Thanksgiving is next week (can’t believe it’s so close!) and if we need anything this year, it’s to celebrate everything we can! Not being with extended family this year is going to take its toll on everyone but I’m trying to stay positive, find some new ways to make it fun and really be present and thankful for all that we do have. I found the cutest craft, that’s also pretty easy and quick, that kids any age would have a great time making. The plan is to put this out during the parade (even though there will be no audience and no actual parade, the show must go on and it will be televised) and let them create while watching. The finished product can even be used as part of the Thanksgiving table decor.
First, here’s the supplies that you’ll need (you probably have this stuff around your house already, unless you’re a strict keurig family then you’ll need the coffee filters).
yellow construction paper
spray water bottle
Take the markers, in whatever colors you like really, and scribble all over the coffee filters (I’m quite sure little hands will love this part!)
Place the coffee filter on top of a plastic bag or mat. Spray the coffee liner with water from a spray bottle and watch the magic! Set aside to dry.
Use same markers to color the clothespin, attach the googly eyes and triangle shape beak with glue. Fold the dried coffee filter in half and clip the clothespin in the middle.
And there you have the cutest little turkey you ever did see. He can hang out on an appetizer plate, have a part in the centerpiece, or, do a few of these little turkeys, write everyone’s name on them and use them for name cards for the table!
To go with new things we’re doing this Thanksgiving, I’m taking my love of charcuterie boards to the dessert portion of the day. I’ve never done a dessert version and I was so excited to give it a try. Since it’ll just be my family together, I thought it would be very cozy and intimate to gather around a beautifully delectable board at the end of the day. So for this dessert board, the pies came from Walmart, they were 50 cents and they are just adorable! (anything mini size is just so much cuter) I added in my favorite dove chocolates (love the quotes on these), caramel candies, mini pumpkin crumb cakes and maple leaf filled cookies.
I know this year is going to look different for a lot of us. I know the big gatherings aren’t going to happen. I know most of us are staying local. And this just goes along with what 2020 has been like. It can be frustrating, it can be sad, and a lot of us are missing family and friends we haven’t seen in a very long time. I encourage you to find the little things this year and be thankful for them. I know it’s easier said than done, but it really does help. Make your normal formal Thanksgiving into a pajama day. Make those favorite recipes but invite the whole family into the kitchen to help. Watch the parade together all cuddled up on the couch. I’m a little sad about missing out on my extended family, but I’m also excited to have a Thanksgiving a little more low key. And my hope is that whatever your Thanksgiving looks like, enjoy it!