If you need some last-minute Thanksgiving Day help, we’re here for you! Because whoa, how did it get to be Thanksgiving week already? To make your Thanksgiving Day prep a little more manageable, we compiled some of the best Thanksgiving Day ideas from cool printables and crafts for the kids, decor ideas for the kids’ table, tons and tons (and tons) of recipes, even apps that could save your turkey — or just your sanity. We hope these ideas help you on your way to an incredible, stress-free Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, and full bellies.

We’d just suggest that if you’re cooking, start with the sanity-saving step-by-step Thanksgiving cooking planner, to help you prep what you can in advance and keep your kitchen somewhat calm on Thursday. (Hahahaha! No, really. you can do it.)

(top image: turkey carving tips via William-Sonoma Taste)


Last-minute Thanksgiving Day help: food and drink recipes

Thanksgiving turkey help

Last-minute Thanksgiving ideas: Herbed Mayonnaise Roast Turkey from Nutmeg Nanny

Herbed Mayonnaise Roast Turkey from Nutmeg Nanny

How to cook your first turkey: The no-panic, step-by-step tutorial 

Easy and stress-free turkey recipes

How to cook a turkey: 5 easy recipes

4 cooking helplines to save your Thanksgiving

Easy last-minute table settings you can DIY


Thanksgiving veggies + side dish help

Last-minute Thanksgiving ideas: homemade cranberry sauce from A Sweet Pea Chef

Homemade Cranberry Sauce from A Sweet Pea Chef 

5 easy homemade cranberry sauce recipes

7 cranberry sauce recipes for every taste

Delicious slow-cooker mashed potatoes

7 of the best ever Thanksgiving stuffing recipes

A foolproof, step-by-step turkey gravy recipe

Thanksgiving recipes for vegetarians

7 delicious stuffing recipes for Thanksgiving

8 seriously amazing mashed potato recipes

Colorful fall salads because one can’t live on turkey and stuffing alone.


Thanksgiving Day dessert help

"Pumpkin Pie" Rice Krispies Treats are a hilarious and easy Thanksgiving dessert for kids who might not want the real thing. (Fine, more for us.)| Just a Taste
Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies Treats at Just a Taste


7 easy Thanksgiving desserts just for kids

6 cute Thanksgiving treats for kids, some of them healthy!

10 outrageously delicious pies for Thanksgiving

7 easy Thanksgiving desserts

8 tips for making homemade pie perfectly.

Free printables for Thanksgiving leftovers



Thanksgiving Day libations help

Last-minute Thanksgiving ideas: merry berry cocktail on Cool Mom Eats

Merry Berry Cocktail on Cool Mom Eats

Merry cocktail recipe for Thanksgiving

Ideas for the best wines under $22 that pair well with Thanksgiving dinner

Hot toddy recipe for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving printables, crafts, and family activities

Last-minute Thanksgiving Day help: Thanksgiving placemats for the kids' table from Martha Stewart

Free printable Thanksgiving place mats from Martha Stewart

11 ideas to make the kids’ Thanksgiving table more fun

11 really fun Thanksgiving printables: table decor, activity books, coloring pages

7 essential Thanksgiving books for kids written from the Native perspective

12 free (or mostly free!) fantastic Thanksgiving printables



Last minute Thanksgiving ideas: paper feather garland by Krisha Hinkle for I Heart Naptime

Paper Feather Garland by Krisha Hinkle for I Heart Naptime


10 easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids that are also awesome for table decor

DIY Thanksgiving placemats for kids

Thanksgiving printables including place cards, gift tags and coloring pages

3 videos to help explain Thanksgiving to kids

Ways to pay the thankfulness forward on Thanksgiving


Last-minute Thanksgiving ideas: free Thanksgiving bingo game board at Flavorwire

Printable Thanksgiving bingo game from Flavorwire

Our favorite family board games for 6 or more players

Thanksgiving books for kids from the Native perspective

Free printable Thanksgiving bingo game



Helpful Thanksgiving apps and online resources

Last-minute Thanksgiving ideas: Cooking help with the Epicurious app | Cool Mom Eats

 Epicurious app to help with Thanksgiving Day prep 


6 food apps to help you with your turkey

Free apps for safer road trips

Some of the best road trip apps for long holiday drives

Great Thanksgiving resources online to help with dinner


Happy Thanksgiving, Cool Moms!