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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Planning Guide
Thanksgiving and indeed the holidays are one of my favorite times of year. I love everything about the holidays. I love the shopping, the deals, the food and most of all, getting to see and spend time with my family.
I am a planner. I always have been. I like to lay out everything I am going to do, get a plan together and then do it.
I have saved you a ton of time this year by going through hundreds of websites and finding some of the best recipes, content and information out there about planning the perfect Thanksgiving.
Take a look and let me know what you think.
Start with 50+ Thanksgiving Ideas to get some inspiration – you will find crafts, drinks, recipes & more!
How do you choose the perfect Thanksgiving turkey? I can help you out there.
Printable Thanksgiving Invitation from HGTV
These beautiful Thanksgiving invitations are a printable must have!
Need a shopping list? Printable Thanksgiving Shopping & Coupons List.
Supplies you need for A Leftovers Packaging Station
Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey
5 Pretty Unique Thanksgiving Side Dishes that you won’t find everywhere
Mmmm….bread. 10 Dinner Roll Recipes
Looking for an amazing dessert for your Thanksgiving meal? These Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes from Parent Pretty are certain to be a hit with everyone. They are perfect for portion control on a day that not too many of keep that in mind!
Recipes to make good use of Thanksgiving leftovers
Need a great hostess gift? Cranberry Honey Butter is easy to make and looks amazing!
TIPS & TRICKS
Don’t let thin gravy get you down. 9 Ways to Thicken Gravy
These fabulous Thanksgiving Place Cards need to be on my table!
Free printable PDF: Thanks + Giving place cards
Some of my favorite bloggers put together fabulous tablescapes for Thanksgiving. Piera at Jolly Mom elevated the Thanksgiving kids table to the fabulous Thanksgiving kids table this year. Crissy from Parent Pretty created stunning a Thanksgiving centerpiece that will certainly wow your guests.
This beautiful Thankful tree is something that you could make with your children and is a perfect center piece.
Make a Corn Husk Wreath for your door or table.
DIY Thanksgiving Crafts and Decor – Beautiful!
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Watch one of these 5 Perfect Thanksgiving Movies
Free printable PDFs: games for giving
Celebrate what really matters this year by creating a Gratitude Tree for your family.
Thanksgiving Mad Libs – too cute! Put them on the kids and adults table.
SOCIAL GOOD & GIVING BACK
Have you and your family ever considered giving back for Thanksgiving? For years, my family would work at a soup kitchen or local food donation pantry during the day on Thanksgiving and then head home for dinner. They always needed the extra hands and honestly the work felt good. There are many things that you can do together as a family.
The Family Dinner Project (FDP) is a grassroots movement that champions family dinner as an opportunity to have food, fun, and conversation about things that matter. In partnership with Giving Tuesday, FDP has created a Thanksgiving toolkit including free tips, tools, infographics, and printables to help families have conversations about how to give on Giving Tuesday and beyond.
Infographic: how kids benefit from family dinners
Infographic: 4 weeks to better family dinners
Infographic: giving decision tree
Free printable PDF: conversation starters about giving
Videos + stories: examples of how kids give back
WANT TO KNOW WHAT KIDS THINK ABOUT GIVING BACK?
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