Thanksgiving provides a pretty familiar template for throwing a party. In fact, most Thanksgiving gatherings follow the same formula: everyone eats a lot of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, then settles on the couch to watch football or A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. But as the host of the annual party, you can do so much more this Thanksgiving! Here are a few different creative ideas to help you host an unforgettable Thanksgiving party.
Craft DIY Invitations
Add a bit of formality to your Thanksgiving gathering by creating invitations — they don’t have to be super-fancy; you can create them for free online. An invitation can let your guests know (in a polite way) what to bring, how to dress and when to arrive.
Dinner Table and Decorations
Spruce up your Thanksgiving party by doing a little extra with the dinner table and the decorations. Here are some ideas you can use for your dinner party:
- Use butcher paper as the placemats or the tablecloth. The brown color of the paper matches the Thanksgiving theme and it will be fun for kids to color on.
- Have the kids make their own turkey handprint place cards the day or two before.
- Have the kids write what they are thankful for on the placemats or tablecloth.
- Fold your fabric napkins into something fun and festive and place them on the plates.
- Make you centerpiece simple and small but festive, if it’s too big you will have to move it in order to fit the food.
- Giving thanks isn’t just for kids — have the adults write what they are thankful for on little cards and everyone can go around the table and share.
- Find acorns from outside, clean them, bake them and put a clear coat of paint over them and then use them in your Thanksgiving decorations.
- Use fall twigs and leaves in your vases and centerpieces.
- To save money on decorations, you can use orange and yellow paper to make ribbon sized strips of paper and put them in the bottom of cases or around candles for decoration.
After dinner, pull out the board games, it is a perfect time to play because everyone will be too full to run around. You can play games like:
- Phase 10
Of course, football will be still likely be the primary diversion at most Thanksgiving gatherings around the country. Some traditions, fortunately, are here to stay.