Thanksgiving Trees: Christmas Tree Shaped, With Seasonal Autumn Ornaments


Why wait until Christmas to put up a tree? I'm not talking about a Christmas tree though... I'm talking about a Thanksgiving tree. (And no, I'm not referring to a child's craft project. That's a Thanksgiving tree with entirely different purpose altogether.) Some consider this Christmas-shaped tree that's decorated with fall-theme ornaments and colors simply an Autumn tree. Whatever you call it, decorating a tree for the time between Halloween and Christmas is quite … [Read more...]

Creative Uses For A Jack-o-Lantern Besides Making Pumpkin Pie

As Fall progresses, we finish up with Halloween and start thinking about Thanksgiving. Visions of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie have probably come to mind already. Now's the time to start gathering party ideas and recipes to make your Thanksgiving feast special. For starters, let's explore the many ways that you could put all of those pumpkins you carved to good use. Psst! It looks like someone just told this fellow that he's the key ingredient today... … [Read more...]

Top 10 College Care Package Ideas


Even if you don't have a child who is college age and away at school, I'll bet you know someone who is. College kids are nearly always short on something (or broke, as most of us know from personal experience), so getting a care package from home can be a really nice treat. This is especially true if they have been living on Ramen noodles and Cheetos. And if it's the middle of the quarter or semester, then you can almost bet that money is going to be tight until they can go get their … [Read more...]

Holiday Shortcuts And Food Prep Tips For Cooking & Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner


Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Over the years, I've hosted holiday parties many times and I'd like to share a few stress-free tips that will make your Thanksgiving dinner a smashing success. Following are my best tips regarding food prep and cooking for dinner hosts who will be preparing the big meal on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy!   Turkey Tips You must properly cook your turkey. … [Read more...]

Fun Thanksgiving Games & Activities For Kids


Young children love holidays. They get wrapped up in all the excitement and enjoy helping with the decorations and other holiday preparations. They also enjoy being on the computer, coloring, and playing games. Following are some fun Thanksgiving games for kids to play online. Plus, we've got some online and offline activities that your little ones will enjoy. First, let's explore some fun things for kids to do at the computer. I've done most of these activities with my … [Read more...]

Food Gift Baskets That Are Easy To Make


If you've been invited to Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to use proper etiquette and take along a Thanksgiving hostess gift. -- even if it's just something small. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner for a large number of guests is hard work and it's a nice gesture to express your appreciation. This actually applies any time of year -- whenever someone goes to a lot of trouble to put together a big dinner or party. You don't have to buy a fancy gift basket. There are many affordable hostess gifts … [Read more...]

3 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts To Make With Kids


Thanksgiving is a time of celebration for families. It's when we all get together to give thanks for blessings received. Kids love to be part of the holiday preparations, and kids love crafts -- like this one: Here are some fun Thanksgiving crafts that you can make with your kids...   … [Read more...]

The Best DIY Thanksgiving Table Decorations


When your Thanksgiving guests arrive, you will want your house to be elegantly decorated for the occasion. There are so many possibilities when it comes to Thanksgiving table decorations. Following are some centerpieces, placemats, napkins & napkin holders, candle arrangements, place settings, chair covers, and Thanksgiving garland to choose from. There are a lot of different things associated with Thanksgiving table decor. Pick and choose your favorites... These are some of … [Read more...]