Nine Creative Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Oct 20, 2022

It’s that time of year again!

The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp and cool, and everyone is getting ready for the holidays. One of the most anticipated family-oriented holidays? It is Thanksgiving. 

For many, this holiday is all about feasting delicious food and spending time with loved ones. However, there is more to Thanksgiving than just good food and family fun. This holiday is also an important reminder of the things we are thankful for.

In a world that can be filled with stress and negativity, taking a moment to reflect on our blessings can be truly life-changing. By giving thanks, we can open ourselves up to happiness, love, and joy. 

This year, let’s take a moment to appreciate everything we have, from our families and friends to our health and happiness. We may not have everything we want, but we certainly have plenty to be thankful for. 

Let’s give thanks this Thanksgiving and enjoy all the good things life has to offer with these five celebration ideas. 

1. Host a wine swap.

    Here’s a fun and festive way to shake up your Thanksgiving dinner this year – host a wine swap!

    It’s simple – each guest brings a bottle of their favorite wine, and then everyone gets to try a little bit of everything. You can even make it into a game by having everyone vote on their favorite wine of the night.

    And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect bottle of wine to pair with your turkey!

    2. Organize a family game.

    If you’re looking for a creative way to host Thanksgiving this year, why not try organizing a family game?

    It can be something as simple as a scavenger hunt or a trivia contest. Or, if you really want to get everyone involved, you could try something like charades or Pictionary. Whatever game you choose, make sure it’s one that everyone can enjoy.

    And don’t forget the prizes! A little friendly competition is always a good way to get everyone into the Thanksgiving spirit.

    3. Bake Thanksgiving cookies with family.

    Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, food. While the turkey may be the star of the show, there’s no reason why dessert can’t steal the spotlight.

    One fun and festive way to do this is by baking Thanksgiving cookies with your loved ones. Not only is this a great opportunity to bond with your nearest and dearest, but it’s also a chance to get creative in the kitchen. 

    You can decorate your cookies to look like turkeys, pilgrims, or even pumpkins. Or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can try your hand at making gingerbread houses.

    4. Go on a family hike and/or camping trip.

    This Thanksgiving, ditch the turkey and stuffing in favor of a more unconventional feast.

    Instead of gathering around the table, why not gather around the campfire? A family hike and camping trip is the perfect way to enjoy some quality time together while getting some fresh air and exercise.

    And what could be more festive than enjoying a feast outdoors? Plus, it’s a great way to avoid all the crowds and stress that come with traditional Thanksgiving celebrations. So this year, pack up your camping gear and head out into the great outdoors for a Thanksgiving to remember.

    5. Movie marathon about Thanksgiving day.

    You can start the day with a family-friendly film like “The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t” or “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” followed by a classic turkey-themed comedy like “Birdemic: Shock and Terror” or “Eight Legged Freaks.”

    For dessert, you can finish up with a heartwarming drama like “Pieces of April” or “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” And don’t forget the popcorn! 

    This unique celebration twist is sure to be a hit with everyone. Now, gather up your friends and family, pop some corn, and settle in for a heartwarming movie marathon.

    6. Pack your suitcases and travel to Europe.

    If you’re looking for a creative way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with your family, why not pack your bags and head to Europe? With its rich history and diverse cultures, there’s something for everyone on this continent. 

    And what better way to show your appreciation for all the good things in life than by spending Thanksgiving surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world? From the rolling hills of England to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, there’s no shortage of places to explore.

    7. Enjoy nature and the crisp air and head out for a picnic.

    Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, but it’s also a time to enjoy good food and company. One popular way to do this is by hosting a picnic. 

    This can be done in a park, on the beach, or even in your own backyard. A picnic is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh air. It’s also a chance to spend time with family and friends, and to enjoy the food that you’re thankful for.

    8. Craft a family tree to commemorate your connection.

    The holidays are a time for family, and what better way to commemorate your connection than with a family tree?

    Using everyone’s fingerprints as the leaves is a creative way of hosting a thanksgiving that will get everyone involved. And what’s more, it doubles as a cute keepsake that you can hang up year after year. 

    Simply gather everyone’s fingerprints on some paper, then use those to create leaves on a branch. You can even get creative with the colors, adding in some red and orange for fall.

    Once you’re done, put your family tree on display for all to see. It’s a fun way to show off your family’s history and provide a conversation starter for guests.

    9. Host a Thanksgiving party.

    Host a Thanksgiving party for your holiday celebration.

    This is a great way to make the most of your Thanksgiving gatherings. You can invite friends and family to join in on the festivities with games, food, and drinks!

    The best part? It’s easy to host a Thanksgiving party at home! You can even invite neighborhood kids over to help you set up.

    For example, you could have a Mexican-inspired feast with tamales and mole sauce or an Italian-style turkey dinner with lasagna and cannolis for dessert. And of course, no Thanksgiving party would be complete without a pumpkin pie.

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be grateful for the things that we have, but it’s also a time to get together with family and friends and feast until you can’t possibly eat anymore.

    Thinking of leveling up your Thanksgiving celebration this year? Why not try adding some balloons?

    Top Notch Balloon Creations provide a wide range of balloon decorations that will add an extra touch of festivity to your gathering. 

    From Thanksgiving-themed centerpieces to balloon turkeys, there’s sure to be something to get your guests talking. You can even choose your own preferred colors with our balloon decor tool so you can turn your vision into reality.


    Ready to level up your Thanksgiving party? 

    Check out Top Notch Balloon Creations today.


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