(Closed) Thanksgiving newbee: help me, US bees!

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Well, this sounds like a fun idea! In my family we all get together, everyone brings a dish or two, we eat, and then play games/talk. Not very exciting, but something I always look forward to. Traditional dishes in my family are turkey, ham, green bean casserole, date pudding, and pumpkin pie. I hope you have fun with whatever you do!

Post # 4
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Just cook a ton of food, eat the meal and then graze the rest of the day.  Make sure you have pumpkin pie!  We usually watch football or other tv and play games the rest of the day (like Rockband or something like that). 

Post # 6
4824 posts
Honey bee

You cook and eat! Its easy to celebrate.

If you are doing it with friends you could do a potluck and they could choose what they want to bring (use e-vite so everyone knows what each other is bringing so no repeats)

Since you are vegetarian you could do a great hearty dish like this honey walnut wild rice stuffed butternut squash

Other dishes people could bring is roast turkey and gravy (if not a lot of people this could be a turkey breast or even a chicken)

mashed potatoes or other potato dish

bread stuffing 

a green veggie (green beans, brussel sprouts, swiss chard etc)

cranberry sauce

dinner rolls.

a pie for dessert (pumpkin, apple, pecan etc)


There are tons of stuff you can do, but the above are the most common

Post # 8
3943 posts
Honey bee

Haha great idea! I love Thanksgiving. Its a great time to catch up with family without all the pressure and expense of buying gifts, like at Christmas.

Basically our Thanksgiving goes like this:

Sleep in til 8 or 9 and throw a GIANT turkey in the oven

Sit around in elastic waist pants all day and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV

Finally take a shower, and put on clean pants (still elastic) and welcome the family and friends that have stopped by

Start getting my body ready for the big meal and dig in to the dips and appetizers that are around the house

Drink some wine, eat some snacks, wine, snacks, wine snacks

Around 2:00-Sit down for the big meal!

Go around the table and say what we are thankful for. When its my moms turn she starts crying and talking about how she is so thankful for her babies (her youngest is 21).

Pass the food around and dig in!! This is where I am thankful for my elastic pants-I eat epic amounts of turkey, stuffing (my favorite), mashed potatoes with extra extra butter, veggies, cranberry sauce, rolls/cornbread.

Take a breather…

Go in for 2nd and 3rd helpings

Take another breather…drink some tea to settle my belly

Dig in to the desserts! We have pie, cake, cookies, breads, mmmm

Take a nap

Take a walk around the neighborhood…which is more like a wattle because Im so full

Dig in and make a turkey and stuffing sandwich!

Go to sleep and eat leftovers for the next week



Post # 10
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


hahahaha I love your step by step process. our usually ends at take nap. And the turkey leftover makes AWESOME sandwiches for the week!

Post # 11
4824 posts
Honey bee

@VickyAurea: If its your first T-day, I would ask people to bring dishes and let them use their own creativity and research for dishes. Its a lot of work and much harder than one would suspect to time a Tday dinner with all the dishes for a lot of people. 

If you have never done it before, it is actually a little stressful. If people bring stuff you still have to worry about heating and timing, but that is easier. I would even ask someone to bring an extra microwave because having two microwaves and the oven would be really useful.

Post # 12
3943 posts
Honey bee

@regberadaisy: Its my favorite day of the year ๐Ÿ™‚ Its actually gotten better over the years because my Fiance loves to cook and makes a mean gravy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Here’s a link to a bunch (like 2,000) Thanksgiving recipes!  http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/holidays-and-events/thanksgiving/main.aspx


Thanksgiving to us is really about focusing on family and friends and being together.  We go around the table and say what we’re thankful for, and really give it some thought and honesty.  Then we eat like there’s no tomorrow- turkey, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes (all three of these covered in gravy), sometimes oyster casserole, greenbean casserole with fried onions on top, candied yams, cranberry sauce made with orange juice (one of my favs), roasted vegetables… all finished off with some kind of pumpkin dessert (pie, roll, cake, bread, ice cream, etc). 

Then everyone takes a nap, watches some football, and grazes for the rest of the day.


FYI, Thanksgiving leftovers are AMAZING. There’s so many things you can make out of the leftovers.


Post # 15
5763 posts
Bee Keeper

You can really make it a large dinner of your favorite foods, but for us at Thanksgiving, our menu is pretty standard.

20-25 lb. turkey, stuffed with cornbread/sausage/mushroom stufffing

homemade cranberry sauce

mashed potatoes

cauliflower with breadcrumbs and butter

broccolli casserole (steamed broc/cream of mushroom soup/slices of cheese on top/dried onion rings crumbled on top)


2 kinds of gravy (turkey and brown with mushrooms)

2 kinds of hot dinner rolls (crescent & snowflake)

we always have appetizers first, and several kinds of dessert after, including pies/ice cream/cookies/fruit/nuts

Its a dinner of excess and we partake happily!


HaHa…this lady has it down to a science! Don’t let this scare you off,tho. It can be whatever you want it to be. Have fun with it.

Post # 16
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We eat thanksgiving lunch, and then we weat the leftovers for dinner. We have smoked turkey, hawaiian rolls, some sort of cranberry dish, mashed potatoes, stuffing (one with oysters & one without), white and brown gravy, and various casseroles, followed by chocolate, custard and pumpkin pies.

We usually have games (corn hole out on the lawn & various card games inside). Everyone leaves once it starts getting dark.

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