This weekend (well Monday if you want to be exact) is Canadian Thanksgiving and I love this holiday. I’m going home to see the family and going to stuff my face with tons of yummy goodies. I can’t wait.


For today’s post I have gathered up vintage ads with helpful tips and ideas on how to have the “perfect” Thanksgiving dinner. I have used the word “Perfect” in quotes because I’m not sure if that is actually possible for any sort of dinner BUT lets give it a try anyways.

Lets start off with a 1956Β Thanksgiving Dinner Menu idea.

Source: Modern Retro Woman

The Turkey

Foil Roasted Turkey will ensure you have the perfect turkey every time.

Note: I can’t be positive on this as I don’t cook but the ad sure makes it look like it does.

reynolds wrap vintage ad for turkey

I think that a “Guaranteed” Turkey means that your dinner will be…”Perfect”.

vintage turkey advertising

The Sides

Stuffing…Mandatory,Β and this ad gives you many different kinds to try (not sure how I feel about “Oyster Stuffing” though).

vintage 1940s stuffing receipe ad
Source: Found on vintage-ads.livejournal

Did you purchase too many Cranberries? Well don’t fret Ocean Spray has you covered.

Ocean Spray Vintage Cranberry ad for Thanksgiving

Kids can help as well with the trimmings for Thanksgiving.

Source: Ismoyo vintage playground

The Drinks

Of course Coca Cola must be served at dinner. No recipe needed for this task.

1940s vintage coca cola ad
Source: Flickr-Christian Montone

Maybe your more in the mood for a beer because “Beer Belongs”.

beer-at-thanksgiving vintage ad
Source: Auto Straddle

Whisky also has a place at the Thanksgiving table.

Vintage Seagrams Whiskey Ad
Source: Observ


Traditional Pumpkin Pie.

vintage 1950s pumpkin pie ad
Source: Flickr-vieilles_annonces

Non-Traditional Pumpkin Pie -Coconut Pumpkin Chiffon Pie! My stomach just growled while looking at this.

Coconut Pumpkin Chiffon Pie!

Not a pumpkin pie fan? Don’t fret here are a couple of other dessert ideas for the table.

Vintage Bakers Chocolate ad

Did you say marshmallows? I’m in!

vintage ad for marshmallow dessert
Source: Observ

Really really can’t cook? Well Swifts Premium will save the dinner!

Vintage Turkey Ad from 1960s
Source: Flickr-PROFile Photo Digital Archive

Or you can enjoy a good old TV Dinner that involves even less work.

vintage TV dinner ad for Turkey dinner
Source: Creative Pro

And of course we have to have ideas on what to do with the leftovers.

Source: Click America
Source: Pdxretro


Happy Thanksgiving Friends! And if you are using a vintage recipe for your festivities I would love to hear what it is.

Liz πŸ™‚

6 comments on “Vintage Tips for a “Perfect” Thanksgiving Dinner”

  1. Three giant cheers for this fabulously festive post!!! I’m a huge fan of Thanksgiving and really like that we get to enjoy it so early in the fall. A lot of my recipes are decades old, be they handed down from relatives or sourced from vintage cookbooks/magazines. Holidays like this just call for classics (most of the time at least) for me personally and the fact that so many of our beloved holiday foods are decades, if not centuries old, always had an extra lovely depth to this special day for me as well.

    Have a truly joyful Thanksgiving, my dear friend!

    β™₯ Jessica

    • Happy Happy Thanksgiving weekend Jessica! I cannot wait to read all about your festivities which I’m sure are going to be fantastic πŸ™‚

      We have some old family recipes we pull out at this time of the year too (mostly yummy desserts) and like you I agree that they extra something “extra special” to the day.


      Liz πŸ™‚

  2. You know how much I love these, especially anything Coke and that first ad. So fun! I didn’t realize your Thanksgiving is so soon. It’s still so hot in Texas, I can’t fathom a Thanksgiving meal. Although I think I’d eat and drink everything in this post.

    • It’s sadly not hot here πŸ™ But I actually like having Thanksgiving in October, gives time for me to lose the weight I’m going to pack on before the holiday season begins lol!

      Have a super weekend even if it’s not Thanksgiving in the US.


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