Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Thanksgiving Ideas

Hi there everyone!  Well, last week I told you that the Lewisville munchkins were really sick.  They were dealing with severe cold and flu symptoms while mama played nurse.  Just a few days after writing that post, I was in bed with a fever, sore throat, cough, and everything un-beautiful that comes with illness.  I lost my voice and every ounce of energy, but I'm getting it back and starting to feel so much better.  Needless to say, I'm a little behind on my Thanksgiving Day plans.  I've had a few things in mind so I thought I'd share some of the things happening here in Lewisville this Thursday.
*If you're new here, welcome to Lewisville!  Today is Tips and Tricks Tuesday! It's a good day to visit here.  I like finding simple solutions to everyday living and sharing some of my favorite tips with you all!  You can find most of these tips on my  Pinterest Tips and Tricks board, where I'd also love to have you follow along.  There's always facebook and twitter too.  If you want to pin these tips on your own board, just click {source} below each picture.  It will take you to the original source of the tip, and it's always best to pin from the original source.

Thanksgiving Crafts for kids.  Oh yes, it's important to keep this little ones busy while the Turkey is cooking.  Here's what my muchkins will be doing.

Aren't these cute?  Just grab a pine cone, some construction paper, and print the template from the source below. 

And when they are done with that, they move one to this one!


And just in case you need to keep them extra busy, my kiddos did this craft last weekend and loved it!  Plus, I think it's super cute.  You'll just need some orange and green constructions paper, scissors, and glue.  That's a recipe for fun.


Thanksgiving Games.  Whether you have a large crowd and an intimate gathering, it's always a good idea to have a few games that everyone will enjoy.  Here are a few of the ones I liked.


This is one of my favorites, and it's great to play with groups of 10-20 people.  We've done this game several times with church groups and were in awe of the things we learned about other people.  It's fun!
 If you have a good sized group, break off into teams and see who's the best.  Each team picks their best chance to win with the category- like "the tallest".    The teams choose one person to represent them in the category.  There is a twist to "the tallest" category and that twist is what makes everyone laugh and enjoy the time.  Read through the directions under source and enjoy!

Thanksgiving Centerpieces.  I say less is more and there are some great, easy, and low cost ideas you can do. 

I personally love lots of candles.  You can add organic items like cranberries, nuts, beans, anything with color, to add beauty to your table.  So many of these items can be found at places like the Dollar Tree.  Have fun and let your creativity shine.

The first two are mine from last years centerpieces.  You can read about this project HERE.



Of course, the biggest part of the day is the food.  This year, we're breaking tradition and will be making a ham instead.  We had turkey on Sunday with our church and there are plenty of left overs if we want them.  I guess you can say we're turkey'd out and want something else.
What else? I put our menu together just today and went out shopping right away.

Our menu:
Corn Casserole
Roasted Asparagus
Scalloped potatoes
Spinach Salad
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
Gluten Free rolls
Sparkling Apple Cider (the kids' favorite)

It's simple compared to most Thanksgiving meals, but we can do with out the stuffing and yams and green bean casserole.  My family is just not the biggest fans of those side dishes, and Thanksgiving is really about family.  I'm so thankful to the Lord for them.  Mr. Lewisville and the munchkins have blessed my life immeasurably.  I am truly blessed by each one of them!

For those of you in the U.S. - Happy Thanksgiving!