10 Must Have Kitchen Gadgets for Hosting Your First Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving

11.07.17 - BY RSVP International

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! The task of cooking a big meal for family and friends may seem daunting, especially if you’re a first-time host. To pull off a successful Thanksgiving dinner, you want the right kitchen tools available to make everything run more smoothly.
So if you’re not in the habit of cooking large meals or stocking your very first kitchen, it’s the perfect time to take stock of what tools you have on hand and invest in some new ones.
Here are a few kitchen gadgets that can help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner quickly and efficiently!

Pastry Blender

  1. If you want to go above-and-beyond and make the perfect homemade pie crusts for your pumpkin pies, a pastry blender is a must.
  • Pro tip: Our unique five blade design helps cut butter and blend ingredients for flakey crusts, biscuits, and pastries.
  1. You don’t want to serve something raw or overcooked, so timing is everything when preparing your Thanksgiving dinner. As you juggle cooking multiple things at once, having a handy kitchen timer can help keep you on track and prevent any undercooking or overcooking mishaps.


Roasting pan

  1. It isn’t Thanksgiving without a perfectly browned turkey, right? If it’s your first time cooking the main course, you’ll likely need to invest a roasting pan large enough to fit the bird.


Garlic Press

  1. From mashed potatoes to green beans, garlic is an essential ingredient that adds flavor and texture to your food. A garlic press can help make quick work of mincing and help you get the best flavor for your Thanksgiving recipes.
    • Pro tip: For the easiest clean up, be sure to rinse your garlic press quickly once you’re done using it!
  2. Wine Glasses

  3. The holidays are no place to serve wine in red solo cups. If you haven’t already, upgrading to some elegant-looking wine glasses will make your Thanksgiving table look classier and impress your guests.


Bench Scraper

  1. You’ll be doing a lot of measuring and leveling when preparing your Turkey Day meal, so a bench scraper will definitely come in handy. You can use it to accurately level flour, cut dough, and quickly scoop and transfer ingredients.


Onion Goggles

  1. Chances are you have a holiday recipe that calls for onions. Thankfully, RSVP’s patented onion goggles protect your eyes and spare you the watering, itchiness, and discomfort that comes with cutting up onions. While you can cut onions without these goggles, why would you want to? They’re a lifesaver!


High-Quality Knives

  1. Quality knives can be expensive, but they also make a world of difference when preparing a big meal. Investing in paring knives and chef knives that are sharp and fit well in your hand will help speed up prep time for your Thanksgiving meal and all others to follow!


Rolling Pin

  1. If you’re not a frequent baker, a high-quality rolling pin may not be stashed away in your kitchen cupboards. If you plan to bake any pies for your Thanksgiving gathering, you’ll definitely want to invest in one. As an added bonus, you can pull it out again in a few months to make Christmas cookies!


Measurement Guides

  1. Preparing a big meal may require you to do more measurement conversions than you’re used to. Incorrectly measured ingredients can quickly take something from delicious to disappointing, so it’s important you get it right. If math isn’t your strong suit, it might help to have a measurement guide in plain sight to make sure you’re converting numbers correctly.

You’re on your way to prepping your first Thanksgiving meal that friends and family will love. As you prepare for your Thanksgiving hosting duties, be sure to check out these kitchen organization tips and browse our Pinterest board for all sorts of delicious fall-inspired recipes! Happy Thanksgiving!