Last Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Entertaining, Holiday Dishes

Pretty White and Pink Thanksgiving Table Setting

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year. I love the memories over the years from our family getting together. In case you find yourself scrambling today, here’s my Last Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Menu to help save the day including a work back hostess schedule and links to all of the recipes!

Whether your Thanksgiving is inside or outside (my fav!), fancy or simple, I hope that it is filled with family, friends, laughter and really good food!  Here are some of the dishes that we love to serve at Thanksgiving, including my ‘famous’ white buns (zero apologies here, this is one of those few times where we make them and seriously enjoy them!).

Happy Thanksgiving my friends, I’m so thankful for your support and kindness!



Thanksgiving Appetizers

While it make take awhile to get dinner on the table with so many moving parts, a small snack for your family, friends, or guests to nibble on isn’t a bad idea! Just don’t let them get toooo full before the main event.

I tend to usually go with a cheese board and load it with a just a few of my favourite cheeses (some vegan) along with piles of fresh fruits and veggies along with some nuts and dried fruit and whole grain crackers- so that it’s not so heavy.

Okanagan Cheese Board

Alternately, you can try out these Cranberry Brie Hand Pies, this Creamy Cashew Spread (pictured below) or these Asparagus in a Blanket if you can still get your hands on decent asparagus!

Creamy Cashew Dip with a zip of lemon that blends up in a minute and is gluten free and vegan. Perfect for healthy holiday entertaining!


A Cheese Board is a good option that can be thrown together in a pinch.  Here’s my quick and easy guide (the board is from The Cross (along with most of the other beautiful things featured in the main picture above – the whole collection is launching on October 15th stay tuned)!

Thanksgiving Sides

Let’s be real, isn’t Thanksgiving dinner ALL about the sides? Whether you’re having turkey or opting for a vegetarian dinner, here are some of my favourite dishes to compliment your main… whatever that is!  If you’re looking for a vegetarian main look no further than our Mushroom Wellington (the best version is in the cookbook or you can use this version here).

I’ve included a few of my favourite sides in the menu below but you can switch them out of course.

Maple Cinnamon Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Healthy Maple Hasselback Sweet Potatoes


Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash - gluten free


Perfect White Buns

Perfect White Buns


Garlicky Kale Mashed Potatoes

Garlicky Kale Mashed Potatoes with a vegan option


Sauteed Kale and White Beans

Sautéed Kale & White Beans


Parmesan Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Lemon Parmesan Brussels Sprouts


Confetti Kale Salad

Confetti Kale Salad


Thanksgiving Desserts


Pumpkin pie is our go-to (check out the Pecan Pumpkin Pie if you have the cookbook), but here are a few others below if you’re looking for other options!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie


Apple Crisp (Gluten Free)

Gluten Free Apple Crisp


Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes (Dairy Free)


Apple Greek Yogurt Cake


And in case you find yourself wondering what to do with any leftover turkey and veggies you may have… try this Turkey Soup!

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Dinner Menu:

Hostess Schedule

Day Before

  • Buy flowers or centre pieces (I like white pumpkins, apples and leaves or branches!)
  • Purchase wine: chill white or rosé if using
  • Grocery shop
  • Iron linens
  • Pick outfit (fun!)
  • Make cake and/or mini cheesecakes (refrigerate if making cheesecake)
  • Prepare Mushroom Wellington filling (if using)
  • Assemble flower arrangement
  • Set table

Day Of

  • Morning:
    • Make buns (start first, they take the longest)
    • Make stuffing and refrigerate
    • Prep turkey and bake (cook time will vary on size of turkey), if using
  • Afternoon:
    • Make Confetti Kale Salad (wait to add dressing until dinner): refrigerate
    • Prep mashed potatoes (make the full dish 40 min before guests arrive)
    • Prep brussels sprouts
    • Prep carrots
    • Assemble Wellington, if using
    • Bake stuffing (if serving separately)
  • 20 Minutes Before Guests Arrive:
    • Assemble cheese board (if making)
    • Roast brussels sprouts
    • Place potatoes in a warming dish in the oven
    • Bake Wellington
    • Put on music (try my Spotify Fraiche Cooking playlist!) and light candles
  • Guests Arrive:
    • Serve wine
    • Take turkey out of oven to rest before dinner (if making)
    • Steam carrots
    • Dress the salad
    • Serve dinner!
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