Thinking Ahead to Thanksgiving

We plan to have a few Thanksgiving posts over the next couple of weeks… today is the first, with some fun ideas for decor, Thanksgiving table decorations, and overall thanksgiving thankfulness!

First up, from Jeanne Winters, a lovely post about creating gratitude… with a very simple, but elegant place-setting idea – writing names on leaves!  These free, homemade Thanksgiving place cards will definitely grace our table this year.

And here’s a terrific and easy Thanksgiving decoration crafts;  bottle “word art” tutorial from Choose To Thrive.  This can be done so many ways, and with various words – Fall, Thanks, your family name…Here they use a Silhouette machine (we just gave one a way a few weeks back!) to cut out vinyl letters but you could easily paint them on, or buy letters in various materials (felt, wood, etc.) from craft stores.

Here’s another great Thanksgiving craft for adults or children!  Click on over to Nest of Posies for a great DIY tutorial on using an old tin and chalkboard paint to make a fab menu board!


For a super simple, inexpensive, but totally unique decoration, why not try making a cornhusk pom!  Centsational Girl has a great post with three easy crafts for fall, including this pom.  And wait until you see her elegant clothespin place card holders!

And finally, from A Diamond in the Stuff, a Give Thanks Mantel, to inspire (or copy) If you like decorating with pumpkins like I do, this could become a new seasonal favorite!

Tuesday Tutorial – Fingerprint Family Tree

Because I’m a bit of a Type-A personality, and I always run out of time… I decided to plan ahead this year.  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on the lookout for projects the kids and I can do for the holidays.  Here are a few links to some fun Thanksgiving decorations that I think we need to try, to spruce up the table AND our place settings on Turkey Day!

Last, but not least… we talk A LOT about our extended family around Thanksgiving and during the holiday season, and I thought it might be fun to make a family tree.  Here is a lovely Family Tree Tutorial WITH a free printable, to make a Finger Print Family Tree.. using the KIDS’s fingerprints.  Talk about a holiday treasure, both now and for the future.  The tutorial is from Sugar and Dots.


I know we still need to get through Halloween this next week, but are YOU already thinking about the holiday parties?  (Please tell me I’m not alone in planning ahead??)

Happy Tuesday!