153 Best Thanksgiving Day Recipes, Crafts, Kids Activities!


A Thanksgiving Day you’re family will never forget has just been made easier with 135 of the BEST Thanksgiving Day Count Down CalendarsGrateful for Traditions, Activities For Kids,  Thanksgiving Food and Recipes including Kids Table ideas with festive Place cardsTable Settings and Free Printables all perfect for Thanksgiving Day!

How to make Thanksgiving Dinner memorable and a bonding event for your family is now even more fun with these pictured tutorials on how to make almost anything for Thanksgiving Day, Fall, or Autumn themed.

Place Cards

Place Cards

1.  Pinecone Turkey Place Card ~ Turn an ordinary pinecone into a festive turkey place card holder.  It will add elegance and charm to your table setting.

2.  Alphabet Pie Topper and Place Cards ~ This post features a unique and fun idea for decorating the classic pie and your Thanksgiving table! By taking alphabet pasta you can make this adorable pie grateful banner and individual place cards spelling each name! Best of all your kids can get in on the crafting and help!

3.  Thanksgiving Place Cards {free printables} ~ Use these free blank labels to create Thanksgiving place cards or as food labels for a dessert table. The colors are great for an autumn birthday party as well. You can also use these as gift tags to attach to favors or other gifts.

4.  Thanksgiving Party Printables {setting cards} ~ Are you in need of classic and traditional printables for Thanksgiving? Check out these “Give Thanks” Thanksgiving printables, all designed with pretty leaf garlands.  The collection includes invitations, menus, party circles, drink flags, favor tags, blank place cards, filled-in food labels, water bottle labels, “I’m thankful for…” cards, wine bottle labels, and patterned paper.

5.  Glittered Pumpkin Place Card Holder ~ With some small pumpkins and a little glitter blast paint, Beckie will show you how to create some sparkly and festive pumpkin place card holders that will be perfect for your Thanksgiving table.  You can even make some matching larger pumpkins for a centerpiece.

6.  Thanksgiving Place Card TemplateDownload and print this free Thanksgiving place card template to add a touch of elegance to your Thanksgiving table. The hardest part is figuring out who goes where!

7.  Thanksgiving Place CardsHave you started thinking table decor yet? If not, here is the perfect place card template and tutorial for you.

8.  DIY Leaf Place Cards ~ This leaf place card is darling on the mini pumpkin.  How cute would they be on a wreath or a paper tree?

9.  Fall Place Card ~ Elegant place cards make a tables cape “pop”!  These beautiful place cards are no exception.  They are super simple, inexpensive and would be a fun project for the kids to help with.

10.  Pumpkin Place Card Holders ~  These pumpkin place card holders are so adorable and so simple to make.  Simply spray paint a white mini pumpkin with soft gold spray paint.  Cut a slit on the top of the stem and voila.  You can insert your place card.

11.  Grateful Card and Place Card Printable ~ This is a great post featuring both a flat and place card printable. With simple elegance these cards are perfect to display on your Thanksgiving table. A cute way to show your guests how grateful you are for them!

12.  Scissor Cut Fall Leaves ~ These fabric fall leaf name cards are gorgeous.  You can download the free leaf template to make your own using scraps of fabric and fabric stiffener “stiffy”.

13.  Nutshell Place Card Holders ~ Celebrate Thanksgiving with these adorable walnut shell place cards.  They are simple to make and only require a few items.

14.  Haystack Name Place Cards ~ Dress up your table with these cute mini hay bundle place cards.  Strips of card stock were tied together with baker’s twine.  They would look just as fabulous if tied with regular twine or sisal rope.  They would also make a fabulous centerpiece if you used larger strips of card stock.

15.  Name Place Cards ~ Save room at the table by placing the name cards on the backs of the chairs.  It’s also another fabulous way to dress up the table.  You can make them with wood plaques, scrapbook paper and chalkboard decals.  You can erase the name and reuse them next year.

16.  Oreo Turkey Place Card Holders ~ Gobble gobble!  That’s probably what will happen as soon as your guests see these adorable edible turkey place card holders.

17.  Fall Leaf Place Cards ~  Be thankful for these adorable yet simple leaf place cards.  There are four color options available to download and print.

18.  Thanksgiving Place Cards ~ Simple Thanksgiving place cards that are ready to print in two color choices.  All you have to do is fill in the name.  It can’t get any easier than that!

19.  Thanksgiving Tent Cards ~ Celebrate the bounty of the season with these festive tent cards.   Thank you cards and labels are also available.

20.  Elegant Place Card Printables ~ These elegant Thanksgiving printables include place cards, food tent cards, food labels/candy labels, straw/cupcake flags and thank you cards!



21.  Thanksgiving Table Centerpieces ~ This is a beautiful idea for a floral Thanksgiving centerpiece! With helpful tips such as what materials to start with, you’ll be able to create a festive, yet chic Thanksgiving table centerpiece!

22.  Paint Dipped Pine Cone Display ~ Short on time and funds, but still want a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece? This is it! All you need is pinecones from your backyard and that can of paint thats been sitting in your garage! Easy and beautiful!

23.  Rustic Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece ~ While this centerpiece was actually designed as a wedding reception centerpiece it could also double as a lovely Thanksgiving dinner table centerpiece! With elements of the rustic outdoors, you’ll have a beautiful natural centerpiece with this fabulous idea!

24.  Delightful Pumpkin Centerpiece ~  I adore the Over The Tipsy Top Girls, so much OTT makes me happy. For this great centerpiece you will need orange flowers, skewers, floral foam, pumpkin stem, and leaves.

25.  Thanksgiving Pilgram Hat Centerpiece ~ This is a post featuring a tutorial on how to create a unique and festive pilgrim hat and floral centerpiece. With a little help from a template and some bean and corn you’ll create a beautiful Thanksgiving table centerpiece that will wow your guests!

26.  Fall Candle Centerpiece ~ Looking for a great DIY candle centerpiece for Fall? This post features a really beautifully festive idea! Easy to make, and perfect to display all Fall long! Could even make a beautiful Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

27.  Fall Floral Centerpiece {how-to} ~ Here is a pictured tutorial on how to make an easy fall floral centerpiece!  You can use it as a fall centerpiece for Thanksgiving, hang what you’re grateful for on it, or use it as a fun fall idea.

28.  Pumpkin Flower Arrangements ~ How beautiful!  I love fresh festive flowers! Who says you have to carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns?  You can still have yummy baked pumpkin seeds when you scoop the center out.

29.  Corn Candle Holder ~ Add a little bit more Fall to your Thanksgiving centerpiece with these corn candle holders.  This Thanksgiving craft will add a unique touch to your turkey day centerpiece.  You could even use ornamental corn to add a little more color to your table.

30.  Fall Hurricane Vases ~ Fill Hurricane Vases with natural elements to create a stunning centerpiece! For fall, layer green split peas, corn kernels, and red beans for the perfect fall or Thanksgiving combination!

31.  How to Create an Easy Fall Centerpiece ~ Using a log from the side of the road and a drill bit that creates circles, you can create a gorgeous centerpiece for your fall tablescape.

32.  Pumpkin Table CenterpiecesThese adorable and easy to make table decorations are the perfect addition to your fall decor. These would look beautiful as a table centerpiece or the top of a mantle.

33.  Rustic Twig Candle Holder ~ This is an easy diy project perfect for fall! Taking a candle holder glue and some twigs you will create a rustic and stylish way to display a candle! Great for the living room or even the kitchen table as a centerpiece!

34.  Pumpkin and Mercury Glass Tablescape ~ Here is a great idea for a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece! Using pumpkins, gourds, burlap and some mercury glass candle holders you’ll be able to create a festive table for your guests to enjoy!

35.  Indian Corn Centerpiece ~ Arrange Indian corn in clusters of three neatly down the center like pyramids in the sand.

36.  Gold Fall Pumpkins {centerpiece} ~ Take that faux pumpkin you painted for Halloween and give it a fall makeover in gold.  Madigan Made will show you how to make your pumpkins sparkle with the help of some gold thumb tacks.  These gilded pumpkins make a great fall decoration or Thanksgiving centerpiece.

37.  Glittered Paper Mache Pumpkin ~ If you are a glitzy girl and love sparkle then this pumpkin project is for you!  It’s just the right amount of sparkle and color to contrast the white paper mache pumpkin.

Table Settings

Table Settings

38.  Vintage Chic Tablescape ~ Bringing natural elements to your table this fall is not only stylish, but easy and festive!  There’s also   numbered glassware to compliment the place settings.

39.  Thanksgiving Centerpiece Table Settings ~ It won’t matter if you love pumpkins, greenery, paper crafts or candles, this collection of beautiful Thanksgiving dinner centerpieces will have an idea that you will love.

40.  Simple Shortcuts for a Stunning Thanksgiving Table ~ A few pointers I’ve picked up through the years on how to create a beautiful Thanksgiving table in minutes.

41.  Thanksgiving Tablescape ~ This table setting is fit for royalty.  There’s an upside down box on the center of the table with added butternut squash and little containers of roses.  Some extra touches include place settings with small gourds that have handwritten names on them.

42.  A Grown Up Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Tablescape ~ Nothing says Charlie Brown Thanksgiving like a plaid check camp blanket as your tablecloth. Add in other rustic decor like the twig candle holder and lovely pine cone place settings and you have a grown up version, perfect for an outdoor Thanksgiving Table setup!

43.  Thanksgiving Day Table  ~ Pinecones, mini pumpkins, wheat, lace and candlelight combined make a rustic yet elegant table scape for Thanksgiving.

44.  Chic Yet Simple Thanksgiving Table Setting ~ This is a beautiful table setting idea for your Thanksgiving dinner! With white, black and gold as the color scheme you achieve a chic and festive look! Could also make the perfect Christmas or New Years table setting as well!

45.  Giving Thanks Quote Dinner Plate ~ Looking for a great way to incorporate a Thanksgiving quote into your Thanksgiving tablescape? This post has a fabulous idea of using clear plates with the quote on the bottom of each dinner plate. Easy and makes for a thoughtful touch!

46.  Aqua & Yellow Fall Tablescape ~ If you’re looking for a stylish way to decorate your dining table this fall, this is the perfect post for you!  The non-traditional color palette of aqua and yellow is fabulous.  There are many little details you don’t want to miss.

47.  A Beautiful Fresh Thanksgiving Place Setting ~ This place setting is a fresh new take on a more traditional style place setting! Using modern color scheme of yellow, gray and a lemons! Beautiful and festive!

48.  Thanksgiving Table {free printables} ~ These elegant, sophisticated printables will coordinate beautifully with any Thanksgiving setting and will let your food shine.

49.  Thanksgiving Set {free printables} ~ FREE set of Thanksgiving printables – HUGE set including a banner, cupcake toppers, tags, treat bag toppers, centerpiece designs, signs and much more!

50.  Thanksgiving Dessert Table ~ Who wouldn’t love to walk in and see this table waiting for them? Both beautiful and filled with yummy treats. With the step by step guide you’ll be able to create this beautiful Fall dessert table for your Thanksgiving gathering!

51.  Beautifully Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape ~ If you are in search of some great ideas for your Thanksgiving tablescape, this post is perfect! Using metallics and glass your table will love festive and beautiful! Add some green as the centerpiece and you have a simple way to decorate your table that will be impressive and lovely!

52.  Burlap Utensil Holder ~ Thanks to the creativity of this blogger you’ll be able to easily create stylish utensil holders for your Thanksgiving table! Using burlap, paint, twin and a tag you have a perfect home for the utensils and a beautiful way to decorate your table!

53.  A Chic Thanksgiving Setup ~ Looking for some fabulous ideas to make your Thanksgiving a little bit more chic? This is a great post with a roundup of different ways to make your Thanksgiving table have a little bit more style! From the actual utensils used to a fun banner, your table is sure to be chic this year with these ideas!

54.  Natural Neutral Thanksgiving Place Setting ~ Pine cones are the finishing touch that make this place setting! Using similar neutral colored table linens along with gathered pine cones from the back yard, your Thanksgiving table will be beautifully put together yet simple!

Kids Table Ideas

Kids Table Ideas

55.  Thanksgiving Kid Table Crafts ~ Lisa Storms has designed a cute Thanksgiving kids table that is completely DIY.  From the pilgrim hat crayon holder to the pumpkin pie tin filled with a pre dinner snack, the kids Thanksgiving table will keep them entertained before, during, and after Thanksgiving dinner.

56.  Kids Thanksgiving Place Setting ~ Here is a printable utensil holder so perfect for the kids Thanksgiving table! Great because it’s also a coloring activity to keep the kiddos busy for a few minutes before or after the feast! All you have to do is print and set out some colored pencils!

57.  Activity Thanksgiving Table ~ Cover a small table with butcher paper. Draw a circle where each plate will go. Write a “to-do” list next to each spot, and provide crayons or colored pencils so pint-size diners can mark off items as they eat.

58.  Pilgrim Napkin Rings ~ Take your guests back to the first Thanksgiving with these fun photo napkin rings that double as place cards.

59.  Chalkboard Paint Place mats ~ The placemat says, “I am thankful for” and they can draw out what they’re thankful for, and easily erase it and draw something new.

60.  DIY Thanksgiving Treat Holders ~ These Mayflower boat treat holders are super cute and can be used a place cards as well.

61.  The Kids Table: Paper Bag Turkey – Every kids’ table needs a paper bag turkey. And this one has a surprise inside.

62.  Thanksgiving for Kids ~ I designed a crafty little Thanksgiving table to occupy the children and make them excited to have their own little place to eat.

63.  I am Grateful For Activity and Coloring Page ~ If you are looking for a great printable activity to give your kids on Thanksgiving, look no further! This is a great post with a downloadable coloring page! All you need to do is print!

64.  Paper Cone Thanksgiving Turkey ~ In this step by step tutorial, learn how to make this adorable paper cone Thanksgiving turkey! Fill the paper cones with your favorite snack and place as a centerpiece on the kids’ table. Recipe for a snack is included. Click on the link for more pictures and all the details!

65.  Child’s Chalkboard Placemat Printable ~ Use this free printable child’s chalkboard placemat for dressing up the kid’s table at your holiday family gatherings. All you have to do is print out and give the kid’s some chalk and they can draw and erase over and over.

66.  Thanksgiving for Kids ~ I designed a crafty little Thanksgiving table to occupy the children and make them excited to have their own little place to eat.

67.  Pilgrim Boat Treat Holder ~ Since the pilgrims sailed the ocean blue over to the Americas how appropriate are these adorable boat treat holders. With this fabulous tutorial you’ll be able to create your very own set of these cute place settings!

Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving Printables

68.  Fall Harvest Printable ~ Count your blessings that this beautiful fall print is FREE!  Simply print and frame it.

69.  Thanksgiving Party Printables ~ Are you in need of classic and traditional printables for Thanksgiving? Check out these “Give Thanks” Thanksgiving printables, all designed with pretty leaf garlands.  The collection includes invitations, menus, party circles, drink flags, favor tags, blank place cards, filled-in food labels, water bottle labels, “I’m thankful for…” cards, wine bottle labels, and patterned paper.

70.  Thanksgiving Party Printables {Setting Cards} ~ The cute little turkeys on this fun free printable Thanksgiving party set will brighten up any Thanksgiving kids table.  The cute turkey collection includes an invitation, party circles, cupcake wrappers, food labels, favor tags, drink flags, and a Happy Thanksgiving sign.

71.  Printable Thanksgiving Thought ~ Thanksgiving is all about gathering around those you love and being thankful, this is a lovely printable thought to display that sentiment! Perfect to print and display so all those that come into your home have a little reminder of what the holiday is about in your home!

72.  20 Fun Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving ~ There are so many fun Thanksgiving activities, crafts, memories to make, and “thank” flu moments to enjoy together for a memorable and gratitude filled Thanksgiving! I’ve put a few into a cute printable for you. Here are 20 fun things to do to celebrate Thanksgiving!

73.  Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Print ~ This cute turkey with a chevron background can be printed in 8×10 and framed as party of your Thanksgiving decor or printed in the 5×7 format and printed on the back to be used as a menu or an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner.

74.  Free Thanksgiving Subway Art Printable ~ Now that your Halloween decorations are put away, start your Thanksgiving decorations out with this fun subway art printable.  The fun fall colors will coordinate with the rest of your Fall decorations and starting your holiday decorating is as easy as printing it out and putting it in a frame you already have.

75.  Thanksgiving Count Down Calendar ~ Have your kids been asking “how many days until Thanksgiving?” Mine have, and that’s why I’m so exited about this Thanksgiving Count-down Calendar from The Letter 4.

76.  Printable Thanksgiving Poster {Give Thanks} ~ Two free printable posters to get your Thanksgiving decorating off to a beautiful start.  Choose your favorite or print and frame both to place in a collage above your mantle.  They will look perfect next to a leaf garland for a framed handprint turkey.

77.  “I Am Thanksful” Printable ~ Each strip has an empty space to write what you’re feeling grateful for. They can be used as napkins rings, tags for branches of trees, which would make a terrific conversation piece, or be as creative as you’d like. You’ll see we printed them on kraft paper to make a very thankful paper chain. (A fun project for the kids while dinner is preparing.)

78.  Thanksgiving Party Printable Set ~ This free printable package is HUGE! These are just a few of the things you can print for your Thanksgiving: Menu, Pie or Cake Mini Bunting: Happy Thanksgiving & Turkey Spacers, Leaf Banner: Give Thanks & Spacers, 5 inch party circles (can be used as door or chandelier decor & more), Cupcake Wraps and so much more.

79.  Tri-Fold Thanksgiving Card Printable ~ Here is a lovely tri-fold card that is perfect for you or your kids to fill out and give to a friend or family member! With lots of space to write all the ways you are thankful, your friends or family are sure to feel the love with this great card!

80.  Give Thanks Tag and Label Printable ~ These printable tags and labels are so chic! Great to tag almost anything you can think of for Thanksgiving! There is even a yummy pumpkin bread recipe, that will make a perfect little gift for friends and family!

81.  Thanksgiving Set {free printables} ~ FREE set of Thanksgiving printables – HUGE set including a banner, cupcake toppers, tags, treat bag toppers, centerpiece designs, signs and much more!

82.  Thanksgiving Table {free printables} ~ These elegant, sophisticated printables will coordinate beautifully with any Thanksgiving setting and will let your food shine.

Organization for Thanksgiving


83.  Turkey Day Menu Planner ~ A wonderful tool to make your grocery shopping easier for your big Thanksgiving meal.  It helps you map out what you are serving and what groceries you need.

84.  Thanksgiving Planner ~ Use this Thanksgiving Planner to help you make one of the busiest holiday’s more organized and more fun.

85.  Thanksgiving Menu {free printable} ~ Print the free menu to insert in a frame and display it.  Use a vis-a-vis marker to write the menu on the glass.  You can erase it and reuse it year after year.

86.  Fall Survival Guide to Cleaning ~ With the holidays rapidly approaching, getting the house in tip top shape can sometimes be cumbersome.  This printable guide will help you get cleaning done faster and more efficiently.

87.  Recipes, Tips & Printable Planner ~ “Thanksgiving can be stressful if you’re the one preparing the feast or hosting the dinner in your home, and this free ebook is designed to help you plan your Thanksgiving so that it’s the kind of celebration you want.”

88.  Thanksgiving Day Planner {free printable} ~ Keep you Thanksgiving preparation organized and stress free with this printable Thanksgiving Day Planner complete with recipes.

89.  How to Clean Silver the Easy Way ~ Tips to help make polishing your silver a bit easier, less time consuming, and uses less polish.

90.  Making Holiday Food Prep Less Stressful ~ Learn tips to prep food ahead of time to make cooking easier on Thanksgiving day.

91.  Printable Guest List ~ Keep track of your guests with this handy printable.  It lets you know if they have rsvp’d and how many adults and children.

92.  13 Ways to Fold a Fancy Napkin ~ Learn how to fold a napkin fancy for an elegant dinner party or just for fun!  Here are 12 napkin folding step-by-step tutorials.

Crafts for Kids

Crafts For the Kids

93.  Paper Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet ~ These paper hats get kids into character as Pilgrims on Thanksgiving day.  They also make make a sweet and stylish statement at the holiday table.

94.  Fall Gourd Turkeys ~ The kids can make them, you can decorate with them, use them for Thanksgiving place cards, or just keep little hands busy at the craft table.  These cute little turkeys are made from gourds and doilies, but you could substitute Fall leaves that the kids have collected from the front yard.

95.  Thanksgiving Paper Doll Printable {Free Printables}I’ve always loved paper dolls, and I bet you do too!  This complete Thanksgiving Paper Doll free printables by  Tricia-Rennea, is an all-in-one EXCLUSIVE that your little girl is going to love.  Pair it with the Halloween Paper Doll she created for us, and you’ve got two sets!

96.  Yarn Gratitude Turkey ~ Teach your children how to give thanks this Thanksgiving by having them write what they are thankful for on a paper feather.  A fun craft activity you can do while dinner is cooking.

97.  Indian Headdress ~ Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to our fellow Native American friends. So what better way than to have your child make their own colorful Indian headdress.

98.  Turkey Count Down Calendar ~ This turkey is a fun craft to make with kids, will look cute decorating your wall, and will lose a feather everyday, with the help of your little one, to countdown the days until Thanksgiving arrives.

99.  Gobble Gobble Painting {Kids Craft} ~ Let your kids make their own decorations for the Thanksgiving kids table.  These cute mini turkey paintings, made from a your child’s thumb and finger tips, are perfect place cards for the table and can even be taken home as party favors by the kids parents.

100.  Thanksgiving Banner to Color {Thanksgiving Coloring} ~ Here is a printable banner that is both a great way to keep your kids busy for a little while and a piece of holiday decor! Print it out, set out some crayons and your kids will love to color it all in! A festive piece of memorabilia!

101.  Color by Number Turkey ~ This color by number turkey features “teens” numbers for young kids learning their numbers. Once colored, they can hang up their own Thanksgiving decor.

102.  Pumpkin Pie Spinner {Thanksgiving Kids Craft} ~ This pumpkin pie spinner craft is perfect to make on or around Thanksgiving. With a great thought of gratitude behind the fun of making it, it is an all around great activity for your preschool and elementary aged kids to create!

Traditions & Games

Traditions & Games

103.  Pin The Wattle On The Turkey ~ This Thanksgiving on pin the tail on the donkey will have your little Thanksgiving guests trying to pin the wattle on the turkey.  The printable game is available in two sizes, 8×10 or 11×14.

104.  Kids Thanksgiving Table Game ~ Just like Columbus and his crew crossed the ocean in search of the new world, so can your kids with these little boats made from milk cartons and powered by balloons.

105.  Turkey Talk {free printable} ~ 42 printable questions to get your guests talking at Thanksgiving.  If you are bringing together people from different parts of your life, these table talk questions can be a great ice breaker.

106.  Thanksgiving Guess Who Game Printable ~ Here is a festive way to entertain your family before or after the big feast! Perfect for the whole family to play together, this Thanksgiving Guess Who is a fun take on the classic game! All you have to do is print, cut out and gather the players!

107.  Read and Play Thanksgiving Printable Game ~ This is a great post with a printable game that pairs with the book I Know an Old Lady That Swallowed a Pie. Perfect for the preschool and early elementary aged child to help get them excited for Thanksgiving! Buy or borrow the book and print this great printable and your set!

108.  Turkey Roll Game ~ Looking for some Thanksgiving games and activities to keep your kids entertained this Thanksgiving? Then this is the post for you! With several great activities, including a super fun turkey dice game perfect for the whole family to get in on.

Activities to do Thanksgiving Day

Activities to do Thanksgiving Day

109.  Turkey Pinecone Crayon Holder ~ Gobble Gobble!  Make a turkey pinecone crayon holder from this set of free printables.  It’s a fun way to keep your children busy at their table as well as decorate it.  The set includes printable decorations, Thanksgiving crafts for kids, and printable coloring pages.

110.  11 Ways to Serve Others ~ Wondering how to serve others in easy and meaningful ways? There are so many fun ways to do so both during the holiday season, and year round.  I’ve put a few into a cute printable for you. Here are 11 things to do to help your fellow man!

111.   I Am Thankful For Prompt Cards {I Am Grateful} ~ Here is a perfect Thanksgiving activity for your family! With a beautiful printable all you have to do is decide how you want to use them! Place them at each place setting at your Thanksgiving dinner table or even make a thankful tree as seen in the post!

112.  Printable Thanksgiving Joke Cards {Thanksgiving Quotes} ~ Here is a great post to help get ready for Thanksgiving. Using these printable joke cards you’ll be able to entertain your kids for weeks! Great to throw into their lunch boxes each day leading up to Thanksgiving or just to stick places around your home to give your family a laugh!

113.  Thanksgiving Activity Kit Printable {Activity Printable} ~ This is a great post featuring a printable with a few different activities all about Thanksgiving! Perfect for the preschool aged child. Both fun and educational!



114.  Grateful Sign for Thanksgiving {I am Grateful} ~ This is a beautiful sign you can make to display for the Thanksgiving holiday! With just the word Grateful, you’ll have a simple reminder of what the holiday is about and a lovely piece of holiday decor. Simple to make with the help of this great post!

115.  Gratitude Quote Printable ~ This beautiful Thanksgiving printable features a lovely quote about gratitude by Melody Beattie.  Just in time for Thanksgiving,  print, frame and add to your holiday decor.

116.  Paper Cone Gratitude Wreath {Paper Decoration}Don’t let holiday to-dos overshadow the true spirit of Thanksgiving. Learn how to create this adorable Paper Cone Wreath paper decoration perfect as fall decor in your house or as a welcome gift.

117.  Thankfulness Jar {In Gratitude} ~ Keep track of your blessings while you count them this month.  Decorat a jar to hold little notes of gratitude throughout the month and then spend sometime on Thanksgiving, maybe around the Thanksgiving table, reading the notes of thanks out loud to each other.

118.  Chalkboard Thankful Board ~ Here is a great piece of Thanksgiving decor that has a really great sentiment behind it! All you need is a chalkboard, bonus if you can make or buy one this cute, and your family to gather around and write all the things they are grateful for. Then when Thanksgiving is over make sure you take a photo of the filled chalkboard, before you wipe it clean!

119.  Turkey Handprint Card {Grateful To You} ~ Here is a great idea of a little love you can send your friends and family this Thanksgiving season! With the help of your kids, some paint, paper and some pictures! A fun and festive way to create a card to tell loved ones you are all grateful for them!

Thanksgiving Home Decor

Home Decor

120.  Yarn Wrapped Gourds & Pumpkins ~ This is a great post with tutorials on how to create different textures of yarn over pumpkins and gourds. Perfect for not only Halloween but to keep out all Fall long! Easy to do, and the results are unique and beautifully festive!

121.  Felt Leaf & Pom Pom Garland ~ Here is an easy to Fall craft to help decorate for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! All you need is felt, pom poms and embroidery thread or yarn. Simple, yet festive. Perfect to decorate a doorway, mantel or even on the Thanksgiving table!

122.  Twine Pears ~ These Twine Pears are a fabulous craft for Fall!  The perfect pear shape comes from wrapping a lightbulb with twine.  Not only are they super easy to make, but the final cost for all four is about $1.00.

123.  Neutral Fall Wreath ~ Welcome fall with this beautiful white/burlap neutral wreath!  Jaime shows you how to make this fantastic picture frame wreath form by tracing a picture frame and cutting it out on styrofoam.

124.  Leaf Art {Thanksgiving Art Project} ~ This DIY Fall Decor project is amazing and clever! By following this great tutorial you’ll create a beautiful piece of art to display throughout not only Thanksgiving but the whole Fall season! Beautiful, festive decor. Have your kids get in on the fun by collecting the leaves for you!

125.  Gold Fall Pumpkins ~ Take that faux pumpkin you painted for Halloween and give it a fall makeover in gold.  Madigan Made will show you how to make your pumpkins sparkle with the help of some gold thumb tacks.  These gilded pumpkins make a great fall decoration or Thanksgiving centerpiece.

126.  Harvest Festival Leaf Pillow ~ This layered leaf pillow is plain gorgeous!  I love that neutral colors were used for the leaves instead of the traditional colors.  Coordinate your pillow color to match your room and sew on the felt leaves.  You can display it from September to Thanksgiving.

127.  Blessed Thanksgiving Printable Banner ~ This banner is oh so stylish and perfect to hang on your mantel over the Thanksgiving season! Easy to make, all you have to do is print, tie it together with ribbon and hang! Easy, festive and with a great design will add instant style to your seasonal decor!

Thanksgiving Craft

Thanksgiving Crafts

128.  DIY Burlap & Chalkboard Banner ~ Burlap is a fabulous fabric to use on almost any type of craft project.  This burlap and chalkboard banner is no exception.  It’s so versatile, it can be reused for any occasion or holiday because you can erase the chalk.

129.  Fall Leaf Table Runner ~ Download the free leaf template to piece together your own table runner.  The template also works well to make placemats and decorative pillows.

130.  Thanksgiving Candle ~ The simple but classy candle would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving  centerpiece. Easy to make and a great reminder of what we are gathering together for.

131.  Handpainted Thanksgiving Sign ~ Look at this beautiful Thanksgiving subway art! I love the vintage look of this hand-painted version.

132.  Thankful Wall ~ I just adore this chalkboard painted frame with cornucopia chalk holders.

133.  DIY Burlap Pennant Banner ~ Burlap is perfect for fall projects.  Depending on the size of your mantle you could spell FALL or AUTUMN.  This project takes about 2 hours from start to finish.

134.  Pumpkin Butter Jar {Thanksgiving Craft} ~ This jar of pumpkin butter looks delicious and the container is equally amazing! Simple burlap and twine make this jar look like a perfect little gift! Follow the recipe featured on this post and you have a perfect little gift for a friend or family member.. but remember to save some for yourself! {wink}

135.  DIY Pumpkin Bunting ~ Add a handmade touch to your Fall or Halloween decor by creating this simple DIY pumpkin bunting. This bunting can be put together in a short time with a simple set of supplies that you’re sure to have on hand.

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136.  Pumpkin Cream Tart ~ This Pumpkin Cream Tart captures the spirit of pumpkin pie packaged in decorative, flavorful pastry deliciousness.

137.  Cranberry Apple Drunkin’ Dressing ~ Rustic and hearty, this stuffing has a special little kick to it.  The Cranberries are soaked in Brandy before hand and that creates the most amazing stuffing ever!!

138.  Butternut Squash Gratin with Blue Cheese and Sage ~ Butternut Squash Gratin is a perfect Fall side that will be a hit at your Thanksgiving table.  If you have been invited to someone’s home for Thanksgiving and want to bring a side dish that will impress the other guests, this yummy recipe mixes the traditional fall flavors of sage and butternut squash with the tang of blue cheese.

139.  Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sandwich ~ After the big feast and the refrigerator is filled with all your yummy leftovers, this post features a great recipe for how to use them up! Perfect for the whole family to enjoy! Yummy and beautiful!

140.  Pumpkin Soup ~ This fabulous recipe shows you how to roast the pumpkin, toast the seeds, puree the roasted pumpkin and make the delicious soup.  What a fantastic way to serve the soup in a hollowed out pumpkin!  Very festive.

141.  Most Amazing Thanksgiving Turkey Ever! ~ Cat  shares her favorite turkey preparation techniques and recipes to guarantee an amazing turkey on Thanksgiving day.  If you want to brine, baste, or rub, she has a turkey technique to cover you.

142.  Fresh Cranberry Ginger Orange Punch ~ Here is a post featuring a recipe to make a fresh, healthy and yummy punch. Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner! Your guests will love it!

143.  Jello Boats for Thanksgiving ~ Here is one for the kids, an adorable homage to the pilgrims who set sail! Using orange peels and jello you can create these cute little boat replicas that your kids will love to eat! Perfect addition to your Thanksgiving kids table!

144.  Easy Corn Casserole for Thanksgiving ~ A simple recipe for delicious corn casserole.  It will go well with the other recipes on your menu, but this tasty treat won’t add much work to your Thanksgiving day.  A great dish that will be loved by adults and kids.

145.  Pumpkin Pie Minis ~ Nothing says Fall or Thanksgiving like a pumpkin pie. A Thanksgiving dessert classic! This post takes that classic pumpkin pie and modifies it a bit. The result is a yummy and beautiful mini pie in a cupcake wrapper!

146.  Mini Pumpkin Cake ~ Delicious pumpkin flavor and pumpkin pie spices make this treat a yummy way to celebrate the season. With only 30 minutes of hands-on time it’s doable for a special dinner party or just a fun treat for the kids.

147.  Pumpkin Pie in a Jar ~ For Halloween this year, we’re hosting a pumpkin-themed party to slim down our enormous squash harvest from the family garden. We’ll be serving pumpkin soup with pumpkin biscuits, drinking pumpkin juice, and for dessert? You guessed it: pumpkin pie.

148.  Candy Apples ~ Handmade arrows pierce homemade candy apples to make a fun and creative fall wedding favor.

149.  Pumpkin Spice Trifle ~ What a fun and elegant take on the standard pumpkin pie!  It would make a great closing act after a hearty Thanksgiving feast.  {{wink}}

150.  Chicken Apple Dressing Stuffed Pumpkin ~ This stuffed pumpkin is so clever because not only does this recipe look delicious, the idea of serving it in a pumpkin is perfection! Begin by reading over this post and following the recipe featured! Yummy, festive and beautiful!

151.  No-Bake Thanksgiving Appetizers ~ Here are recipes for three different appetizers perfect to serve pre-Thanksgiving feast! All with festive colors and/or flavors your guest are not only going to think they are delicious but will also look fantastic sitting on the table!

152.  Cranberry Cocktail {Thanksgiving Appetizers} ~ Cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving appetizer and if your looking for a recipe to make it for your feast this post is for you! With yummy fresh ingredients your cranberry cocktail is sure to delight!

153.  Three Thanksgiving Sides {Thanksgiving Side Dishes} ~ With three different recipes for yummy side dishes, if you’re in charge of the Thanksgiving meal this year, this is a must read post! From beets to sweet potatoes your taste buds are sure to be happy after these three side dishes.

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  1. I just love Tip Junkie and I feel so lucky to be a part of her Top 100 Thanksgiving roundup list this year!!!!!

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    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  2. Those yarn wrapped gourds are ADORABLE, what a great idea! All it takes is patience…!

    Recipe-wise, I know pumpkins take centre stage, but in England, apples are the cornerstone of all things autumnal, and also represent harvest time, when schools, communities and villages acknowledge their privilege and donate food to the less fortunate.

    With apples in mind, you HAVE to try this crumble recipe. I just posted the recipe, with pics, this morning, and it tastes like autumn and heaven rolled into one crumbly goodness. http://homefluffyhome.blog.com/2012/11/02/thats-the-way-the-apple-crumbles/

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