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Crosby’s Guide to a Sweet and Successful Thanksgiving

As the crisp autumn leaves blanket the ground, it’s that time of the year again when Canadians gather around their dining tables to give thanks for the bountiful harvest and the blessings of the year. Thanksgiving in Canada is not just a holiday; it’s a cherished tradition that celebrates gratitude, family, and good food. Whether you’re a first-time host or just looking to enhance your Thanksgiving game, this guide will help you navigate the essentials of being the ultimate Thanksgiving host.

thanksgiving dinner

1. Setting the Perfect Table:

  • Tablescapes: Start by selecting a festive color scheme that reflects the season, like warm oranges, deep reds, and earthy browns. Decorate your table with seasonal elements like pumpkins, gourds, leaves, and candles. Consider creating a beautiful centerpiece with a cornucopia filled with fruits and vegetables. Be creative, and let your table tell the story of autumn.
  • Tableware: Use your finest dinnerware and flatware to set a sophisticated tone. Don’t forget to include wine glasses and water goblets for a complete dining experience.
  • Place Settings: Lay out each place setting with care. Include a decorative name card for each guest, making everyone feel special and appreciated. It’s the small details that count.

Check out this Pinterest Board we prepared for the occasion!

Thankgiving Guide Pinterest

2. Making Guests Comfortable:

  • Seating Arrangements: Pay attention to seating arrangements to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and included. Consider guests’ preferences and any potential conflicts when deciding where to place them.
  • Cozy Ambiance: Create a warm and inviting atmosphere by lighting scented candles or a crackling fireplace (if you have one). Play some soft background music to set the mood.
  • Guest Accommodations: If you have out-of-town guests, make sure they have a comfortable place to stay. Stock up on extra blankets and pillows to ensure a restful night’s sleep.
  • Allergies: Make sure to accommodate any dietary restrictions your guests may have.
thanksgiving family dinner

3. Be a Gracious Host:

  • Welcome Guests: Greet your guests a welcoming drink, like apple cider or a seasonal cocktail.
  • Gratitude: Before the meal, take a moment to express your gratitude and invite guests to share what they’re thankful for. It’s the heart of the holiday.
  • Engage Everyone: Encourage conversation and interaction by playing icebreaker games or sharing funny stories. Keep the atmosphere lighthearted and enjoyable. You can even plan some board games to play after dinner.

4. Leftovers

  • Takeaway Containers: Prepare some takeout containers so guests can enjoy leftovers. Canadian Thanksgiving leftovers are a treat and no one likes food waste.

Crosby’s Favourites Thanksgiving Recipes:

Discover the timeless flavors and cherished family recipes that males Thanksgiving truly special. From mouthwatering main dishes to delectable sides and desserts, we’re sharing our Thanksgiving favorites that are sure to add warmth and tradition to your holiday table.


Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Molasses

cranberry sauce molasses

Roasted Root Vegetables with Molasses Cider Glaze

roasted root vegetables with molasses cider glaze

Roasted Squash Salad with Cider Vinaigrette Recipe

roasted squash salad with cider vinaigrette
roasted squash salad with cider vinaigrette

Molasses glazed carrots

Molasses glazed carrots

Spicy Molasses Roasted Sweet Potatoes

sweet potato wedge with ketchup

Roasted Squash with Molasses Cider Glaze Recipe

molasses cider glazed winter squash
Main Dishes:

Country Ham with Mustard & Molasses

Country Ham with Mustard & Molasses - The Kilted Chef

Orange Glazed Ham

Orange Glazed Ham
Mhmm Desserts:

Apple Crisp with Cranberries

apple and cranberry crisp

Easiest Caramel Apple Crisp

apple crisp with dish cloth

Swedish Apple Pie (A Crustless Apple Pie)

Swedish Apple Pie - a rich and delicious pie that is really quite effortless.

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Molasses Cream Cheese Glaze

pumpkin cake with glaze

Sticky Upside Down Apple Ginger Cake

Pain d’épices renversé aux pommes

Canadian Thanksgiving is not just about the food; it’s about coming together with loved ones to appreciate the abundance of life. With this guide, you’ll be well on your way to being a gracious and successful Thanksgiving host, creating cherished memories and traditions that will last a lifetime. Happy Thanksgiving!

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