Here is a simple appetizer: Celery filled with a mixture of cream cheese, minced garlic, chopped black olives, pine nuts, and black pepper (you can also add other ingredients such as chopped red and green bell peppers, onion, etc.); prosciutto-wrapped string cheese halves.
As another simple appetizer: Antipasto platter with rolled up salami, olives, artichoke hearts, and grape tomatoes.
Rather than cooking an entire turkey, with parts that nobody ends up eating, we sometimes order a few turkey breasts (such as from Marie Callender’s). That way everyone gets some delicious breast meat and there are leftovers for people to take home and for making turkey sandwiches.
Tofurkey is a delicious option for vegetarian guests.
My favorite side dish is this Brussels sprouts recipe I found in Sunset Magazine last year. I’ve been making it weekly ever since. Here it is: https://tastylittlemorsels.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/the-best-brussels-sprouts-ever-from-sunset-magazine/
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Bon Apetito!