Uh oh. You’ve left your thanksgiving dinner to the last minute (again!) and now you’re as good as a stuffed turkey? Well our Northerner friends, we’re here to save the day for you!

We’ve pulled together six tips for throwing a last-minute thanksgiving dinner with your nearest and dearest. You can thank us later!

1. Bake a pumpkin pie

This one’s a must! After all, what’s a thanksgiving dinner without some pumpkin pie? If you’re super short on time, head to the shops to buy a pre-made pumpkin pie, then add a cute phrase like the examples below to give your pie a personal touch. If you’ve got some time up your sleeve, you can check out our recipe for a super delicious pie right here.Blog_Tips_LastMinuteThanksgivingDinner_01

Left: via Studio DIY | Right: via House That Lars Built

2. String up a garland

Add instant wow-factor to your dining room with a thanksgiving inspired garland. Simple, effective and a quick way to add punch to your styling!Blog_Tips_LastMinuteThanksgivingDinner_02

Left: via Homey Oh My! | Right: via Tell and Love Party

3. Create a centrepiece

Simply grab some florals, fresh red apples or orange pumpkins, candles and foliage and whip together a festive centrepiece. It’ll be super quick to pull together and it’ll trick your guests into thinking you’ve been planning your decor for weeks! Blog_Tips_LastMinuteThanksgivingDinner_03

Left: via Sunday Suppers | Right: via Julie Blanner

4. Focus on place settings

What could be more exciting for guests than sitting down at a thanksgiving table and finding a stunning place setting? It won’t take much effort and you’ll make your guests feel all warm and fuzzy inside as soon as they take their seat. Blog_Tips_LastMinuteThanksgivingDinner_04

Left: via The Style House  | Right: via Just Destiny Mag

5. Make a thanksgiving-inspired dessert

We love these super cute thanksgiving inspired desserts. Whip up a quick batch of cookies or mini cakes to have your guests oooh-ing and ahh-ing after dinner has been served. Blog_Tips_LastMinuteThanksgivingDinner_05

Left: via Alana Jones-Mann + Sugar and Cloth | Right: via Studio DIY

6. Throw together some holiday cocktails

Whether it’s before, during or after your meal, there is no better way to get everyone into the holiday spirit than sipping on a delicious festive beverage. Check out our round up of thanksgiving cocktails right here. Blog_Tips_LastMinuteThanksgivingDinner_06

Left: via Sugar and Cloth | Right: via House Beautiful