Thanksgiving Party Ideas

By Emily Churchill

Created on June 14, 2016

We have a feast of savvy kids' Thanksgiving games and activities for your Thanksgiving Day Celebration or children's classroom party. Choose your favorites below, and share that holiday gratitude while making fond Thanksgiving Day memories for years to come! Some of our suggestions work well for a large group and some may work better for a smaller family celebration. No matter which Thanksgiving activities you choose, they're all about Family, Friends, Food, and Fun!

Thanksgiving Party Planning & Invitations

Read through the activities you select as some may require construction paper, paper bags, or other materials. The good news is almost all of these activities can be adapted to a large or small group and work for any budget. If you're unsure of how much time your activities will take and or want some quiet entertainment up your sleeve, consider these traditional Thanksgiving movies or read-aloud books:

  • 1973 movie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Disney video, Winnie the Pooh - Seasons of Giving
  • DVD, Garfield: Holiday Celebration
  • Book by Alison Jackson, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
  • Book by Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
  • Book by Natasha Wings, The Night Before Thanksgiving
  • Book by Harry Devlin, Cranberry Thanksgiving
  • Book by Teresa Bateman, A Plump and Perky Turkey

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Thanksgiving Party Decorating & Food Ideas

Thanksgiving has a built-in menu of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce! If you'd like to add some more creative treats to the feast, try these suggestions:

  • Ice Cream Cone Pilgrim Hats: Wrap a length of red fruit leather around the middle of an ice cream cone, right under the lip of the cone. Make sure you press the overlapped edges of the fruit leather together so they stick. Place a small rectangle of yellow fruit leather to the top of the red band to form the "buckle." You can serve these plain, or fill the cones with M&Ms or Skittles before serving.
  • Turkey Cut-Outs: Use turkey-shaped cookie cutters to cut out sandwiches, rice cereal treats, sugar cookies, and cheese squares.
Your home can travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving! Gather your little guests for a feast and have some fun decorating together!
  • Set out groups of mini pumpkins around the party space - in corners and on tables. At the party, kids can paint on funny faces or apply face stickers to them.
  • Make turkeys to post on the walls around the room. Cut large teardrop shapes out of different colored construction paper and paste these on a circle of cardboard (these are the feathers). In the middle, paste a brown paper circle for the turkey's head. Add a yellow beak and a red wattle. Use yellow pipe cleaners as legs to complete the look!
Don't forget to ask your guests if they have any decorating ideas! Or you can stock up on Thanksgiving decorations here

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Thanksgiving Party Favor Ideas

A fun way to incorporate party favors into your celebration is to have various crafts planned, and then have the final products serve as Thanksgiving party favors. Guests can take home and share with these crafts with their families. See the Games & Activities section below for some Thanksgiving craft ideas. You may also want to send your guests home with some extra treats such as:

  • Silly straws
  • Stickers
  • Candy
  • Monogram personalized items like bookmarks, buttons and zipper pulls

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