Adult Only Thanksgiving Party

Adult Only Thanksgiving Party

Adult Only Thanksgiving Party
Adult Only Thanksgiving Party

Have you recently made the decision to host a Thanksgiving party? If so, have you decided on which type of party you would like to have? If you are looking for a nice way to celebrate Thanksgiving with other adults, namely your friends, you may be interested in hosting an adult only Thanksgiving party. An adult only Thanksgiving party may not only be a little bit easier for you to plan, but it is a party that your guests will likely enjoy attending.

When it comes to planning an adult only Thanksgiving party, as previously mentioned, the planning is a little bit easier than the planning associated with a children’s party or a party that is for individuals of all ages. Despite the fact that it may be easier to plan an adult only Thanksgiving party, you will still find that there is a fairly large amount of planning and preparation that is needed. In most cases, you will find that the sooner you start planning your adult only Thanksgiving party, the sooner you can start to enjoy yourself.

As with all other parties, including Thanksgiving parties, it is important that you invite your guests. In fact, before you start planning the rest of your Thanksgiving party, it is advised that you invite your guests first. Thanksgiving, as well as the rest of the holiday season, is a busy time. You will want to give your guests their invites early, preferably at least a month in advance. An early invite will help to ensure that your guests do not make other plans for that day or evening. It is also advised that you inform your guests, on their invitation, of your party status. Unless your Thanksgiving party guests know that your party has an adult only theme, they may bring their children along with them.

After you have started inviting your guests, or at least made a guest list, you can begin to start planning and preparing for the rest of your Thanksgiving party. One of the first things that you will want to do is decide what type of food, drinks, or snacks that you want to serve. Since you are having an adult only party, it may be a good idea to have alcoholic beverages on hand. It is not required that you serve alcohol at your Thanksgiving party, but you will likely find that most of your guests expect you to. In addition to whether or not you want to serve alcohol at your party, you will also need to decide whether or not you want your party to include dinner. If not, a wide array of snacks should be more than enough.

Although we often associate party games with children, there are many adults who enjoy playing party games. Party games are a great source of entertainment for any party, including an adults’ only party. Online, you should easily be able to find a number of adult themed party games. You can find these ideas with a standard internet search. In addition to using the internet, you can also find a collection of party games at many of your local retail stores. While these games will likely not have a focus on Thanksgiving, you and your party guests may still enjoy playing them.

It may also be a good idea to decide where, in your home, your Thanksgiving party will take place. Many party hosts have their parties in more than one room, but the decision is completely yours to make. Many Thanksgiving parties take place in the kitchen, dinning room, family room, den, or living room. In addition to preparing your rooms for your party, by cleaning them, you can also decide how you would like them decorated. Any party, including a Thanksgiving party, isn’t complete without a little bit of festive spirit; spirit that Thanksgiving party decorations generate.

As you can see, there is still a fairly large amount of planning that goes into hosting an adult only Thanksgiving party. Despite all of the planning and preparation that is needed, you will likely be pleased with your decision to host a party for your family, friends, and anyone else who you choose to invite.

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Thanksgiving Party Hosting

Thanksgiving Party Hosting

Thanksgiving Party Hosting
Thanksgiving Party Hosting

When it comes to Thanksgiving, a fairly large amount of focus is placed on families. While you are always urged to spend the holidays with your family, whenever you have the chance, you may not necessarily be able to. Each year, millions of Americans spend Thanksgiving alone. Whether you may end up spending the Thanksgiving holiday alone or some of your friends might, you don’t necessarily have to. If you want to make it so you are not alone on Thanksgiving or those that you know and love aren’t alone, you could make the decision to host a Thanksgiving party at your home.

As previously mentioned, the greatest reasons why you may want to host a Thanksgiving party is so that no one will be alone for the holidays. Whether you choose to invite your friends, family members, coworkers, or neighbors, there is a good chance that you may, literally, be making someone’s holiday. In addition to party guests that have no other plans or family in the area, you may also find that even those that do have other plans will try and stop by your Thanksgiving party. There is just something about the holiday season, as well as a party, that makes everyone want to socialize, even with those that they may not personally know well.

Another reason why you may be interested in hosting a Thanksgiving party is to create a social network of friends, family members, neighbors, or coworkers. Whether you are new to the neighborhood, the family, or even work, you may want to think about hosting a Thanksgiving party and inviting your new friends or acquaintances. If you are new to the area, you may find that hosting a Thanksgiving party is one of the best ways to familiarize yourself with those that you may end up interacting with, as well as make new friends. Even if you are not new to the workplace, area, or family, it may be good idea to host a Thanksgiving party and invite someone who may be. You may help make it easier for that individual to feel more comfortable in their new setting.

If you are a parent, it may also be a good idea to for you to host a Thanksgiving party. No matter what the age of your child or children, one thing is for sure, kids love parties. In fact, you may even want to think about hosting a kids’ only Thanksgiving party. Your child would likely enjoy the fact that you are willing to plan a party just for them and their friends. If you would prefer to host a Thanksgiving party that you, as well as your children would enjoy, you may want to think about hosting an all ages Thanksgiving party. An all ages Thanksgiving party would make it so your child or children could invite their friends, but so you would also invite your own guests as well.

Another one of the many reasons why you should, at least, think about hosting a Thanksgiving party is because they are relatively easy to host. Of course, you will find that some planning and preparation is involved, but what is nice about planning your own Thanksgiving party is that you could, literally, make your party anything that you want it to be. For instance, if you would like to go all out and plan the ultimate party of the year, you may want to think about hosting a formal Thanksgiving party. If you are interested in hosting a Thanksgiving party, but you don’t want all of the hassle that goes along with planning one, you may want to host a casual Thanksgiving party. The type of Thanksgiving party that you choose to host will have a direct impact on exactly how easy it is to host your own party.

Whether you are looking to please your children, avoid spending the holidays alone, or if you just want to have a party, you may want to seriously consider hosting your own Thanksgiving party. If you would like to, you are urged to act fast. You will want to invite your guests before they make other plans or someone else decides to host their own Thanksgiving party.

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Most Out of Your Thanksgiving

Most Out of Your Thanksgiving

Most Out of Your Thanksgiving
Most Out of Your Thanksgiving

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving party this year? If so, have you thought about making sure that you enjoy yourself? Unfortunately, when it comes to hosting a party, such as a Thanksgiving party, there are many party hosts who tend to worry more about their guests than themselves. While it is always important to make sure that your guests are having fun and enjoying themselves, what good is a party if you can’t enjoy it yourself?

When it comes to making the most out of your Thanksgiving party, there are a number of steps that you can take to make sure that you, as well as your guests, enjoy the party. Perhaps, the easiest way to do this is to start planning and preparing for your party early. Early preparation has been known to help make sure that everything is in order before your party gets underway; thus likely greatly reducing or eliminating the stress associated with planning a party. By examining all of your supplies ahead of time, you should be able to notice, ahead of time, whether or not something is missing. This means that you will not have to be worried about running out for extra supplies just as your party is starting to get underway.

If you are planning on incorporating a Thanksgiving dinner into your Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to start your cooking the day before. Of course, there will likely be some items on your menu, such as the Turkey, that you will want to cook the day of your party, but there are other items that you could easily prepare and store in your refrigerator. Limiting the number of tasks that you have to do, during your party or the day of it, will likely make it easier for you to enjoy yourself.

In addition to starting your cooking early, it may also be a good idea to ask your guests to help you. While many party hosts do not like to do this, many feel that they are intruding, it is quite normal. Each year, a large number of party hosts, in fact many, ask for assistance from their guests. You will also find that many of your family members or close friends would be more than willing to help you with your Thanksgiving party. Whether they come to your home and help you cook and hang party decorations or just bring a side dish that they prepared at home, you will likely benefit from the help. The more help that you receive, the less stressed you are likely to be and the less stress you have, the more you should be able to enjoy your party.

When you invite guests to you Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to ask them to either confirm or deny their invite. This will, without a doubt, make it easier for you to plan and enjoy your Thanksgiving party. By knowing how many guests should attend, you should be able to get everything prepared early and on time. Of course, you will always want to prepare for a few extra guests, but by asking your guests to confirm their presence, your Thanksgiving party should be a lot easier to plan and enjoy.

As you can see, there are a number of different steps that you can take to make planning and hosting a Thanksgiving party easy and stress free. As previously mentioned, the less stress you have, the more likely you are to enjoy yourself. Whether you ask for assistance from friends or start your preparations early, you should be able to enjoy yourself at your own Thanksgiving party.

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Thanksgiving Party Preparation

Thanksgiving Party Preparation

Thanksgiving Party Preparation
Thanksgiving Party Preparation

Are you in the mist of planning a Thanksgiving party? When it comes to Thanksgiving parties, a large amount of focus is placed on the planning and the preparation. While it is always advised that you plan and prepare for your party in advance, there are some things that just cannot be done until the last minute or, at least, the day of your party. That is why it may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the last minute party preparations that you will have to make.

Depending on the size of your Thanksgiving party, you may need to make additional accommodations for your guests. These accommodations may likely include seating arrangements. If you need to set up additional tables and chairs, it may be a good idea to save that task until the day of your Thanksgiving party. This will prevent your home from being cluttered with additional tables and chairs; tables and chairs that may very well be in your way.

Since a Thanksgiving party is not complete without Thanksgiving decorations, there is a good chance that you will be decorating your home. If you do choose to decorate your home, for your Thanksgiving party, you may want to leave the decorations until the last minute. Of course, you can always put your decorations up early, if you want to, but there are a number of benefits to leaving them down until the day of your party. Those benefits include the lack of dust that will accumulate on those decorations and the less likelihood of them getting damaged before your party even begins.

If you decided to incorporate a Thanksgiving dinner into your Thanksgiving party, you may have prepared some of your foods and side dishes early. While you can prepare a number of dished in advance, there are some that need to be made at the last minute. Whether you are cooking a turkey or preparing a fresh salad, you may need to do your cooking on the day of, likely the morning of, your party. Even if you are just serving snacks and drinks at your party, you will want to wait until that day to start setting them out.

Another task that you may want to leave until the day of your party is the cleaning of your home. While you can also start to prepare your home a few days before your party is set to take place, there are some cleaning tasks that you may want to leave until the last few hours. These tasks may include a quick dusting, as well as a quick vacuum. Waiting until the day of your Thanksgiving party to sweep or vacuum your home will help to ensure that your home is as clean as it could possibly be.

In addition to the above mentioned tasks, you will likely find that there are number of other tasks that you may like to complete on the day of your Thanksgiving party. If you are currently in the planning stages, it may be a good idea to develop a party checklist or a party planning schedule. This may make it easier to decide what you should and shouldn’t save until the day of your Thanksgiving party. In addition to giving you a set schedule to follow, you will also likely find that planning your party ahead of time, even at the last minute, will make it easier for you to enjoy yourself, even before your Thanksgiving party begins.

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Thanksgiving Party for All Ages

Thanksgiving Party for All Ages

Thanksgiving Party for All Ages
Thanksgiving Party for All Ages

Are you interested in planning a Thanksgiving party this year? If you love the holiday season and throwing parties, there is a good chance that you may be interested in hosting a party for Thanksgiving. If you are interested, you will need to decide which type of party you would like to have. In general, a large number of party hosts like to plan parties that are only for adults or those that are only for kids. As nice as it is to plan a party just for kids or just for adults, it is sometimes difficult to do. There will likely always be parents who won’t want to part with their kids, even just for a few hours. That is why you may want to think about hosting a Thanksgiving party that is designed for individuals of all ages.

When it comes to hosting an all ages Thanksgiving party, you will likely find that a little bit more work is involved. This is because you do not need to plan for a specific group of individuals, but two different groups. You will want to make sure that your Thanksgiving party has activities that target the adults, as well as the children. That is why, sometimes, a little bit more preparation is involved; however, that extra preparation will likely make your Thanksgiving party that much more enjoyable.

As previously mentioned, you will need to have activities that target both adults and children. You may want to develop party games that can be played with both adults and children or different games for each. You will likely find that if and when children are occupied with something, the adults can enjoy a different activity. You can easily purchase board games, for both adults and children, at your local department store. If you are looking for low-cost game or entertainment ideas, you can easily find a large number of suggestions online. This can easily be done with a standard internet search.

In addition to entertainment, you will also need to think about the food. In most cases, you will find that children and adults like to eat and drink different things. Drinkwise, it is always a good idea to have nonalcoholic drinks on hand because not all adults like to drink alcohol. In addition to soda, which is a common party beverage, it may also be a good idea to have to have plenty of water or juice drinks on hand. As for food, you may also want to create a couple of side dishes or snacks that target children. If you do not have any children, it may be a good idea to get food and snack suggestions from other parents or online. As with entertainment ideas, you can easily find kid approved recipes online, with a standard internet search.

If and when you make the decision to host a Thanksgiving party for individuals of all different ages, it may be a good idea to let your guests know. When it comes to parties, even holiday parties, many guests assume that they should come alone. For the best balance, between children and adults, it may be a good idea to encourage your guests to bring their children. In fact, having other children present may help to keep the other kids happy and occupied.

The above mentioned Thanksgiving party planning tips are just a few of the many that exist. As you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can benefit from or go about planning a Thanksgiving party for both adults and children.

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Thanksgiving Party Invitations

Thanksgiving Party Invitations

Thanksgiving Party Invitations
Thanksgiving Party Invitations

When it comes to planning a party, even a Thanksgiving party, a large amount of focus is placed on the party itself. While it is important to thoroughly plan out and prepare for you Thanksgiving party, in advance, there are some party hosts who forget the importance of inviting their guests. While guests always end up getting invited, it isn’t in the way that they always wished to be invited. If you are hosting a Thanksgiving party, you are urged to invite your guests with real party invitations; you will find that there are a number of benefits to doing so.

Perhaps, the biggest benefit to inviting your guests to your Thanksgiving party with formal invitations is the fact that your invitations will reflect upon your party. Guests who receive a simple phone call or an email may still be likely to attend your party, but there is also a chance that they may not want to. One of the reasons for that is because guests often feel that they should be invited to a party formally, not in a completely casual matter. A quick phone call or email may make your guests feel as if you do not really want them at your party. That is why it is advised that, whenever possible, you send your Thanksgiving party guests real invitations.

When it comes to party invitations, you will find that you have a number of different options. The most popular option, perhaps, is using store bought invitations. Store bought invitations are nice and they typically come with pre-filled recommendations, such as your Thanksgiving party time, date, and place. What is nice about store bought party invitations is that they come in a number of different styles. If you are looking for a somewhat elegant invitation, you could easily find some at your local department store or party supply store. If you are looking to send out real party invitations, but at an affordable price, you can easily find low-cost invitations at your local discount stores or dollar stores.

Thanksgiving Party Invitations
Thanksgiving Party Invitations

As previously mentioned, there is a good chance that you may be interested in purchasing a formal set of Thanksgiving party invitations. These formal, elegant types of invitations are ideal for formal Thanksgiving parties; parties that often have an eveningwear dress code. If you are looking for beautiful elegant party invitations, invitations that you cannot buy in a store, it may be best to search online. Online, there are a number of different individuals and companies who specialize in making elegant party invitations, as well as customized invitations. These invitations, as you likely already know, will cost more than traditional store bought invitations, but if they are the perfect fit for your party, they will be well worth the cost.

As nice as it is to order customized Thanksgiving party decorations, they can be quite costly. If you are looking for an elegant way to invite your guests to your Thanksgiving party, you can still do so, without spending more money than you want to. You can easily do this by making your own Thanksgiving party invitations. In most party supplies stores, as well as craft stores, you can find a collection of blank cards or you could use traditional computer paper. On your computer, you will likely find a number of preset card templates, including party invitations. You can use these templates to create your own, unique party invitations. Depending on your creativity, you may also wish to create your own handcrafted Thanksgiving party invitations.

As previously mentioned, there are a number of benefits to sending your Thanksgiving party guests real party invitations, whether they are handmade or store bought. Since you have a wide array of options to choose from, you are advised to send your party guests real party invitations. There is a good chance that your party guests will not only enjoy the thought, but they may also be more likely to attend your party.

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Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanksgiving Decorations
Thanksgiving Decorations

When it comes to parties, whether they be Thanksgiving parties, Christmas parties, or birthday parties, a party is not complete without party decorations. That is why if you are planning on hosting a Thanksgiving party this year, you may be in need of Thanksgiving party decorations. If you have yet to start buying your party decorations, there are a number of important factors that you may want to keep in mind. These important factors will likely make it easier, as well as more affordable, to purchase decorations for your next Thanksgiving party.

Perhaps, the first step in buying decorations for your Thanksgiving party is deciding what you want to buy. While you can always do this as soon as you get to the store, it may be a good idea to develop a list ahead of time. Once you arrive at the store, to purchase your Thanksgiving party decorations, you could easily alter that list, but a list may help to ensure that you remember to get everything that you needed or wanted to, in the form of party decorations. Once you have developed that list, whether it only be a rough draft or set in stone, you can then start shopping for your Thanksgiving party decorations.

When looking to purchase Thanksgiving party decorations, you will, literally, find that you have an unlimited number of different options. One of those options is your local party supply store. Party supply stores are great places to purchase party decorations from, even Thanksgiving decorations. With most party supply stores, you will find that they have a larger product selection, when compared to most traditional retail stores. While the cost of shopping at a party supply store may be a little bit higher than most other retail stores, you should easily be able to find exactly what you are looking for and even more!

As previously mentioned, party supply stores tend to charge a little bit more money for their products. While the difference will not be extreme, it may be enough to make you want to shop elsewhere, especially if you are planning a Thanksgiving party on a budget. If the cost of your Thanksgiving party decorations is a concern, you may want to consider shopping at one of your local discount stores or dollar stores. With dollar stores, everything is one dollar or less. With discount stores, you tend to get access to a large number of low-cost products, many of which cost around a dollar or two. Almost all discount stores and dollars stores, in the United States, get a fairly large selection of Thanksgiving decorations around the holidays. By shopping at these stores, you could decorate your home, for your Thanksgiving party, without having to go broke.

In addition to dollar stores, discount stores, and party supply stores, you should also be able to purchase your Thanksgiving party supplies from one of your local department stores. Department stores are retail stores that are not always as cheap as discount stores and dollar stores, but are cheaper than party supplies stores. What is nice about department stores is that some carry a fairly large selection of foods. This means that in addition to getting decorations for your Thanksgiving party, you could also get your food, drinks, and snacks, all in one trip.

If you are looking to buy your Thanksgiving party decorations in bulk or if you are looking for something unique, you may want to purchase your Thanksgiving party supplies online. With a standard internet search, you should easily be able to find a number of online retailers that specialize in selling Thanksgiving party decorations. With a little bit of luck, you may also be able to find individuals or companies that specialize in selling beautiful, handcraft Thanksgiving decorations.

Although your first thought may be to purchase all of your Thanksgiving party decorations at once and from one store, you may want to rethink that decision. By visiting a number of the above mentioned retail stores, both on and offline, you may be able to create a collection of beautiful Thanksgiving party decorations.

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

 

Vegetarian Thanksgiving
Vegetarian Thanksgiving

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house and are expecting vegetarian guests this year, don’t worry about preparing one large meat eating meal, and another separate vegetarian meal. Most vegetarians do not require a ‘meat equivalent’ at Thanksgiving. Yes, traditionally Thanksgiving has largely about the food. But more importantly it’s about family, togetherness, happiness and peace. And if this is your first Thanksgiving after transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle, try some of these ideas to incorporate healthy food preparation into your meal that your vegetarian guests, and you as host, will be thankful for this Thanksgiving:
– Bake some stuffing outside of the turkey.
– Make a small portion of vegetarian gravy.
– Keep cooking utensils separate to prevent “cross-contamination” between meat foods and vegetarian foods.
– When recipes are adaptable, use substitutions like vegetarian broth, soy margarine (the formulations without whey are suitable for vegans), soy milk, and kosher marshmallows which are made without gelatin.
– Use vegetable oils instead of animal fats for frying, and vegetable shortening like Crisco for pie crust.
– Read ingredients lists carefully on pre-packaged foods, being aware of terms like gelatin, whey, and “natural flavors” that can be animal-derived.
– Prepare plenty of vegetable and fruit side dishes, but leave them plain.
– Offer plenty of breads, beverages, fresh fruits, and non-gelatin desserts, which are suitable without modification for most vegetarians.
– Invite your vegetarian guest to prepare a “Tofurky” or vegetarian ‘turkey equivalent’ entrée to share with you the rest of your guests, or if you’re hosting Thanksgiving, prepare a small one. Your meat-eating guests might just be curious enough to want to try it!

– Ask your vegetarian guest for help, tips, or recipes that would complement their vegetarian choice. You may find that your guest offers to help out in the kitchen or bring a dish from home. Please don’t take a dish from home as an insult to your cooking; take it as a desire to share traditions at Thanksgiving. Even meat-eating homes can benefit from a healthy, nutrient-dense vegetarian recipe idea any time of the year!

– Most importantly – make TONS of new, delicious (not overly cooked) vegetables that are perfectly in season like squashes, sweet potatoes, and green beans, etc.

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Classroom Thanksgiving Games

Classroom Thanksgiving Games

Classroom Thanksgiving Games
Classroom Thanksgiving Games

If you’re planning a Thanksgiving party in the classroom, there are a myriad of games you can have the children play that will be fun but also educational and useful in teaching the concept of being thankful.

Be careful not to overdo the turkey aspect of Thanksgiving. Some children forget that it’s about more than the turkey. Playing some fun games can help them remember the purpose of Thanksgiving.

Try a gratitude bag. Fill the bag with several cards, each with something on it. Some will say “Thanksgiving” while others will have a word or picture of other things. Some of those other things might be cars, food, clothes, etc. Have the children sit in a circle and draw a card out of the bag. If they get a card that has a picture or word on it other than “Thanksgiving” they should talk about why they are thankful for that item and why others should be as well.

For example, if the child choose “shoes”, they might express how thankful they are that they have shoes so their feet stay clean and they don’t get cold in the winter and they stay unharmed when they are walking. Depending on the ages of the children, this might be a simple response or something a little more involved once they understand the concept better. If they draw the “car” card, they might comment on how nice it is to have a car and not have to take the bus, or how nice it is that their mom can pick them up from school so they don’t have to walk home everyday. With help from the teacher or a parent, they might even note that in many parts of the world, people don’t have cars (or shoes) and that they are lucky to have all these things.

If the child chooses a card that says “Thanksgiving” they should come up with an original idea about something they are thankful for. Try to steer them away from things like “Playstation” but instead steer them toward things like “my parents” and “my house and my room”.

For some thinking fun, have kids do a word find with Thanksgiving words. Provide them with a list of words related to Thanksgiving. They might be “Thanksgiving”, “Cornucopia”, “Mayflower”, “Turkey”, etc. Then they must find words contained in those words. So, if the word is “Mayflower”, they might find words like “lay”, “flower”, “flow” and the like. “Thanksgiving” might turn into “thank”, “sing”, and “an”.See which child can find the most words in the list of words you provide them. Try to challenge the kids to find words within the words that relate back to Thanksgiving.

The old memory game is always fun and can be used for Thanksgiving too. Have the children sit in a circle and have someone start the game by saying, “At Thanksgiving, I like to eat” and then finish it with one food item. So that child might say, “At Thanksgiving, I like to eat turkey”, and the next child will say, “At Thanksgiving, I like to eat turkey and cranberry sauce.” The next child would continue with, “At Thanksgiving, I like to eat turkey and cranberry sauce and green beans.” Each child will carry on until the list becomes so long, someone is sure to forget an item. You can either star the game over or keep going until everyone is out but one child.

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Family Thanksgiving Activities

Family Thanksgiving Activities

Family Thanksgiving Activities
Family Thanksgiving Activities

If you’re hosting a family thanksgiving, you want to create a fun family environment that helps children understand the importance of thankfulness and reminds the adults of this as well.

Since Thanksgiving comes just before what many refer to as the “greedy” season, activities designed to remind people of the bounty in their lives are useful. For example, you might help children understand that while they don’t have everything they want, they do have everything they need.

How do you do this? Several ways. One is to help children create a cornucopia, which will sit on the Thanksgiving table. There are a variety of ways to do this. You can make a papier-mâché cornucopia using a balloon as the base to help you get the shape started. You can simply take large piece of poster board and shape them into a cone and fill those with whatever you like. As an extra activity, you can have the children decorate the cornucopia before it gets filled.

Since the idea of the cornucopia is to celebrate a bounty and appreciate that bounty, you can fill it as is traditionally done with squash, corn and the like. You might also ask each member of the family to bring something that represents their personal bounty in life. A new mom might bring a baby blanket to put in the cornucopia while a newly retired grandpa might add a picture of his family, since that’s what’s most important to him. You can discuss the items in the cornucopia basket at the dinner table while enjoying your Thanksgiving feast.

Another family activity that kids like is the thankfulness jar. When each person arrives at dinner, they place a note with something they are thankful for in the jar. Ideally, each person will add more than one item to the jar. At dinner, someone (ideally, the matriarch of patriarch of the family) reads the notes. Everyone tries to figure out who wrote which note. The items can range from the serious (someone who struggled with an illness in the previous year might be thankful for life, quite simply) to the silly (the new mom might be thankful there’s a Starbucks within 5 minutes of her home). Kids enjoy adding their own touches to the thankfulness jar and their responses are often a surprise to the adult family members.

Some families have several tables set about at Thanksgiving. Many people buy professional floral arrangements to decorate the tables. You can make a game out of it to figure out who’s going to get to bring home the table arrangement to their home. You can do the old wedding thing and simply put a number on the bottom of the centerpiece and have someone’s chair match that number or you can make a game and perhaps create a trivia game out of Thanksgiving facts.

For example, questions might look like this:
*How many turkeys are cooked on Thanksgiving throughout the US?
*Why are turkeys called turkeys?
*Which president set aside the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving?

Be sure you research and know the answers and then quiz everyone. This is a great way to pass the time while everyone is waiting for the feast to be ready. Just tell the winners they can’t take the centerpieces until dinner is over!
You can have a similar game before dessert. Create a family trivia game and quiz family members before dessert. Only the people who get the answers right get to have their dessert. Everyone else has to keep trying until they get their trivia question right. Questions can range from the silly to the sublime. They might look something like this:
*Who got popcorn stuck in her braces at 12?
*Which man here wore boots with big holes in them until he was 20 and could buy his own?
*Whose grandparents immigrated to the US from Ireland?
*Which boy here got suspended from school for riding his bike into the classroom?

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