Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada the US as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is linked to the celebration of the 1621 Plymouth feast at Plymouth in Massachusetts, prompted by giving thanks to a good harvest.
Thanksgiving is really now an excuse to have a family together or throw a party for friends with delicious food and harvest / autumnal themed decorations. Think pumpkins, autumn leaves, turkeys and harvest crops like corn and apples. Below we have found our favourite decorations and crafts to make sure your party looks amazing, low cost and is hassle free.
These tissue pumpkins are a popular favourite, they look great and are perfect for decorating windows, fireplaces or hanging from the ceiling at a Thanksgiving party. This 5 pack of designer tissue pumpkins come in assorted colours and sizes: 3 pumpkins 10.2cm (4"), 1 pumpkin 17.8cm (7"), 1 pumpkin 25.4cm (10").
Thanksgiving Tissue Pumpkins Assorted Colours & Sizes - 25.4cm - Pack of 5
Autumnal coloured oak and sycamore leaves in assorted sizes are perfect to scatter on a buffet table, windowsill, shelves or anywhere in the home at Thanksgiving to achieve an autumnal look. They are also perfect for making your own Thanksgiving wreath - see below for ideas.
Thanksgiving Fabric Autumn Leaves - 14cm - Pack of 12
Hang up these pretty colourful issue pom pom decorations in autumnal colours: golden yellow, orange and red, great for thanksgiving and other autumn events.
Thanksgiving Autumnal Golden-Yellow, Orange & Red Tissue Flutter Ball - 36cm
Stunning prismatic autumnal leaf gleam garlands will up the glitz factor of your Thanksgiving gathering. This pack of two garlands measures 55.9cm in length and the two garlands can be joined together to make one 1.12m garland which would look great wrapped around bannisters, doorways or around a fireplace.
Thanksgiving 3D Prismastic Autumn Leaf Gleam 'n' Garland - 1.12m - Pack of 2
For Kids - Tabletop Turkey
- Paint a paper cup brown. Turn the cup upside down and glue a pom-pom or painted ping pong ball to the top of the cup for the head.
- Cut nine 4-inch leaf shapes from red, orange, yellow and brown card. Fold a 1-inch-square piece of orange card in half; cut a triangle shape out of the folded card for the beak. Using a 2-inch square of red card folded in half, cut a heart shape to create the turkey's wattle.
- Glue the beak and wattle to the pom-pom. Add googly eyes. Glue on the “feathers.”
For Adults - Thanksgiving or Autumnal Harvest Wreaths
Create your own beautiful autumnal Thanksgiving wreaths using flowers, leaves and ribbon. Party Packs have some great value packs
of fabric of red, orange and yellow autumn leaves
. You can also collect wheat, dried flowers, berries leaves and combine with artificial flowers like these flower hair clips
or choose from our range of artificial fabric flowers
. Tie it all together with ribbon or add bows to your designs - this tartan red and green ribbon
is perfect for a Thanksgiving wreath or bouquet.
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Serve classic dishes like roast turkey with cranberry sauce, with stuffing, mashed potatoes and corn bread finished off with pumpkin pie.
This tissue turkey centrepiece
with honeycomb body and tail or this pretty leaves of Autumn cascade centrepiece
in leaves of autumn design are perfect for the centre of your Thanksgiving table or to decorate a buffet, sideboard or mantelpiece.
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You can see our whole range of Thanksgiving and Autumnal fancy dress, decorations, tableware and ideas here
For more ideas, crafts and inspiration have a look at our Thanksgiving Party Pinterest board
Have a great Thanksgiving!