Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks, that means the kids will be out of school for the very long weekend. Keep them busy making fun inexpensive Thanksgiving crafts while you’re busy in the the kitchen preparing that delicious Thanksgiving Day meal. You can also set a kids’ Thanksgiving table for your little guests and keep them entertained making their own craft projects to take home.
Many of these kid’s crafts are made using things you have at home or inexpensive supplies you can pick up at any discount or dollar store. Recycle toilet paper and paper towel rolls, paper plates, baby food jars, and bottle caps for these crafts.
Paper Roll Turkey from Arstsy-Farsty Mama is a great way to recycle toilet paper and paper towel rolls.
This Pilgrim Hat crayon holder by The Moody Fashionista would look great on the Kids’ Thanksgiving table. Make one for each place setting and add a blank rectangular piece of brown Kraft paper. Kids can make their own placemat!
Instructions here![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]
Take a tip from Martha Stewart. Kraft paper placemats on the children’s Thanksgiving table will keep your little guests entertained. Add the Pilgrim Hat crayon holder and you’ve got a cute and practical table setting. Kids can take home their crayons and palcemats as party favors!
I love this idea from Alittletipsy.com! Handprint trees! My grandson made me one for mother’s day using different colors. My daughter added a poem and had it framed. It proudly hangs in my family room!
The Thanksgiving table can get very crowded. What with the turkey, side dishes, gravy, and sauces, there’s no place for anyone to actually sit down and eat! I solved this problem long ago by setting up a Thanksgiving Buffet Table for all the food and having an adult table as well as a kids’ table.
Depending on the space you have and the number of guests you are expecting this could take some doing. You might consider setting up different stations or bars; appetizer, sides, desserts, and drinks; or any combination there of. If you’re limited on space your stations may have to do double duty after dinner; appetizer station can be converted to dessert bar.
You may have to think out of the box and re-purpose furniture pieces to hold food and tableware. You will more than likely have to rearrange furniture to accomplish your goal. However you decide to set up the meal it will require advance planning, so much easier to move furniture without a ton of guests milling around.
Here are a few tips to help you set up a Thanksgiving Buffet Table.
1. Plan your serveware. Know ahead of time what dishes you will be using. I usually do this as soon as I’ve planned my menu, making a note beside each dish what I will be serving it in. Be creative, make your buffet interesting by adding height, this also creates space.
I love tiered stands and racks, but you don’t have to spend a fortune buying them. Stands can easily be made from dollar store items with very little time and effort. Check out Savvy Nana’s DIY Hurricane Vases & Lamps to learn how to make your own tiered stands.
You can also stack platters on upside down stemware or bowls to create height. Or use books or boxes wrapped in pretty paper. If you don’t have time to wrap books or boxes, just place them where you want them on the table and cover everything with a large tablecloth. You can even set Plates on pumpkins to create varying heights
For some great ideas on how to set a buffet table watch Kid’s Smart Living‘s video tutorial
A table in the middle of the room allows several guest access to the table at the same time, in this case taller dishes should be placed in the middle of the table. If the table needs to be set up against the wall meaning it will be front serving then taller dishes should be in the back.
2. Once you know which serving pieces you will be using you need to decide what you’re going to put them on. Breakfast tables, sideboards, baking racks, kitchen islands and counters work well as long as at least 2 people can serve themselves at the same time without blocking the way for everyone else. You may have to move furniture to accommodate the this traffic and arrange your serving ware accordingly.
Consider setting out trays of appetizers on coffee tables and end tables in the living or family rooms. This frees up space on the buffet table for the main event.
If you don’t have enough room on the table for plates and eating utensils consider setting up another table, shelf or rack to place them on.
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Make use of all the flat surfaces in your house. Setting up a bar on the mantle works well![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
3. Keep eating utensils neat and within reach by placing them in mason or apothecary jars, or on trays.
4. Decorate your buffet or bar with centerpieces and even a backdrop. You don’t need table cards but they’re a nice touch as is a framed photo or sign. You can hand write your own on card stock or use one of these printable.
This time of year I get hungry for a juicy turkey dinner! It’s no wonder, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s about the only time of year that I roast a whole turkey.
I still remember my first time roasting a turkey, I had no idea what to do. Over the years I’ve perfected it, and my family expects a Thanksgiving feast every year.
In recent years deep frying turkeys have been real popular. I’ve heard deep fried turkeys are delicious, but in our family you don’t experiment on a Thanksgiving turkey. So I’ve always roasted my turkey in the oven using the brown bag method. I’ve been roasting my turkeys this way for over 30 years. It’s easy, no basting involved.
You just place the turkey, roasting pan, and rack, in to a brown paper bag, slide it in to the oven and roast for the required time. You tear off the bag about 30 minutes before it’s done to get the nice golden brown color. When the timer rings take the turkey out of the oven and let rest for 15 – 30 minutes before carving.
Trust me you’ll end up with a delicious juicy turkey. You’re family will love it!
Who says pumpkins are just for Halloween? You can use pumpkins for Thanksgiving decor too!
Now that Halloween is over it’s a good time to buy Halloween decor at discount prices. I grabbed a few foam craft pumpkins at Walmart for half price; scrounged up a few old cups in my kitchen cabinets, I used freebies we got from Bubba Gump, Spaghetti Factory, and Circus Circus; picked up metalic spray paint, ribbons, and dried foliage; and made centerpieces for my dining tables. It’s a great and inexpensive way to use pumpkins for Thanksgiving!
The whole project didn’t take long to make, the longest part was waiting for the paint to dry. It’s amazing what you can do with a couple cans of spray paint, some ribbon, and dried leaves!
Gather your materials:
Spray paint – I used metalic gold and silver, but you can use whatever color you want
Spray paint your pumpkins and glassware. Spray 6″ away from the item you are painting, otherwise paint will run.
Foam pumpkins will need 2-3 coats of paint. Wait for it to dry before adding additional coats.
Be sure to spray paint the lip and inside of glassware.
Once everything is dried you can add ribbons, foliage, and whatever else you want. The tumblers can be used as vases and candle holders. Remember you’re only limited by your imagination!
I recently saw some gorgeous Thanksgiving Centerpieces online selling for $100 or more. Most of them were made with mini pumpkins, dried leaves, nuts, berries, and other natural materials. I love dressing up my holiday tables with beautiful centerpieces, but there’s no way I’m spending that much money on one. Specially not when I know I can make something similar for much less.
With Thanksgiving just 3 days away we’re all busy preparing that holiday meal, but have you given any thought to how you’re going to set your Thanksgiving table? At our house we always have so much food that I end up setting up a Thanksgiving buffet on my kitchen peninsula so that we can actually eat on the dining table. I like to place Thanksgiving Centerpieces on both the dining table and on the buffet, it makes everything look so much more festive.
With a bit of ingenuity and supplies you may already have at home I’m sure you can make some beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces to grace your holiday tables.
Think about all the possibilities! What does autumn call to mind? Think rich harvest colors; pumpkins, nuts, seeds, and all the bounties of the earth. Making a centerpiece or creating a tablescape may involve as little as digging thru your pantry, clipping blooms from your garden, and a quick trip to the dollar store.
Here are some ideas to inspire you! And don’t forget the Kids’ table, it needs to be fun and pretty too!
For these Thanksgiving centerpieces I used foam pumpkins I got from the post-Halloween clearance at Walmart and promotional glasses I had at home. I added dried leaves and corn I got from the supermarket, some ribbon and a happy scarecrow. Learn how here![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
A quick trip to the dollar store and the farmer’s market for supplies, and a glue gun is basically all you need to make this pumpkin centerpiece by Shanty 2 Chic.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Another dollar store project is The Craftinomicon’s Harvest Centerpiece.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
These beer bottle candle holders by Big City Little Joys will give you a reason to drink more beer. Just glue on some twine, paint on the letter, and add candles and done! How fun and easy is that?[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Calm Cradle nestles votives in a glass filled with coffee beans, ties on some twine and places everything in an old pan. Simple! You may not need to leave home to make this one.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Shelterness arranges nuts on assorted stands. Easy! You can even make your own stands! To learn how to make serving stands click here! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
I collect bottles, jars, tins, and other interesting containers. My kitchen cabinets are filled with empty spaghetti sauce jars, wine bottles, and other stuff I insist I will someday do something creative with. The recent popularity of Mason jars are right up my alley.
Mason Jars are not only used for canning, they are so versatile and can be used for almost anything. They can be painted, glued, etched, stenciled, and more. They can be vases, baking containers, drinking glasses, gift packaging, and I’m told are used for moonshine! It only takes a little imagination and very little time to turn jars into something special.
With Thanksgiving this week here are a few ideas on how you can use Mason Jars as part of your holiday decor and gift giving.
Owl Candy Jars by ChicaCircle are a great way to store extra Halloween Candy or would make a great Teacher’s gift, you can fill it with treats, stickers, or just about anything you want.
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Rustic Fall Centerpiece by Love of Family & Home are simple and easy to make. You can personalize them with your own initial. For Tutorial click here![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
“FALL” Mason Jar vases by My Anything & Everything are painted in chalk paint and stenciled. Simple and lovely on your mantle or Thanksgiving table.
Mason Jar drinking glasses and centerpiece by AKA Designs. Guests can take home their jars as party favors. Easy and inexpensive. Jar lids can be replaced by Daisy cut lids, they have holes for the drinking straw. Otherwise you could drill holes in each lid. Daisy cut lids can be ordered from Amazon.com. (Affiliate Link)
Wondering what to do with the lids you just replaced with the Daisy cut ones? Don’t toss them out, here’s a fun way by The Country Cook. to use them and incorporate them in your holiday decor.