Thanksgiving Dinner Essentials for the Holiday Host

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I remember my first Thanksgiving at my house with my family.  It was a NIGHTMARE!  I was very unprepared and burnt almost everything (some of them twice!).  I didn’t have enough hot plates and service utensils.  Table cloths – what were those?  We barely had enough plates and almost resorted to paper!  I had some family members bringing Mexican food and side dishes that were NOT part of your typical Thanksgiving feast.  Have you ever had seven layer dip next to roasted turkey with cranberry dressing?  Ummm…..yummy…. no!

If I had a do-over of my first Thanksgiving at my house, I would be stocking up on the following list.  I would appear so prepared, no one would notice the burnt marshmallows on top of my sweet potatoes, or the overcooked turkey that was falling apart!  At least I would look good in my Flirty Apron and my dishes would match (smile).


Decorative Oversized Embroidered Kitchen Towels

Decorative Oversized Embroidered Kitchen Towels, Set of 2, Grateful Fall

DII Cotton Thanksgiving Holiday Dish Towels are must-own kitchen essentials for every Thanksgiving host. Dish Towels come in a set of 2 and have a festive design which makes them perfect not only for holiday but also for everyday use. Holiday dish towels are perfect to give as a gift or keep for yourself.

Keep calm and give thanks. Thanksgiving. Fall. Turkey. – Trivets


Keep calm and give thanks. Thanksgiving. Fall. Turkey. Trivet is measuring 8″ W x 8″ H x .75″ D. Made of solid wood with padding on back that protects your furniture. Framed trivet comes with 6″ x 6″ ceramic gloss tile attached to the wood frame.

Tommy Turkey Table Runner

Set the table with printed and woven table linens. From napkins to tablecloths, runners to placemats, there’s a look for the confidently colorful to the never-missed neutral. A fan of feathers filled with intricate line detail is the proud plumage of Tommy the turkey. Celebrate the season with this festive printed table runner.

Give Thanks Dinner Plates with Sentimental Message

Give Thanks Dinner Plates with Sentimental Message

Establish new traditions when you celebrate with friends. Each plate features the phrase “give thanks” repeated around the edge. Each plate in this set of 4 has a 10″ diameter, each one made of melamine and dishwasher safe. Not for use in the microwave.

Flirty Aprons Women’s Original Apron

Flirty Apron

Take the monotony out of daily life by adding the exciting and sexy flare of a Flirty Apron. This apron’s 2-ply construction, sturdy yet soft fabric, strong stitching and darling cut are an ideal match for all of your needs. All fabrics are uniquely designed so everyone can find their style. Flirty Aprons commits to having the highest quality aprons out there, with that perfect soft-cotton feel. Our fabric is strong, our stitching is precise, our colors won’t fade and we know you won’t be disappointed. Our aprons have been uniquely designed to fit all body types. Long ties fit every woman’s waist, from 20 inches up to 75 inches. With adjustable neck ties, scooped sides and a curved base, Flirty Aprons flatter every woman.

Precious Moments Bountiful Blessings Grateful, Thankful, Blessed Platter

Precious Moments Bountiful Blessings Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

The perfect accent for your Thanksgiving table, Spode’s Woodland Turkey platter is indispensable for holiday entertaining, and also makes a great gift for family and friends. The large earthenware platter is 17-1/2 inches long by 11-1/2 inches wide, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. An eye-catching piece on its own, the Woodland Turkey platter also complements Spode’s entire Woodland tableware collection.

Wallace 6-Piece Turkey Hostess Set

Hostess Set

6-Piece Turkey Hostess Set is crafted from premium 18/10 stainless steel to deliver outstanding beauty and performance. It includes all the utensils you need to serve a holiday meal, from salad and sides to the main course and dessert. 6-piece set includes salad serving spoon, salad serving fork, gravy ladle, carving fork, carving knife, and cake server. Dishwasher safe.

Rae Dunn HAPPY TURKEY DAY Gravy Boat

Rae Dunn HAPPY TURKEY DAY Gravy Boat

Rae Dunn HAPPY TURKEY DAY Gravy Boat holds approx 23 ounces of your favorite gravy and measures 7.5″ x 3.5″ x 4″.

About Rae Dunn: Rae’s inspiration comes from the earth, and she finds beauty in simple shapes, natural forms and found objects. Her utilitarian approach to designing ceramics is strongly based on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi; the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Each piece is hand crafted and hand painted so each item is unique and can have slight imperfections.

Burgers’ Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Whole Turkey

Burgers' Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Whole Turkey

Never worry about how to cook a smoked turkey. Burgers’ Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Whole Turkey is succulent and tender. This bird makes a great holiday turkey that can be served either hot or cold. You will be reaching for your dinner plate within minutes! Serving and carving instructions included. This smoked turkey is packed in a reusable Styrofoam container for full protection during shipping.

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17 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Dinner Essentials for the Holiday Host

  • I love that table runner! I’ve been looking for one I could either make or liked enough to buy but had no luck until I saw that one! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Very nice ideas ! Alot of them can be applied to any holiday

  • I love the trivet with ‘keep calm and give thanks’

  • Awesome table runner! Some of these could be used for other holidays as well.

  • Awesome decorative Thanksgiving Kitchen and Table decor. Very nice items

  • Great to have these, definitely similar for christmas too.

  • I love the apron and the runner. Thanks for sharing.

  • I always have Thanksgiving at my house. I’m not the best cook but we make due! Thanks for these tips!

  • I really like the Give Thanks plates and the Tommy Turkey table runner.

  • These are all really nice ideas. I see a couple I would love to own!

  • These are such nice ideas for the holiday. I really love the plates thanks for sharing.


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