By Katie Donbavand
Nov 16, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
Quentin Bacon

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

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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.

A Cut Above: Pro Turkey Tips Straight from Chefs We Love

InStyle's 20 Best Party Throwing Tips, Ever

Top Chef's Gail Simmons's 9 Tips for Throwing the Perfect Dinner Party

Ina Garten's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Switch Up Your Sides

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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?

Try This Sweet Potato Pavé Recipe for Thanksgiving

Hot Stuff: Cornbread with Honey Butter and Scallions Recipe

Not Your Mama's Casserole! Try This Brussels Sprouts Gratin Recipe

Fall For This Recipe: Roasted Carrots with Espresso, Dates, Sorghum, and Lime

Veg Out! Try this Vietnamese-Style Roasted Green Beans and Okra with Caramelized Fish Sauce Recipe

Try This Sweet Potato with Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Celery Recipe

Bake a Gasp-Worthy Dessert


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

Downright Delicious: Make This Chocolate Chess Pie for Thanksgiving Dessert

2 Cookie Recipes Straight From Taylor Swift (Vanilla Chai Sugar Cookies and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies)

Amazing (and Easy!) Apple Cider Donuts

Make This Indulgent Chocolate Cream Pie

Cheers! Sparkling Cocktails to Toast With


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

Cozy Up To This Midnight Express Coffee Cocktail

Three Must-Try Winter Cocktails from Lifestyle Blogger Camille Styles's New Book

Share The Love This Thanksgiving with a Must-Have Punch Recipe From Chef Sean Brock