Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I have been reflecting on the progression of our Thanksgivings over the years. This used to be the one holiday that my entire side of the family came together. We spent several days at my mom’s house baking, taking walks through the almond orchards in her town, playing games, bike riding, watching movies, and preparing for the big feast on Thanksgiving Day. When my mom passed away, 6 years ago, everything about this beloved holiday changed. We started getting together with my family the weekend after Thanksgiving for a non traditional meal, which has still made for some really fun memories, but some years, we have found ourselves at home on Thanksgiving Day, just the 5 of us.
I love to create memories that my kids will look back on with joy when they have families of their own, so on those quiet Thanksgivings we started a new tradition. I purchased a roll of brown craft paper and used it as our table cloth. I grabbed a large bowl from the kitchen to use as a template to trace circles for each member of our family and put a bucket of markers in the middle of the table. At some point in the day, before our big feast, we all sit down and make “turkey handprints” in the circles and then write the things we are thankful for. The circles then become our dinner place settings. #CommissionsEarned
On Thanksgiving, like many families, we take some time to share what we are thankful for. This interactive table setting, provides plenty of content for a wonderful conversation about gratitude and gives each member of the family a chance to put their creativity on display.
You can even add to this activity by including some fun holiday stickers for the kids, as well as a beautiful thankful sticker to place along the center of your table. #CommissionsEarned
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One of our Thanksgiving traditions is to create a thankful tree. We have done this several ways throughout the years, but this has become my favorite way to display our gratitude in the month of November. It is a great activity that encourages families to spend quality time together and to focus on the things we are grateful for.
Fall walks are full of beauty with the changing colors and leaves and twigs scattered throughout. We are blessed to have gorgeous walking trails in our city. This year we took our kids out to collect branches near the river. We brought the branches home and placed them in a vase. This year I just used a large mason jar. I cut out simple tags using my Cricut machine, punched a hole in the top, and threaded a loop of twine through each one. #CommissionsEarned
One evening, when we were all home together, we sat down in the living room and spent a few minutes writing the things that we are thankful for, then decorated our “tree.” This activity can be done anytime in the month of November and can become part of your Fall decor, or it can be an activity that you do with extended family and friends on Thanksgiving day when many are gathered, as a part of your time together.
It’s the Monday morning of Thanksgiving break. We are all in our pajamas and enjoying a relaxing day off. In a couple of days we will pack up and head to Papa and Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. But today we are home with virtually no agenda. I mentioned to my husband that we had cinnamon rolls and bacon in the refrigerator and then inspiration hit! I had seen a picture of these breakfast turkeys on Pinterest and had wanted to make them. Today was the perfect day! These sweet and yummy turkeys didn’t last long in our house…and I think we found a new Thanksgiving Break tradition.
FALL!!! It’s my favorite time of year! Leaves are changing color and the weather is perfect! If you are looking for a simple and elegant cupcake to celebrate Fall or to add to your Thanksgiving dessert menu, take a few minutes to watch my tutorial and learn how to make these delicious edible leaf cupcake toppers! You will need a package of chocolate Wilton’s candy melts, a squeeze bottle, gold cupcake holders, chocolate cake mix, and vanilla frosting. #CommissionsEarned
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These Thanksgiving silhouettes made out of Wilton’s candy melts are the perfect edible toppers for your Thanksgiving cake and cupcakes. Simply print out silhouettes of pilgrims, indians, turkeys, and the Mayflower. Lay wax paper over your silhouettes. Melt your chocolates, place the melted candy in a Wilton’s squeeze bottle, and you are ready to create these delicious toppers. Watch my tutorial to learn how to create these festive toppers for your Thanksgiving feast and find more creative Thanksgiving ideas on my blogposts Thanksgiving (Turkey Handprint) Kids Table and Thanksgiving Turkey Place Cards . #CommissionsEarned
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I love the food, the family time, and all the yummy desserts. Involving the kids in the preparations makes the anticipation even greater. Each year, I give my kids an activity to do before we pack up and make the trip to visit family for Thanksgiving. We made these place cards several years ago, and I have to say, they are still one of my favorites. To make these cute turkey place cards for your Thanksgiving table you will need card stock in plain colors, scrapbooking paper in various fall prints for the feathers, and buttons or googly eyes. Cut out rectangles of card stock and fold in half for the cards, cut out the basic turkey shape, small orange triangles for beaks, red squiggly gobbles, and feathers in various prints. Hand out glue sticks and let your kids get creative with the design of their turkeys. Leave some room on one side to place the names. I just printed a list of names off of the computer and then backed them with dark brown card stock to make them pop. These little place cards looked perfect on our Thanksgiving table, and my kids were very proud of their creations! #CommissionsEarned
My daughter and I recently added a tutorial for you to enjoy and you can find another fun kid friendly Thanksgiving idea by clicking on my most recent blogpost Thanksgiving (Turkey Handprint) Kids Table. Happy Thanksgiving!