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Your Pinterest guide to hosting the perfect Thanksgiving

Don’t panic, just browse Pinterest.


Lisa Granshaw


Hosting a Thanksgiving feast for family and friends can be a stressful experience. Not only do you need to satisfy everyone’s appetite, but you’re also expected to make your house festive for the holiday.

Avoid feeling the pressure by planning ahead this year with a little help from Pinterest. Everyone knows the virtual pinboard site hosts a plethora of ideas when it comes to food and crafts, but where do you begin? Here’s a guide to how you can plan your holiday from start-to-finish with Pinterest.


Begin your Thanksgiving prep with decorations. There’s no need to go out and spend a lot of money when there are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest that you can try to DIY. 

Browse the Thanksgiving tag and see what catches your eye. For example, Good Housekeeping Magazine has shared a board devoted entirely to Thanksgiving table settings and centerpieces. 

Here are some other creative ideas we liked that you can try in your home.

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The big Thanksgiving challenge that’s front and center in everyone’s minds is the food. Don’t panic, just start with the first course. Pinterest is a great source of food ideas. You’ll come across many pins that can inspire you, but to help you pare down your choices, here are three starters we recommend giving a try:

Spinach Almond Crostini

Photo via Kara Zimmer/Pinterest

Mozzarella Stuffed Portobellos

Photo via Food Network/Pinterest

Rosemary Roasted Cashews

Photo via Food Network/Pinterest


Turkey has become synonymous with Thanksgiving, but there are so many ways to cook one that  it can be hard to choose. Fortunately, Martha Stewart Living’s Thanksgiving board has you covered with more than 13 ideas.

Whether you want something simple or complex, you can find it on Pinterest. Get some inspiration from these recipes:

Orange-Scented Roast Turkey

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Spice-Cured Turkey

Photo via Richard Yates/Pinterest

Citrus and Herb Roasted Turkey

Photo via Cherry Street Farmers’ Market/Pinterest


You made it to dessert! Your Thanksgiving planning is almost complete. Looking through desserts on Pinterest you’ll see a lot of pies, cookies, and cakes. Try some classic apple pie or maybe take a chance on something new. Here are some of your options: 

Cherry Raspberry Pie

Photo via Family Circle Magazine/Pinterest

Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

Photo via Martha Stewart Living/Pinterest

Lemon Meringue Pie

Photo via Kelly Behm/Pinterest

Turkey Cookies

Photo via Michelle Chidester Smith/Pinterest

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