Posts Tagged ‘thanksgiving’

November 3rd, 2013

Thanksgiving Party Decorations: Your Buying Options

Easy Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas Collage

When it comes to parties, whether they be Thanksgiving parties, Christmas parties, or birthday parties, a party is not complete without party decorations. That is why if you are planning on hosting a Thanksgiving party this year, you may be in need of Thanksgiving party decorations. If you have yet to start buying your party decorations, there are a number of important factors that you may want to keep in mind. These important factors will likely make it easier, as well as more affordable, to purchase decorations for your next Thanksgiving party.

Perhaps, the first step in buying decorations for your Thanksgiving party is deciding what you want to buy. While you can always do this as soon as you get to the store, it may be a good idea to develop a list ahead of time. Once you arrive at the store, to purchase your Thanksgiving party decorations, you could easily alter that list, but a list may help to ensure that you remember to get everything that you needed or wanted to, in the form of party decorations. Once you have developed that list, whether it only be a rough draft or set in stone, you can then start shopping for your Thanksgiving party decorations.

When looking to purchase Thanksgiving party decorations, you will, literally, find that you have an unlimited number of different options. One of those options is your local party supply store. Party supply stores are great places to purchase party decorations from, even Thanksgiving decorations. With most party supply stores, you will find that they have a larger product selection, when compared to most traditional retail stores. While the cost of shopping at a party supply store may be a little bit higher than most other retail stores, you should easily be able to find exactly what you are looking for and even more!

As previously mentioned, party supply stores tend to charge a little bit more money for their products. While the difference will not be extreme, it may be enough to make you want to shop elsewhere, especially if you are planning a Thanksgiving party on a budget. If the cost of your Thanksgiving party decorations is a concern, you may want to consider shopping at one of your local discount stores or dollar stores. With dollar stores, everything is one dollar or less. With discount stores, you tend to get access to a large number of low-cost products, many of which cost around a dollar or two. Almost all discount stores and dollars stores, in the United States, get a fairly large selection of Thanksgiving decorations around the holidays. By shopping at these stores, you could decorate your home, for your Thanksgiving party, without having to go broke.

In addition to dollar stores, discount stores, and party supply stores, you should also be able to purchase your Thanksgiving party supplies from one of your local department stores. Department stores are retail stores that are not always as cheap as discount stores and dollar stores, but are cheaper than party supplies stores. What is nice about department stores is that some carry a fairly large selection of foods. This means that in addition to getting decorations for your Thanksgiving party, you could also get your food, drinks, and snacks, all in one trip.

If you are looking to buy your Thanksgiving party decorations in bulk or if you are looking for something unique, you may want to purchase your Thanksgiving party supplies online. With a standard internet search, you should easily be able to find a number of online retailers that specialize in selling Thanksgiving party decorations. With a little bit of luck, you may also be able to find individuals or companies that specialize in selling beautiful, handcraft Thanksgiving decorations.

Although your first thought may be to purchase all of your Thanksgiving party decorations at once and from one store, you may want to rethink that decision. By visiting a number of the above mentioned retail stores, both on and offline, you may be able to create a collection of beautiful Thanksgiving party decorations.

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November 1st, 2013

Planning Your Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving gathering this year? If so, are you concerned about how much you might have to spend on your dinner and other items such as decorations or entertainment? Unfortunately, a large number of dinner hosts do not have as much money to spend on their dinner gathering as they wish they had. But all is not lost! Instead of opting out of hosting Thanksgiving in your home, create a plan that works for you and your budget.

The Grocery List

Grab a pad and a pen and sit down and work out how many people will be attending, what types of food you will be serving and what type of entertainment you will have on hand. Then write out the grocery list for EVERYTHING that you want to cook and serve. From there you will be able to identify items that your guests can bring. Let’s assume that you have pumpkin or pecan pies on your menu. Ask your guests to bring those. You can now cross those ingredients off of your grocery list. Beverages? Ask your guests to bring soft drinks, special coffee and creamer such as pumpkin spice coffee, and/or wine or other spirits. And how about side dishes? Your guests will want to contribute to the meal so coordinating with them about who will bring the yams or other side dishes takes a big burden off of your grocery list. And let’s don’t forget appetizers and snacks!

Keep an eye out for Thanksgiving Sales

Whether you plan on serving snacks/appetizers or a full  Thanksgiving dinner, you can save yourself a fairly large amount of money by purchasing your food or drinks while they are on sale. Typically, in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, you will find that many grocery stores lower the prices on their most popular Thanksgiving foods and cooking supplies. This may be the best time to get your shopping done. Keep an eye on those grocery store flyers that show up in your mailbox.


Instead of running out and spending money that you really don’t want to spend on fancy linens, serving dishes or buffet warmers, poll your guests and see what they have available to bring with them to your gathering.

Another thing that you will undoubtedly need and absolutely don’t want to spend money on is extra seating. Ask your guests to bring folding chairs and portable tables as needed.


Dig though your closets and garage. Find those old Monopoly and Clue board games. Do you have a dusty Croquet set taking up residence n the garage? How about planning a good old fashioned game of touch football or horseshoes? And of course, there is always holiday music, movie and football. You really shouldn’t have to have a line item in the budget for entertainment.

Use Evites to keep track of it all

Evite invitations are free to send and receive. So you save on stamps — and trees — while freeing yourself up from keeping lists and making phone calls to organize your events.

  1. Select your invitation design, add your guests’ email addresses and send via email.
  2. You choose the invitation features you want, and your guest replies are tracked automatically so you always have an accurate headcount.

Optional invitation features include:

  • Adding polls for your guests to answer — find out what movie, food or music everybody prefers
  • Letting guests select items to bring — great for potlucks and other group-run events
  • Allowing guests to invite more people to the event. You choose if you want to allow this!

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The tips mentioned above are just a few of the many ways that you can plan a Thanksgiving gathering on a budget. With the right amount of planning, it may be a well-kept secret that your dinner was not only easy to plan, but easy to afford.

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November 19th, 2012

Thanksgiving Prayers and Blessings

Thanksgiving prayers and blessings

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited


–Scott Wesemann


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

We Gather Together

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

–Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn
(A translation by Theodore Baker: 1851-1934)

Moravian Blessing

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

Abundant Blessing

We thank you for the turkey,
The gravy and the dressing.
Dear Lord, this table overflows
With Thy abundant blessing.
Let us always be aware
That all gifts come from You,
And may we serve Your heavenly will
In everything we do. Amen.

-Joanna Fuchs

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November 10th, 2012

Thanksgiving is… (Thanksgiving Poem)

Thanksgiving poems should evoke the special memories of holidays past, the whole special Thanksgiving process, as this Thanksgiving poem does.

Thanksgiving is.. (Thanksgiving Poem)

 Thanksgiving is…

Thanksgiving is anticipation…
the excitement of wonderful aromas,
golden, harvest-themed décor,
the best linens, china and silver.
Thanksgiving is…
platters of of special Thanksgiving foods
prepared only once a year,
mmn…mmn… mouths watering,
ecstatic taste buds quivering with joy.
Thanksgiving is…
the family all around the table,
clean, dressed, smiles all around,
recitation of what we are thankful for,
the saying of grace,
our special Thanksgiving prayer.
And now, finally, dig in!
We are thinking of you
at Thanksgiving, and hoping
your Thanksgiving experience
will be surrounded
by a special glow in your memory.
By Joanna Fuchs

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November 10th, 2012

I’m Thankful for You (Thanksgiving Poem)

I'm Thankful for You (Thanksgiving Poem)

Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let’s be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving,
I’m thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

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November 2nd, 2012

Best Thanksgiving (Poem)

Best Thanksgiving
Best Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned
To what time has taught us, to what we’ve learned:
We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we’ve shopped and bought;
We take our pleasure in material things
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We’d see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that’s when our thoughts go directly to you.
We wish you a Thanksgiving you’ll never forget,
Full of love and joy—your best one yet!
By Joanna Fuchs

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November 1st, 2012

Thanksgiving Feasting (Poem)

Thanksgiving Feast
Thanksgiving Feasting 
When the Halloween pumpkins are gone,
And the leaves have all fallen to ground,
When the air has turned windy and cold,
Then Thanksgiving will soon be around.
Thoughts of loved ones all feasting together,
Pleasant pictures from past times appear
To dwell in each heart and each mind–
Then Thanksgiving is finally here!
The kitchen has scrumptious aromas,
The dining room looks oh, so fine,
Decorations with pilgrims and turkeys,
And now we are ready to dine!
First the napkins are placed on our laps;
Now the prayer for the meal to be blessed,
Then we stuff the good food in our tummies,
And we hope for it all to digest! 
By Joanna Fuchs

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