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Party Plan: Thanksgiving

If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving, we’ve got some ways – both classic and new – for you to make it extra special and delicious!

Q&A: Turkey Brining

Is this the first year you plan on brining your Thanksgiving turkey? Or have you tried it before and wondered if there was a secret you missed out on? Maybe you’re just wondering if the extra effort really makes a difference.

Holiday Leftover Hand Pies

Now that all the guests are gone, whip up these easy hand pies using leftovers to make the most of your meal!

Mango Cranberry Sauce

Add a refreshing, unique flavor to your Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with mangos. An excellent alternative to the original!

Simple DIY Eucalyptus Wreath

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

I like to go all out with my holiday cooking and keep my decorations on the simple side. This DIY Eucalyptus Wreath uses only a few supplies and takes just a few minutes to make. When hung on the front door, it’s a nice way to welcome guests. It could even be used as part of a cool table centerpiece. One bunch of greenery will make several wreaths. Consider sending smaller versions home with your guests!

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Leaf Balloon Pop Game

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

All holidays need an extra “pop” of excitement and balloons filled with a bit of confetti or candy are just the thing. Play this pop-tastic game with friends and family, young and old. It might get a little rowdy, but it’s full of fun.

DIY Rustic Wood Flower Centerpiece

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

The Thanksgiving season means festive feasts with family and friends. Make the table even more inviting with a homemade, rustic floral centerpiece. Repurpose sticks from the backyard to create something of beauty that can be enjoyed for years. Because this centerpiece is made to fit over an existing flowerpot, it can be used over and over again. Just change the flowers out for a whole new look.

Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

‘Tis the season for enjoying moments with family and friends, sharing traditional foods together and – of course – giving thanks. This Thanksgiving, make the feast even more special by writing down the things you’re grateful for and then sharing them with each other around the holiday table.

Cranberry Citrus Punch

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Cranberries have always been a key part of Thanksgiving and now you can incorporate them into kid-friendly punch that’s easy to make right before the big feast. The cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice and lemon-lime soda make this non-alcoholic drink perfect for guests of all ages.

Pumpkin Lush Bars

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, swap the pumpkin pie for Pumpkin Lush Bars! Pumpkin pudding plus a thick cream cheese layer on top of a buttery crust and your taste buds will be doing flips.

Spiked Vegan Eggnog

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Eggnog is an incredibly flavorful and delicious beverage to share with friends and family around the holidays, but it’s rich in fat and sugar (no wonder it tastes so great)! While my family has been making the authentic version of eggnog ever since I was a small child, I began making a healthier version of the classic drink 3 years ago and have never gone back.

Cinnamon-Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Fresh, seasonal, vegetable-centric sides are a favorite in my family, as we’re all big on vegetables, and these types of dishes add color and flavor to the feast. This cinnamon-maple glazed Brussels sprouts and acorn squash dish is made simple on the stove top. While there are a few steps to preparing the dish, the basic premise behind the recipe is simple: use one skillet for all of the cooking.

Cinnamon Sugar Diced Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Skip the traditional sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving this year and try these cinnamon sugar diced sweet potatoes instead. They’re caramelized with coconut oil, sautéed with cinnamon and salt, then topped with a little cinnamon sugar and butter for the perfect sweet side dish.

Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, treat your family with a bright and colorful dish that delights the taste buds. With the combination of Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pecans and dried cranberries, a Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley will quickly become a family favorite.

Party Plan: Friendsgiving

Gather your closest pals for a feast of great food and fun! Whether you’re hosting or just bringing a dish to share, we’ve got some delicious ideas.

Mango Bellini

Treat your guests to a sweet and tangy drink to wash the winter blues away.

10 Tips to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

When it comes to entertaining, there are a few tricks I have up my sleeve. They’re simple but clever tips to remember to help you host with ease. You can easily adapt these to any entertaining situation. So read them, memorize them, and use them to make sure you host your best Friendsgiving dinner yet!

Pumpkin Ice Bucket

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

The holiday season is upon us, which means we’ll be hosting our family and friends often. Make your table extra festive with a Pumpkin Ice Bucket! It’s fast to make and adds such a fun touch to your bar area. Although I’m showing my ice bucket holding white wine, you can easily use it for soda, sparkling cider or champagne.

Friendsgiving Fringe and Watercolor Invitation DIY

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

We all know that Friendsgiving is all about spending time with loved ones, and of course, delicious food. So this usually has us focusing on recipes, shopping trips and coordinating dates and times to get everyone there. But how about taking a few minutes to pick up a few supplies from the grocery store, and inviting your guests in style (instead of a text message)? Follow this simple DIY to make fringe and watercolor invitations that will wow your guests.

Sparkling Cranberry-Lime Seltzer

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

There is something about a festive punch or a fancy glass filled with a colorful, fruity drink at a Thanksgiving get-together that sets the tone for the entire gathering. This easy-to-prepare non-alcoholic sparkling drink is a fun new way to feature cranberries at the holiday table, and one that everybody - young and old - can enjoy.

Paper Chain Photo Booth Backdrop

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

What’s the best part of the holidays besides the food? Taking photos! Photos with family, photos with friends, photos with everyone! Give your pictures a special pop with a paper chain backdrop. Paper chains are a cinch to make, use simple materials and can made in any color you want.

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Bowls

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

In order to ensure your vegan and vegetarian friends don’t leave Friendsgiving hungry, make these healthful and flavorful Thanksgiving Bowls. They’re vegan, gluten-free and are packed with all sorts of flavors and textures – including Thanksgiving favorites like wild rice, roasted sweet potato, green beans, candied pecans and even cranberry sauce. It makes for a festive entrée and ensures those who don’t eat meat aren’t left out of the celebration. I like the idea of adding garbanzo beans for a plant-based protein source, roasting them with spices to spruce them up.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onion

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Start a new side dish tradition this holiday season and serve these tasty roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and onion. They are quick and easy to make, which will free up time to spend with family and friends. The secret to this delicious side dish lies in tossing the Brussels sprouts in bacon grease before cooking, delivering a perfectly seasoned, crisp-tender vegetable that will delight everyone at the table.

Party Plan: Thanksgiving Feast

Your Thanksgiving guests will have plenty to be grateful for as they gather for a gourmet get-together that pulls out all the stops.

Cheesy Bacon Pull Aparts

Shake up your normal breakfast routine with this delicious combination of cheese, bacon and biscuits.

Cheesy Crab Cake Cups

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

The only thing you need to know this holiday season are the four Cs: Cheesy Crab Cake Cups! These appetizers will seriously make you forget about the main course and have you looking forward to them every Thanksgiving!

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Martini

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

I love pumpkin pie-flavored anything, so this cocktail was a no-brainer. I decided to make it dairy free because many of my family members, including myself, are sensitive to dairy. The last thing you want after a huge Thanksgiving meal and delicious dessert is to feel bad.

Dietitian’s Corner: Give Thanks for Plant-Based Eating

Created by: Molly McBride, RD, LD – Kroger Corporate Dietitian

It’s autumn, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Have you started thinking about what kinds of plants you can incorporate in or around the center of your plate this holiday season?

Eggnog Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

With festive notes of pumpkin and eggnog, this recipe from Nicole Leggio of CookingforKeeps.com is a great “wild card” dessert among the classic pumpkin and pecan pies we all love so much. Even better: it requires little to no preparation – perfect when you’re cooking an entire Thanksgiving feast from start to finish.

How to Package Thanksgiving Leftovers

Created by: Cathy Pollak, Noble Pig

Cathy Pollak, food blogger for NoblePig.com, has a tried-and-true method for packaging up Thanksgiving leftovers. Follow these tips so that everyone can wake up the next day and enjoy a turkey-stuffing sandwich with a side of mashed potatoes, and enjoy other memories from the meal for weeks and even months to come.

Moist Cake Corn Bread

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

This twist classic cornbread recipe is rich and moist, perfect to serve alongside all the fixings at your Thanksgiving dinner. Looking for an easy way to serve? Opt for baking the batter in a greased muffin pan. This cuts the baking time down to 20 minutes or so. Serve the individual servings in a basket on the table.

Pumpkin Mocha Fudge Brownies

Created by: Cathy Pollak, Noble Pig

I love classic dessert recipes for Thanksgiving, I really do. Would it be Thanksgiving without Mom’s pumpkin layer cake or Aunt Gina’s apple and sweet potato pies? I can tell you right now, it wouldn’t, at least not at my house.

Salt Dough Leaves

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

These easy salt dough leaves are a great way to get the kids involved with the Thanksgiving decor. Poke holes through them before baking to use them as napkin ties, or just scatter them across the table to add a bit of color.

Thanksgiving Cheesy Onion Bread

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Onions, cheese and bread, oh my! Talk about a delicious appetizer. Cheesy Onion Bread not only looks incredible, it tastes even better…making it perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Serve this recipe as an appetizer or pass it around the table during your turkey dinner. Either way, your guests will be satisfied!

Thanksgiving Pomander

Created by: Danielle Cheever, Envision Pretty

The holidays bring around special traditions every year. Decorating the Thanksgiving dinner table with a bowl of pomander – oranges with cloves – is something I've done every single year with my family. This is one of my favorite simple DIY projects that brings everyone together. The aromatic aftermath is simply amazing and the smell lingers for days!

The Untraditional Apple Pie

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

An apple pie baked in apples – who would’ve thought? This recipe makes for a perfect Thanksgiving dessert that will “wow” your guests the second it comes out of the oven. Everyone expects apple pie on Turkey Day, but no one expects it to look like this!

Party Plan: Classic Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

We've planned everything you need for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, complete with crowd-pleasing side dishes that are sure to become favorites. Just remember to save room for dessert!

Vegan “Meatloaf” with Fig Glaze

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

While my family is all about turkey and ham for Thanksgiving, I have plenty of vegetarian friends who go meatless during holiday feasts. Vegan and vegetarian options may seem limited, but there is ample room for creating filling dishes that are both tasty and approachable.

Roast Turkey Tips

Don’t be chicken of your turkey. Follow these simple rules and your turkey will be moist and succulent!

Baked Dressing Balls

These pre-portioned servings of dressing are crunchy on the outside, and look fabulous placed around the bird on the table.

Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie

Who saved room for dessert? If you like classic, creamy pumpkin pie, this streusel topped pie will be your new favorite.

Deli Ordering Tips

Fresh Turkey, Less Prep Required

No need to roast your own turkey. Just call or visit our Deli to order a precooked bird, along with anything else you may need for the big day. We have a great variety of main course, side items, party trays, and desserts available and with just 48 hours notice, our Deli can work holiday miracles.

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View Party Plan: No Fuss Turkey Dinner

Party Plan: No Fuss Turkey Dinner

Pull up a chair to a hassle-free meal this Thanksgiving by leaving all the prep work to us! We’ve got everything you need to put a full holiday meal on the table in mere minutes, so you can give thanks for less time in the kitchen.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes paired with bacon, cheddar and parmesan make for an exciting side dish the whole family will love.

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