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You'll give many thanks for a Turkey Day gathering that's light on prep and heavy on fun with this cornucopia of helpful ideas.

Let us take care of the prep for you with a Publix Deli Holiday Dinner. Just place an order in advance and then simply pick up a fully-cooked Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. You'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of family and friends.

Take the guesswork out of what to serve for side dishes by turning your gathering into a potluck affair. Encourage guests to bring traditional family favorites (with the recipes, of course!) and new dishes.

Add to the festivity with table decor inspired by autumn's bounty:

  • Wrap autumn-color ribbon around the necks of wine bottles.
  • Fill wire baskets with fresh flowers and produce.
  • Nestle pieces of cardstock with guests' names atop pinecones for simple place cards.

When the last of the turkey has been devoured, round up the family and start a scrapbooking tradition. Encourage family members to design pages based on the memories they're most thankful for. Supply the following: family photos, acid-free colored paper or cardstock, pens, markers, embellishments, scissors, tape and glue.

Thanksgiving Your Way shares even more ideas to make this your best holiday ever!

Thanksgiving Event Planning Center

We can help make your holiday easy and delicious. Let Publix provide everything from a golden roasted turkey to classic side dishes and divine desserts, not to mention crowd-pleasing platters. Just visit our Thanksgiving Event Planning Center at your local Publix to meet with an associate, plan your menu, and place your order. Then you can pick everything up, all in one spot. Happy Thanksgiving!

Menu Made Easy 

Here's where we've figured out courses and servings for the party. Scroll down to see the Publix selections we suggest, then add appropriate sizes and/or quantities to your Planning List based on the estimated servings per course (see chart). If you're interested in other options, you may click View All to see everything else available by course. Or, you can use our Plan a Menu tool to build your own menu for the event.

# of Guests: 8 to 12 16 to 20 26 to 30
Course Recommended # of Servings
Appetizer 8-12 16-20 26-30
Entrée 8-12 16-20 26-30
Breads and Rolls 12-18 24-30 39-45
Desserts 12-18 24-30 39-45

The recommended servings are meant as a guide and not an exact calculator. Please consider that many factors may require you to make adjustments: the mix of adults and children, time of day, length of event, etc.

Appetizer   View All
Cheese Taster


Nibble away on these delicious bite-size cheeses. Boar's Head® Cheddar, Gouda, Colby, Swiss, Havarti, Muenster, smoked Gruyère and Pepperjack.

(Boar's Head, S) 8-12 Servings $33.99
(Boar's Head, M) 16-20 Servings $43.99
(Boar's Head, L) 26-30 Servings $53.99


Entrée   View All
Publix Deli Turkey Holiday Dinners
Publix Turkey Dinners


The centerpiece of the traditional holiday feast is a succulent, Publix Deli Fully Cooked Turkey. Ours simply requires heating before serving and comes with four delicious sides: 2.5 lb Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing, 2.5 lb Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, 32 oz Gravy, and 16 oz Cranberry-Orange Relish. Each side has 4—6 servings. If you would like to add more sides to your meal, view a complete list of available Publix Deli side dishes.

Regular turkey dinner (7—10 servings). Includes 10-to 12-lb cooked turkey and one container of each side.

Large turkey dinner (14—18 servings). Includes 16-to 18-lb cooked turkey and two containers of each side.

(Regular) 7-10 Servings $39.99
(Large) 14-18 Servings $79.99


Breads and Rolls   View All
Potato Rolls
Potato Rolls


Made from our own "secret" recipe, Publix Potato Rolls are soft and rich because of the potato flour we use. Serving ware shown not included.

12-count,  6 - 8 Servings $2.99


Reminder Items Select All

Details, Details
Extra help is here: We've made a list of items you may want to have on hand for this particular event. Check those you'd like to be reminded of when you go shopping, and then add to your Planning List along with your Publix selections.

balloons flowers thank you cards
candles/matches ice utensils
condiments invitations whipped cream
cups/glasses napkins wine/beer
decorations plates
disposable camera serving dishes


Thanksgiving Tips

Discover useful turkey tips and hints for preparing, roasting and carving your turkey. You'll find helpful step-by-step videos, a recipe on how to make the perfect gravy and much more!
  • Set the table or the buffet the day before, down to the candles, napkins and centerpiece. Place your serving platters and bowls near the buffet.
  • Ask if guests are bringing an appetizer, salad or dessert so you don't end up with too much of one thing and not enough of another.