You might try out different dishes and switch up your table settings, but there’s one thing about Thanksgiving that will always stay the same: sharing the holiday with the friends and family you love the most. These Thanksgiving traditions will help make Turkey Day even more memorable year after year.
1) Setting the Table with Your Kids
Not only does setting the table give your kids a sense of responsibility and a role in helping with the Thanksgiving meal, but it’s also something special to share each year.
2) Showcasing a Formal Table Setting
The holidays are a fun opportunity to go beyond the everyday dishes and placemats. There’s nothing like walking into someone’s home and seeing a welcoming table perfectly set and ready to go.
3) Creating a Beautiful Centerpiece
4) Using Formal Silverware and Dishes
Break out that fancy chinaware that you never use in honor of the special holiday.
5) Setting Up a Kids’ Table
6) Crafting Creative Tablecloths
Start a new tradition by asking everyone to write what they are thankful for on a DIY butcher-paper tablecloth.
7) Splitting the Wishbone
However weird it may seem, the wishbone is an age-old Thanksgiving tradition we love, just for old times’ sake.
8) Personalizing the Table with Place Cards
Name cards make guests feel special—and they relieve the pressure of wondering where everyone should sit.
9) Blessing the Food and Making a Toast
Even if you don’t pray before your Thanksgiving meal, make it a tradition to go around the table and have everyone say what he or she is thankful for. At the end, raise a glass to toast to food, family, friends, and fun.
10) Preparing the Meal
Whether your family chooses to serve turkey or ham, keep it old school by cooking the meat yourselves instead of buying from a grocery store or restaurant. Making the meal is half the fun, anyway!
11) Finishing With Pumpkin Pie
Really, we would be happy with any type of pie, but pumpkin pie just screams Thanksgiving.
12) Going for a Post-Thanksgiving Walk
When your Thanksgiving feasting comes to an end, head outdoors to stretch your legs (and walk off all that turkey!).