Bring the beauty and coziness of Thanksgiving to your home with these 25 easy Thanksgiving ideas.
Ready for some easy and easy 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 its due? Here are 25 ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving!
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Today’s post is part practical, part pep-talk, and part pretty decorating ideas!
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 Decorating Ideas
I feel like Thanksgiving is the last hurrah for fall decor and celebrating the autumnal season! So I make the most of it!
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 overtly fall or Halloween decor, 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.
And speaking about transitioning…
Think About Decor That Transitions Well between The Holidays
Use a small number of pumpkins and other Thanksgiving organic items like pheasant feathers, deer sheds, and pinecones!
Add A Little Snow To Your Decor
Snow is a beautiful addition to late fall decor. It really is a perfect medium to use to decorate for Thanksgiving.
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 ideas that will set a romantic mood and give a warm glow to your home is to add more candles, globes, hurricanes, 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.
You might like to make this Simple Leaf Candleholder DIY.
6 Tips For Decorating A Small Space For Thanksgiving will give you lots of ideas for creating a warm and cozy room to enjoy late fall before you decorate for Christmas.
Thanksgiving Ideas For Setting A Memorable Table
I love to set a pretty table, and I’m really excited to do the same on Turkey Day this year!
Think about setting your table a couple days ahead of Thanksgiving day. You will be able to enjoy the process and creativity so much more than waiting until the last minute.
Here are ideas for your Thanksgiving table…
Set A Fall Inspired Table
Set a beautiful table! The good dishes, cloth napkins, pretty placemats, and polish up the silver! YOU are worth it. Thanksgiving is one very special day!
10 Easy Ideas For Setting A Thanksgiving Table is filled with lots of creative ideas to help you set a very memorable table.
Make Or Buy A Beautiful Centerpiece
I think making your own centerpiece is a wonderful Thanksgiving idea! Flowers always make things more special! Or think about creating an edible arrangement, which would be perfect for a holiday that gives thanks for the bounty of our harvest.
For a little inspiration, you can see how I made this Edible Centerpiece Arrangement. When all the vegetables and fruit are done being part of a centerpiece, you can eat them! So smart and economical. And just so stunning!
Make Something Special For Your Table
Think about making something versatile, pretty, and useful for your Thanksgiving table. How pretty and cozy is this placemat. You can whip them up in just a couple minutes!!! Use them on your Thanksgiving table as placemats, or make a longer one for a runner! Creative and easy!
I’m making a table runner for my daughter-in-law’s Thanksgiving table!
Make A Memorable Meal
Thanksgiving is a time to gather together and feast! So, fill your table with food and people you love.
Make That Bird
We love turkey, but I don’t cook it very often. So our whole family can’t wait to dig into a Thanksgiving turkey right out of the oven, carved and served with all the traditional amazing sides.
Last year, my daughter-in-law, Abigail, asked to host Thanksgiving at her house. How lovely! But that does not mean I’m not roasting a turkey! I’ll roast a smaller turkey a few days before Thanksgiving so we can take some extra to her home and have leftovers here. I’m one of those rare people who loves to roast a turkey!
Just the aroma 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.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be thankful. It’s nice that we have things like parades and football games on TV, but let’s not lose the true meaning of this beautiful holiday. I bet you agree with me!
Spend time with those around your table and reflect on what you are thankful for. Our family has used 5 tiny kernels of Indian corn to count our blessings for years. Over the years, our family has had births, deaths, good times, and not so good. And everything in between. During this special time to count our blessings, we have lots of laughter and a few tears! But mostly, we have grateful hearts.
I hope you will read The Legend Of The 5 Kernels Of Corn. It’s a beautiful tradition your family will be blessed by.
It’s a great idea to get outside, at least for a bit, on Thanksgiving Day. It is often cold here, but we like to bundle up and get some fresh air. It’s good for Bobby and me and very good for our active grandchildren.
Play Games Outside
If it is a nice day, spend some time outdoors doing something fun! Play a game of corn hole or throw the football around. And take a nature walk with your family. We love all these activities! 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 scavenger hunt and remember to give prizes! I think anyone who is young at heart would have fun!
Go For A Walk After Dinner
I love taking a little walk after our Thanksgiving meal but before dessert. Bundle up and enjoy the fresh evening air! Keep the conversation on happy, positive things! If you have lanterns with battery-operated candles, take them with you! They evoke a feeling of bygone days. Our little grandchildren love using little flashlights.
Think About Ways To Be Thankful All Year
Thankfulness should not happen just one day of the year. Thankfulness begets thankfulness.
Start A Gratitude Journal
A gratitude journal 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 for kids, and even for you, 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
When we take the spotlight off of ourselves and think of others, we become happier! This really works!
Invite Someone Who Needs A Place To Go For Thanksgiving
Bobby and I have been invited a couple of times to friend’s homes when our kids are with their in-laws. Oh, these friends have a special place in our hearts! We love to invite others to our home to celebrate with us! There is always room for one or a few more at a Thanksgiving table!
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!
Or if you are going to someone else’s home, send a pretty centerpiece to them.
Bake Something For Someone
Make a scrumptious fall dessert. Your home will smell amazing! And you will love it too! And bless a friend with something baked!
Here are a few desserts I make…
- PUMPKIN SPICE CAKE FROM A BOX MIX WITH A MAPLE GLAZE
- THE BEST RAW APPLE CAKE
- PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE WITH STREUSEL TOPPING WITH A PUMPKIN GLAZE
Pack Up Thanksgiving Dinner For Someone
Why not take a Thanksgiving meal to someone who is a shut-in or has to work this Thanksgiving. I have a friend who packs a Thanksgiving meal for the soldiers who stand guard at their local military base! How kind!
Hold An Outdoor Thanksgiving
Invite friends, family, or neighbors over for an outdoor meal! Or dessert! Get into the mood of our first Thanksgiving!
If you don’t want to do the whole meal outside, why not serve hot drinks, libation, and appetizers outside or dessert!
DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANK
Remember, there are lots of folks that are having a hard time! Be generous!
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.
Here are some at-home ideas to kick off the Christmas season…
- play Christmas music
- As a family, watch a Christmas movie 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- see My Favorite Christmas Cookies.
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FAQs About Thanksgiving
I hope these ideas will help you celebrate a joyful, thankful, and meaningful Thanksgiving!
We really have so much to be thankful for!