Here’s How Much to Make of Every Favorite Thanksgiving Dish
Time to fill up your plate!
Whether this is your first or twentieth year hosting Thanksgiving, figuring how much of each dish to make (or request to bring) is a head-scratcher. Avoid dishes full of leftover green bean casserole or running out of pumpkin pie by following our handy serving size charts for every single course, including beverages.
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Start the night off on the right foot with a platter or two of tempting appetizers. Since each guest will have about 6 pieces (or 2 tablespoons of dip) you can mix-and-match apps until you reach the right count.
Running out of drinks (or ice!) can be a hosting nightmare. Does someone run to the store halfway through the evening or does everyone sip on warm tap water? Keep the cocktails and mocktails flowing with these suggested volumes.
|5 Guests||10 Guests||20 Guests|
|Wine||3 bottles||5 bottles||10 bottles|
|Beer||15 cans||30 cans||60 cans|
|Champagne||3 bottles||5 bottles||10 bottles|
|Spirits||1 bottle||2 bottles||4 bottles|
|Liqueurs||1 bottle||1 bottle||2 bottles|
|Nonalcoholic (if alcohol provided/if not)||5/15 cans||10/30 cans||20/60 cans|
|Ice||5 lbs.||10 lbs.||20 lbs.|
Note: These allotments are based on one type of beverages over two hours. If your party is longer or you’re planning on having more than one type of drink, adjust accordingly.
As the star of any Thanksgiving spread, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have enough turkey to go around. If you find yourself in need of 20 pounds of turkey or more, split the weight between two smaller birds or add in turkey breast.
|Guests||Pounds of Turkey|
Organizing the score of Thanksgiving side dish options doesn’t have to be a brain-buster. We grouped side dishes into six main categories so you can split up the serving based on what dishes your family likes to eat.
|Per Person||5 Guests||10 Guests||20 Guests|
|Veggies Sides||3-4 ounces||2-3 cups||4-5 cups||9 cups|
|Potato Sides||1 potato||5 potatoes||10 potatoes||20 potatoes|
|Stuffing||3/4 cup||4 cups||7 1/2 cups||15 cups|
|Gravy||1/2 cup||2 1/2 cups||5 cups||10 cups|
|Cranberry Sauce||1/2 cup||2 1/2 cups||5 cups||10 cups|
|Bread (small rolls or slices)||2||10||20||40|