Thanksgiving Fun and Freebies

With Thanksgiving just next week (how did that happen?!), I thought I'd share some ideas for Thanksgiving fun I've found around the web. Hopefully some, or all, will ease the stress that the next few days inevitably bring.

The beautiful image above is from my friend Kelly at live.laugh.rowe. She is incredibly talented and has lots of fun, fall craft ideas. There are three versions of this image available to download. They would make a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving decor...and provide a powerful reminder to stop and enjoy the holiday.

It's always a good idea to keep little hands busy,  and here are some great ways to do just that: Little hands and big hands alike will love making this Turkey Bowl, and what a fun way to enjoy some pre-dinner snacks! Older kids (and maybe those young-at-heart adults) will have a blast with these Turkey Pine Cones. You could even make them in advance and use them as place card holders.

If you'll be entertaining preschoolers, here's a great site with a lot of fun craft ideas for those tiny fingers. For those wanting something a bit more educational (maybe for the older kids), be sure to take a virtual tour of the First Thanksgiving! And if your house is anything like ours, you can never have enough activity and coloring pages around, just in case.

For you more serious crafters, there are some fabulous ideas for decorating out there like these Paper Pinecones, this DIY Fall Garland, or this beautiful Mantel Decor . Plus, there are a ton of free printables  (and more here!) to make your table and your meal look simply divine.

Of course, what's Thanksgiving without food. So, let's talk food. Whether this is your first time to host the Big Dinner or you're just looking for a new recipe to "shake things up," there are some fabulous options out there. (P.S., if you need a taste-tester, I am available! ;))

Isn't this Fruit Gobbler so fun?! What better way to keep the kids entertained and happy before dinner than with a healthy snack? And for those with a sweet tooth...check out these yummy Teepee Treats.

If you're looking for lighter options, try this Chicken Sausage and Herb Stuffing from one of my favorite recipe sites, Skinnytaste.com. While you're there check out her other "lightened up" Thanksgiving fare like her Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes or made-over Corn Casserole.

Of course, not everything has to be healthy, especially at Thanksgiving, so let's not forget dessert! For a little different twist on some of your favorite desserts, try the Pecan Pie Trifle or the Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Orange Creme Cheese Frosting from my friend Sarah at Desserted Planet.

What's not to love about Thanksgiving...food, family, friends, and so much fun! Whether you're a stressed-out hostess or a laid-back houseguest, I hope you make the time to enjoy the company of those around you and reflect on your many blessings this Thanksgiving.

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4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Fun and Freebies

    1. nancy.backues@gmail.com

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      I’m not hosting, so I don’t have to stress about any prep stuff. I just get to surf the internet and have fun! ;) Hope you find them helpful!

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing my Thanksgiving printable. May your Thanksgiving be filled with rest and gratitude. I appreciate your friendship so very much. xo

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