Putting together a Thanksgiving feast is all about the planning. Stay organized and keep track of the foods and accessories you need with our ultimate Thanksgiving checklist. From dinner and dessert to cooking accessories and decorations, host a memorable meal with family and friends for a holiday gathering that will warm your hearts.

Start with delicious appetizers

From tasty bites to creamy dips, there’s nothing like fresh Thanksgiving appetizers to start the celebration. These easy dishes are sure to satisfy.

  • Cornbread
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Chips and spinach dip
  • Veggies and dip
  • Salad
  • Apple chips
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Deviled eggs

Impress with Thanksgiving dinner and side dishes

From colorful sides to traditional turkey, make sure there’s something for everyone at the table. Gobble up the mashed potatoes, pass the green bean casserole, and cherish the ones you’re spending the holiday with. To make the most of your Thanksgiving feast, check all these items off your list!

  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Green bean casserole
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Rolls
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper

Enjoy easy Thanksgiving drinks

Whether you’re enjoying a refreshing glass of cider or a fall-themed cocktail, fill up your cup with something good this Thanksgiving! Here are our favorites.

  • Cider
  • Wine
  • Sparkling cranberry juice
  • Coffee and tea

Leave room for dessert

Of course, the turkey and mashed potatoes are the center of attention, but Turkey Day isn’t complete without a variety of desserts. Remember, the best things in life are sweet!

  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pecan pie
  • Apple pie
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit
  • Cookies

Have all your cooking tools handy

When the big day rolls around, you want your food to come out just right! Stock up on these cooking accessories to make prepping simple and fool-proof.

  • Carving board and carving set
  • Roasting pan and roasting rack
  • Turkey lifters, baster, mixer, scraper, and measuring utensils
  • Saucepans and pots
  • Whisk, spatula, turner, and vegetable peeler
  • Baking sheet and cooling rack
  • Mixing bowls and pie dish
  • Basting brush, rolling pin, and strainer
  • Coffee maker and tea pot
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Don’t forget the tableware essentials

Set up in style for the ultimate feast! From utensils to the gravy boat, organize your table with a festive Thanksgiving flair. Be sure you have the following.

  • Casserole dishes, plates, and bowls
  • Knives, forks, and spoons
  • Drinking glasses and coasters
  • Napkins
  • Trivets and hot pads
  • Gravy boat
  • Water pitcher, wine decanter, and ice bucket 

Get festive with Thanksgiving décor

Warm up your home — especially your dining room — with fall-friendly décor. From rich colors to warm autumn tones, highlight everything you love about the season.

  • Candles  
  • Centerpiece
  • Linens
  • Napkin rings and napkin holders

Now that you have the ultimate checklist, all that’s left to do is prep! Don’t forget to browse our Thanksgiving collection for thoughtful gifts like festive floral arrangements and gourmet treats.


Nicole DiGiose is a lifestyle writer who serves as an editor and writer for 1-800-Flowers. Previously, she's been published in Electronic Products, EE Times, Chilled Magazine, and local newspapers based in her hometown.

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