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First-Time Thanksgiving Dinner Essentials

Thanksgiving List for First Timers 

After decades of getting served, is it finally your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t despair! We’ve got you covered with our Thanksgiving checklist for first-timers! Find everything you need in a single trip to the grocery store so that you have all of the ingredients necessary to prepare a fabulous and impressive Thanksgiving spread for your family and friends! We have ingredients for all of the classics, including turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and of course, pumpkin pie!


  • Butter 
  • Eggs 
  • Flour 
  • White sugar 
  • Brown sugar 
  • Baking soda 
  • Olive oil 
  • Red-wine vinegar 
  • Salt and pepper

Turkey & Gravy 

  • Turkey sized for your party 
  • Rosemary 
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes 

  • Bag of large potatoes 
  • Breading 
  • Onions 
  • Carrots 
  • Celery

Cranberry Sauce 

  • Canned cranberries 
  • White sugar

Pumpkin Pie 

  • Canned pumpkins
  • Cinnamon 
  • Nutmeg
  • Unbaked pie crust 
  • Ginger 
  • Sweetened condensed milk 
  • Whipped cream 

Don’t Forget! 

  • Bake at home rolls 
  • Coffee and tea 
  • Wine, beer, and alcohol free beverages

Thanksgiving Shopping List for First-Timers