Last-Minute Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

Did you decide to host a last-minute Thanksgiving dinner? The holiday is only a couple days away. Are you now in panic mode? Don’t worry! Take a deep breath! And start planning now.  

One of the best parts of the Thanksgiving holiday is the food. Planning your meal should be your top priority. How are you going to serve your Thanksgiving meal? Check out the following for last-minute Thanksgiving meal ideas.

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  • Traditional Meal: Bake a large family-style meal. Involving your family or friends in the cooking or baking process creates a memorable experience. Don’t forget dessert.
  • Buffet Style Meal: Spread all the delicious Thanksgiving dishes out on a table or counter. Then, invite your guests to help themselves. The buffet style is great for smaller spaces. Your guests can serve themselves and then find a place to sit.
  • Potluck Style: Purchasing all the fixings for Thanksgiving can come with a high price tag. Asking your guests to bring a dish to pass is a great way to celebrate and cut expenses. The variety of dishes is a tasty experience.  
  • Pre-ordered Meal: Order your meal from a local restaurant or food establishment. Pre-ordered meals come with different options. Simply order the best meal choice for your family’s Thanksgiving. Heat and serve your meal for a quick and easy Thanksgiving.
  • Picnic: If you live in a warmer area, take your Thanksgiving meal outdoors. Eating outside is a fun option.
  • Indoor Picnic: Is your Thanksgiving going to be a casual affair with only a few people? Turn your meal into an indoor picnic
  • Candlelight Meal: Light scented candles or use flameless ones to add a special atmosphere to your Thanksgiving dinner table.

Your Thanksgiving meal may not go as you imagined. But take a step back and enjoy your day with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorations Ideas

Are you ready for the Thanksgiving weekend? The upcoming holiday includes large family gatherings, traveling, and community events. Or you could be opting to stay close to home. Whether you are gathering with family or friends, check out the following last-minute Thanksgiving ideas to make your holiday more memorable.

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Start Your Thanksgiving Decorating Now

Thanksgiving is only a couple days away. Consider simple last-minute decorating to make your home more festive.  

  • Paper Placemats: Creating paper placements is a fun activity for little ones. Use large pieces of construction paper to draw, paint, or color Thanksgiving designs. If you want to save your creation as a keepsake, laminate the final product. (Don’t have a laminator? You can still save your project with clear contact paper).
  • Place Cards: Fold notecards in half and decorate. Add a name, stickers, or other designs to your place cards. Creating place cards is another fun activity for children. Younger children may need help with writing out the names.
  • Thanksgiving Banner: Create a Thanksgiving banner out of construction paper or use a poster board. Write out Happy Thanksgiving. Asking all your guests to sign your banner is a great way to create a lasting keepsake.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece: Create a cornucopia or other type of Thanksgiving centerpiece for your table. A wicker basket with fall-themed flowers, gourds, or other nature items is a perfect budget-friendly centerpiece.
  • Flowers: Fill your favorite vases with fresh flowers. Or make small decorations with fake flowers. Bright yellow and orange flowers add a touch of color to your table setting.
  • Additional Table Embellishments: Gourds, miniature pumpkins, turkey figurines, and other small items create the perfect Thanksgiving table decorations.  
  • Tree of Thanks: Use a small branch or paint a tree on a piece of poster board. Cut out leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. On each leaf, write down a reason why you are grateful. Give a pre-cut leaf to each of your guests. Soon, your tree of thanks will be full of colorful leaves.

Even the simplest decorations enhance your Thanksgiving atmosphere. Have fun with the creation process. If you do not have supplies on hand, check out your local dollar store for materials at a low cost.

Happy Thanksgiving!

54 Activities for Your Christmas Season Bucket List

The Christmas season is almost here. Are you ready to join in the festive fun? Do you want to make this Christmas season memorable for you and your family? Start by making a Christmas season bucket list. Ask every family member to participate. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for your Christmas season bucket list.

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  1. Christmas photoshoot
  2. Send out Christmas cards to family and friends
  3. Go to a Christmas community concert (During the Christmas season, many community concerts are free or low cost. You and your family could attend more than one to get you into the holiday spirit).
  4. Volunteer
  5. Decorate your home
  6. Decorate a Christmas tree
  7. Write a letter to Santa (Yes, adults can do this too)
  8. Wear matching Christmas pajamas
  9. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
  10. Host a family game night
  11. Drive around and look at Christmas decorations
  12. Watch Christmas movies
  13. Make a gingerbread house
  14. Put out cookies for Santa (Don’t forget the carrots for the reindeer)
  15. Hand out Christmas baskets full of homemade goodies
  16. Go caroling
  17. Create a Christmas playlist
  18. Make a YouTube or TikTok Christmas greeting
  19. Do random acts of kindness
  20. Make homemade hot cocoa
  21. Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
  22. Hang mistletoe
  23. Be a secret Santa
  24. Go sledding
  25. Host a traditional Christmas dinner
  26. Have a picnic under the Christmas tree
  27. Make hot cider
  28. Create a hot cocoa bar
  29. Go ice skating
  30. Go to a tree lighting ceremony
  31. Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  32. Watch The Nutcracker
  33. Get your and your family’s photo taken with Santa
  34. Hang Christmas stockings
  35. Attend Christmas Eve Services
  36. Donate a wrapped toy
  37. Host a Christmas brunch
  38. Donate to an animal shelter or rescue
  39. Foster a pet over the holidays (Who knows, you may find your new best friend)
  40. Attend a Christmas parade
  41. Make paper snowflakes
  42. Read the Christmas story from the Bible
  43. Donate to a food bank
  44. Host a bonfire
  45. Set up the Nativity scene
  46. Host a Christmas tea
  47. Attend a live nativity
  48. Buy a new tree ornament for each family member
  49. Make Christmas crafts
  50. Attend various community Christmas programs and concerts (At this time of year, many activities are free, minimum fee or donation-based)
  51. Make a birthday cake for Jesus
  52. Make green and red paper chains
  53. Make homemade Christmas ornaments
  54. Pull-on a Christmas cracker

Have a wonderful Christmas season! Make memories!

29 Family-Friendly Shows for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving brings lots of food and family to your home. Are you looking to incorporate movie night with your Thanksgiving holiday celebration? If you are searching for ideas, check out the following family-friendly shows for Thanksgiving.  

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  1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
  2. The Care Bears’ Grams Bear’s Thanksgiving Surprise (1986)
  3. Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989)
  4. An Arthur Thanksgiving (2020)
  5. Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015)
  6. Rugrats: The Turkey Who Came to Dinner (1997)
  7. The Thanksgiving Promise
  8. Paw Patrol: Pups Rescue Thanksgiving/Pups Save a Windy Bay (Season 5, Episode 19) (2018)
  9. Animaniacs: Turkey Jerky (1993)
  10. The Thanksgiving Movie
  11. Waffles + Mochi (2021)
  12. Llama Llama: “Thanks-For-Giving-Story/Finding Dion” (Season 2, Episode 9)
  13. Trolls the Beat Goes On: Funsgiving (2019)
  14. A Walton Family Thanksgiving Reunion
  15. Turkey Town: A Thanksgiving Party (2018)
  16. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Thanksgiving Parade (2000)
  17. A Sesame Street Thanksgiving (2017)
  18. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration (2008)
  19. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
  20. Pete the Cat Room at the Table & Founders Day
  21. Free Birds (2013)
  22. Blue’s Clues: “Thankful” (Season 3, Episode 29) (1999)
  23. Sister, Sister: Thanksgiving in Hawaii (1995)
  24. A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving (1979)
  25. Addams Family Values
  26. The Addams Family (2019)
  27. Beethoven (1993)
  28. The Thanksgiving Treasure
  29. Family Thanksgiving

Of course, you can always start watching Christmas favorites over the Thanksgiving weekend. Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

54 Hashtags for Thanksgiving 2022

Thanksgiving is almost here! Are you ready for the holiday? Do you plan to post a lot of photos on your social media platforms? Hashtags are the best way to draw attention to your posts. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following hashtags for Thanksgiving.

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  1. #Thanksgiving
  2. #Thanksgiving20226
  3. #HappyThanksgiving
  4. #TurkeyDay
  5. #TurkeyDay2022
  6. #Friendsgiving
  7. #GiveThanks
  8. #BeThankfulAlways
  9. #SayGrace
  10. #GodisGood
  11. #Blessed
  12. #BlesstheCook
  13. #WhatsCooking
  14. #Homemade
  15. #BeGrateful
  16. #Love
  17. #Family
  18. #FamilyFirst
  19. #FamilyTime
  20. #QualityTime
  21. #Friends
  22. #ThanksgivingFood
  23. #ThanksgivingFeast
  24. #ThanksgivingDinner
  25. #ThanksgivingMenu
  26. #ThanksgivingDisplay
  27. #ThanksgivingTable
  28. #ThanksgivingMenu
  29. #Turkey
  30. #Stuffing
  31. #CornBrread
  32. #CranberrySauce
  33. #Ham
  34. #AlltheFixings
  35. #PumpkinPie
  36. #TraditionalMeal
  37. #Holidays
  38. #HolidaySeason
  39. #Gratitude
  40. #ThanksgivingDecor
  41. #ThanksgivingOutfit
  42. #ThanksgivingParade
  43. #AfterTheMeal
  44. #Football
  45. #NapTime
  46. #FoodComa
  47. #ThanksgivingEve
  48. #ThanksgivingTravel
  49. #FamilyVacation
  50. #FourDayWeekend
  51. #HolidayWeekend
  52. #Autumn
  53. #MakingMemories
  54. #Memories

Happy Thanksgiving!

56 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

Halloween is a week away! Do you love the spooky season?  Pumpkins, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night are a significant part of Halloween. Are you looking to combine your love of Halloween with a family movie night?  If you need inspiration, check out the following family-friendly Halloween movies.   

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Go ahead, make popcorn, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy a Halloween-themed movie night.

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
  2. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  3. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
  4. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
  5. Coco (2017)
  6. A Witches Ball
  7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  8. Halloweentown (1998)
  9. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)
  10. Halloweentown High (2004)
  11. Return to Halloween Town (2006)
  12. Coraline (2009)
  13. Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2018)
  14. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1950)
  15. Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)
  16. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
  17. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  18. Beetlejuice (1988)
  19. Casper (1995)
  20. Spirited Away (2002)
  21. Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo (2020)
  22. Ghostbusters (1988)
  23. Hocus Pocus (1993)
  24. Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)
  25. The Harry Potter series (The 8-film collection is excellent for binge-watching).
  26. Monster House (2006)
  27. Corpse Bride (2005)
  28. The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)
  29. The Book of Life (2014)
  30. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) (Netflix)
  31. The Curse of Bridge Hollow (Netflix)
  32. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
  33. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)
  34. Goosebumps (2015)
  35. Super Monster Saves Halloween (2018)
  36. The Addams Family (2019)
  37. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  38. Toy Story of Terror (2014)
  39. Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2004)
  40. The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular
  41. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
  42. Room on a Broom (2013)
  43. The House with the Clock in Its Walls (2018)
  44. The Little Vampire (2000)
  45. Spooky Buddies (2011)
  46. ParaNorman (2012)
  47. Monster Family
  48. Under Wraps (2021)
  49. Little Monsters (1989)
  50. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  51. Gremlins (1984)
  52. Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales (2021)
  53. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  54. Labyrinth (1986)
  55. The Munsters (2022)
  56. Woody Woodpecker and Friends Halloween Favorites

Happy Halloween!

58 Non-Candy Ideas for Halloween

Halloween is a great autumn holiday for children of all ages. Are you participating in a truck or treat event, hosting a party, or handing out goodies on Halloween night? Unfortunately, some children cannot have candy due to dietary restrictions or allergies. Offering non-candy options provide an alternative for trick-or-treaters. If you need inspiration, check out the following non-candy ideas for Halloween.

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  1. LED Halloween rings
  2. Halloween pencils
  3. Pumpkin erasers
  4. Temporary tattoos
  5. Halloween stickers
  6. Glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth
  7. Slime
  8. Small plush toys
  9. Bouncy balls
  10. Hair scrunchies
  11. Spider rings
  12. Halloween miniature stampers
  13. Bubbles
  14. Bookmarks
  15. Lego figures
  16. Mini art kits
  17. Reusable straws
  18. Key chains
  19. Halloween activity pads
  20. Mini bottles of water
  21. Drink packets (these go good with the water)
  22. Halloween coloring books
  23. Pop fidget toys
  24. Halloween glasses
  25. Foam putty
  26. Glow sticks
  27. Stretchy skeletons
  28. Slap bracelets
  29. Miniature Play-Doh
  30. Rubber duckies
  31. Mini note pads
  32. Slinkies
  33. Punch balloons
  34. Halloween balloons
  35. Halloween wind-up toys
  36. Yo-Yos
  37. Mini nail polishes
  38. Whistles
  39. Kazoos
  40. Mini paratroopers
  41. Sidewalk chalk
  42. Colorful shoelaces
  43. Grow a bugs
  44. Finger Puppets
  45. Mini Books
  46. Mini Flashlights
  47. Halloween crayons
  48. Spin tops
  49. Hot Wheel or Matchbox Cars
  50. Halloween Jewelry
  51. Glider airplanes
  52. Fake mustaches
  53. Miniature puzzles
  54. Button pins
  55. Bead kits
  56. Mini water squirters
  57. Marbles
  58. Wrist bands

Happy Halloween!

Photo Prompts for October

October is here! Are you ready for a new month of photos? Grab your camera or phone and enjoy the month. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for October.

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  1. Selfie
  2. From above
  3. Light
  4. Field
  5. Hometown
  6. Hidden
  7. Path
  8. Shadow
  9. Food
  10. Graffiti
  11. Nature
  12. Fence
  13. Sunset/Sunrise
  14. Hangs
  15. Happy Sweetest Day! (USA)
  16. An ordinary moment in your day.
  17. Orange, yellow, and red
  18. Happy place
  19. Friendship
  20. Water
  21. Rocks
  22. Cozy
  23. Motion
  24. Bridge
  25. Signs
  26. Something old
  27. Guilty pleasure
  28. Peeking
  29. Black & White
  30. Photographer’s choice
  31. Happy Halloween!

Have a great month! Remember, take lots of pictures!

Drawing Prompts for Halloween

The spooky season is here! Are you ready to get creative? Drawing is a wonderful creative outlet for the entire family to enjoy. If you need inspiration on what to create, check out the following drawing prompts for Halloween.

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  1. Self-Portrait in a Halloween Costume
  2. Witch
  3. Witch’s Hat
  4. Cauldron
  5. Ghost
  6. Pumpkin Patch
  7. Jack O’Lantern
  8. Monsters or Creatures
  9. Magic
  10. Skeleton
  11. Halloween Scene
  12. Trick-or-Treaters
  13. Monster Party
  14. Mask
  15. Harvest
  16. Spooky Woods
  17. Haunted House
  18. Leaves (Colorful Foliage)
  19. Acorn
  20. Design a Trick-or-Treat Bag
  21. Scarecrow
  22. Mummy
  23. Webs with Spider
  24. Bat/Cat/Raven
  25. Vampire
  26. Graveyard
  27. Full Moon
  28. Owl
  29. Halloween Candy
  30. Artist’s Choice
  31. Happy Halloween!

Happy Drawing! Have a great Halloween!

40 Ideas for Your Fall Bucket List

Fall ushers in cooler weather, football games, tailgating, and changing leaves. The season is a great time to enjoy everything Autumn. Gather your friends and family to make a fall bucket list. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for your fall bucket list.

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  1. Go apple picking.
  2. Watch cider pressing.
  3. Bake a homemade apple pie.
  4. Go on a hayride.
  5. Go to a pumpkin patch.
  6. Hike in a state or national park.
  7. Host a bonfire.
  8. Make a fall wreath.
  9. Eat pumpkin spice waffles or pancakes.
  10. Make a DIY bird feeder.
  11. Press wildflowers.
  12. Make a scrapbook of your summer adventures.
  13. Rake fallen leaves into large piles and jump in.
  14. Take a fall family or friends’ professional photo.
  15. Go on a nature walk.
  16. Photograph the colorful foliage.
  17. Eat pumpkin cheesecake.
  18. Have a fall picnic.
  19. Eat a Carmel apple.
  20. Go to a football game.
  21. Go to a homecoming parade
  22. Make homemade apple jelly, apple butter, or apple sauce.
  23. Make a scarecrow.
  24. Visit a fall-themed festival.
  25. Host a game night.
  26. Do fall crafts.
  27. Drink pumpkin spiced latte.
  28. Go star gazing.
  29. Go to a farmer’s market for fresh vegetables and fruit.
  30. Make an entire meal from your farmers’ market finds.
  31. Decorate with items from nature.
  32. Make homemade chili and bread.
  33. Go Geocaching.
  34. Host or attend a fall scavenger hunt.
  35. Visit a brewery or winery.
  36. Build a blanket fort.
  37. Host a movie night.
  38. Read by the fireplace on a cold autumn night.
  39. Plant autumn flowers.
  40. Light fall candles

Have a fantastic autumn season!

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