The perfect ice-breaker is a low-pressure, interactive craft that all of your family and friends can participate in, taking time to truly reflect on the things and the people in our lives that we are grateful for!
Cut a turkey body shape out of brown construction paper and attach googley eyes, a beak, and a top hat. Then place a basket with markers and another basket with feathers cut out of orange, red and yellow paper. Invite your guests to take a moment to jot down something in their life that makes them smile, brings them happiness, or reminds them to be grateful for each day. By the end of the night, your paper turkey will be overflowing with simple reminders that life is beautiful and worth being thankful for!
Cut out as many strips of paper as you have guests at your party. Then write down a question on each piece of paper and place one question under each guests’ plate. The questions can be silly, thought-provoking, simple, or more complex, the more variety the better! “Do you prefer mountains or beaches?” “What is your favorite meal?” “When do you feel the most peaceful?” “What is your favorite place to take a nap?” “Do you think that every human is good deep down?” Then, throughout the meal, you can go around the table and each guest can choose another guest to ask their question to!
If you don’t have time to completely redecorate your entire home for every single holiday, no worries! Keep your general decor in a neutral tones with gentle pops of color, then you can put your focus on the centerpiece of your dining room table and create a signature look for each special season!
Crafty Turkey. Pull out your construction paper, get out your wooden popsicle sticks, plug in your glue-gun and scrounge up some googley-eyes. Then get to work and build yourself a fun Turkey centerpiece and matching place-settings for each guest!
Golden Pine-cones. This one is as simple as it gets. Gather together a collection of 15 pine cones and spray paint them gold. Make sure to use your spray paint outside so you’re not inhaling the fumes inside your home! Then all you need to do is stack your pine-cones in the center of your table in a large shallow dish!
Bottles of Thanksgiving, Collect a handful of empty wine bottles and clean them. Once they are dry, fill each bottle with different grains and colorful beans. Then place one colorful taper candle into each bottle to create a unique and stunning centerpiece!
The moment your family and friends arrive at your home, you want them to feel welcome and you want to create a festive and aesthetically attractive atmosphere!
Natural elements can make your entryway console table really come to life and add real texture to your decor. Stick with vase and containers that you already have on hand and pick up natural elements from your yard, a local park or discount craft store!
Pick a central color. Instead of spreading your decor thinly with too wide an autumnal color palette, choose one color and make sure there is a pop of that central hue in each room of your home!
Wooden Rustic. Reclaimed wood doesn’t have to find a home as a console table or a dining table, you can add smaller wooden pieces (vases, boxes, bowls) to your entryway to give your Thanksgiving gathering a farmhouse appeal!
When the seasons change, it can be daunting to try and switch out your entire home decor to match the changing colors in nature! Instead, here a few key small spots in the home that you can focus on to create a big change!
Towels. Swap out the hand towels and add a small candle in the same color palette to give your guest bathroom a subtle shift each season!
Pillows. Keep the throw pillows, just change the covers every few months to give new life to your living room decor! If you want, you can also add seasonally appropriate throws and blankets to match the new throw pillows!
Doormat. Ring in each new season with a different doormat! Try a colorful autumn leaf mat an artistic woven mat this fall!
Not all gifts come with a big bow and lots of wrapping paper. Sometimes the best gifts are intangibles, experiences that you can give to reinforce the importance of shared time and shared memories!
Tickets to the Circus. We never really stop loving the circus. The gut-rolling flights of the acrobats, those speed-demons on motorcycles in the metal orbs, the shine of the costumes, the thrill of the music, the sweet cotton candy and the magic of the big top all add up to a wonderfully creative holiday gift!
Cooking Classes. The most delicious experience of all, a cooking class is truly the gift that keeps on giving! Once you learn to make that yummy risotto or that tart lemon pie or that crispy paella, you won’t soon forget!
Yoga Retreats.Give the gift of serenity to your loved ones this season. Encourage those you love to take a step away from the fight or flight of everyday life and step into the quiet, the peaceful, the mindful, the balanced and the calm. Namaste.
Struggling to come up with the perfect gift idea? Why not use your hands to make something beautiful for your family this year? Whether you are knitting a scarf or making homemade jam, gifts that we pour our heart and soul into are always a hit!
Incense holder. Grab a jar or a glass and fill it halfway with sand (if you want to get fancy, you can layer different colors of sand!) Then thread a few meaningful charms onto a ribbon of burlap or colorful yarn and wrap it around your container. Place a few seashells or pieces of colored glass on the sand. Pick out a lovely assortment of incense and place each stick deep in the sand. Voila!
Picture Frames. Grab a picture frame from your local thrift store. Load your glue gun with glue and get ready to get crafty! Depending on what you have lying around in your craft drawer or closet, stick with one theme and glue adorable things around the edge of your frame. I recommend sea shells, wine corks, rainbow yarn, bottle caps, pebbles, old coins, buttons. You can choose the photo you want to display first and then let that dictate the frame decor!
Personal Scrapbook. If you find that you are the kind of person that holds onto movie ticket stubs and wedding invitations, consider finding a small scrapbook to fill with memories with one specific friend. Add in notes to remind them of moments you shared. Find photos of the two of you and try and set the book up as a timeline of your friendship!
One way to relieve the stress of the winter holidays is to give your friends and family a fun theme each year for gifts! If you want to get really creative, you can extend this theme to the decor in your home, the menu at your holiday dinner parties, the holiday card you send out to your loved ones!
Birds. Birds are a great theme for gifts because the options are so varied and across the whole gamut of gifts! Whether you give your bestie a set of binoculars and a bird-watching guide or a set of bejeweled bird earrings or a sweet sweater with knitted sparrows across the front, birds are a beautiful motif with a powerful symbolism of freedom and wanderlust.
Books. Make this a literary holiday season, sharing your favorite classics, your top easy reads, a subscription to your sister’s favorite magazine, a how-to guide to yoga for that friend who needs some namaste in her life, or a book of crossword puzzles for you nephew! This theme is a fun one for place settings and dinner party decor, using old books you collect from local garage sales and thrift stores and cut up to make gorgeous displays!
Sleep. Prepare yourself for a restful holiday atmosphere with this brilliant theme! Pajamas for your nieces, a cozy two-person sleeping bag for your friends who are always camping, fluffy sleep masks for your mother and her beauty rest and quotes about dreaming at each place setting for your dinner party!