Finding fun Thanksgiving activities to do with your friends and family that everyone will enjoy may seem like a daunting task, but having a variety of plans that will fit everyone’s personal preference will make the stress that comes with holidays not so bad! Plan ahead and have some diverse holiday activities so everyone will enjoy their Thanksgiving.
1. Make Your Own Decorations
If you are on a budget or are just looking for a unique way to decorate your house for Thanksgiving, making your own decorations will be perfect for you! Decorating the house to make it feel festive is one of the Thanksgiving activities that everyone can do. Whether you consider yourself to be an artistic person or not, simple DIY hacks and crafts are achievable by all skill levels. Making your own Thanksgiving decorations is also a great way to save some money on decorations that either go in storage or get thrown away when the season is over.
2. Have An Arts And Crafts Table
Whether there are little kids in your family or not, having an arts and crafts table set up for the holidays is a fun activity that everyone can get involved in. If you’re artistic or have some fun ideas for crafts, you can make a fun little table for everyone to enjoy. Pinterest is full of hundreds of craft ideas all directed towards this holiday. You don’t need to be super creative in order to make this activity fun for everyone on Thanksgiving!
3. Try Out A New Recipe
Trying out a new recipe on Thanksgiving might seem like a challenge not worth taking on, but it is not as scary as it may seem. If you don’t want to risk ruining your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, try a side dish that you don’t normally have or replace one of the less popular dishes with a new recipe. This way, you don’t risk having someone’s favorite part of the meal not being up to par with every other year. Trying a new recipe can be a fun way to get involved in the kitchen with your friends and family and not overstep in anyone’s favorite part. Some people love cooking and look forward to all the responsibilities assigned to different family members, while others want to be on the couch watching the game or outside enjoying the weather. If your favorite place on Thanksgiving is in the kitchen, consider trying a new recipe this holiday season!
4. Have A Sports Game
A classic Thanksgiving activity is playing sports with your friends and family outside on Thanksgiving day. Whether it is football, baseball, basketball, or any other sport, this is a sure way to get everyone outside enjoying each other’s company. If you have a super competitive family, this will make it even more exciting! If not everyone can participate physically, find fun alternatives to get everyone involved in the game, like having referees and coaches!
5. Decorate Some Pumpkins
Although this is one of the Thanksgiving activities that may seem like it’s geared more towards Halloween, we often forget that painting pumpkins can still be a Thanksgiving activity because it is the fall season. Carving, decorating, and painting pumpkins is a fun way to get everyone of all ages involved in some holiday fun. It is a great way to decorate your house and your front door without having to spend too much and you get to decorate them with your loved ones! This is a super easy yet fun way to spend part of your Thanksgiving holiday!
6. Have A Family Bingo Game
If you really want to get creative this holiday season, try making your own family Bingo game. Whether it is a premade one that fits your family description just right, or you decide to make your own unique games, this is a fun way to bring everyone together for this holiday. You can use descriptions, pictures, or funny quotes all about your family and friends! Creating and planning this game out ahead of time will make the days before Thanksgiving fun, and then on Thanksgiving day, you can bring everyone together before or after the meal for some game time!
7. Make A Drinking Game
If some of the other Thanksgiving activities weren’t really your speed, having a drinking game is always a fun way to celebrate the holiday! When you get older and everyone in your family is an adult, drinking is almost always something everyone is doing on Thanksgiving, but typically not in heavy amounts. Having a drinking game that will keep everyone on their toes throughout the day but still having a good time drinking and celebrating is a sure way to have fun on Thanksgiving.
8. Everyone Brings One Dish
If you are the one hosting the Thanksgiving meal, it can often be a very stressful holiday. A simple way to reduce some of your stress is by having everyone bring one dish or drink. If you love cooking and really enjoy being the host, even having one or two dishes brought over will make your day run a lot smoother. This is a great way to get more people in the kitchen on Thanksgiving instead of having all the pressure on a few family members!
9. Put On Your Favorite Sports Team
If going out and having your own sports game isn’t your scene, putting on your favorite team instead is the way to go. Having a football game on while everyone is cooking and having a good time is a Thanksgiving classic. This is a great way for the more quiet family members to enjoy themselves without the pressure to constantly be mingling with relatives.
10. Surround Yourself With Loved Ones
Whether it is family, friends, or a little combination of both, surrounding yourself with loved ones on Thanksgiving is a sure way to make this holiday extra special. This holiday is all about everything and everyone that you are thankful for, so don’t forget to invite those closest to you over for some holiday celebrations! If you want to be with just family on Thanksgiving day, invite your friends to a Friendsgiving during the same week so you can celebrate with everyone!