Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We all know that the essential part of a Thanksgiving meal is the main dish, but the side dishes are what make the meal complete. Everyone has their go-to side dish that they make every Thanksgiving, but this year you can add another dish that might become a fan favorite! The side dishes we’re mentioning here today are not only delicious, but are also easy to make! 

  1. Garlic Smashed Potatoes 

There’s always going to be mashed potatoes at a Thanksgiving dinner, but these garlic smashed potatoes will make you forget that you already have a potato side dish. They have the crispy aspect that you can’t get from mashed potatoes or german potatoes, and you don’t even need a fork to eat them! 

  1. Loaded Cauliflower Bake

This loaded cauliflower bake is the crossover of food categories that no one expected. It has the flavors of a loaded baked potato, the lightness of cauliflower, and the texture of a casserole. What more could you ask for! 

  1. Cast-Iron Skillet Creamed Corn

Now this creamed corn requires one special tool, a cast-iron skillet. This will help to bring out so many flavors in your creamed corn. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet to use for this Thanksgiving, make sure to get one for next year’s Thanksgiving!

  1. Maple Bacon Carrots

Take your carrots to the next level with just two ingredients: bacon and maple. The maple brings out the sweet aspects while the bacon brings out the savory aspects of the carrots. After you try this, you might never make your carrots any other way. 

  1. Honey Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts 

Some people don’t like brussels sprouts, but after you bring these honey balsamic brussels sprouts this Thanksgiving, you’re going to change everyone’s opinion. The balsamic and honey help to bring out the flavors that everyone misses when eating brussels sprouts, and similar to the garlic smashed potatoes, you don’t even need a fork to each them!

Simple Ways to Show You’re Thankful

Showing that you’re thankful is one of the easiest ways to make those around you feel appreciated, especially around Thanksgiving. You also give yourself a chance to be grateful for the simple things in life. Overall, showing gratitude is the perfect way to get in the Thanksgiving spirit. If you’re looking for ways to show thankfulness other than just saying “thank you”, then this is the list for you. 

  1. Do a free favor for them

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most. Doing someone a favor without expecting anything in return is a great way to show respect and gratitude. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it could mean running an errand, picking up some food, or doing the laundry for them. Actions speak louder than words, and doing a free favor for them will show them your appreciation. 

  1. Publicly appreciate them 

Most people love public appreciation, especially on social media. If you have someone you’re thankful for, making a post that shows your appreciation will be sure to brighten their day. It could be a post for something small they did or just an overall appreciation post. Either way, it shows that you care about them enough to share that appreciation with everyone. 

  1. Make a list

This is something that other people will not see, but it will most likely translate into greater appreciation for those around you. To start off the day on a positive note, some people write a list of things to be grateful for every morning. You don’t have to go to this extreme, but writing a list every once in a while will be sure to boost your spirits and encourage you to show your gratitude.  

  1. Send a thank you note 

Sending a thank you note is the perfect way to show gratitude for specific things. You can show thankfulness for one thing they did, or write out a list of things you’re thankful for that they do. Either way, they will appreciate the thought you put into it. They will also be able to go back and read your kind words to remember that they are appreciated. 

  1. Compliment them

This is a simple yet effective way to show appreciation for those around you. It doesn’t have to be a compliment on something they did that you’re thankful for, the point of complimenting them is to make them feel recognized and appreciated. 

Thanksgiving DIYs

November has just begun, which means it’s time to start replacing your Halloween DIYs with some Thanksgiving DIYs! If you’re looking for some fun and creative Thanksgiving decorations to try out this year, then we have five DIYs just for you. 

  1. Succulent Cornucopia 

This succulent cornucopia will be sure to blow away your friends and family this Thanksgiving. The main things you will need are a wicker basket, some artificial succulents, Styrofoam balls, moss, a hot glue gun, and some scissors. Linked below is The Country Chic Cottage’s full tutorial on how to make your own succulent cornucopia. 

Succulent Cornucopia 

  1. Thankful Tree

For this DIY, you might want to take a trip to your backyard to collect some small branches. You can take this DIY into any direction you want to, on the website linked below, they made tiny chalkboard ornaments so they were able to write what they were thankful for. Though you can decorate your thankful tree with little thankful messages in any way you want.

Thankful Tree

  1. Autumnal Welcome Sign

This is a nice alternative to the classic hanging wreath. You’re able to make your welcome sign with just an old pan and some chalkboard paint. Once it’s painted, you can write whatever welcome message you want to. You can also add leaves or branches around your welcome sign to make it perfect for the autumnal season. 

Autumnal Welcome Sign

  1. Pumpkin Vase

This pumpkin vase will make the perfect centerpiece for this Thanksgiving, and it’s easy to make! The basics for this pumpkin vase include a faux pumpkin and some faux flowers, but you can check out the website linked below for the full instructions. Their website also includes other arrangements for this pumpkin vase that will be sure to channel your inner artist! 

Pumpkin Vase

  1. Thankful Jar 

An easy and sweet DIY that you can add onto throughout the year is a thankful jar. All you have to do is get a jar and fill it with pieces of paper that say what you’re thankful for this year. You can keep this thankful jar out for just the  month of November, or you can keep it out for the whole year. Either way, once Thanksgiving comes around, you can remind yourself of all the things to be thankful for.