Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get together with family and friends and celebrate all we are grateful for. Why not try something different this year instead of your usual dinner party? Here are some fun Thanksgiving party ideas that will have your guests merrymaking all night long.
Thanksgiving Party Decor Inspiration
The best part of decorating for Thanksgiving is that you can use anything autumnal as inspiration. After all, the goal is to make your home feel cosy and inviting, like a warm embrace on a cold day. One way to achieve this is by using natural materials like leaves, pumpkins, and gourds. You can also bring the outdoors inside by incorporating fall flowers into your arrangements. And, of course, no Thanksgiving celebration would be complete without a few strategic splashes of orange and yellow.
Regarding party decor, Thanksgiving is all about cosy fall vibes. Think of rich jewel tones, rustic accents, and lots of warmth. To get started, consider using deep red, orange, and yellow colour schemes to give your space an instantly autumnal feel.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, and what better way to show your guests how thankful you are than by creating a beautiful tablescape? A tablescape is simply a decorative arrangement on a table, and with a bit of creativity, it can set the mood for your Thanksgiving feast. Here are a few tips to help you create a stunning Thanksgiving tablescape.
If you're using a cloth tablecloth, ensure it's ironed and free of wrinkles. Choose festive dinnerware that will complement your overall theme. Plates, bowls, and cups in fall colours like orange, red, and yellow will give your table a warm and inviting feel. You can also use patterned dinnerware to add some interest to your table. Consider adding personal touches to your tablescape with colourful napkins, place cards, or even small pumpkins or gourds. Candles are another great way to add some warmth to your Thanksgiving table. Tall taper candles in simple brass holders will give your table a classic look, while pillar candles in colourful glass will add a fun and festive touch. No matter your style, make sure your candles are placed at different heights to create a visually interesting effect. Finally, remember the flowers! A simple arrangement of seasonal blooms like mums or poinsettias is perfect for adding a pop of colour to your tablescape.
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Autumn Leaves as Your Party Decor
As the leaves change colour and fall from the trees, it's the perfect time to use them as part of your Thanksgiving party decor. There are many ways to incorporate leaves into your decorations, from using them as place cards to creating a festive wreath for your front door. You can even fill vases with colourful leaves and use them as centrepieces for your table. So get creative and let the beauty of nature inspire your Thanksgiving party decor. Your guests will be impressed by your attention to detail, and you'll create a warm and inviting atmosphere that will make everyone feel at home.
Flowers: McQueens Flowers
Thanksgiving Party Games and Activities
Are you looking for something fun to do at your Thanksgiving gathering this year? Why not try out some Thanksgiving-themed party games? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Turkey Baster Relay: Divide your group into teams of two. Each team must race to see who can transfer cranberry sauce from one side of the room to the other using only a turkey baster. The first team to complete the task wins!
Stuff the Turkey: This is a hilarious take on the classic children's game, musical chairs. Set up chairs in a circle and have everyone sit in them except for one person standing in the middle. Start playing music, and everyone must scramble to stuff as many stuffed toys into the turkey costume as possible when it stops. The person who is stuffing the most wins!
Thanksgiving Trivia: Test your guests' knowledge of all things Thanksgiving with a fun trivia game. You can make up your questions or use an existing trivia game meant for adults. Be sure to include a prize for the winner!
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Pin the Feather on Turkey: This is another take on a classic party game. Draw or print a large turkey picture and cut out feathers from construction paper. Blindfold each player in turn, spin them around three times, and see if they can pin the Feather on the turkey! The one closest to the target wins.
Turkey Bowling: This one will surely be a hit with all your guests! Set up empty soda cans or water bottles as bowling pins at one end of a hallway or large room. Then, players take turns rolling a small ball down the floor towards the "pins." Whoever knocks down the most "pins" wins!
Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: Hide small items around your house or yard associated with Thanksgiving (e.g., a miniature pumpkin, acorn, leaves, etc.). Give each player a list of things to find and see who can collect them all the fastest! The first person back with all their items wins.
Charades: You can't go wrong with a classic game of charades! To make it Thanksgiving-themed, use prompts like "turkey trot," "carve the turkey," "pass the mashed potatoes," etc. Players can act out these prompts while others try to guess what they are doing. The first team to think correctly gets the point! Play until one team reaches 10 points and wins.
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Thanksgiving Party Food & Drinks Ideas
When it comes to Thanksgiving party food, the options are endless. You can't go wrong with roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce for a traditional feast. However, plenty of delicious vegetarian dishes can be just as festive and satisfying. One option is to make a savoury bread pudding stuffed with roasted vegetables and topped with creamy gravy. Another is a hearty sweet potato and kale shepherd's pie topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. For something lighter, try roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberries and balsamic glaze. And, of course, no Thanksgiving feast would be complete without pumpkin pie. These vegetarian dishes are sure to please even the most ardent meat-eaters, making them the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving feast.
And, if you're looking to impress your guests this year, why not serve up some delicious negronis? This classic Italian cocktail is perfect for fall, and its ruby-red color is perfect for Thanksgiving. To make a negroni, simply combine one part gin, one part sweet vermouth, and one part Campari. Serve over ice with a twist of orange peel, and enjoy! Your guests will be thankful for the delicious drinks, and you'll be thankful for the simplified menu planning. Cheers!
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Thanksgiving Party Favors
No Thanksgiving party is complete without a few fun favours for your guests! Here are a few ideas to get you started. Try filling small boxes with crayons and colouring pages featuring fall leaves and turkeys for the kids. Adults will appreciate a festive mug filled with gourmet coffee or hot chocolate mix. Or, fill cellophane bags with dried fruits and nuts, homemade preserves, or spices for making pumpkin pie. Whatever you choose, your guests will surely be thankful for your thoughtfulness!
Event Catering: RHC Hospitality
Whether you're looking for ideas to entertain your guests or want to know what kind of food to prepare, we've got you covered. With these Thanksgiving party tips, you'll be able to throw a party that will have your guests talking long after the leftovers are gone. So get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in style with these fantastic ideas!
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you throw a fun Thanksgiving party?
There are a lot of different ways to throw a fun Thanksgiving party. One way could be to have a potluck where everyone brings dishes to share. This can be a great way to try out new recipes and get ideas for your own Thanksgiving feast.
Another option is to have a themed party. You could choose a particular country as your theme and cook up some of their traditional dishes, or you could choose a more general theme like Thanksgiving movies or games. Whichever option you choose, plan plenty of activities and games for guests of all ages!
How do you host an easy Thanksgiving?
Here are a few tips for hosting an easy Thanksgiving:
1. Make as much food as possible, which will free up your time on Thanksgiving day and make things less stressful.
2. Ask your guests to bring a dish or two. This will help lighten your load and ensure everyone enjoys some of their favourite dishes.
3. Use disposable plates, cups, and utensils. This will make cleanup a breeze!
4. Create a buffet-style meal so that guests can serve themselves. This will make things less chaotic and more relaxing for you.
5. Have a designated area where guests can put their dirty dishes when they're done eating.
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