Thanksgiving is a wonderful, historically based American tradition that takes a certain level of preparation on any host’s part. And even those of us who are thankful for a simple social media fix, it’s important – even for a single day – to step away from the keyboard and enjoy time with family and friends. Sorry you geeky introverts!
So it’s time to get cookin’. You have one month to hone those cooking skills and create a tablescape that your guests will never forget.
Check out our 2009 Thanksgiving Roundup to find tips and tricks for making this Thanksgiving your best ever and leave your guests thankful.
Martha Stewart is hands down the authority on Thanksgiving and each year releases special new recipes and decorating tips that will all be released this week (which for Martha fans is huge news)!
Real Simple has great tips for innovative dishes and table settings that will wow any dinner guest.
EHow.com can answer any question relating to Thanksgiving from wine pairings to creating place cards by hand.
MyPunchBowl.com event planning sends out gorgeous (and uniquely modern) invitations via email and manages the whole party process online- you can even order party supplies here.
Country Living shows in pictures 31 creative ways to set and decorate a table which can help you up your game this Thanksgiving!
Foodie View gives you tips and ricks on reducing insanity on Thanksgiving and trust us, it can get hectic, so check this article out before getting started.
NYTimes gives away the butcher’s secret for how to carve a turkey (and it doesn’t involve a mechanical saw at the dinner table).
Beekman1802 has one of this season’s hottest ideas- check out the tutorial on how to turn an orange rind into a scented votive.
About.com is a great resource for vegetarian and even vegan recipes whether for yourself or for your guests.
TheKitchn has a tofu loaf recipe that actually looks good (despite most tofu being less than spectacular).
AllRecipes.com is one of the web’s best recipe resources and even has a community in which you can ask questions (like how do I make a burnt turkey taste good?).
TheKitchn’s 2008 pie bakeoff winner was a sure-to-please pumpkin pie cup recipe that looks to die for!
NYTimes “parties like it’s 1929” and talks about how to downsize your holidays (which is a relatively common theme this year).
History.com gives you all of the fun facts about Thanksgiving that you should know so you can impress your guests with your vast historical knowledge!
Better Homes & Garden shows you how to use your turkey leftovers in more innovative ways than just sandwiches (turkey tortilla soup? yum!).
Share with us in the comments what Web resources you use for the Thanksgiving season- we’d love to hear them! You can also feel free to tell us what social media tool or gadget you are most thankful for in 2009!