Thanksgiving Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Thanksgiving event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Thanksgiving is a classic holiday enjoyed by families throughout the nation; one that is frequently celebrated with a bountiful party playlist.

Thanksgiving songs should evoke a feeling of warmth and sentiment in the listener, while still being a whole lot of fun. They could include:

Thanksgiving Song by Mary Chapin Carpenter
The Turkey Song (Except for the Turkey) by Bryant Oden
Thank You by Alanis Morisette
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come by Henry Alford
Thank You for Loving Me by Bon Jovi
Ten Thousand Thanks To Jesus by Matilda C. Day
Lone Pilgrim by Bob Dylan
Mayflower by Vangelis
Long Tall Glasses by Leo Sayer (makes mention of a feast)
On the Mayflower by John Riggio
Thanksgiving party supplies make another nice addition to any Turkey Day fest. These could include elegant cornucopias (or, what the heck, why not a crazy paper mache turkey?) as centerpieces, pilgrim salt and pepper shakers, leaf-shaped placemats, wall art that depicts a drawn or painted rendering of the Mayflower, and take-home party favors that include paper pilgrim hats, miniature chocolate turkeys, and dried, decorated corn stalks. Tableware should come in theme-appropriate fall colors like brown, bronze and gold.

Guests will be ‘thankful’ for a top notch Thanksgiving party! Game idea: take a clear container, then fill with candy, toys or other objects and have the guests guess the number of items inside. Photos provide such lasting memories; take time to designate someone as the photographer at a social occasion. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations.

Preparing homemade Thanksgiving Day party supplies such as turkey house flags, party banners and balloon bouquets can take some time, but most people will find the results are worth the effort. Other homemade party supplies and handmade party goods such as handmade Thanksgiving Day banners, colorful orange and brown streamers and homemade Thanksgiving Day themed centerpieces make a party better. Homemade centerpieces are a nice addition to a Thanksgiving Day table and can be composed of Thanksgiving Day related items.

More often than not, homemade party goods and handmade party supplies compare in size and color to other Thanksgiving Day items. For instance, handmade Thanksgiving Day items are mostly brown, orange and rust in color. These colors can then be used to create a beautiful Thanksgiving Day centerpiece. In addition to the handmade party streamers and signs, handmade Thanksgiving Day party supplies such as homemade Thanksgiving Day flowers, handmade wreathes and Thanksgiving Day centerpieces are a great addition to a Thanksgiving Day party.

Most hostesses will find that making handmade party goods and homemade Thanksgiving Day party supplies a lot of fun. From making traditional Thanksgiving Day tissue flowers to creating a beautiful Thanksgiving Day wreathe, the options are endless and therefore careful research will show a true comparison can be made.

A time when many get together, why not have a Thanksgiving holiday cake ready for them to enjoy after dinner. Start by making a few decision about what kind of cake mix will be used, one already packaged together or one made from scratch. Consider the amount of time needed when work out this decision and the party supplies to go with it, after all. Here is some ideas to start with, first either go with a marble or chocolate cake mix to begin with, and then select a frosting. Frosting’s might be chocolate or white cream cheese frosting. Once the cake has been made and it has been frosted, allowed to cool. Add things to the cake like a miniature picnic table and turkeys to the cake. Also there could be a sayings adding to the cake as to why one should be thankful on this day. Remember to use a fine tip for writing letters on a cake and stop squeezing before lifting away from the cake to get better results. In one corner for those interested could be a section set aside for football, as tradition games have been held on this day for people at home to watch.

In the United States, Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, it is the second Monday in October. On this holiday, a Thanksgiving meal is prepared, and families gather together for various activities.

Thanksgiving Day originated on August 1620, when the Mayflower, a 180-ton ship, set sail from Southampton, England. After difficulties with the vessel, resulting in her return to port, finally the voyage began. One hundred and three passengers were to become some of the founding pilgrims of the United States of America, and the creators of one of this nation’s most popular holidays.

After weeks on the tumultuous Atlantic waters, battling strong winds, pounding waves, and a number of problems with their vessel, the pilgrims spotted Cape Cod, off the coast of Massachusetts. Another storm was brewing, so strongly, that they arrived there by accident. Their intended location was off the Virginia coast, where other pilgrims had begun colonies.

Before anchoring at Plymouth Rock and disembarking to explore the territory, the pilgrims devised the “Mayflower Compact” to serve as the basis for governing their new colony, where everyone would have the freedom to worship God as they chose.

The next few months would prove to be difficult and trying. Of the original 103 pilgrims, only 56 survived the first winter. Often, two or three people would die in a day, due to infection and sickness, but, with spring came new hope. The survivors built homes and planted crops. They made friendships with local Indian tribes, and traded with them. The passing of winter allowed the pilgrims to labor and produce, causing the colony to flourish.

After reaping their first harvest in the fall of 1621, the pilgrims dedicated a day for thanking God for the bounty with which He had blessed them. Their governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving towards God. They prepared a great feast to enjoy with family and friends—both from within the colony and with neighboring Indian tribes. You can celebrate your Thanksgiving with a lovely dinner and some families begin the day watching the fun football games on television.

In 1817, the state of New York adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual holiday. By the mid-1800s, other states likewise adopted the practice. In 1863, President Lincoln appointed it as a national holiday, and gave a Thanksgiving proclamation, and each president since then has issued a proclamation, announcing the celebration of this day.

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Thanksgiving History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Thanksgiving theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Thanksgiving is mainly celebrated in the United States and Canada, and its history dates back to 1621, when the first Thanksgiving took place.

At Plymouth Rock, otherwise known as Plymouth Plantation, in Massachusetts, this is where it is believed to have been the beginning of it all. It is disputed, as there were celebrations earlier than this in Canada, in 1578, and in Florida by the Spanish explorers in 1565. It is also a celebration that the Netherlands recognizes, as well as on the island of Grenada.

Regardless of its origin, it is a harvest festival, and a time to give thanks for all. And it resembles many European festivals of the 14th century.

It falls on the last Thursday in November in the United States, and has been celebrated since 1863. It was originally a religious observance, giving thanks to God. In Canada, they celebrate it in October, on the second Monday. Although it is celebrated to give thanks to God, it is also a secular holiday.

It was celebrated on many various dates during the history of this holiday, but by the 20th century it was a fixed date in the U.S. On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill which made it a law to celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. Canada fixed the date from November 6th to the second Monday in October so as not to clash with another ceremony, Remembrance Day.

As far as the Netherlands, many pilgrims that ended up at Plymouth Plantation were residents of Leiden. They commemorate this as a non-denominational service on Thanksgiving Day, on the same morning as the Thanksgiving is celebrated in America. It recognizes the hospitality that pilgrims received in the City of Leiden as they ventured to the New World.

Granada celebrates Thanksgiving Day on the 25th of October each year, however it is unrelated to the American Thanksgiving. Instead, it is the anniversary of American-led invaders to their island in 1983. This was in response to the execution of their Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas. If you specify the type of clothing for a social event like summer causal, give a few examples of what is acceptable and more importantly what isn't. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas. The history of Thanksgiving has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Thanksgiving to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

History of Thanksgiving
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