If you're hosting your own Thanksgiving get-together, impress your guests with these easy ideas that is sure to make your party one for the books!
Thanksgiving Tablescape Goals
Wow your guests with unique (and affordable!!) tablescape that will make those food Snapchats look magazine-ready. Re-create this beautiful centerpiece above with just a few items from Michaels or your local craft store! You can either use real pumpkins for a unique look or plastic ones and spray them with craft gold shimmer spray (like this one from Michaels). Pro tip: spray them outside with newspapers underneath and let them fully dry for at least 2 hours before setting them on your table.
Finish the look with a rustic looking table runner (like this one from Michaels), festive mercury glass tea candle holders (like these $2 ones from Michaels), festive gold pine cones (like these $0.99 ones from Michaels) and gold berries (like these $6.49 from Michaels).
Custom Name Tags
Make your guests feel special with these unique name tag ideas! Our favorite idea is to play off the tablescape theme mentioned above, and spray mini pumpkins with the gold shimmer spray. After you let them dry, grab some name cards and tie them around the stem and set them in the middle of some decorative dishes. An easy yet stunning table arrangement that ties the tablescape all together!
To accommodate your youngest guests' attention spans, use brown or white craft paper as place settings, and set out crayons for them to draw their hearts out. If you want to be a little extra, try making felt turkeys to place crayons in for fun a place setting idea (directions for felt turkeys here).
Label the Dishes
With so many food restrictions these days, it's hard to please everyone. Spare yourself the chore of describing each dish to all your guests and assign a handmade food label with a decorative base so your guests can pick and choose for themselves. Also consider labeling them with gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan friendly options to make it even easier. This is a little touch that goes a long way - with guests feeling like your buffet table is a little extra fancy!
Welcome your guests with a fun an inviting wreath and set the tone for your Thanksgiving party! These are two easy ideas that won't cost you a lot of time or money. For the Indian corn wreath, buy a Styrofoam circle and as many mini Indian corns (with the husks!) to fit around the circle. Pull the husk back and hot glue the corn to the circle. It's that easy!
For a "Give Thanks" wreath, buy a grapevine wreath (like this $4.99 one from Michaels) and a give thanks banner (like these ones from Amazon) to tie on each side. You have a Pinterest worthy wreath in no time!
Up Your Pie Game
There's no reason to be nervous of elaborate pies! Decorative pies are WAY easier than you think. Whether you're a apple pie, pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie person - these fall leaf cutters can make any amateur look like a pro (try these ones from Amazon). These fun little leaf cutouts take all the hard work out of decorating. All you do is make your're favorite pie recipe and take it out 15 minutes before it's done. Arrange the pre-cut leaves on the pie to your liking (Pro tip: use the pre-made pie crusts that you roll out to save on time!), baste some whipped up egg whites on the leaves (so they get that shiny coating on them when they come out of the oven!) and put the pie back in the oven until the full bake time is done. Now you have a professional looking pie your guests are sure to ooze over!
For the turkey pie cut out, click here for a step-by-step on how to achieve this unique decoration!
Leave your guests a lasting impression of Thanksgiving with some decorative to-go boxes for leftovers. You can find these boxes at any Michaels and these free chalk art Thanksgiving leftover labels here. These are free downloads that work with Avery sticker labels for three different sizes that you can print at home. Leftovers never looked so good!
If your guests are anything like us, we save our stomachs for the main course on Thanksgiving. So to curb those hangry guests, make them an appetizer to munch on before digging into that turkey! Here is one of our favorite little snacks below:
Spiced Mixed Nuts
2 T. light brown sugar
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
2 cups are mixed nuts
Combine sugar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, salt, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Stir in nuts to coat. Bake at 300 degrees on a rimmed baking sheet until toasted, about 20 minutes. Stir and let cool.
While you can never go wrong with wine or beer, make a Thanksgiving beverage that people will be talking about long after the day is over. We recently came across this holiday twist on sangria while at a Freindsgiving, and we just had to share with you! Below is the recipe courtesy of eatyourselfskinny.com.
Fall Harvest Sangria
2 honeycrisp apples, chopped
1 bartlett pear, chopped
1 orange, sliced
¼ cup pomegranate seeds (or cranberries)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 (750 ml) bottle favorite white wine
2½ cups fresh apple cider
½ cup vodka
1 cup club soda (add right before serving!)
Place chopped apples, pears, orange slices, pomegranate seeds and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher. Pour in wine, apple cider, and vodka and mix well.
Allow flavors to marinate in the fridge a few hours before serving then add club soda. The longer it sits the better.
Do you have any holiday party ideas? Share with us below - we'd love to hear from you!