Looking for Thanksgiving party or Friendsgiving ideas this year? Wait until you see these must-try decorating, entertaining, and food menu ideas for the big day!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner?

As much as I love Christmas, Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday because the family comes to gather in our home around the dining table,

And we celebrate the best day of all…my birthday!

It falls sometime during Thanksgiving week.

My husband is convinced it always falls on Thanksgiving so he can remember when it is LOL but it doesn’t always fall on the day.

We’ve got a big crowd coming this year. And I’m not quite sure how I want to host our Thanksgiving party yet.

Are you hosting this year too?

Whether you need some table decorating or recipe inspiration, I got you.

Wait until you see these must-try ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner party ideas.

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How Do You Throw a Fun Thanksgiving Party?

Throwing a fun Thanksgiving party involves a mix of thoughtful planning, creative touches, and an atmosphere of gratitude and togetherness.

Here are some tips to help you host an unforgettable Thanksgiving celebration.

  • Invitations: Send out invitations well in advance to give guests ample time to plan.
  • Menu Planning: Plan a delicious and diverse menu that caters to various dietary preferences.
  • Decorations: Create a warm and inviting atmosphere by decorating your space with autumn-themed decor, such as pumpkins, gourds, fall leaves, and candles. A beautifully set table with seasonal tableware adds to the festive ambiance.
  • Activities: Plan fun and engaging activities for your guests like a Thanksgiving-themed trivia game, a gratitude jar where everyone can write down what they’re thankful for, or even a friendly touch football game in the yard.
  • Entertainment: Consider background music or a playlist that sets the mood.
  • Gratitude Activity: Encourage guests to share what they’re thankful for.
  • Kids’ Corner: If children are attending, set up an area with games, crafts, and activities to keep them entertained.
  • Signature Drinks: Create signature Thanksgiving cocktails or mocktails that tie into the holiday theme. Offer a selection of wines, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages to cater to different preferences.
  • Desserts: Offer a variety of desserts.
  • Favors: Consider giving guests small thank-you gifts or party favors.
  • Photography: Set up a photo booth with props and a backdrop for guests to take pictures and create lasting memories.
  • Clean-Up Plan: Have a plan for cleaning up after the party so it’s less work for you!

Finally, remember the true spirit of Thanksgiving is about gratitude and spending time with loved ones.

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How Do You Do Thanksgiving With a Large Group

If you’ve got a big list of attendees for Thanksgiving day, I got you. We have a big family and I’m used to hosting Thanksgiving with lots of hungry guests.

Here are my best tips for hosting a large group on Thanksgiving.

  • Start Planning Early: Planning well in advance to accommodate a larger guest list.
  • Create a Guest List: Make a list of all the guests you plan to invite.
  • Potluck Style: To ease the burden on the host and ensure a variety of dishes, consider making the Thanksgiving meal a potluck. Ask guests to bring their favorite dishes or assign specific dishes to each guest or family.
  • Set Up a Buffet: With a large group, a buffet-style meal can be more practical than serving a formal sit-down dinner.
  • Seating Arrangements: Ensure you have enough seating for everyone.
  • Consider Dietary Restrictions: Be mindful of dietary restrictions and allergies among your guests.
  • Food Safety: Keep hot dishes hot and cold dishes cold by using chafing dishes or slow cookers to maintain the temperature of hot or cold foods.
  • Entertainment: Plan activities and entertainment to keep everyone engaged.
  • Delegate Responsibilities: Don’t try to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks to willing family members or friends, whether it’s setting the table, helping with food preparation, or managing activities for the kids.
  • Plan for Leftovers: Be prepared with containers for guests to take home extra food or plan to donate leftovers to a local shelter.
  • Gratitude Activity: Encourage everyone to participate in a gratitude activity.
  • Be Flexible and Relaxed: Understand that with a large group, things may not go exactly as planned. Be flexible, enjoy the company of your guests, and don’t stress over minor mishaps.
  • Decorations and Atmosphere: Create a warm and inviting atmosphere with cozy Thanksgiving table and fall decor.
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25 of the Best Thanksgiving Party Ideas for a Perfect Gathering

If you are hosting a Thanksgiving party this year, it’s important to plan ahead so the week of and even the day of are not as stressful.

Cause it’s a lot of work!

But if you spread things out that need to be done, pulling a wonderful Thanksgiving day together will be a piece of cake.

Here are some ideas to help you prepare for an incredible Thanksgiving party!

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The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe You’ll Ever Try

What would Thanksgiving be without a classic pumpkin pie? If you are looking for an easy-to-follow, crazy good pumpkin pie recipe, I’ve got the perfect dessert for you. Made with a flaky pie crust and a creamy, spiced filling, this pie is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. Get the recipe now and start baking!

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Apple Crisp Easy Recipe

Looking for an amazing fall dessert that is super simple to make? Grab some apples and whip up this apple crisp easy recipe.

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The Best Pumpkin Spice Fall Cocktail

Wait until you try this Pumpkin Spice White Russian. It’s the perfect fall cocktail for crisp cool evenings.

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The Best Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Looking for a cozy dish that's perfect for an autumn gathering? Wait until you try this creamy pumpkin soup recipe that is super easy to make and tastes so good!

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Mouthwatering Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe You Can’t Resist

Looking for a new way to satisfy your pumpkin craving this fall? Wait until you try this quick, easy, and delicious pumpkin dump cake recipe!

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Insanely Good Brunch Menu Ideas for Friendsgiving

Looking for good brunch menu ideas? Wait until you see what my supper club and I are whipping up for a beautiful Friendsgiving brunch! I love a good brunch, don’t you? There’s just something about breakfast and lunch blended together that gets me every time. Brunches provide a wonderful backdrop for casual gatherings. And they

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Friendsgiving Decor: Creative Ideas for a Festive Home Gathering

Celebrate Friendsgiving with a beautiful table set with fall decorations and amazing dining table centerpiece ideas. Wait until you see these beautiful fall tablescapes and food ideas that are perfect for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or any fall gathering. Can you believe we getting ready to celebrate the holidays already? Before you know it Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, and

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9 Simple Tips to Hosting the Best Thanksgiving Dinner Ever

Looking for ways to organize yourself to host Thanksgiving? Here are 9 simple tips to hosting the best Thanksgiving dinner ever. And if you are not hosting this year? Check out my Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas at the end of this post.

Thanksgiving Dining Table Centerpiece Idea

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared a Fall Centerpiece that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving Dining Table. It combines DIY and Vintage pieces for a unique table arrangement. Wait until you see how easy it is to make!

Heirloom Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Table

Wow your guests this Thanksgiving with an elegant, easy to make pumpkin centerpiece utilizing a real heirloom pumpkin and seasonal fresh florals. My good friend Heidi from Eleanor Rose Home shares her best tips for making this easy fall table decor idea.

Simple Centerpiece Idea for Your Thanksgiving Aesthetic

Simple Centerpiece Idea For Your Thanksgiving Aesthetic

Looking for centerpiece ideas for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving table? Try this super simple centerpiece idea to complete your Thanksgiving aesthetic.

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Create Stunning Pumpkin Centerpieces with Fresh Fall Flowers

Looking for ways to decorate a table for fall, Friendsgiving, or Thanksgiving gatherings? Wait until you see how to make this GORGEOUS flowers and pumpkin centerpiece idea! But the best part? There's no carving involved!

DIY Dried Wheat Centerpiece

Do you love the look of dried wheat? So does my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill. She shares the beautiful natural color with this DIY dried wheat centerpiece for the Thanksgiving Table.

How to Make a Thanksgiving Cornucopia Basket

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and celebrate with friends and family. One of my good friends Wendy from WM Design House’s favorite traditions is decorating her Thanksgiving table with a homemade cornucopia. She makes it out of chicken wire and rope, and then fills it with pumpkins, gourds, feathers, and flowers. It’s a beautiful and festive decoration that always gets her in the Thanksgiving spirit.

Simple and Beautiful DIY Artichoke and Magnolia Centerpiece

Wow your family and friends with a simple and beautiful DIY artichoke and magnolia centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table by my good friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style.

How to Create a Simple Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Create a simple rustic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table this year with my good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms. Pretty neutral style can be used for the entire autumn season and you are going to love how they pulled this Thanksgiving dining table centerpiece together.

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How to Set a Thanksgiving Table

Yay, it’s almost Thanksgiving! No matter how big or small your gathering will be, make the holiday feel extra special. Prep now and learn how to set an unforgettable Thanksgiving table with these tips and fall table decor ideas. 

Simple Thanksgiving Fall Table

Are you looking for simple Thanksgiving or autumn decorating ideas? My good friend Ann from Dabbling and Decorating shares her best tips and tricks to help get you started!

How to Create the Perfect Table for a Thanksgiving Feast

With Thanksgiving right around the cornerit’s time to start planning your feast! If you’re not sure how to create the perfect table for your Thanksgiving celebration, don’t worry. My good friend Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shares her incredible tips for creating the perfect harvest table. So read on and learn how to create a festive table for your holiday celebration!

Boho Cottage Fall Tablescape

My good friend Jen from Tatertots and Jello shares how to create a warm and inviting thanksgiving or Friendsgiving table by making a DIY table runner, pillows and a beautiful footed bowl centerpiece filled with textured, fabric-covered pumpkins and leaves.

Thanksgiving Table Ideas and Inspiration

My good friend Mary from Life at Bella Terra share a beautiful post that is full of ideas for your Thanksgiving table-from space planning, table design, setup, place settings and unique centerpieces, Mary has lots of beautiful ideas to set your table for Thanksgiving.

Thanskgiving Dining Room with Copper Accents and Free Printables

My good friend Cindy from DIY Beautify designed a beautiful Thanksigiving dining room with gorgeous copper accents and easy tips to set a memorable Thanksgiving table with printable place setting cards that can double as a gratitude garland!

How to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

My good friend Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest shares her tips for hosting a large family gathering with budget friendly Thanksgiving table decor. At the same time, learn what pieces you can pull together from around your home, and how to best layer them. Then, you can easily create a thoughtful and beautiful tablescape this Thanksgiving.

Simple Fall Table and the Prettiest Serving Pieces

Looking for some simple ideas for your Friendsgiving table? My good friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms shared her pretty blue and white table plus tons of simple ideas to make your holiday celebrations a little easier.

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The Best Fall Table Decor and Thanksgiving Food Ideas

Looking for ways to decorate and celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family? Check out these fall table decor and Thanksgiving food ideas.

Easy Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year

My good friend Kristin from White Arrows Home shares some easy Thanksgiving traditions make it a favorite Holiday to look forward to all year.

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101 Ideas for Thanksgiving 2022

Getting ready for an epic Thanksgiving? Whether you are hosting or attending, stock up on these Thanksgiving 2022 essentials.

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Getting ready for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving? CLICK HERE to get my free 25-page downloadable Thanksgiving Essentials Ebook that shares decorating ideas, hosting tips, recipes, and ways guests can support hosts.

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Need More Thanksgiving Ideas

If you are looking for more Thanksgiving Day ideas and inspiration, check out these posts.

From hosting gifts to table decor, food, and menu ideas, I’ve got you covered.

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20 Comments

    1. 19! LOL! You are an overachiever! The cutest ideas! I love your table so much! So much fun to party with you!

      Happy day!
      KariAnne

  1. Love your tips Stacy on how to host the best Thanksgiving ever! Such great ideas and I love your Thanksgiving tablescapes so much!!!

  2. I already put a reminder in my phone so I can remember to wish you a happy birthday!! The new house will be perfect for hosting Thanksgiving dinner too.

  3. I love all of the great Thanksgiving ideas and inspiration. Thank you for sharing my centerpiece as part of the roundup!

  4. You have given me so many great ideas to think about for Thanksgiving Stacy! Now it’s just a matter of picking just one.