12 Essentials for Hosting the Best Thanksgiving Ever

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Fall’s here, so it’s officially time to start making plans for when, how and where your Thanksgiving feast is going to be happening this year. As a favorite holiday for many Americans, the pressure is high on hosts across the country. Organizing and hosting a Thanksgiving for the whole family or a Friendsgiving for your closest friends can be a huge task. 

To help you host the best Thanksgiving ever, we’ve put together a list of essentials for success. Whether this is the first time you’re hosting the annual feast or you’re a seasoned pro, these items will help you cook the most delicious turkey day meal possible, create an ideal Thanksgiving ambiance and ensure your get together runs smoothly, allowing you to enjoy it just as much as your guests. 

From making sure the wine is chilled to serving dinner in the most autumnal way possible, check out this list of cooking and hosting items for your November feast.

1. Gibson Elite Casa Estebana Dinnerware Set

BEST OVERALL

After putting in all the hard work to prepare a delicious meal for your guests, you’ll want to ensure your presentation is on par with the quality of the food. This Gibson Elite Casa Estebana Dinnerware Set sports a beautiful mix of fall-themed colors, and it’s a great way to serve your feast. The dinnerware includes plates, mugs and bowls for a family of four, so depending on the number of guests you anticipate serving, you may need to order more than one set. 

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2. BlizeTec Wine Chiller

BEST FOR WINE LOVERS

If you prefer wine over beer, you know that serving a good bottle at the right temperature is essential. Avoid any chilling mistakes with this BlizeTec 3-in-1 cooler stick. The easy-to-install, BPA-free stopper sports an aerator and pourer on one end along with the chilling rod on the other. To use the rod, simply place it in the freezer for a couple of hours before you open your wine. Then, slide it into the bottle to keep your bottle perfectly chilled. This nifty device is ideal for special occasions (like Thanksgiving) or even as a gift for wine-loving friends and family.

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3. OXO Good Grips Fat Separator

BEST FOR GREAT GRAVY

A good gravy can make or break a Thanksgiving meal. With the OXO Good Grips Fat Separator, the stock going into your gravy will be somewhere close to fat-free. Not only does the device allow the fat to separate itself out, the heat-resistant strainer also catches any unwanted bits of food that have dislodged during the cooking process, leaving you with a clean stock for your gravy. This fat separator is dishwasher safe and has a plastic handle for easy carrying when things are hot.

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4. Habor Meat Thermometer

BEST FOR THE FIRST TIMER

Ensure your turkey is properly cooked with this Habor Thermometer. With its extra long probe and quick reading time, you’ll know your turkey is going to come out just the way you want it. All you have to do is stick the thermometer into the bird to see an accurate temperature reading (between -58℉ to 572℉). Plus, this thermometer comes with a handy storage sheath and an auto shut-off function to prolong its battery life.

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5. Benson Mills Harvest Legacy Damask Napkins

BEST FOR A SPECIAL TABLE SETTING

There’s nothing more beautiful than a well set Thanksgiving table. To achieve a table setting that’s pleasing to the eye, commit to a color scheme for your napkins and dishes and then add festive decorations. If you go with the traditional reds and oranges that many prefer for Thanksgiving, these Benson Mills Harvest Legacy Damask Napkins would be a great addition. This set comes with four napkins, and the Benson Mills company also sells a matching tablecloth on Amazon.

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6. Yankee Candle Fall Favorites Gift Set

BEST FOR A FALL ATMOSPHERE

Included in this Yankee Candle sampler set are 10 votives with enticing fall scents. The set comes with two autumn wreath, two sage and citrus, two spiced pumpkin, two cinnamon stick and two mackintosh scented candles. These strong scents are a great way to set the mood on Thanksgiving day. As soon as your guests step inside, the ambiance will put them in the right frame of mind for an afternoon of food, football and family-themed fun.

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7. Mirro Stainless Steel Food Mill

BEST FOR MASHED POTATO MASTERPIECES

The Mirro Stainless Steel Food Mill is the best way to get the right textures on your Thanksgiving table. It’s ideal for mashing, straining, grating and rice-ing your foods and  comes in two different sizes, letting you choose the right one for you depending on the number of guests you’re expecting. The mill is made from stainless steel to give it a solid and durable construction, which will last for many Thanksgivings to come.

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8. Mind Reader Charm 3 Tier Utility Cart

BEST FOR FAMILIES WHO DRINK

If you’re throwing a Friendsgiving or you simply have a family that enjoys a good cocktail, a bar cart will never hurt your party. This Mind Reader Charm Three Tier Utility Cart has enough space for glasses, wine, beer, liquor and cocktail mixers on its three different levels. It also includes lockable wheels, so it can be kept stationary or moved from kitchen to dining room with ease.

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9. National Tree Woven Branch Basket

BEST CENTERPIECE

A traditional symbol of a bountiful harvest, a cornucopia makes the ideal Thanksgiving centerpiece. Featuring the traditional Thanksgiving color scheme, this National Tree Woven Branch Basket is eye-catching with its artificial leaves and flowers. The centerpiece stands 22 inches high and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

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10. Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven

MOST MULTIFUNCTIONAL

With over 10 color options, this Lodge 6 Quart Dutch Oven will blend effortlessly into your existing kitchenware or fill a hole in your Thanksgiving preparations. The enameled cast iron oven is ideal for creating and serving dishes like mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. In addition, the Dutch oven has two built-in handles for easy moving during the cooking and serving processes. It also features a self-basting lid.

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11. Dalstrong Carving Knife & Fork Set

BEST FOR THE MEAT MASTER

If you’re going to cook the perfect turkey, don’t ruin it with inferior carving. To properly serve up a roasted bird, you’ll need a sharp carving knife as well as a meat fork. This Dalstrong Carving Knife & Fork Set is a good candidate for the job. The razor sharp knife allows for effortless slicing, while the fork and honing rod complete the well-reviewed set.

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12. Cuisinart Roaster with Rack

BEST FOR A SUCCULENT TURKEY

As the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, it’s vital the turkey is cooked correctly. By preparing and cooking your bird in this rectangular roaster, you can be confident the flavors and moisture you desire in your main dish will be achieved. The stainless steel roaster’s 16-inch size also means it can even hold larger than normal turkeys. And, as a bonus, every part of the pan is dishwasher safe.

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