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Ways to Liven Up Your Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving time is here, and if you’re planning on getting together with family and friends, it’s time to start making some plans for the big day. The last thing you want to worry about when guests are arriving is running around, trying to make sure everything is in order. Having a well thought out plan for everything from the decor to the food is a must for any host or hostess. You can save a lot of time by looking for great deals online, and they’ll ultimately save you money, too. Saving money this time of year is wonderful, because you’ll be able to put it toward Christmas.

Save money by lightening up on the decorations. Pull out linens that you already own. Just because it’s Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean that you have to go all out with autumn colors. White can be striking and appropriate any time of the year, and most people already have white linens. A Nice white tablecloth looks lovely with a few white plates and serving pieces. The brightly colored foods will liven up the table and give it a festive look. You can add simply embellishments like floral arrangements or live gourds to the middle of the table, or as place settings. If you feel like you need some fresh new linens, Bed Bath and Beyond has beautiful modern tableware for Thanksgiving from $5.99 and up!

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Ditch the traditional turkey, and wow your guests with a festive grilled turkey. Grilled turkey is a healthy way to enjoy Thanksgiving turkey, and it can also be a great way to get your guests outside to enjoy the fresh air, if the weather is nice. Make sure that your grill is up to the challenge of grilling the star of the show- the turkey. You can save 20% off Blaze Gas Grills at The BBQGuys. While you’re checking on the grill, check to make sure you have all of your proper grilling utensils, and an apron for the grill master.

Give your guests a take home treat. Party favors my be a thing of the past, but it’s still a nice ideas to send them home with a little treat. It’s likely that your guests will have brought a host or hostess gift, so it’s fun to be able to reciprocate with a little gift of your own. You could make natural homemade soaps or sugar scrubs for your guests to enjoy in their homes. Another great treat is one that guests can take home and eat, like festive Thanksgiving cookies from Cheryl’s. Cookies can be enjoyed the same day, or later on, after the turkey has had some time to settle.Right now, you can get 25% off of Thanksgiving cookies at Cheryl’s Cookies. Wrap the cookies in little cellophane bags and tie them off with a festive ribbon and a ‘thank you ‘ tag. Your guests will definitely appreciate the thought that you put into creating such a welcoming space for them to spend the holiday.

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Don’t forget the kids! Kids love holidays, so set up a cute little craft table for them to make some Thanksgiving crafts at while the adults eat and drink. The kids can take their crafts home as a keepsake or give them to their parents as gifts. Have a special treat for the kids to eat, too. Festive crispy rice cereal treats are always a fun choice!