Thanksgiving Holiday Event Ideas

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/12/14 9:00 AM

Topics: Home Ownership

I myself am not much of a “Martha Stewart type,” so I took a little help from HGTV to compile this list of how to make sure your Thanksgiving Day events go off without a hitch. 


  1. Stir it Up: The party starts as soon as people start to arrive. Greet friends and family with a tray of spiked cider punch or hot apple cider, for the kiddies, garnished with a fresh cinnamon stir stick.
  2. Set the Scene: Create a warm and enticing centerpiece in shades of ivory, pumpkin and sage placed atop a salvaged wooden board or use pine cones to surround pillar candles in large, clear vases.
  3. Celebrate the Season: Fill the area around the centerpiece with pale gourds, squash or leaves for a natural and organic twist.
  4. Take a Seat: Decorate the table with plates, silverware, napkin and a handwritten place card. Use neutral colored flatware and contrast with a bold colored linen napkin for added drama.
  5. Count Your Blessings: For a fun change of pace, have everyone write down anonymously what they are thankful for and a strip of paper and collect them all in a basket.  Before dinner, everyone can grab a slip of paper and let everyone guess the author of each one.
  6. Help Yourselves: As the host or hostess, you want to enjoy your company and make your life as simple as possible.  One of the best ways to do that is by prepping food and getting things like setting the table done the night before.  If you have a big group, set up a buffet near the dinner table and let guests help themselves to their favorite Thanksgiving foods instead of trying to overcrowd your table. To make service go even smoother, you can design and set out menu cards identifying what each dish is to prevent people from holding up the line.
  7. The Perfect Bird: Everyone has their own version or family recipe for the perfect turkey, but feel free to change it up or try a new flavor profile.  Also, you can try grilling or frying your bird instead of roasting it in the oven. *Caution be VERY careful if frying a turkey and look up instructions first to not create a fire!
  8. Gather ‘Round the Table: When it comes down to it, the most important part of your Thanksgiving dinner is being surrounded by friends, family and loved ones. Enjoy the time at dinner, watching football, playing games and even cleaning up as a group to make the day most enjoyable.
  9. Light it Up: Scatter votive and taper candles of different heights in different room to make the entire house glow. Be sure that you use unscented candles since some fragrances may overpower or compete with the aromas of the food.
  10. Thoughtful Favors: Though they might be in a food coma at the end of the meal, guests will eventually come around to craving more of that Thanksgiving deliciousness. Send them home with individual dinner portion leftovers or a mini apple pie in a jar to enjoy later.

To see this entire list in pictures, please visit the  HGTV website for more.

*For more great tips also check out our Pinterest Page and Fall Décor Ideas!

Image courtesy of HGTV

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