Thanksgiving Projects and Ideas

Every year at this time, I go through the some past posts that have relevance to the season.  There are so many fun things to do for Thanksgiving and the Autumn season, that I have not run out of ideas yet.  But, new readers may not have seen these ideas from past years, so here is a round up of some ideas.  First up, in 2014 I told a bunch of Thanksgiving stories from years gone by in Thanksgiving 101.  I love reading your stories too!

Thanksgiving Decor 5

From the first Autumn Jubilee, a Pumpkin and Leaf Table Topper with links to the unit patterns and more ways to put it together.


From 2015, How To Brine and Bake a Moist Succulent Turkey, and it doesn’t take as much as you think.  I show you how to make room in the frig for it too.

Brining Turkey - 18

Need a different pumpkin dessert for the big day?  Try my Pumpkin Toffee Dump Cake.

Pumpkin Toffe Dump Cake ~ From My Carolina Home

How about some Chicken Chili for a filling meal on a cold day?

Chicken Chili at From My Carolina Home

Or a Caramel Apple Coffee Cake for breakfast?

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Then, make sure your home is guest ready with Getting Really Ready for Company.  There are so many things to think about, and you might be surprised at what you find in your own home when you do one simple thing.

Is Your Guest Room REALLY ready? ~ From My Carolina Home

Make a holiday wreath for the front door, with this pine cone design –  Harvest Wreaths – plus another wreath idea in that post.

Harvest Wreath ~ From My Carolina Home

Stamp some Thanksgiving cards for your family.

Thanksgiving Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

But most of all, hug your loved ones and enjoy the laughter of the everyday. Cherish the small moments, rejoice in being with your family and friends.  It is a season of gratitude, which I often mention, like this post – Itadakimasu and Musings on Gratitude.  If you were not a reader last February, I hope you will read that post on living in the world and in the moment.   Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year, a whole day of gratitude and I am looking forward to it next week.  Yikes, it is next week!!  Are you ready?

16 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Projects and Ideas

  1. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    We don’t do a big Thanksgiving meal. Our daughter and her family go to my SIL’s family’s for lunch. But a few years ago, we started a fun new tradition. Thanksgiving night, the grands come to our house while the parents go shopping and we dig out the Little Red Campfire and have a wiener roast and make S’mores! They love it! And we enjoy our time with them!!

  2. Yesterday I did the bulk of the grocery shopping for the Thanksgiving holidays. So I am happy to check that off the list before the stores are even more crowded! Today I am going to pull out some decorations to make the house festive. I know, I know…. I said that to you yesterday. But today it is!!!

  3. Rosemaryflower

    Amazing and wonderful. These are great ideas.
    I am doing Thanksgiving this year. The girls and their babies will come to my house easily and can leave when their babies have had enough. Dad, my sister, and my grumpy brother and his sweet wife are coming here instead of us dragging daddy on the Washington Beltway (The Hellway/rolling parking lot) at age 95 and just out of the hospital from chf
    Have a fun time next week

  4. The leaf pattern was exactly what I was needing for my table topper, you saved me some time, Carole! Loved your post on getting ready for company, :), great ideas there too. In fact this is just one giant batch of great ideas!

  5. Patricia Evans

    Thanksgiving will be just my husband and I, so it will be quiet without a lot of fuss. I have a turkey breast and will make the usual sides including homemade cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. I may even do a bit of quilting. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with gratitude.

  6. I can’t believe we are a week from Thanksgiving! Where has this year flown? Great ideas here, Carole! I don’t host Thanksgiving but I do help out with the cooking, so I’ll be concentrating on that.

  7. dezertsuz

    I’m never ready, but it comes, it happens, and it leaves good memories behind anyway. =) Thanks for the reminder of those posts, particularly the pumpkin toffee dump cake!

  8. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    If you didn’t try Carole’s turkey brining instructions, I encourage you to check out the link above in her post. I brined my first turkey and it turned out so tender and juicy. Will probably always use this method. Best turkey ever!!!

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