5 Simple Thanksgiving Appetizer Plates

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Simple living starts with finding joy in the in-between moments and appreciating the little things that we don’t always notice. While holidays can sometimes feel like an obligation, there are special moments to uncover in every corner with a simple shift in perspective. Making some simple Thanksgiving appetizer plates is a special way to enjoy holiday gatherings with a present mind and an open heart.

I’ll be honest in saying that I haven’t always loved Thanksgiving. Growing up, this holiday felt kind of “stuffy.” There was the long drive to my grandma’s house, wearing stiff formal clothing, and too many political debates to count. Our traditional Thanksgiving dinner took days to prepare and endless hours to clean up.

Only recently, I started to see these beautiful in-between moments appear only when you are present enough to notice them. To find these hidden moments, look for the extra attention that goes into making each Thanksgiving tradition special. Like my grandma thoughtfully gathering autumn leaves to create minimalist centerpieces and making every dish from scratch (including the whipped cream for pumpkin pies).

While we might only always give our focus to the Thanksgiving dinner, we can uncover even more gratitude when we celebrate the other moments that may get overlooked. That’s where you’ll find the real magic behind a Thanksgiving gathering that can turn into a daily gratitude practice.

Over the last couple years, I started making simple Thanksgiving appetizer plates as a new tradition in my family. With grazing boards, fresh vegetables, and homemade recipes, this little cocktail hour has created a new space for our holiday celebration. Simple living welcomes a more casual and comfortable environment to enjoy each other’s company and relax before sitting down for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.


5 Simple Thanksgiving Appetizer Plates:

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1. A festive cheeseboard.

Cheeses: Fromage d'Affinois double cream brie, Port Salut semi-soft cow’s milk, truffle cheddar.

Meats: Italian Dry Salami, Soppressata, proscuitto.

Everything else: Grapes, figs, Raincoast Crisps, Flackers, rosemary, olives, apples, pears, breadsticks, Marcona almonds, fig jam, honey.

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2. Baked brie with figs, pistachio and orange zest.

I love making appetizers where you can kind of just glance over the steps and be creative with the presentation. You’ll find the recipe for baked brie and more simple Thanksgiving appetizer plates at Purewow.

Simple Tip: Add handwritten labels tied with a ribbon around fresh greenery.

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3. Blue cheese stuffed dates.

12 pitted dates, stuffed with semi-firm blue cheese, topped with 1 tbsp. toasted sliced almonds, and drizzled with honey. You’ll find the recipe for these simple blue cheese stuffed dates from Martha Stewart.

Simple tip: Use cutting boards and marble slabs as serving trays.

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4. Bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts with lemon dip and maple syrup.

The bacon wrapped brussels sprouts are the biggest hit at every Thanksgiving. They are so simple to make with just a couple ingredients. This year I’m going to double the recipe since these didn’t last long.

Simple Tip: Place a linen napkin under the serving dish for added dimension.

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5. Crudité with hummus and Bruce’s dip.

Vegetables: carrots, green beans, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers.

Dips: Hummus with olive oil and the incredible Bruce’s dip from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.

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