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So You Want To Host Thanksgiving This Year? Here's How

This almost makes it too easy.
11/19/2015 02:43pm ET | Updated October 16, 2017
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So, you want to host Thanksgiving dinner this year? You’ve come to the right place.

Thanksgiving is the biggest culinary juggling act of the year. There are so many dishes that have to be made, most of them requiring multiple steps, that it can easily get overwhelming. You need to go into this holiday prepared, logistically and emotionally. We’re here to help.

Here’s the first thing you need to know: you got this. Absolutely, 100 percent, you are going to host a wonderful Thanksgiving. The fact that you actually want to host it proves this to be true.

The second thing you should know is that none of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes are actually hard to make. Time consuming? Yes. Difficult? No, as long as you’ve divided up your time wisely.

You just need the right recipes. Lucky for you, we have those.

If you’re going for a classic meal, turkey is number one. Then, you need to pick a stuffing ― decide whether or not you want to stuff the turkey. After that you’ll want mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and gravy. Don’t forget the gravy. And then there’s the pie ― you only really need one, but we think baking pumpkin AND pecan is awfully nice.

Here’s an important thing to remember: you don’t have to make it all yourself. Don’t be shy: ask other people to bring dishes.

The hardest part can be figuring out when to do what. We’re here to help with that ,too. We’ve put together an Ultimate Thanksgiving Day planner to make sure nothing is forgotten. Bookmark this, then live it, and win at hosting a killer Thanksgiving.

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