Thanksgiving—the Southern cook’s ultimate holiday. Whether you’re responsible for the whole meal or just a dish, choosing the right recipe is the secret to success. Plus, adding a touch of festive decor, like a beautiful fall centerpiece or turkey-themed place cards, will sure to elevate the occasion. Whatever your style, Southern Living has hundreds of editor-approved Thanksgiving menu ideas and holiday tips to keep the preparation stress-free.

Southern Living Homemade Mashed Potatoes in a bowl to serve
Homemade Mashed Potatoes
Southern Living Sweet Tea Brined Ham with Lemon Glaze on a platter to serve
Sweet Tea-Brined Ham With Lemon Glaze
Fig, Pecan, And Brie Bites
Fig, Pecan, And Brie Bites