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Thanksgiving Planning – Ideas and Tips for a Festive Celebration

Happy Weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  After last year’s intimate family dinner, we’re back to our big extended family celebration this year.  Hooray!  In preparation, I’ve started purchasing my non-perishables already…because who knows what the stores will run out of next!  So, if you’re looking for decor and entertaining tips, join me today as I share a bunch of Thanksgiving planning ideas to inspire you!

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Thanksgiving Planning Ideas: 

While you still have time to prepare for Thanksgiving, be sure to read my 7 Great Ways to Prepare for Holiday Guests!  Not only will I give you some valuable tips, but hopefully a few laughs as well!

Front porch decorated for fall - Thanksgiving planning ideas

Thanksgiving Planning Ideas – Table Setting Inspiration:

If you’re at a loss for how to set your table this year, check out all the details on my Thanksgiving table with warm fall colors…

Thanksgiving Table setting - planning ideas and tips

Now that we’re all finally starting to invite guests back to our homes, why not make your table extra festive?

If you’re not into a lot of color, take a look at my Neutral Thanksgiving Table Setting for some ideas!

Thanksgiving place setting with white napkin - Thanksgiving planning ideas

When reading that blog post, you’ll see how easy it can be to use a patterned tablecloth as inspiration!

Thanksgiving Planning Ideas – A Family Recipe:

If your family is anything like mine, they expect those traditional family recipes!  Though, if you’re looking for some new ones this year, give our Aunt Lillian’s “Famous” Cornbread a try!  It’s a huge hit with our crew!

Cornbread - Thanksgiving planning ideas

Thanksgiving Leftover Idea:

Once Thanksgiving is over, you’ll probably be heating up your leftovers for a few days.  Have you thought about all those extra ingredients you didn’t end up using?  If you’re like me, you probably bought too many bags of fresh cranberries because they were on sale!  Why not put them to use?!  So, be sure to check out my tips on What to Do with Leftover Cranberries!

Bowl of cranberries and mason jars - Thanksgiving planning ideas

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas:

And if you’re spending Thanksgiving Day at someone else’s house, don’t forget to bring a hostess gift!  Here are some practical and creative hostess gift ideas!

Practical Hostess Gift Ideas - Thanksgiving Planning Ideas

Yes, I guarantee, that some of these will be unexpected…yet surprisingly practical!

Thanksgiving Shopping Finds for the Home:

If you want to savor the Thanksgiving holiday before you skip right into a Christmas decorating frenzy, here are some shopping finds:

Update your stock of white dinner napkins this Thanksgiving…

Show off your Thanksgiving turkey on this festive turkey platter!

And for even more Thanksgiving planning ideas, here are some finds from around the internet:

Hopefully, some of these Thanksgiving ideas will inspire you.  As a reminder, November 15th is “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” so you could always use that as motivation to get prepared for Turkey Day!  Lol…

How are your Thanksgiving plans coming along?

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  1. I’m so happy that we’re going to do Thanksgiving with our cousins this year! Love all your ideas – the Thankful plates are beautiful; I pinned the cornbread recipe, and the family games. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner!

    1. That’s awesome, Amy! I’m sure you’ll make it a lovely day for your family! Thanks for your kind words.

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