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Thanksgiving is two and a half weeks away and you decided you want to have a Thanksgiving party with your family and friends. You’ve never had one at your place before and you’re not sure where to start.
I’m here to help.
1. Start by thinking about how many people you are going to invite. This will determine the amount of food you need to have to feed everyone you invited. Not sure how much food to have on hand for everyone? Check out this Good House Keeping post for help.
2. What kind of party will it be…yes, a Thanksgiving party. Duh. But do you want it potluck style (where everyone brings a little something)? Or will you cook everything? Cater?
The potluck will ease the burden on you financially and physically (spending less time cooking and more on decorating)
Get the last minute Thanksgiving timeline here to get everything to prepare in time to welcome your guests.
3. Will it be a sit-down party or will everyone be standing around and mingling? This helps with figuring out how many chairs and tables you might need to borrow or rent.
4. Now you are ready for the fun part: Decorating for the party. We will start with the invitation.
It might be too late to send out Thanksgiving invitation in the mail, but it’s not too late to send an electronic invitation.
I’ve created 5 Thanksgiving party invitations that you can easily edit in Canva. It will take you less than 5 mins to put in your party information, download, and attach it to your email.
DOWNLOADING AND ATTACHING INVITATION TO YOUR EMAIL
When you open the templates in Canva, you will see all five + a bonus template. You can delete the templates you don’t want and keep the one you want. Or you can just edit the one you want and select the page that has your invitation to download it to your computer.
Once on your computer, you can attach it to your email.
For a last-minute Thanksgiving party decoration, you really don’t need much. You can get some cute fall party decorations at your nearest dollar store. Or at the $1 bin at Target. Pumpkins are cute table centerpieces. Here is a beautiful example from Meaningful Mama. You can definitely buy most or all of the supplies for this project at the dollar store.
If you’re a lover of buffalo plaid get this runner for your table. It can be used all year round. Check out how Mariah from Giggles Galore designed her table using a plaid runner.
As for dinnerware, if you’re doing a small gathering use whatever dinnerware you have. To make it more festive you can buy placemats to place it under your plates. You can also print one out. Kristi of I Should be Mopping the Floor always has awesome printables, including this placemat printable. In order to see the words on the placemats, she recommends using clear plates. I love these because they look like real plates with gold trimmings.
I saw these cute thanksgiving plates at my local target and had to have them. Yes, don’t be ashamed to use paper plates for Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll be thankful you don’t have to wash all the dishes after the party.
Welcome your guests to the party with this cute Thanksgiving sign that matches one of the invitations above.
Have a wonderful party. Don’t stress over the party decorations or food too much.
Remember Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate all we have. That includes the laughter and joy being with family and friends.