30+ Thanksgiving Recipes, DIYs, & Hostess Gifts

Thanksgiving is almost here (wasn’t it just Halloween?) and then Christmas will be here, and then …

OK, before we get too immersed in the holiday season, let’s focus on Thanksgiving plans. Our goal? Eat (or serve) recipes that aren’t only delicious, but easy to prepare, too. We’ve hosted many Friendsgivings with you along the years, so we’re going to share decor tips we’ve learned along the way and some simple craft ideas. And even though hosting plans may be a little different this year, we’ve included a few gift ideas (we love porch drop-off right now). So, grab a cozy drink (like this Nutella hot chocolate ) and keep scrolling!

Sweet potato crème brûlée isn’t just amazing—it’s also easy to serve. Toasting the marshmallows is the best part.

Need another sweet potato dessert option? Try this pie topped with boozy marshmallows.

It’s hard not to put cranberries on everything because they’re just … so good. This salad is the right amount of healthy with the creamiest dressing.

Making a turkey this year? Click here to read Emma’s tips for a foolproof turkey and her turkey brine recipe.

You can make a batch of pecan pie sticky buns the night before and pop them in the oven for a Thanksgiving morning treat.

Turkey meatball quiche is another amazing recipe that’s perfect for breakfast leftovers!

If a veggie option sounds better, you should make lentil meatballs. Make an extra batch—these went fast when Emma made them.

Try to think of something cuter than a pumpkin martini with a tiny pie garnish … we dare you.

Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable and we love implementing it in recipes like in this casserole.

Elsie made this cheese tray years ago but we’re still obsessed.

Back on the cocktail train (and cranberry train, haha) with a sparkling Prosecco mimosa. Perfect for a brunch-themed Thanksgiving.

Another crowd pleaser? Cranberry Jello shots with rosemary garnish.

Elsie’s favorite fall desert? Pumpkin swirl slab pie. Holy moly, it’s good!

As you can see, we love our Brussels sprouts extra crispy. In fact, we just love Brussels sprouts. This easy recipe involves baking them and adding plenty of parmesan cheese.

Is it really a Thanksgiving roundup without green bean casserole? Short answer—no. This one is “extra” because it has macaroni in it, too.

Mmm … cranberry pie bars. Be sure to add a scoop of ice cream to your plate, too.

Slow cookers are a GODSEND. You can make a big batch of mashed potatoes ahead of time—so easy.

If you love beets (and their pretty color), you can add them to your potatoes. This recipe was so good!

Make a festive margarita with infused cranberry and oranges.

Moving on to decor and hosting, Emma’s Friendsgiving hosting tips are a must if you’re having guests over this year.

This felt leaf wall hanging is so cute—and easy to make. You could even write what you’re thankful for on each leaf.

Still loving this vibrant decor and the giant balloons from Friendsgiving a few years ago.

We also love this DIY garland if you want to decorate with gold accents.Mandarins aren’t just for snacking! You can make a festive wreath or an edible centerpiece with them, too.

These tin-punched votives give off the prettiest glow.

Omg. If you haven’t made a stove simmer before, you have to try one (or all!) of these “recipes” this season. They makes your home smell sooo good.

Love this simple idea! Add pumpkins to your table and use a paint pen to add the names of your guests.

This pretty white and gold wreath can be made with a few supplies from your local craft store.

We love these pumpkin pie place cards. Why is that cotton ball so cute?? 🙂

We love the splattered effect on these napkin rings that are made from oven-baked clay.

Yarn pumpkin garland—a Halloween and Thanksgiving decoration.

A few years ago, Emma made homemade butter for everyone to use on their rolls and take home. Pretty adorable, huh?

Make a set of acrylic glitter coasters for your host. So sparkly! You might want to make a set for yourself, too. 🙂

How cute are these eucalyptus hair wreaths?

You could buy a set of cheese knives for your host or you could make your own (wink wink) like Kara did here.

Tiny pumpkin pies can double as gifts when you wrap them in pretty fabric.

What about hostess gifts? A bottle of wine is always a good choice!

A set of recipe cards and a recipe box would make a cute gift, especially on Thanksgiving. We also love Emma’s recipe card box DIY.

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything, including homemade body scrub.

Everyone loves bath bombs, right? These are made with green tea and lemon essential oil.

If you haven’t made your own candles before, this is a simple tutorial to follow. We love that these are clean-burning and made with beeswax.

A thoughtful gift for any foodie—wooden trivets. You can feel the love when someone spends the time to make a gift like this. 🙂

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