Thanksgiving Planning (Ideas to Get Your Home Ready)

Happy Weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  As always, we’re hosting a big family gathering so I’ve been busy preparing. 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: 

Yes, it’s time to get your home ready…

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, here are some ideas…

For a cozy look, check out all the details on my Thanksgiving table with warm fall colors.

Thanksgiving Table setting - planning ideas and tips

After all, if you’re hosting all the special people in your life, make your table extra festive!  To add a little more Thanksgiving decor around the house, see how I’ve decorated with feathers.

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!  After trying this corn bread, maybe it will become one of your family’s favorites!

Cornbread - Thanksgiving planning ideas

Thanksgiving Leftover Idea:

Once Thanksgiving is over, you’ll probably end up with a bunch of leftovers…

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!  To put them to good use, check out my tips on What to Do with Leftover Cranberries!

Bowl of cranberries and mason jars

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas:

If you’re spending Thanksgiving Day at someone else’s house, don’t forget to bring a hostess gift!  

Instead of opting for the usual bottle of wine, 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…

For a less expensive napkins, these napkins are a great option and can be delivered fast!

Show off your Thanksgiving turkey on this festive turkey platter!

If you want to add some ambiance to your Thanksgiving table, this candlestick set is gorgeous!

For a less expensive (and shinier) option, these candlesticks would make a nice display.

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

Hopefully, some of these Thanksgiving planning ideas will inspire you.  In case you missed it, November 15th was “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”…so you could always use that as motivation to get prepared for Turkey Day!  Haha…

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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