To host a stellar Thanksgiving, you'll need more than amazing recipes. Cooking Channel will set you up with our best entertaining tricks — from hotel-like hosting to fun, seasonal cocktails and easier-than-they-look decorating ideas.

  1. 1 Natural and Rustic Thanksgiving Table

    Set Your Table: A Natural Setting

    Borrow elements from the outdoors and objects from around the house to set a green, white and woodsy table that nods to the fall harvest in a warm, neutral way.

  2. 2 How to Host Your First Thanksgiving

    How to Host Your First Thanksgiving

    Take a deep breath: Some advance prep and rules to remember on the big day will help you host the feast without a hitch.

  3. 3 Kelsey Nixon's Easy Thanksgiving Menu

    Menus from the Masters

    Overwhelmed by options? Let one of Cooking Channel's chefs plan your Thanksgiving by following their coordinated menus.

  4. 4 Thanksgiving Equipment and Gear

    The Tools You’ll Need

    Stock your kitchen with the necessary gadgets, from your basic measuring tools to roasting, carving and baking essentials.

  5. 5 Feed Thanksgiving House Guests

    Feed Guests All Weekend Long

    Don’t forget your hungry, hungry houseguests! Get tips for easy dinners and snacks –– and the day-of breakfast.

  6. 6 Traditional Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas

    Set Your Table: Traditional with a Twist

    Dress your table with harvest-inspired wheats, berries and fall colors in a way that still feels fresh.

  7. 7 HELP! Hosting Disasters, Averted

    HELP! Hosting Disasters, Averted

    Cracked pie, extra guests, wine-stained tablecloth: simple solutions for every Thanksgiving quandary.

  8. 8 Make Your Own Centerpieces

    Watch: DIY Decor

    Need a centerpiece in a pinch? Turn coffee beans, cranberries and candles into an I-can’t-believe-you-made-that stunner.

  9. 9 Stuffed Squash + More Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

    Thanksgiving for Every Diet

    Make sure there's something for everyone by prepping dishes that suit special dietary needs and requests.

  10. 10 Thanksgiving Potluck Recipes

    Master the Potluck

    These 15 easy sides and dessert recipes will wow guests — and are easy to tote along to your potluck Thanksgiving meal.

  11. 11 Thanksgiving Table Ideas + Tips

    Tricks for Setting a Stylish Table

    Ordinary household items become chic decor with an eye toward repurposing and some creative arrangement.

  12. 12 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

    12 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

    Served with apps or alongside the turkey, cocktails filled with seasonal ingredients help guests get in the holiday spirit.

  13. 13 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

    Ways to Love Leftovers

    Give guests a reason to dig into leftovers: super soups, layered sandwiches, and more creative takes and next-day noms.

  14. 14 Thanksgiving Inspiration Boards

    Get Inspired

    See what inspires 18 popular food bloggers and stylists when they plan their Thanksgiving menus and decor.

  15. 15 Modern Thanksgiving Table

    Set Your Table: A Modern Meal

    If you prefer the sleek and spare, learn how to dress up your plain whites with some silver and burgundy accents.

  16. 16 How to Chill Wine

    Cold Wine, Stat

    Chill wine faster than your freezer with these simple steps and have a cold bottle ready before the apps hit the table.

  17. 17 Take-Home Leftover Boxes

    Better To-Go Goodies

    Send guests home with favors that double as a way to lessen leftovers: takeout boxes with pretty tags.

  18. 18 Kids' Thanksgiving Table

    The Kids’ Table

    With a doodle-on cloth and feathered headdress place cards, this is not your ordinary secondary table.

  19. 19 15 Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

    Pick Your Style

    Get inspiration from our friends at HGTV on setting your Thanksgiving table, no matter your decorating style.

  20. 20 Ways to Welcome Thanksgiving Guests

    A Welcoming Abode

    Make your home warm and welcoming for friends and family — and prepare yourself for the challenges of hosting guests.




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