Thanksgiving Entertaining

Create a Memorable Thanksgiving Feast with Hass Avocados

Cornocopia of Avocados

Since the historic first celebration in Plymouth Colony in 1621, Thanksgiving has centered on food, family and gratitude for our blessings - which makes Thanksgiving the ideal time for a get-together with family and friends. Create a memorable occasion with our cornucopia of entertaining ideas and delicious Hass Avocado Thanksgiving recipes. They are perfect for you to share with those you are thankful for and as easy as pumpkin pie to make.

Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips & Ideas

Entertaining and Decorating Tips:

Avocado Centerpiece
  • Keep little hands busy while you are preparing the big feast. Set up a craft table with construction paper, safety scissors, glue sticks, washable markers, yarn and dry macaroni. Or for an edible craft prepare beforehand cut avocado halves, chopped fruits and vegetable pieces like broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and olives for them to shape into tiny gobblers or let their imagination take flight. Ask adults or older kids to take turns (10 or 15 minute max) supervising.

  • Keep the centerpiece simple and natural. Fill a low, open basket, glass bowl or rustic crate with seasonal fruits, vegetables and autumn leaves. No leaves in your area? Cut your own using leave cookie cutters to trace shapes on inexpensive felt squares. Or buy 4" potted chrysanthemums and place them down the center of the table interspersed with votive candles. You can cut holes in the tops of mini pumpkins and apples and use them to hold the candles.Thanksgiving Feast

  • Shopping lists really do help take the stress out of preparing a big meal and eliminate last-minute grocery store runs. Order your turkey and buy canned goods and other non-perishables well ahead of time. Be sure to buy your avocados 3 to 5 days ahead so that they're ripe in time for recipes. Buy all other fresh produce and perishables two days before Thanksgiving. If you have to go to the store the day before, go early in the morning to avoid the crowds and get the best selection.

  • Instead of wine, consider a fragrant hot apple cider. Toss in a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange and lemon, studded with a few whole cloves. Serve it in a crock pot so everyone can help themselves.

  • Provide 3x5 cards and pens near your front door, along with a nice box or basket. As guests arrive, ask them to write one or two things they've been especially thankful for in the past year and place the card in the basket. After everyone is seated and before dinner is served, pass the basket around and ask guests to pick a card and read it aloud.

Hass Avocados Thanksgiving Recipes:

  • Hass Avocado Pear Honey Pastry RoundsFor an elegant appetizer that's easy to make, try Hass Avocado Pear Honey Pastry Rounds, using frozen puffed pastry sheets. Bake the pastry up to two days in advance, store at room temperature in an air-tight container and assemble in minutes before your guests arrive.
  • Turn an average relish tray into something special with Avocado Hummus, a flavorful accompaniment to raw vegetables.
  • Shake up your traditional Thanksgiving menu. Instead of cranberry sauce, try Cranberry Guacamole. Dried cranberries add a tangy zip. They go great with the big meal or on leftover turkey sandwiches. Just be sure to keep in air-tight containers.
  • Rise above the ordinary by adding creamy Hass Avocados to your leftovers. If you want a real taste adventure, try our Avocado Hummus and Turkey Bacon Sandwich.

Thanksgiving Recipes:

Avocado Turkey and Brie Panini Recipe

Cranberry Guacamole Recipe

Kale Avocado Salad Recipe

Gluten-Free Mini Spice Cupcakes Recipe