Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Whether you’re hosting a traditional family-style Thanksgiving or a more personalized “Friendsgiving,” there are many challenges that first-time hosts and hostesses face when organizing such an occasion. Deciding which recipes to make, what decorations to use, and dietary limitations of guests can cause “mission overload.” Throw staying on budget into the mix and slowly your initial game plan (as simple as it may have been) can get tossed out window. Luckily, our team has assembled a Thanksgiving survival guide! In this Pinterest-inspired piece, we’ve highlighted a few decor and recipe tips and tricks from pinners and bloggers that are sure to help keep you and your guests happy, healthy and stress-free.

Designer Worthy Centerpieces

Inspired by blogger The 36th Avenue, you too can have designer-worthy table arrangements for a fraction of the cost. Her Thanksgiving Table Escape is a perfect example how much emphasis you can place on your Thanksgiving Day decor without overspending a dime. As noted in her blog, all you’ll need are a few pumpkins, pinecones, acorns & nuts, spray paint, glue gun, book pages, toothpicks, egg holders, and of course – appropriately color-coordinated dishware.

Statement-Making Wheat Bundles

The home life solutions blog, Stagetecture, recently highlighted some great DIY picks for Thanksgiving in 2013. Among their recommendations were niche table arrangements like a wheat bundle. We would have to agree. Being that wheat bundles are just as attractive as they are inexpensive, they are on the top of our survival guide.

Savory Pumpkin Soup

As we mentioned, it can be hard to account for all the possible dietary restrictions your guests might have at your upcoming event. Simultaneously, you don’t want to have to change your entire menu up for just a few people. Fortunately, recipes like cream of pumpkin soup from The Daily Green are ideal for finding middle ground between a variety of eaters.

Paleo Carrot Cake

What Thanksgiving is complete without dessert? As this recipe from Primal Palate goes to show you can have your cake and eat it too. Instead of a store-bought version that may be loaded with sugar, try a grain-free paleo-style carrot cake! Trust us, you’ll be sure to win over even the pickiest eaters.

Shake-It-Up Mint Chocolate Milkshake

The creamy dreamy Skinny Mint Chocolate Milkshake we found on the blog Sally’s Baking Addiction is sure to keep your party rocking. Perfect for any Thanksgiving party, this low calorie, seasonally-inspired drink can be made in both a kid-friendly and 21+ adult version.