Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away? See what Team Glitter Guide has planned for the big day! Below, our lead editors and contributors share their go-to recipes, entertaining tips and Turkey Day traditions.
Taylor Sterling, Founder & Creative Director
Favorite Thanksgiving recipe: So far, I don’t have a classic recipe that I’ve perfected, but my mother-in-law makes delicious yams that I go crazy for. This recipe for yams with brown sugar and walnuts looks pretty similar.
Hostess/entertaining tip: Prepare as much as you can beforehand. People want to actually spend time with you—don’t get lost in the kitchen for the entire party!
Caitlin Kruse, Director of Content & Partnerships
Favorite Thanksgiving recipe: I grew up making cranberry sauce with my dad for our family Thanksgivings and still enjoy making this simple recipe—the smell always brings back childhood memories. We often add in orange zest.
Hostess/entertaining tip: Serve a signature cocktail—everyone loves it! It makes the day feel more like a special occasion. This Apple Cider Sangria is always a crowd-pleaser.
Favorite Thanksgiving tradition: Drinking mimosas and coffee, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in PJs.
Abby Sterling, Operations Manager
Favorite Thanksgiving recipe: For me, it’s a toss-up between mashed potatoes and stuffing. I like this classic Martha Stewart recipe for stuffing (with a little turkey sausage mixed in!).
Hostess/entertaining tip: Don’t stress out! It’s hard for your guests to enjoy themselves and feel comfortable if you’re anxiously rushing around. Try to do as much as you can beforehand, but don’t worry about perfection. And if things go wrong, have a glass of wine and a good laugh with your guests. Takeout can always be your Plan B, and there’s no shame in that.
Favorite Thanksgiving tradition: The night before Thanksgiving, I watch all the Thanksgiving-themed “Friends” episodes. I’m kind of obsessed with “Friends,” and those episodes are my favorites!
Carrie Waller, Features Editor & Graphics Designer
Favorite Thanksgiving recipe: I always look forward to my mom’s broccoli-and-cheese casserole at Thanksgiving (adapted from this recipe). It’s so savory and soothing—the perfect homey holiday dish!
Hostess/entertaining tip: Keep a kitchen cabinet or drawer stocked with party items (things like festive napkins, paper straws and confetti) so that you can be ready at a moment’s notice to host a holiday soirée or girls’ night in.
Favorite Thanksgiving tradition: Since my husband and I both grew up in the same town, our families live pretty close to one another. So, every year we eat Thanksgiving dinner with his family and then enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers with my family the following day. Needless to say, we are spoiled rotten!
Carly Hill, Lifestyle & Fashion Editor
Favorite Thanksgiving recipe: My grandma makes the most amazing pumpkin cheesecake every year, and I always make sure to leave room for a slice or two. Its super-creamy pumpkin flavor and crunchy graham-cracker crust make it a must for the dessert table!
Hostess/entertaining tip: The holidays are all about enjoying our favorite things, so make one or two of your guests’ favorite treats! It makes me so happy to see my guests enjoying what I’ve baked for them.
Favorite Thanksgiving tradition: Now that I live far away from home, nothing is more comforting than waking up on Thanksgiving morning, curling up on the couch with my family and watching the parade as the house fills with the smells of my favorite foods!
Erin Sousa, Beauty & Lifestyle Contributor
Favorite Thanksgiving recipe: Pumpkin pie! Growing up, this was a must in our house—my mom insisted on making it each Thanksgiving, regardless of whether or not anyone else was as excited as she was! I carry on this sentimental tradition and always bring one to any holiday dinner I’m attending. (Life hack: Buy the pie crust, but make your own filling!)
Hostess/entertaining tip: A well-stocked bar cart and a festive signature cocktail are the best ways to make the evening feel cheery and special! Also: Mixing homemade and catered goodies will ensure that you’re not too tired to enjoy your own party.
Natalie Borton, Beauty & Lifestyle Contributor
Favorite Thanksgiving recipe: As a non-meat eater, Thanksgiving is all about delicious veggie side dishes for me! My favorite in recent years has been roasted acorn squash stuffed with quinoa, pecans and herbs. It’s delicious!
Hostess/entertaining tip: Whenever I’m entertaining, I make sure that my meal (baked mac and cheese is a go-to!) is basically ready before anyone gets to my house. Being free to socialize once guests arrive is so nice—it makes the whole get-together feel more relaxed.
Favorite Thanksgiving tradition: Every Thanksgiving we drive out to my parents’ house in the California desert to spend a long weekend together. I love being out there during that time of year—it’s warm during the day but super chilly at night (perfect weather for cozying up by the fire). We usually get my dad to play guitar and sing for us, too—but that happens on every holiday, not just Thanksgiving!