Food, fall decorations, family and friends – They’re the best parts of Thanksgiving. You may have a family turkey recipe that’s been passed down for generations or play a game around the Thanksgiving table every year after dinner. Perhaps you and close friends host “Friendsgiving” at a different house each year. Traditions like these make it even more joyful to entertain, pulling out the stops to decorate and show off your culinary skills.
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When it comes to decorating the table, keep the place settings simple: White dishes and classic silverware make it easy to swap out other items to add color year after year. Add copper mugs that coordinate with rose gold napkin rings and copper candle holders. Choose a plaid table cloth and complement it with amber glassware. Use a neutral placemat under the dishes and let a deep colored napkin like burgundy or purple serve as your pop of color. Get some simple greenery to drape across the table or add a floral arrangement to a pumpkin for a festive centerpiece. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with your family or having a Friendsgiving celebration, here are some easy Thanksgiving recipes to bring to the party. Farro Salad with Dried Cherries Our friends at Southern Living have a ton of great recipes you can check out here, but we love how easy their Farro Salad with Toasted Pecans, Feta, and Dried Cherries recipe is to prepare. It’s a unique yet delicious twist on typical Thanksgiving cranberry recipes that will stand out on your beautifully decorated Thanksgiving table. Cinnamon sweet potatoes Sometimes simple is best when cooking. This easy sweet potato recipe is just that, yet still delicious. Many Thanksgiving sweet potato recipes call for brown sugar, but this Food Network recipe uses honey and cinnamon. The honey will bring out the natural sweetness of the sweet potato and caramelize it. Don’t feel like chopping vegetables? Check your grocery store’s produce section to see if they offer pre-cut sweet potatoes. Simple Brussel Sprouts Slice and roast Brussel sprouts with a little oil, salt, and pepper for an easy Thanksgiving vegetable side dish. Slicing the Brussel sprouts helps give them the nice, crispy edges instead of soggy, soft Brussel sprouts. Gimme Some Oven offers some great ideas to add extra flavor to your Brussel sprouts like citrus juice or a balsamic vinaigrette. Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu Swap some of the coffee flavoring for some pumpkin spice for a fall twist on this classic Italian dessert by Taste of Home. While it’s easy to assemble, make sure to leave plenty of time for this dish to chill. This light and airy Thanksgiving dessert is a perfect follow up to dinner after stuffing yourself with Turkey and mashed potatoes.