What do you need to host Thanksgiving dinner? Well really, all you need is a meal, people to share it with, and a grateful heart. After all, it’s a holiday about being thankful for what you have, not about feeling pressure to throw a perfect party.
But, if you are hosting for the first time, you may be wondering what you need, or what is good to have to cook this fancy meal. Or maybe you’ve hosted before, but are in the market for some fresh Thanksgiving kitchen supplies. If so, read on, friends!
We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I’ve been thinking about the menu and planning all the details. This will only be the second time we’ve hosted at our house. Last time we hosted we were newly married and had just moved in. We had almost nothing from this list, but thankfully my mom brought all of her stuff.
Let’s just say things have changed quite a bit around here! At this year’s Thanksgiving there will be five toddlers (3 and under!) running around in addition to twelve adults. I have more of the items below, but still not everything. My mom still brings her turkey roasting pan and huge casserole dish for green bean casserole (we love us some green bean casserole!).
So if you’re curious about what you ‘need’ to host Thanksgiving, I’ve compiled a list of necessities.
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If you’re making turkey, you need gravy. If you’re making gravy, you need something to serve it in! Gravy boats are super affordable and bring a little touch of fancy to your table. (Look at me, I’m fancy enough to own a gravy boat!) I like white for dishes and serving ware, but you could go bold with a fun color or pattern if that’s your thing!
This is an absolute must if you’re cooking a large turkey. This pan is also great for roast chicken, which I do fairly regularly around here.
If you’re cooking a large turkey you’ll need assistance lifting it out of the pan. I still remember one Thanksgiving when I was a kid my dad trying to use a wooden spoon to lift the turkey, and breaking the spoon right in half! Meat forks like these are on my wish list. Or, get both the pan and meat forks together in this Calphalon set.
Use a turkey baster to prevent a dry turkey. This stainless steel one is a nice upgrade from plastic!
A fancy dinner deserves a fancy platter to serve your turkey on! I like the traditional ones with the image of a turkey on them.
This drink dispenser is the best. I got it to serve punch at my wedding, and have used it for nearly every major holiday, birthday, or celebration since. It’s big enough that you don’t have keep refilling it, it has a built in center tube for ice to keep your punch cold, and it comes with a stand that lifts the spigot above your glass for easy filling. This Thanksgiving mine will be filled with sparkling cranberry punch!
Pie is the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, so pie plates are a must. These come in packs of two so you can make a couple different varieties!
You’ll need pretty serving bowls for all those yummy side dishes. I love these Pioneer Woman serving bowls. Everything in her line is so cute!
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? What are your kitchen must haves for a successful dinner?