Holidays and Special Occasions

Menu Items for an All Day Thanksgiving

All day Thanksgiving menus probably sound crazy… If you’ve never had to work on Thanksgiving. Guys, if you and your family all have the whole day off and you’re free to eat whenever you want, you might not need any of this. But if you’re like my family, where one or more of you are shift workers at places that don’t close down for the holidays, eating at a regular time might not be an option. This year we’re basically eating Thanksgiving lunch, but imagine if you had to eat earlier than that. Yes, you can always eat your Thanksgiving dinner on a different day, and you still should if you want a whole turkey. But why not celebrate at least a little on the day of with a few of these all day Thanksgiving ideas?

All Day Thanksgiving Menu Suggestions

Breakfast/Brunch

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Most people probably don’t think about breakfast on Thanksgiving because they’re saving up for the big meal or don’t want to cook more than they have to. At least, that’s how I am. But if you have to head into work by 11:00 AM, why not have a big breakfast or brunch to hold you over until whatever day you celebrate? Or, if you’re eating really late, how about a little holiday food to kick off the day and make the wait easier? Here’s a couple of ideas:

Pumpkin Butter (for toast/French toast/cinnamon rolls)
Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash
Thanksgiving Stuffing Cakes
Cranberry Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Snacks

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I know you need snacks whether you’re dealing with all day Thanksgiving or not, but hear me out. If you’re eating at 4:00 PM, you know what to eat for snacks. Cheese, crackers, vegetables. Easy stuff. But, if you have to change your Thanksgiving dinner to a different day, or if you’re eating really late, perhaps you’d like a little hint of Thanksgiving.

Sausage Stuffing Balls
Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
Sweet Potato Tots
Crispy Green Bean Fries

Desserts to Go

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This is the one I personally have to use on my all day Thanksgiving. We’re eating early so my dad can go to work on time, but he might not be hungry enough for dessert before he goes. Pies are a staple for a Thanksgiving meal, but they’re not the easiest to take on the go, especially if you want all the good stuff that goes with it, like ice cream or whipped cream. You can still have your pie, but if you’ve got night shift workers in the house, perhaps you can send them off with a couple of these treats.

Apple Pie Bites
Mini Pecan Pies
Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Well, I hope some of these all day Thanksgiving ideas will help you out.  I obviously don’t expect you to cook meals all day long, or even eat them. It’s just some menu items that might help those of us celebrating at weird times. Oh, and whether you’re eating at 4:00 AM or 4:00 PM, don’t forget to have a fun tablescape. Here’s my historical ideas to get you started. So, anyone out there also celebrating at a weird time or a different day? What kinds of things do you eat while you wait?

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23 Comments

  1. These are all really great ideas! I love having my menu all planned and mapped out when I’m hosting. Thankfully this year I am only bringing a dish or two.

  2. It always seems like it is an all-day event in our home. While dinner is the main event – with travelers from out of town and in the home, the noshing happens all day long!

  3. Cranberry bbq meatballs sound so delicious and like the perfect snack for Thanksgiving. I love all of your ideas here, they all sound SO YUMMY!
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  4. Thanksgiving is an all-you-can-eat, all day event in some houses. We normally just have the dinner meal together. I love these all day menu ideas.

  5. robin rue says:

    Green bean fries sound good. I think I might be adding those to my menu this year. Awesome ideas ­čÖé

  6. All day Thanksgiving means having the family around and that’s always so much fun. The food ideas are tough though so I really appreciate all of these that you shared!

  7. Awesome ideas for an all day Thanksgiving feast! We’re having people over and they’re definitely staying for the entire day! I think these would be perfect food ideas.

  8. reesa says:

    I know so many families that do holidays like this. I would love to LOL! Food & the holidays = happiness for me!

  9. You have great ideas for the Holidays. I agree breakfast is out on Thanksgiving for sure to much awesome food to eat for dinner.

  10. Terri Steffes says:

    Everything sounds divine! If I were your guest, I would be so happy! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Journa Ramirez says:

    All day Thanksgiving feast might be challenging and stressful. Thanks for this post, such a big help!

  12. Thanksgiving all day long! You are speaking my language. Love the idea of all the bite size food. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  13. Thanksgiving is an all day event in my home. In-between the cooking and setting the table, we also have to entertain and feed the munchkins so having some food ready is helpful.

  14. I will be cooking brunch this year at home since we will be doing dinner at my dad’s house. Those cinnamon buns you have pictured look super delicious and I need to make them.

  15. I am definitely thinking about breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. We aren’t eating dinner until 3 which means breakfast really needs to tide us over until much later than normal lunch time.

  16. Angela says:

    This is such a fun idea! We kind of eat all day on Thanksgiving day. I love all these recipes, they look great!

  17. Thank you for sharing these delicious ideas for thanksgiving! I love trying new recipes and we don’t celebrate thanksgiving over here in Australia but i’d love to make some of the food you guys normally enjoy to try for myself!

  18. Thanksgiving in your house must be amazing and you start at breakfast and then go into snacks. I hope you have room for turkey and dressing.

  19. These are great menu options. I specifically like the breakfast suggestions. I love helping my family wake up to the smell of the holidays!

  20. Thanksgiving is really about eating all day long. I will be going for a run as soon as I wake up on Thursday haha. It will make me feel better about eating.

  21. We often forget about the early meals on Thanksgiving, but you have come up with some really great ideas! I especially like the sweet potato tots as a snack.

  22. Excellent ideas! When I was younger we would have all day grazing days celebrating with family. But now that I’m older and we’ve never had the opportunity to host in our home, we just eat a meal and go. Next year is my year!

  23. This is a great post. My family likes to eat early during the holidays but I prefer to sleep in and eat later in the afternoon.

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