By Katie Donbavand
Updated Nov 16, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
Turkey Tips
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Ready for Thanksgiving? (It's next Thursday, in case you didn't know!) If you still have some planning to do, don't worry: we're here to help! We rounded up the best advice, tips, tricks, and recipes from the pros.

Read on and get ready for your best Thanksgiving ever!

Party Tips Straight from the Pros

Thanksgiving side dishes
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From what music to play to set the right mood (reggae!) to the easy secret to amping up the turkey (hint: it involves orange juice), we asked taste-makers, chefs, and our favorite hosts how they party.

Switch Up Your Sides

Thanksgiving side dishes
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This year, skip the frozen dinner rolls and marshmallow-spiked yams. We rounded up some hip new side dishes guaranteed to become your new annual Thanksgiving traditions. Seconds, anyone?

Bake a Gasp-Worthy Dessert

Apple Cinnamon Donuts
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Make sure your finale gets Instagrammed (#nofilter needed) with our favorite sweet treats—including two cookie recipes straight from T. Swift!

Cheers! Sparkling Cocktails to Toast With

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Find a signature, cozy cocktail to complement your meal. Be prepared to fill up your guests glasses (again and again and again).