Dan and I both have large extended families. And there are 2 scenarios that play out at every holiday gathering, Thanksgiving included.
The gathering is either so large that it becomes a potluck so no one person has to try to gather enough food for 30-plus people. Or, someone is hosting 12-14 people made up of immediate family, grandparents, and maybe some aunts and uncles.
Both of these situations require a large quantity of food and what better place to go than Costco to buy food? In this helpful article, I'll be sharing my tried and true heat-and-serve Costco items and some new to me items that I'm eager to try this Thanksgiving! And, all of them can be combined to make one large meal to serve 12-14 people for under $100.
1. Turkey ($55)
This centerpiece of Thanksgiving, a generous turkey, is perfect for large gatherings, offering succulent and flavorful meat that can be easily carved to serve everyone at your table.
2. Cranberry Sauce ($9)
A classic Thanksgiving staple, this cranberry sauce brings a delightful balance of tartness and sweetness, complementing the turkey and dressing wonderfully, while adding a festive color to your meal.
3. Holiday Dressing ($13)
Infused with herbs and a medley of flavors, this holiday dressing is a must-have side that pairs perfectly with turkey, enriching your Thanksgiving feast with its savory goodness.
4. Scalloped Potatoes ($8)
Creamy, rich scalloped potatoes provide a comforting and hearty side dish, ideal for satisfying a large family with their delicious layers of potatoes and cheese.
5. Rolls ($6)
Soft, fluffy rolls are essential for mopping up gravy and sauces, making them a versatile and beloved addition to your Thanksgiving spread.
6. Pumpkin Pie ($6)
his classic pumpkin pie, with its smooth, spiced filling and flaky crust, is the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert, offering a sweet ending to your festive meal.
Grand Total: $97
Cheese & Crackers Platter
Cranberry & Jalapeno Dip ($9)
This unique dip combines the tartness of cranberries with a zesty kick of jalapeno, creating an unforgettable flavor profile that's sure to be a hit as an appetizer or side for your Thanksgiving gathering.
Cheese Platter ($12)
An assorted cheese platter is a versatile and crowd-pleasing starter, offering a variety of flavors and textures that are perfect for guests to nibble on while the main meal is being prepared.
Wheat Thins ($9)
These crisp and flavorful Wheat Thins are ideal for pairing with the cranberry & jalapeno dip or cheeses, adding a satisfying crunch and wholesome taste to your Thanksgiving appetizer spread.
Mac and Cheese Bites ($13)
Bite-sized and delicious, these Mac and Cheese Bites offer a fun and indulgent twist on a classic comfort food, making them a delightful addition for guests of all ages at your Thanksgiving feast.
Appetizer Total: $43
Grand Total with Appetizers: $140
I hope you found some inspiration in this article but if you're looking for some homemade Thanksgiving ideas, try my Sweet Potato Casserole without Nuts, The Best Stuffing without Celery, or 20-Minute Cranberry Fireball Sauce. From my table to yours, happy Thanksgiving!