From huge family gatherings to Friendsgiving parties with your very besties - and all kinds of get-togethers in between - Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and give thanks in the company of people you love. Is there any better way to show your gratitude to the most important people in your life than by hosting a fabulous Thanksgiving party? The only real question is where to begin!
Plan the Perfect Thanksgiving Party
With so many great options and ideas for Thanksgiving parties, preparing to host one can overwhelm (especially if it's your first). Whether you're hosting a traditional Thanksgiving feast or a more casual event like a workplace Thanksgiving celebration, don't worry. You've got this. To be the host with the most, you'll need to:
- Choose the date (if not celebrating on Thanksgiving), time, and guest list. You can always opt to host Thanksgiving brunch if you're looking for a twist on tradition.
- Create invites - whether online or printed with meaningful Thanksgiving quotes to send to your guests.
- Keep things light and fun with Thanksgiving party games.
- Make plans to have people who can't be there in person join in the festivities online.
- Plan your menu. Whether you're opting for traditional turkey and fixings or you want to switch it up this year, gather the recipes you'll be using for food and drink.
- Use the recipes to make a shopping list.
- Consider pulling off a zero-waste (or minimal waste) Thanksgiving party, such as freezing leftovers for later meals, saving veggie trimmings and turkey bones for stock, and/or sending extra food home with guests.
- Plan a meaningful Thanksgiving toast to kick off the festivities.
Document Your Thanksgiving Celebration
Once the big day arrives, put the planning in your rearview mirror and have a blast spending time with people you love at Thanksgiving. Take tons of photos and caption them with heartening Thanksgiving sayings or fun Friendsgiving captions to share, all in the spirit of gratitude. Be sure to snap pics of your most Insta-worthy Thanksgiving recipes as well as photos of the turkeys - um, we mean guests - who are attending the party. (They may be truly turkeys, but they're your turkeys and you love them.)
Celebrate Thanksgiving Your Way
There are as many types of Thanksgiving celebrations as there are things to be grateful for. Whether you're a room mother or teacher who's putting together an elementary school Thanksgiving party or if you're having the whole family or your entire friend group over to your house on Thanksgiving Day, make it a day to remember. And that's how it should be. After all, gratitude is the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving.