Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Themes

Thanksgiving Dinner from Kitchen to Table

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Whether decorating for Thanksgiving Day, preparing the meal, or needing a special host/hostess gift, here are a few ideas with fun Thanksgiving Themes to save you time and tension while preparing for the holiday.

"What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?" 

                              ---Erma Bombeck



Welcome your Thanksgiving Dinner guests before they even ring the doorbell with this holiday mat in a Harvest Theme.

  Thanksgiving Dinner

First, Find Your Favorite Recipes!

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Any special dinner, especially Thanksgiving, begins with gathering together your favorite recipes. A cookbook devoted just to the 'turkey & trimmings' is particularly helpful. Or you could put together your own holiday cookbook with the recipes you've used & loved from past Thanksgivings.
Recipes remembered from the past, like grandma's best pumpkin pie recipe or mom's most used stuffing recipe are important ingredients to enjoying your family's traditional dishes.

Available on Amazon
This 68-page Thanksgiving Cookbook is available in paperback or on Kindle and is filled with both classic holiday recipes and some new unconventional ones to try. 

It includes the traditional ones we all expect for a Thanksgiving Day dinner, plus some brand new food creations that might surprise ~ and delight ~ your dinner guests.

"It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak." 

                                              ---Phyllis Diller

Get out the Turkey Roaster...


From simple to fancy to a turkey fryer, turkey roasters come in many sizes. I use a small one now, unless the family gathers once again! Stuff the 'bird', put it in your roaster pan, and let the appetizing aromas begin to drift through the house...

"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie." 

                                                     ---Jim Davis

The Rest of the Meal


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If you're having the traditional Roast Turkey for your Thanksgiving Dinner, you're probably adding other family favorites. Ours were turkey stuffing, of course, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, a vegetable, and dinner rolls

This beautiful 'turkey' plate features a design of a plump American turkey and is perfect for serving the Thanksgiving turkey dinner and for any holiday, fall or winter table.  This beautiful dinner plate is made of earthenware in England by Spode, a company that is well known for quality dinnerware.

Traditional Thanksgiving Dessert - Pumpkin Pie


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It seems as though pumpkin pie is the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner dessert, but mincemeat pie and pecan pie are also favorite choices. Many other kinds of desserts fit in with this holiday dinner too. What you serve probably depends on where you live and what your family tradition has been. For instance, my friend Sylvestermouse shares a favorite family recipe for pumpkin chiffon pie that she grew up with and uses to this day.

"Thanksgiving Dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence."

                                ~Erma Bombeck

After Dinner Cleanup


Pumpkin Cotton Dishcloth

Stay in the holiday mood right through the dish washing by using a practical cotton dishcloth in a fun 'pumpkin' color and shape. Hand-crocheted of 100% cotton yarn.

Pumpkin Shaped Potholder

Pumpkin washcloth/dish cloth is found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts. It also comes with a matching 'pumpkin-shaped' potholder - perfect kitchen helpers for your holiday meal preparations.

Invited out for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Need a Hostess Gift?

Handmade Turkey-Design Beverage Coasters
This set of four (4) beverage coasters with a design of a turkey is perfect for Thanksgiving and lovely to give as a hostess gift when invited out for Thanksgiving dinner.

The design is created on plastic canvas using acrylic yarn in harvest colors. The turkey design is done in tans and browns with a touch of orange for the beak and legs. Turkey sits on a pretty yellow background. This handmade coaster set is available on Etsy at Coastal Crochet Crafts.

"You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out." 

                                                     ----Jay Leno

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Related Article:  Our Thanksgiving Memories

(c)  Originally published 11/3/2009.  Updated 11/20/2017


  1. I do love Thanksgiving decorations! You already know how much I love your potholders and those featured place mats are adorable! It seems like I never have enough coasters either and the turkeys are perfect for Thanksgiving. Thank you for including my pumpkin pie recipe.

    1. I love your pumpkin pie recipe, Mouse, so was delighted to include it. Thanks for visiting my Thanksgiving ideas page.

  2. What a wonderful and oh so helpful post. I do love all of the quotes, and selections. Thanks Pat :)

    1. Aren't those quotes so funny, Sam? I've been collecting those quotes for years! :) Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  3. Oh yum yum yum, I've had my thanksgiving already, can I come to your house? Thanks for making me super hungry for turkey again. Love it! Thanks Pat for a lovely blog.

    1. I eating at my brother's house on Thanksgiving, Olivia, but there is always room for one more. :) Happy 'belated' Thanksgiving to you and my other Canadian friends. By rights (since my ancestors originally came from Canada) I should be able to celebrate Thanksgiving both in October and November! LOL.

  4. I love it all but the clean-up, though the kitchen camaraderie is always fun when family gathers together to give thanks. Love the quotes!

    1. The clean up is the hardest part, I agree, Susan. Thanks for visiting. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.