. 30 Cute And Clever Ways To Decorate For Thanksgiving

Writing menus on chalkboard chargers is practical and cute.
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Writing menus on chalkboard chargers is practical and cute.

21. 22 Things Every Lazy Party Host Needs

Using Kraft paper as a cheap tablecloth that you can write on = genius.
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Using Kraft paper as a cheap tablecloth that you can write on = genius.

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A handy dandy bench scraper will help you clear off all those scraps in no time.

23. 21 Fun And Original Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving-themed placemats. 'Nuff said. Download the free printable here.
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Thanksgiving-themed placemats. 'Nuff said. Download the free printable here.

24. 13 Things That'll Trick Guests Into Thinking You Have Your Shit Together

C'mon, only real adults host Thanksgiving and own a decanter. Get this fancy one here.
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C'mon, only real adults host Thanksgiving and own a decanter. Get this fancy one here.

Happy cooking!

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