Ready for some easy and fabulous Thanksgiving ideas? I love Thanksgiving! It just might be my favorite holiday! But I think it gets elbowed out by Christmas! Ready to give this gorgeous All-American holiday it’s due? Here are 25 ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving!
This Thanksgiving will be a bit difference, to say the least! But that does not mean we can’t celebrate it and do it with grace, style and warmth!
Today’s post is part practical, part pep-talk, and part pretty decorating ideas! Don’t let what’s going on in the world right now steal your joy and gratitude! Show it and spread it to all you love!
Please spend a little time thinking about ways you can make this Thanksgiving special for you and those you will be with.
Here are 25 ideas to help you make memories this Thanksgiving!
THANKSGIVING IDEA FOR DECORATING YOUR HOME
One of the blessings of being hunkered down in our homes is that we can enjoy our homes more! And that includes enjoying late fall decorating more too!
PUT AWAY MOST OF YOUR FALL DECOR
November is a great time to take down most of your fall decor and replace it with things that will transition easily into Christmas. This is a brilliant Thanksgiving decorating idea!
Being able to take down decor, like things that are overtly fall/Halloween makes it easy to decorate with an eye towards Christmas and still enjoy the nuances of the beauty of the end of the fall season.
THINK ABOUT LATE FALL DECOR THAT WILL TRANSITION TO CHRISTMAS
Use a handful of pumpkins and other Thanksgiving organic items like pheasant feathers, deer sheds, and pinecones!
ADD JUST A TINY BIT OF SNOW TO YOUR DECOR!
Even snow looks beautiful for late fall decorating. But just a bit!
I love the Thanksgiving song “Over The River And Through The Woods” so a little bit of faux snow will evoke those delightful sweet feelings of the lyrics!
ADD ANOTHER LAYER OF COZY
Bring out your warmer throws and faux fur pillows. They look so pretty and cozy this time of year!
ADD MORE CANDLELIGHT TO YOUR HOME
One of the prettiest thanksgiving idea that will set a romantic mood and give a warm glow to your home is to add more candles, globes and lanterns to your decor!
The days are getting shorter so take advantage of longer nights by lighting up your home with a golden glow.
I love to use battery operated candles on timers so I don’t have to remember to blow them out!
THANKSGIVING IDEAS FOR SETTING A MEMORABLE TABLE
Thanksgiving this year will probably be different for many of you! I know! But that does not mean you can’t make it special.
I’m just acknowledging the fact that “it is what it is” and moving on to make every day count! And that applies to Thanksgiving!
I love to set a pretty table and I’m really excited to do the same on Turkey day this year!
Here are idea for your Thanksgiving table…
SET A FALL INSPIRED TABLE
I say set a beautiful table! The good dishes, cloth napkins, pretty placemats and polish up the silver! YOU are worth it.
What might be fun if your loved ones won’t be with you is to set your tables and then have a Facetime or Zoom show and tell! Make it upbeat and happy!
MAKE OR BUY A BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENT
I think making your own centerpiece is a wonderful Thanksgiving idea! Flowers always make things more special!
Or think about creating an edible arrangement and then use up your arrangements when Thanksgiving is over!
MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOUR TABLE
MAKE AN EASY NO-SEW BURLAP TABLE RUNNER
This easy to make table runner is favorite. You see it on so many of my table all year round.
It is perfect to use for Thanksgiving! If you can tie a knot you can make this pretty textural table runner!
MAKE NAPKIN RINGS
How sweet are these “thankful” napkin rings? You can whip them up in just a couple minutes!!! And they will look so special and lovely on your Thanksgiving table.
Don’t tell my daughter but I am sending her the burlap table runner and the napkin rings for her table this year.
HAVE A MEMORABLE MEAL
Let’s keep our favorite mealtime traditions! Even if just a few of you are gathered together it’s important to make this a Thanksgiving to remember!
MAKE THAT BIRD!
We love turkey and but I don’t cook it very often. So even though we might have fewer people at our table we should roast a turkey! Or a chicken.
You can see a very old post, but the best recipe for THE PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN here.
Just the aroma of it wafting through our homes makes the effort so worth it. And the leftovers are worth the work too!
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Buy or make a new item to add to your Thanksgiving meal repertoire! I’ve always wanted to make Lancaster County Baked Corn so this year I’m giving it a go! YUM!
You can see an authentic Amish recipe for it HERE.
BEST THANKSGIVING IDEA- HAVE VIRTUAL DESSERT WITH THOSE YOU LOVE
How fun would it be to have dessert with those you love via Facetime, Zoom or other video chat channels?
This year our family decided instead of eating dessert after our big Thanksgiving meal we are all eating a Thanksgiving Pie Family
Breakfast! Our little ones will love it!
We are pulling out the pie and the whipped cream and the ice cream and eating it for breakfast all together! Since some of us will be on the west coast and some on the east coast breakfast makes sense. And it is so fun!
During breakfast, everyone will get a chance to say what we are thankful for!
PLAY GAMES OUTDOORS
If it is a nice day, spend some time outdoors doing something fun! Play a game of corn hole or throw the football around.
Getting outside is good for you and good for your soul! It is a mood lifter too!
If you have little ones why not have a nature outdoor scavenger hunt and remember to give prizes!
GO FOR A WALK AFTER DINNER
I love taking a little walk after our Thanksgiving meal. Bundle up and enjoy the fresh evening air! Keep the conversation on happy, postive things!
If you have lanterns with battery operated candles take them with you! They evoke a feeling of bygone days.
THINK ABOUT WAYS TO BE GRATEFUL
START A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
It can be formal or informal but keep track of all the things little and big you are thankful for in a journal.
One fun idea is to cut strips of paper and write what you are thankful for on them and make a chain with them! What a great visual way to see how much we have to be thankful for!
THINK OF OTHERS
SEND A THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE TO SOMEONE
Send a table arrangement to someone who can’t be at your table this year! It’s such a nice gesture and it will bless someone else’s table!
NOTHING SAYS LOVE LIKE A PUMPKIN PIE
Send a pumpkin pie to someone! Make it yourself and deliver it or order delicious pumpkin pies HERE.
PACK UP THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR SOMEONE
Why not take a Thanksgiving meal to someone who is alone this year. I have a friend who packs a Thanksgiving meal for the soldier’s who stand guard at their local military base! How kind!
HAVE AN OUTDOOR THANKSGIVING
Invite friends, family or neighbors over for an outdoor meal! Or dessert! Get into the mood of our first Thanksgiving!
Have everyone bring their own drink, plates and utensils, chairs and blankets and enjoy lots of social distance fellowship and something to eat!
DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANK
Remember, there are lots of folks that are having a hard time this year! Be generous!!!!
AFTER THANKSGIVING DO SOMETHING FOR CHRISTMAS
The weekend after Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start getting into the Christmas Spirit!
We usually do something like go to a Christmas show or tour a special historical place decked out for Christmas as a way to kick off the Christmas holiday the weekend after Thanksgiving.
So much is closed so we will have to be a bit creative! Here are some easy ideas to get into the Christmas spirit!
- play Christmas music
- as a family watch a Christmas movie together and Facetime together. We will be watching Elf!
- decorate your mantel
- start wrapping gifts
- work on your Christmas cards. If you don’t send Christmas cards, now is the time to send them. We all need to feel some extra love!
- make cookie dough and freeze it to bake closer to Christmas
- make a Christmas ornament. See my favorites HERE and HERE
I hope these ideas will help you celebrate a joyful, thankful and meaningful Thanksgiving!
We really have so much to be thankful for!