Thanksgiving Entertaining

Thanksgiving Entertaining Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

It's Turkey Time!

Thanksgiving Entertaining Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Thanksgiving is without doubt my favorite holiday — beautiful tables, great food, and none of the stress associated with the winter holidays. This is the perfect time to reconnect with loved ones whether they be family or friends. So first things first, if you haven't yet made your travel arrangements, the time is NOW! Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Entertaining – Part Two

It's Turkey Time!

Thanksgiving Entertaining Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Quick update!

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and Thanksgiving supplies are flying out the door so don't dawdle — order those special extras ASAP.  Some of my favorite products are already sold out!


Thanksgiving Entertaining – Part One

Table Settings and Table Decor

Place Card Holders and Place Cards

Maple Leaf Place CardHolders

Silver Pear Place Card Holders

Leaf Place Card Wedding Favor Boxes

(Fill favor box with orange colored chocolate covered sunflower seeds)

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Leaf Plantable Seed Wedding Place Cards

Leaf Place Card Holders

Napkin Rings

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Maple leaf place cards and napkin rings

Bon appetit napkin rings

Vase Napkin Rings (use deep tones and rustic colored fresh or dried flowers)


Candles and Candle Holders

Candlelight not only adds warmth but also elegance to your tale! Do not worry about overdoing it. Below we are featuring options specifically geared to Thanksgiving but just about any candlestick works and don't be afraid to mix and match.

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Turkey Tea Light Candle Holder

Harvest corn taper candles

Comfort Candles

Mondo Glass Votives (stunning but expensive)

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Mini Molded Turkey Votive Candles

Pumpkin Tea light Candle Holders

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Footed Globe Vase in Tortoise

Mondo Glass Hurricane

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Matching glassware

Mondo Glass Pitcher

Mondo Glass Tumblers – Set of 6

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Candle Basics


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Tea light candles (20 pack)

Autumn Breeze Candles

Battery Operated AMBER LED Tealight Candles Flameless for Thanksgiving

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Salt and Pepper Shakers

The Pilgrim Pair Salt and Pepper Shaker

Fall Foliage Turkey Salt & Pepper

Squirrel Salt and Pepper

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Mini Gourd Shaped Salt and Pepper Set

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Little Gifts of Thanks

Fall Leaf Favor Boxes

Fill with favor boxes with autumn colored candies

Personalized chocolate candies

Jelly belly jelly beans

Personalized Hershey Kiss

Orange colored chocolate covered sunflower seeds

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Powder Room Soaps and Guest Towels

Fall Leaf Soaps

Fall Leaf Soap Petals

Maple Leaf Soaps Wedding Favors

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Turkey Embroidered Guest Towels

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Thanksgiving Novelty Food

Nutcrackers

Nutty Squirrel Nutcracker

Kitchen Supplies and Cooking Ware

Pumpkin Muffin Pan

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Dishtowel by tag®

Desserts

Great Pumpkin Cake

Thanksgiving Pecan Pie Kit

Personalized Fall Cookies

Pumpkin Brownie Pops

Autumn Leaves Lollipops

Turkey Lollipops

Clear Classics Jelly Belly Autumn Mix: 12 Count (sold out)

Chocolate

Turkey Semi-Solid Milk Chocolate (sold out)

Chocolate Turkey Suckers (sold out)

Chocolate Acorn w/Bite-size Chocolate Squirrels (sold out)

Lemon Crunch Leaf (sold out)

Personalized Thanksgiving Lollipop

(Sorry –I can't link directly to this item, so you will need to do a quick site search)

Pumpkin seeds

Thanksgiving Recipes

Every family has its own Thanksgiving Day traditions. Some prefer a casual atmosphere, others have a more formal supper, and many add their own ethnic flavors to the traditional American fare. It might be wise to check with your friend to learn about his family's traditions.

Cooking.com has a large selection of delicious Thanksgiving recipes

The Menu
Turkey
Stuffing (our family has an ongoing debate as to whether you should cook it inside or separate from the bird) — there are many, many different recipes from which to choose
Turkey Gravy
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mash Potatoes
Vegetable (the traditional green bean casserole is now often replaced with a healthier mix of grilled vegetables including asparagus, brussel sprouts, beets, green beans, and whatever else is fresh and available — lots of color is key)
Cranberry Sauce
and any family favorites (ie you might want to throw in Yorkshire pudding or something distinctly British, just to personalize the dinner)

Desserts
Apple, Pumpkin, and Pecan Pies

Drinks

Limited Edition 4pk ToFurky and Gravy Jones SodaChampagne Gift Crate
Jones Soda has released its limited edition Tofurky and Gravy Soda

Martinelli's Apple Cider

Champagne Gift Crate

Serve wine from America!

Washington DuoSonoma Wine CountryColumbia Crest Two Vines Duo Sonoma's Alexander Valley Duo

Washington Duo

Columbia Crest Two Vines Duo

Sonoma Wine Country

Sonoma’s Alexander Valley Duo

Napa Valley Cabernet DuoCakebread Cellars Napa Valley ChardonnayNewton Napa Valley ClaretNapa Valley Wine Duet

Napa Valley Cabernet Duo

Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay

Newton Napa Valley Claret

Napa Valley Wine Duet

Oregon Pinot Noir TrioThe Organic DuoWest Coast SelectionClos du Bois Trio

Oregon Pinot Noir Trio

The Organic Duo

West Coast Selection

Clos du Bois Trio

Drink

Wine and Wine Accessories

Fall Leaf Wine Bottle Stopper

Fall Leaf Wine Opener

Save time and gas. Buy your dinner wine and gift wine online!

Wine Legacy

Sonoma Wine Country

Champagne Gift Crate

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

Coming Soon!

Soda and Cider

Limited Edition ToFurkey and Gravy Jones Soda

Sparkling Cider Mini Bottles

Coasters

Personalized Thanksgiving Turkey Coasters

Thanksgiving Costumes

For school performances or simply because you like to get into the Thanksgiving spirit by dressing up!

Thanksgiving Costumes

BuyCostumes.com

Costume Craze

Paper Goods

Plates and Napkins has a fantastic selection of high quality, elegant paper goods.  Most patterns come with matching plates, napkins, and occasionally, even guest towels.

Thanksgiving Paper Goods

Fun Turkey Deluxe Party Kit

Thanksgiving Balloons

Turkey Day Balloon

Fall Leaf Balloon

Turkey Shape Balloon

More Thanksgiving

Turkey Honeycomb Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Activities

Think Football

NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 4 Product Details Wilson F1415 NFL MVP Football (Official Size)

Even after all the games are over, how about  NFL Greatest Follies DVD

Alternately, watch an inspiring football theme movie like The Blind Side

Finally, if you have a yard or live near a park or other outdoor open space, consider purchasing a football to throw around before dinner.

Another Thanksgiving Activity

Thanksgiving Box of Questions (also doubles as table decor)


Thanksgiving Apparel

Ties

Turkey Tie

Autumn Leaves Tie

Thanksgiving Fence Peekers Tie

Shoes

Gobble Gobble Turkey Keds (Lots of customized options, including the design!)

Slip on a Turkey Shoes

Gobble Gobble Shoes

Shirts

Turkey Fun Hoody

Football  Turkey T-Shirt

Gobble til you Wobble Infant Wear

Check out Zazzle's entire Thanksgiving collection of Ties, Shoes, Embroidered Shirts, and T-shirts!

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Make the Night Last a Year

Don’t let this memorable day fade away with the morning sun. The next day, when all is still fresh, log onto Shutterfly.com to create photo books, memory calendars, and even photo thank you notes or  create a 5×7 photo card announcing same time next year!

Photo Books

Collage Calendars

Photo cards

Everything Thanksgiving – Part I


Party Hearty!

Good Things Come in Small Packages — A Party Theme with a Charitable Twist

Good Things Come in Small Packages -- A Party Theme with a Charitable Twist

Good Things Come in Small Packages —

 A Party Theme with a Charitable Twist

Recently we came across a question asking for ideas for a “good things come in small packages” themed bat mitzvah.  Seldom do we come across new great theme ideas, so not surprisingly, we were hooked from the get go especially since there seemed to be so many positive ways to incorporate a lovely message into the celebration. Although we have not developed an absolutely complete theme package, this post is fairly comprehensive and covers most elements needed to put together a great party with an emphasis on charitable giving.  This unique party theme would also be perfect for a baby shower, school fundraiser, quinceanera celebration, or birthday party or retirement party for anyone of petite stature.

The Charity (or Mitzvah) Project

I love the idea of knitting tiny hats and booties and blankets for neonatal units. In fact even if you don't knit, it might be worth learning! Either join a group already doing knitting, start a group of your own, or find another way to support these wonderful and fragile children arriving in the world as the tiniest of G-d's gifts. Look at the following organizations for inspiration or maybe contact your local hospital's neonatal intensive care unit to see if it has any particular needs:

Knit for Bliss
The Preemie Project
Hadassah Hospital
Baby Charity Knitting Patterns

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Invitation Idea – The Smaller the Better!

I like this Lavender reverse card by William Arthur since it is only 3.5″ x 5″ yet can hold all pertinent celebration information plus a small motif symbol on the top. I centered the text and used a second font for the name, used brown ink and added the lavender and brown Circles and Stripes liner. This particular card is engraved — a special touch which compliments the emphasis on quality in this theme. Consider packing the invitation and any other necessary cards,(ie response cards and envelopes, evening celebration cards) into a small deluxe gift box lined with plumped tissue paper so the cards are inset into the tissue paper. Then wrap the box in personalized wrapping paper.  Affix a mailing label. I can't think of a more perfect way to set the tone for the theme good things come in small packages! Yes, it is a bit over the top but my motto is always think big and then scale back, i.e. instead of a box you might use a bubble mailer.

            

Lavender reverse card by William Arthur

Peace Dove Postage

Consider personalizing a contemporary style business card as your invitation.  If there is too much information to include on one card, just stack numerous cards in the box.

Modern Interior Business Cards       Swirly Frame Business Cards       Retail Expert Business Cards       Flourishing Tree Business Cards

Bold Bliss Business Cards       Unique Style Business Cards      Monogram Marvel Business Cards       Fresh Logo Business Cards

Personalized Business Cards as Invitations

Centerpiece and Party Favor Ideas

Bonsai is the art aesthetic miniaturization of trees …

Camellia "Hot Flash"      Rock Cottoneaster      Dwarf Crepe Myrtle

 Orange Citrus Bonsai Tree      Satsuki Azalea      Flowering White Jasmine


To add more mass to your centerpiece consider displaying your bonsai and various other small items on a tiered display rack.

Tiered Display Rack
The third tier can be filled with any of dozens of miniature favors.  Here are my favorites …

Cheesecake presents       individual towel cakes       bloembox flower seeds

Individual present cheese cakes (visually fabulous but over the top expensive)

Individual towel cakes,

Bloembox flower seeds

Also consider polka dot favor boxes tied with beautiful  midori organdy ribbon and filled with a single  personalized Hershey Kiss and a small tag saying something like “Hadassah Hospital Neonatal Care Unit thanks you with a kiss.”

polka dot favor boxes      

Polka dot favor boxes

Midori organdy ribbon

Personalized Hershey Kiss

Small tag

Place Card Holder Idea

This  mini photo album works nicely with this theme.

mini photo album favor

Little Book of Memories

Food Ideas

Skip the large plated dinner. Just serve lots of courses with bite size morsels (tapas, tea sandwiches, small plates) throughout the night.

For dessert serve cupcakes, or mini brownie pops, or two tiered mini cakes.

mini brownie pop       mini tiered birthday cakes

mini brownie pops

two tiered mini cakes

Hope this helps jump start your own take on this great theme.

Party Hearty!