some of party girl's favorites...
fall leaf garland
Easy Thanksgiving PartyWe want to make Thanksgiving easy for you to this year. Here is an easy “recipe” for success, but it gives you time to stop and smell the stuffing! Do it all or just do pieces and parts…but do it without stress. What a relief…
A few thing to think about when sending a Thanksgiving invitation:
- Especially since this is a “holiday weekend…,” consider sending out a save the date postcard or an email.
- Personalize Your Party! Use Personalized Thanksgiving Invitations to set the perfect mood.
- Create your own invite/flier. Maybe a wanted poster for the turkey, or a unique "hand-made" handprint turrkeys as invitations from the kids. Easy to do and still unique.
Thanksgiving Decorations and Party Supplies
First decorate your home for fall:
- Personalize Your Party! Hang a Personalized Thanksgiving Banner outside your home to welcome your guests.
- Make a small display at your front walk of hay bales, pumpkins and gourds. Corn stalks flanking the stairs or doorway are a nice touch. Highlight the display with white twinkle lights peaking out between the pumpkins.
- We love this simple Fall Door Cover for a splash of color as guests walk in.
- Fall flowers are my favorite decoration for Thanksgiving. Be sure to include mums and sunflowers!
- Add Fall Leaves Garland around doors, on railings, over mirrors and over the fireplace.
- Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without a cornucopia. Place this symbol of abundance and sharing in a place where everyone can admire it.
- Cover your table with a table cloth and set out your best plates if your dinner will be formal. If you are having a less formal buffet, Thanksgiving Paper Goods are perfect (with easy cleanup!)
- Garland or raffia makes a wonderful napkin ring. Make silverware bundles and wrap to hold closed.
- Down the middle of the table arrange some pumpkins and gourds, with more fall garland intertwined through them. Add votive candles for a great glow.
- Fall leaves make wonderful place cards, either use them fresh or dry them ahead of time. Use a permanent marker or paint marker to write out your guest's names.
- You can also use fall leaves as place cards for the dishes on your buffet.
- Add a fun basket of mums, some Indian corn and and a Thanksgiving Spray Centerpiece at the back of your buffet.
- Personalize Your Party! Attach Personalized Thanksgiving Bottle Labels to your drinks.
Activities are especially important if you will be having kids at the party. But adults love a few fun activities too. They make for great pictures and memories!
- Adults and children will love watching "The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" special.
- Divide guests into groups of four or six and give them a camera. Along with the camera, pass out a list of things they have to do for the camera (as a group): make a pyramid, frown, stick out their tongues, etc.
- A fun photo op is another fun activity. We have Thanksgiving Photo Ops for your guests to stand behind for pictures. Or create your own with a fall scene setter backdrop. Give your guests fun photo props like a turkey leg hat or pilgrim hats and Indian headdresses.
- Have everyone take a turn talking about what they are thankful for, reflecting on life in general or the past year. What a wonderful way to make memories.
- Check out our large list of Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for the kids!
thanksgiving party favors
It's great to take home something special after such a great meal (besides a plate of leftovers) Here are a few ideas for Thanksgiving party favors:
- Personalized Thanksgiving Candy Bar - a sweet end to the evening
- Fall Scented Votive Candle
- Caramel Apples
- Custom Thanksgiving Mint and Candy Tins - great to set at each place setting, or set a basket of them by the door for guests to grab on the way out
- Jar of Pumpkin Butter
Add a heartfelt message or a beautiful quote about gratitude, giving thanks, and the joy of the Thanksgiving holiday to make your favor really special. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours.
- Today is a day in which we reflect on all the blessings we have been given and rejoice with our friends and family. Thank you for spending Thanksgiving with us.
- As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
- Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain. - Alexander Pope
- Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. - W.J. Cameron