thanksgiving table decorations

Domestic Goddess 101: Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

November 17, 2020

Is 2020 your year for Thanksgiving dinner? Do you need some entertaining ideas and tips? Don’t fret, you’re not alone! I’ve gone ahead and gathered together some helpful tips and tricks for the big day. Whether it’s your first Thanksgiving dinner at home, or you’re eighth, these Thanksgiving dinner ideas are sure to be hit with your guests. Bonus-you’ll be less stressed too, I promise!

So, where do we start?

Don’t Go Crazy on your Thanksgiving Menu

It’s always tempting to create an inspiration board of ideas and try to incorporate each one into your gathering. Instead, select a color palette that works with your environment and add a handful of ideas from your board. Tabletops already have plenty going on, so keep it simple.

When you’re planning for Thanksgiving dinner ideas, it’s easy to think that you’ll have all this extra time on your hands. Many of us think it’s the perfect time to create an insane, farm to table, handmade, gluten-free, healthy meal that makes you the talk of the town. But if there’s anything we’ve learned from 2020, it’s not to get your hopes up. Even the most seasoned home cooks use some items that speed up the process and make it easier. With that in mind, decide ahead of time what you want to make from scratch. Don’t forget the options that can be purchased from the store and add just homemade touches. Remember that guests will want to bring an item with them too. Consider this your carte blanche for that dish you don’t have time to make, or heck, want to make.

Carmen Santorelli Photography

Write It All Down

Break your Thanksgiving menu into three parts: appetizers, dinner, and dessert. List out your must-haves for each, regardless of whether it’s a store-bought item, a dish you make, or something your Aunt brings every year.

Now, after you’ve got a list of Thanksgiving dinner ideas for appetizers and the main event, check to see if there are any dietary restrictions. If so, evaluate your list to see if there is an easy ingredient swap you can make to allow everyone to enjoy. Mind you; this definitely doesn’t have to be every dish. A general rule of thumb for hosting those with allergies is to have at least one dish from each section that all can enjoy. No one, and I mean, no one, enjoys having a food allergy. Many times, guests can be a little wary of accepting invitations when they know they’re going to be stuck without much to eat all day. If the shoe were on the other foot, wouldn’t you appreciate a dish made with you in mind? I know I would!

Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving dinner ideas, from prep the week before, to the day of. If you’re in a hurry, check out this article from Style Me Pretty in the meantime. And yes, recipes are coming!

  1. […] can enjoy. If you’d like more information about my Thanksgiving dinner planning and design, this is where you need to go. Updated daily, you’ll find lots of advice on how to make […]

  2. This actually is definitely helpful post. With thanks for the passion to present this kind of helpful suggestions here. Dody Boony Frodeen

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



auras biggest dreams for the year to come





WHY we're the perfect match


Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way. 


If there is anything that we wish could come true, it would be that we could go back and relive that day again...with Kim at our side every time. By the end of our wedding Kim was more than our wedding planner, but a trusted friend who will always remain dear to us.

SHE is capable of any
and everything

warm wordS


To say Kim planned our wedding would be an understatement. She crafted an experience that was a true reflection of us, executed with artistry and grace. She didn't just make our dream wedding come true—she made it into a reality we could have never even dreamed of.


warm wordS