Stress-Free Small Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

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This small Thanksgiving dinner menu is the perfect way to entertain a smaller group of friends or immediate family this holiday season. To make it easy and customizable, I give you a few great options for a main course, side, and dessert, and you just pick and choose your favorite recipes! So gather your loved ones and share this comforting holiday feast!

A Thanksgiving table set with four places with fresh flowers.

Who says you can’t have a traditional Thanksgiving feast with a small gathering?!

I’ve rounded up a collection of my all-time favorite recipes for Thanksgiving and given you a simple way to plan your Thanksgiving menu!

Simply choose (1) main course, (2) side dishes, and (1) dessert.

The best part is that these are all easy recipes and many of them can be prepped the day before your Thanksgiving meal.

If you are preparing dinner for just 2, these recipes are still perfect–they are all easy to adjust or cut in half.


Don’t need a huge Thanksgiving feast this year? These small Thanksgiving dinner ideas and options will make pulling together your menu a breeze! Just choose 1-2 items from each category and let your holiday celebration begin!

All *starred items can be made ahead! (the day before).

Main Course Options (Choose 1)

Side Dish Options (Choose 2)

Dessert Options (Choose 1)


1. Mix homemade and store-bought ingredients: Taking some “shortcuts” from the store can make your holiday dinner hassle-free. For example, the gravy mix in my perfect mashed potatoes and gravy recipe is a godsend, Such HUGE time savers! Less time in the kitchen, means more quality time with your guests!

2. Prep ahead of time: So many of the side dish ideas AND the desserts I listed above can be made the day before and just warmed up in the oven before you’re ready to eat.

3. Dress up your table: Simple decorations from the dollar or craft store can go a long way when dressing up your holiday table! I also love fresh flowers from Trader’s Joes or your local grocery store.

4. Give thanks: **THE** most important part of the holiday! Don’t forget to take a few moments throughout the day to give thanks for health, family and friends, amazing food, and whatever else makes your heart happy! We still have a long-standing tradition of going around the holiday table and saying what we’re thankful for!

Overhead photo of a family enjoying a  small Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope you love these options for a Small Thanksgiving Dinner Menu! If you make any of these recipes be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you liked it! Enjoy, xo!

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  1. Well doesn’t that all look YUMMY!! I have been looking at air fryers- what do you recommend? I would like something that is big enough to cook a turkey breast or a roast!

    1. Thanks! I have TWO air fryers! LOL! So I cooked this turkey breast in my Cosori L501 which is s drawer-style air fryer. I LOVE the way it cooks things so easily. We also have the Cosori 12 in 1 which we use EVERY SINGLE day for air frying, baking, toasting, etc. It’s bigger, so it works if I am cooking for my whole family. In most of my air fryer recipes, this is the one I use. Feel free to message me with any other questions, Mary! xo