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Thanksgiving Fun for the Family


This is one of my favorites and I am going to use this one of these days…. It is an old tradition that is delightful and inspiring. As you read it picture yourself around a table at the first thanksgiving. What would you be thankful for back then?

THE TALKING FORKtalkingfork
This old storytelling game has been around forever, but it just might do the trick when the kids have cleaned their plates and are ready to fly out the door again. Just ask: “Did everybody use a fork?”  They’ll all nod.

“Good. If you just used a fork, then you owe the cook a magic memory. I will now unveil The Talking Fork.”  Puzzled looks will follow.  “I cooked this meal. And before we all leave, I want to hear some good, fun, magic family memories. Here’s the Talking Fork. I’ll go first.” Then pick up a fork around which you’ve tied a ribbon — a nice, big serving fork is good for dramatic effect — and begin.  Source: Family Education.com

HAPPY PUMPKINS

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Another fun activity for family members of all ages is the Happy Pumpkins.  You will need one miniature pumpkin per guest and several “magic markers.”

Ask each guest to decorate their pumpkin to reflect their mood, personality or creative nature.  Use these as a centerpiece for the desert table.

And here’s another Thanksgiving activity that is sure to bring a smile to your guests faces:

Picture Perfect Thanksgiving http://www.tulipstalk.com/picture-perfect-thanksgiving/

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What do You do on Thanksgiving Day?


Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving, a time of family, laughter, gratitude and joy.

Thanksgiving is and always has been my favorite holiday. It is so unpretentious. No worrying about if you got the right gift for Uncle Mike or Aunt Martha.  You don’t have to spend hours or even days decorating the house. Everything on thanksgiving revolves around sharing and caring and the dinner table.

In fact, I spend more time planning the activities for Thanksgiving than I do for most vacations.

Every year when I host Thanksgiving dinner I  like to incorporate some sort of “activity” into the meal.  Over the next few days I am going to share a few of the activities we have done in our home and also some that my customers and readers have shared with me. I will also link to some of the ones we have posted over the years. If you have a special activity or tradition you’d like to share, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.  I’d love to hear from you.

If you prefer, you can send your idea to heidi@edenflorist.com with “Thanksgiving Traditions” in the subject line.

Here’s one that was sent to me by Kimberly Glenn:

The Thanksgiving Tree

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A few years ago, I sent out a note a few weeks before Thanksgiving asking that each person send me a list of things they appreciated about other members of our extended family.  (We have 50-75 people for Thanksgiving!) I printed them on construction paper leaves and made a Thanksgiving tree that was displayed at the front of our large room.  It was such a blessing to read all of the nice things about others as well as myself.  I made sure that every member of the family had at least 3-4 leaves describing why people were thankful for them.  There were many laughs and tears as we remembered why we love each other so much!

And here’s a couple of Thanksgiving posts from last year that you may find of interest:

Giving Thanks Around the world http://www.tulipstalk.com/giving-thanks-around-the-world/

Scrolls of Thanks http://www.tulipstalk.com/scroll-down-for-thanksgiving-activity/

Thers’s still time to order  flowers for  your Thanksgiving  table from Eden Florist. Visit our Website www.EDENFLORIST.com or call 800-966-3336 (EDEN) today!

I am Thankful for You Because


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This year for Thanksgiving I am doing something just a little different. I got these great little blue overall party favors from Lillian Verson company and am personalizing them for all our guests.

These will serve as the placecard for everyone on Thanksgiving Day.

In addition to being pretty placecards, they will hold notes from each of the guests.

I have designed a note card for everyone with everyone’s name on it. Each guest will get a complete set of names in an envelope with a pen. On the top of each card is a pretty turkey and pumpkin clip art and each card says:

Dear (fill in the guest’s name)
I am thankful for you because: (and the guest fills this out and puts in each person’s overall).

During desert we will ask everyone to read one or two from their favor and they can take the rest home.

You can get great Thanksgiving clip-art here: http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/free/thanksgiving-clipart-gallery.html
This is one of my all-time favorites and because my family likes it so much, we do it every year!

Thanksgiving Activities that Rock!
http://www.tulipstalk.com/thanksgiving-activities-that-rock/

If you have children in the house, be sure and download the Thanksgiving Coloring Book for their entertainment. You can find it here:

Thank you for your love and support of Eden Florist. May your Thanksgiving be all you hope for … and then some!

Giving Thanks is in the Writing


The Thanksgiving Table Cloth
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My mom has purchased a plastic Thanksgiving table cloth that we use to write with a permanent marker what we’re thankful for each year with our signature and the year. She has it out on the table and then we can look back and see what our family/friends wrote and have memories of spending time with different people on Thanksgiving.  (Contributed by Brittany)

This is one of my all-time favorites and because my family likes it so much, we do it every year!

The Thanksgiving Box
http://www.tulipstalk.com/a-box-of-thanks/

There’s still time to order  flowers for  your Thanksgiving  table from Eden Florist. Visit our Website www.EDENFLORIST.com or call 800-966-3336 (EDEN) today!

More Thanksgiving Family Fun


Here’s a simple Thanksgiving activity/tradition that does not take any preparation and it makes everyone feel good about themselves.

Sharing Gratitude
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Each person turns to the person to their left (or right) and says one thing they do (or represent) for which they are thankful.

For example let’s say my daughter was sitting next to me. I would turn to her and say out loud, that I am thankful for the sense of humor she has, and how many times I smile and laugh because of her. (Contributed by Mia)
Here’s a little Thanksgiving number that is also easy to plan:

Giving Thanks by the Numbers
http://www.tulipstalk.com/a-thanksgiving-activity-by-the-numbers/

Remember, there’s still time to order  flowers for  your Thanksgiving  table from Eden Florist. Visit our Website www.EDENFLORIST.com or call 800-966-3336 (EDEN) today!

More Thanksgiving Traditions and Activities for the Family


Yesterday I posted a tradition that one of our readers shared with me.  Here’s another one:

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Gifts of Thanks
At the last Thanksgiving that I hosted, I did some similar “activities”.  The table was decorated of course with Thanksgiving confetti, “fabric leaves” from the art store, chocolate shaped candy, other Thanksgiving items, and at each place setting, I had a small gift bag that had each recipients name on it(found these at a card store), inside each were a few small trinkets, Lindt chocolate wrapped in matching fall colors,  and shredded tissue paper. 

I had also searched the internet about Thanksgiving and thoughtful sayings/holiday significance and I printed one for each person and placed that along side their personalized gift bag.  We each took turns reading our quote or saying, and adding any personal thoughts.  I had also done a search on Thanksgiving games and created a Thanksgiving Trivia game – we couldn’t eat until we played.  It was so much fun and everyone was involved in the process. Contributed by Susan of Ace Concierge
Be sure to read the Thanksgiving Myths and Facts here: http://www.tulipstalk.com/thanksgiving-myths-and-facts/

There’s still time to order  flowers for  your Thanksgiving  table from Eden Florist. Visit our Website www.EDENFLORIST.com or call 800-966-3336 (EDEN) today!