(Closed) CALLING ALL BEES! Hosting my first Thanksgiving. Need advice on recipes & decor!

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Post # 2
583 posts
Busy bee

It seems a little overboard just for 6 adults, but I do LOVE Thanksgiving so I don’t know. Maybe it’s not! 😀

I like your decor you wrote about. One year I bought some dried corn kernels (the bird food type), collected acorns, and some of the bad cranberries you pick out and put each in a canning jar with a tealight on top. It was quite a hit! Candlelight always makes the table look more special.

Appetizers: bacon wrapped dates (super easy), baked brie with honey/caramel and nuts and dried cranberries on top, Thanksgiving Spritzer (clear soda of choice, cranberry & fruit juice, cranberry vodka)

Favorite Dish: Green bean casserole – not much help, I know!

Activities: we always just go around the table and say what we’re thankful for, even as adults. We also play Cards Against Humanity just to keep the nice and sentimental stuff in check, hahaha.

Post # 3
2511 posts
Sugar bee

I love green bean casserole! It’s my favorite Thanksgiving food!

Also, depending on your crowd, when I hosted it was other adults our age so for “appetizers” I had candy corn jello shots! And I had strawberries, cut the stem tops off, slit it each direction and filled it (using a frosting thing) with cheesecake 🙂

For dessert I had mini pumpkin pies I made in a muffin tin. Just the pie crust and filling!


ETA: for decor I just went to a cheap store like the dollar store (do you have those in Canada?) and got some nice plastic gourds and fake leaves. I filled vases with those and then some other clear vases with cranberries and pillar candles.

As for activities I think people will just enjoy the food and company 🙂

Post # 4
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

tattiibee:  I just uses this recipe for my first of three Thanksgiving meals last weekend and it was a hit! http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Salads-Sides/Classic-Herb-Stuffing add an extra tsp of sage and it is to die for.

For an appetizer, mix equal parts cream cheese and sour cream in a blender, diced fresh spinach,  garlic, and monteray jack cheese to taste. When it is all mixed well, put in a casserole pan and put in oven at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until the edges start to brown a little. Serve it with pumpernickel bread, it will get devoured.

Post # 5
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

tattiibee:  For a little activity we also picked up a variety of five different pumpkin beers and had a taste testing thing, we picked the winner (Great Lakes Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale). 

Post # 6
2347 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

tattiibee:  CORNBREAD CASSEROLE!!!!!  There are a ton of different recipes online depending on how you want to make it.  We brought it to my mom’s last year and it was a HUGE hit.  Couldn’t have been easier to make!  

Post # 7
2905 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We tend to go light and snacky on appetizers so we don’t spoil our appetites for dinner! A tray of crudite and dip, some olives and some pickles and a bowl of mixed nuts works for us. 

This is the cranberry sauce my mom has been making for 30 years now – it’s perfect and simple:  http://www.oceanspray.com/Recipes/Corporate/Sauces,-Sides-Salads/Fresh-Cranberry-Sauce.aspx  (If you want to fancy it up, you can add a bit of orange zest with the cranberries!)

I’m a big fan of roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup. Basically this recipe but substitute a drizzle of maple syrup, honey or orange marmalade for the lemon juice at the end. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/brussels_sprouts_bacon_onions.html

For dessert: pie! I love this apple pie recipe. You could also use store bought crust to make it easier: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/11/cinnamon-sigh/

Your decor idea sounds good! Cranberries, mini gourds and candles are pretty and simple. I wouldn’t worry about activities. People just like to eat and chat. 

Post # 8
46680 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Don’t try to do too much.


Roast Butternut Squash Hummus

1/2 Butternut squash

1-2 cumin or coriander seeds, optional1/2 butternut squash<br /> 1-2 teaspoons cumin or coriander seeds, optional

Preheat oven to 200C (400F)

Chop squash in half crosswise. Then cut each half into -8 wedges.

Place wedges on a baking pan. Drixle generously with oil and sprinkle wiht spices, if using. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until wedges are browned on the edges and tender in the middle.

Serve anywhere you’d use regular hummus.

250 g (1/2 lb) roasted butternut squash

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tabelspoons tahini

1-2 cloves garlic

1. Whizz all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Taste and season.


For those who don’t prefer savoury appetizers

Pumpkin Pie Dip<br /> Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes<br /> Servings: 12 Size: 1/2 cup Old Points: 2 pts Points+: 3 pts <br /> Calories: 102.9 • Fat: 0.1g Protein: 1.8 g Carb: 27.7 g Fiber: 0.9 g

  • 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (Splenda would work too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or more to taste)
  • 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt (I used Chiobani)
  • 8 oz cool whip free
  • cut up apples to dip (extra points)

<br /> Mix pumpkin with brown sugar, vanilla and spices, blend well. Mix in yogurt. Fold in cool whip and chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.

Post # 9
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We always had cheese and crackers as the appetizer at thanksgiving.  It’s wicked easy and can be fancy/not fancy depending on your crowd.

I’d do sweet potato soufflé, roasted Brussels sprouts (maple and bacon omg yes), mashed potatoes, and cornbread something.  Dessert make a pumpkin pie and mini apple pies.  Done!

Post # 10
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Here’s an app that always goes over really well and is super simple: Buy frozen puff pastry shells (the little cups).Put a little brie cheese, 2-3 white chocolate chips, and a little dab of orange marmelade. Heat in the oven (about 400 degreeish) until the cheese is creamy and the chocolate chips are melty.

Soooooooooo surprisingly good.

Post # 11
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

tattiibee:  Sweet potato soufflé is a Thanksgiving staple in my family.

A super easy recipe if you have the space in your oven: baked pumpkins stuffed with diced apples, cinnamon, softened butter, brown sugar, and walnuts. Don’t really need specific measurements. Use 1 small sugar pumpkin per serving, cut off the top like you’re making a jack o’ lantern, remove the “guts”, mix all ingredients and place inside pumpkin, bake for 1 hour. 

Post # 12
612 posts
Busy bee

I find most Thanksgiving dishes to be bland and boring, but that’s just me. I usually just eat the mashed potatos, turkey, and sometimes I make deviled eggs just because they are my favorite.

We have made this spicy cream cheese corn the past few years and it’s a hit. Make sure you time it right to serve hot, it gets cold fast. Stilly yummy, but doesn’t taste as good. Also, you might make it once before to make sure you have the ratios right. We made it once and added WAY too much cream cheese. It was like eating globs of corny cream cheese. Not so good. We also add a little bit of extra red pepper, but we like things with a little bit of a kick.



For desert, you can’t go wrong with pumpkin pie, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. I don’t even mind the store baught kind. Sara Lee makes a good one, too. No one has to know


Post # 13
6222 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I don’t really have any suggestions, but I wanted to make sure that you know cranberries float- I think it looks a little silly to have the candle sitting on top of the berries.

Post # 14
320 posts
Helper bee

playdohpants:  Now I have to google candy corn jello shots. What an awesome idea!

Post # 15
6018 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

stuffing!!! !make sure there’s stuffing!!!! lol yummmm!! my gram’s stuffing is to die for. I know stuffing is pretty basic. But she uses a few specific ingredients that make it just perfect.

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