The whole purpose of the Thanksgiving holiday is to give thanks for our health, the blessings we have, and the lives we live. Too often, people forget this and make the day about football and overeating. Here are some ways to encourage Thanksgiving guests to give thanks. Some of them will even keep the children occupied while the adults prepare the holiday feast.
Step 1: Let everyone help decorate the Thanksgiving table. Fill a serving platter with nuts and place some colorful apples, pears, and other fruit on top. Cut out leaves from different colored paper and give each guest a paper leaf, marker, and artificial sprig of berries. Have guests write what they are thankful for on the leaves and attach the leaves to the berry sprigs using a hot glue gun.
Step 2: Health, work, or another obligation may prevent some people from attending Thanksgiving dinner. Write them a special note on a fall note card to let them know how much they mean to you. It will make their holiday more special.
Step 3: Purchase cardstock and cut it into small rectangles. Print an inspirational quote on each card. Put each card into an envelope sleeve purchased from a craft store. Place one envelope at each place setting and let guests read their quote aloud during dinner.
Step 4: Turn candles into thoughtful place cards. Purchase a glass candleholder for each place at the table. Cut fall-themed paper to the proper width. On each piece, write the name of the guest and one sentence that expresses your gratitude for that person. Wrap each piece of paper around a candleholder, securing it with double-sided tape. Add a candle to each holder and light it before dinner is served.
Step 5: Make a family tree by hanging photographs of friends and family members from the branches of a small potted tree. Add inspirational quotes from them or someone famous.