Mid-Century Menu Monday: Thanksgiving Edition!

Mid-Century Menu Monday! Your 1950s Meal-Plan Monday for weekly vintage dinner menus.

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Happy Thanksgiving Week! I love Thanksgiving, and every year, I make a giant vintage dinner — appetizers, turkey, 8-10 sides, pie. I do it pretty much all myself, although I finally have teenagers old enough to help, thank goodness! Anyway, for this week, we all still have to eat (and eat, and eat), so here are my weekly dinner menus for Mid-Century Menu Monday — Thanksgiving week style!

Mid-Century Menu Monday! Your 1950s Meal-Plan Monday for weekly vintage dinner menus.

Mid-Century Menu Monday Dinners for Thanksgiving Week


  • Swiss Steak (Not casserole this week!)
  • Fluffy Rice
  • Green Peas
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Apple-Celery Salad
  • Miracle Spice Cupcakes and Creamy Frosting


  • Broiled Chicken
  • Baked Stuffed Potatoes
  • Acorn Squash Rings
  • Plain Rolls
  • Mushroom Salad
  • Cranberry Cake Roll


  • Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Green Beans Parmesan
  • Plain Rolls
  • Pumpkin Custard and Snickerdoodles

Thursday — Thanksgiving!

  • In the Living Room:
    • Tomato juice cocktail
    • Braunschweiger Olives
    • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • At the Dinner-Table:
    • Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy and Bread Stuffing
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Puffy Mallow Sweet Potatoes
    • Green Beans de Luxe
    • Baked Onions Deluxe
    • Custard Corn Pudding
    • Old-Fashioned Pan Rolls and Butter
    • Jellied Cranberry Sauce
    • Raw Relishes
    • Cranberry-Pineapple Relish
  • Afters:
    • Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie with Cream
    • Mixed Nuts
    • Coffee


  • Turkey Hash
  • Scalloped Vegetable Casserole
  • Spicy Peach-Cranberry Ring
  • Filled Rolls
  • Baked Apples


  • Creamed Turkey De Luxe
  • Fluffy Rice
  • Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Relishes
  • Pumpkin Pie

Sunday — The First Day of Advent

  • Old English Spiced Cider
  • Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Buttered Green Beans
  • Glazed Small Onions
  • Speedy Whole Cranberry Sauce
  • Crescent Rolls
  • Celery and Carrot Sticks
  • Mince Pie with Cream

Notes for This Week’s Mid-Century Menus

Before you ask: yes, I make all of that for Thanksgiving. Yes, I am almost 9 months pregnant, but my teenagers will be helping me. I do all the prep on Tuesday and Wednesday, then Thursday is an assembly line of cooking and dishing up. I plan on at least 12-15 people, and I use vintage recipes that serve 6-8, so I double all the recipes, and make a 20+ lb. turkey. Yes, I use all vintage recipes, also — the recipes I’m using this year are all from the 1955 edition of the Good Housekeeping Cook Book. (The Sunday menu is straight out of Good Housekeeping Magazine from the 1940s. Yes, I repeat the turkey on Sunday for more leftovers.)

If you would like, you can check out the rest of my mid-century dinner menus. And if you make the menus, share a pic on Instagram and tag me! (Are you following me on Instagram? I share a lot of vintage homemaking quick wins over here!)

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