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5 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Details

Thanksgiving is next week and the list of to-dos are piling up! We’ve compiled a few sweet, simple details you can incorporate this Thanksgiving in a pinch to make it extra special. Our philosophy is to focus on a few charming details, but not cause more stress on you!

Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Place card idea1. Pretty place cards
Hand-lettered place cards are a thoughtful touch!

You will need:
A marker of choice (I used a Tombow brush marker, but any marker could work!)
Plain, white 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock sheets

Instructions: Draw a series of banners on the cardstock -(The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering has a great step-by-step tutorial for drawing a wave banner). The width of the paper (8.5″) is a great size to use as a guide. You want the tails to end about a half inch to an inch from the edge. Then, letter your guests names inside the banner and cut them out! Don’t fret if each banner isn’t exactly the same! Nothing has to be precise- the beauty is in the imperfection. Simple and pretty.

Easy hand lettered place card idea using cardstock, a brush marker, and scissors!DIY hand lettered banner placecards Elegant rustic Fall table setting Thanksgiving table setting idea2. Thankful Coloring Page
To occupy the little ones before it’s time to eat, have crayons ready and coloring pages printed! (I say little ones, but coloring would be fun for adults too!) I created this cute “thankful” page as a FREE download!

Free Thanksgiving coloring page download - great for adults and kids alike!3. Christmas Movie Tradition
Start a new tradition and have a few Christmas movies ready to go! Everyone can vote on which one to watch after dinner. My personal favorite would be Home Alone 1 or 2.

Start a new Thanksgiving Tradition by having guests vote on a Christmas movie to watch after dinner4. Collect Recipes
While the whole family is together, take the opportunity to record precious recipes on a notecard or in your Keepsake Kitchen Diary! Let guests know in advance that you would like to collect one recipe from their Thanksgiving traditions and to bring it along. Since this holiday centers around food and fond memories, it’s the perfect time to record those special recipes and moments.

Thanksgiving is the biggest food holiday and the perfect time to record precious recipes and memories in your Keepsake Kitchen DiaryStart a new Thanksgiving tradition with the Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val

Spiced White Fall Sangria Recipe 5. White Fall Sangria
Sangria is a great cocktail to serve for large gatherings because you can whip it up in advance and allow guests to serve themselves. This particular fall sangria has the perfect amount of festive spice for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve served it a few times and it’s always a crowd-pleaser.

White Fall Sangria: Serves 10 


2 bottles dry white wine of choice
2 oranges – sliced
2 pears – sliced into wedges
2 apples – sliced into wedges
4 tbsp. whole cloves
approximately 10-12 cinnamon sticks
4 tsp. whole allspice
1 cup white rum
8 cups ginger ale


Add orange, apple and pear slices to a large pitcher. Top with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice. Pour in white wine and rum; Stir. Cover & refrigerate for up to 8 hours (at least 4 hours). Strain into serving containing to remove allspice and cloves. Add the fruit and cinnamon sticks back in. Pour in ginger ale and stir.

Spice White Fall Sangria for Thanksgiving Dinner

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  • Reply Thea November 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful helpful hints and the beautiful coloring page! I think my daughter is going to use this with her first grade class!

    • Reply Valerie McKeehan November 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

      I’m so glad you like it, Thea!! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  • Reply Nikki November 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Everything you do is perfect. I am so thrilled that my kids will get to color something that you made! It’s amazing! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Reply Valerie McKeehan November 22, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      You’re so sweet Nikki! Thank you! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Reply Megan December 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I printed out these lovely coloring sheets for Thanksgiving and everyone was absolutely in love with them! Family members of all ages enjoyed sitting around the table coloring! It was a HUGE hit! I hope you will do the same for Christmas! They are already asking for them! THANK YOU!

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