A look at how Thanksgiving has changed from the 1950s to now. This 1950s Thanksgiving menu is a fun look at the past and may even give you some new recipe ideas.
It’s so interesting to look at food people ate in the past, especially for holidays. The Thanksgivings of the past are one of those interesting places to look.
I love reading vintage magazines. I buy them and find articles people have shared online from the magazines. I decided to look for some vintage articles showing Thanksgiving menu ideas from the 1950s and founds some great ones.
I wanted to share one with you as well. Many of the items are very familiar and still served today but some are a bit more unusual.
I also tried to find as many recipes to share as well. Some of the recipes are likely a bit more modern than what they ate in the 1950s but they are similar.
Some I couldn’t find, like steamed acorn squash rings. All of the recipes I found were roasted not steamed. I’m also not sure what the green olives were stuffed with.
I think it would be fun to have a 1950s style of Thanksgiving at some point. I feel like that menu would need some kind of jello salad though, even if the menus I’ve found surprisingly didn’t suggest any. Can you really have a mid-century dinner without something encased in jello?
1950s Thanksgiving Menu
- Tomato-Clam Juice Cocktail
- Roast Turkey
- Celery Hearts
- Stuffed Green Olives
- Carrot Sticks
- Sausage-Chestnut Stuffing
- Giblet Gravy
- Mashed Potatoes
- Butter Green Peas
- Steamed Acorn-Squash Rings
- Creamed Onions
- Whole Cranberry Sauce
- Hot Rolls
- Pecan Pie
We often think of the 1950s as not being a very healthy era, after all, they often put salads in jello. However, this Thanksgiving menu featured a lot of vegetables. Sure there is still a lot of fat but overall it’s pretty balanced.
Who knows how many people followed this kind of menu but it’s very interesting to see what kind of meal was suggested. If you were alive in the 1950s I’d love to hear what you remember eating for Thanksgiving, share in the comments below.
Planning Your 1950’s Thanksgiving
If you want to plan a 1950s style Thanksgiving you want to be organized. I’m sure in the 1950s they would have just used a notebook to plan but we have a lot more options these days.
I have a printable Thanksgiving planner available that is great for planning a modern or retro Thanksgiving meal. It will help you stay on track, make grocery lists, keep track of recipes and more.
The key is to plan ahead of time and get what you can done ahead of time. It makes your Thanksgiving so much more relaxed if you have a plan and have already prepped before Thursday.