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Casual Thanksgiving Potluck

Whether you're hosting the party or bringing a dish, we have recipes and tips for an easy, festive potluck.

Allrecipes and Better Homes & Gardens are teaming up to help you have a Thanksgiving to remember.

Tips for Happy Hosting

Congratulations! You're going to have a stress-free Thanksgiving by sharing the cooking with friends and family. That frees you up to add a few creative touches to your holiday get-together.

Set the tone with handmade invitations. To make the invitations pictured below, type up your party details using a colored font, and print out on cardstock. Attach a strip of patterned paper along the left edge and cover the seam with brown ribbon. Add a festive sprig of bittersweet or other dried flowers using glue dots.

Decorate with seasonal style. Bring autumn's natural beauty indoors with these creative ideas.

Plan a menu. Include all the basic, must-have Thanksgiving dishes, then share the list and let guests pick a dish to bring.

Focus on the turkey. Since all of the side dishes, appetizers, and desserts will be handled by your guests, you can focus on roasting your best turkey yet.

Tips for Generous Guests

Bring a gift. Whether it’s a bottle of wine or a thoughtful, handmade item, a hostess gift is a simple way to say thanks. Make this tree-stamped cocktail napkin or find other fun hostess gift ideas at

Be in-the-know about food to go. Make sure the food you're bringing stays fresh and safe to eat at your destination. To avoid spoilage, keep cold foods cold and warm foods warm. Don't let any perishable food stay at or near room temperature for more than two hours. Allrecipes has practical tips for traveling safely with food.

Decorate your dish. Wrap your casserole or side dish with a festive holiday towel. (This can double as a hostess gift, too.) See more creative ways to package holiday food.

Get ready for a very happy Thanksgiving!

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