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The 18 Best Thanksgiving Gifts To Bring Your Host

Put the thanks in Thanksgiving.

Whether you’re headed to your in-laws’, your sister’s, or a friend’s house this Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to show up with something in hand.

Wine or a side dish are always appreciated (and maybe expected), but these vases, serving spoons, kitchenware, and gift baskets are a nice extra touch.

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Cake Stand  as a Thanksgiving Gift

Acrylic Cake Stand

$22

This multi-functional cake stand can be transformed into a punch bowl or veggie platter, so will definitely find use around your Thanksgiving spread.
Monogram Glasses as a Thanksgiving Gift

Monogram Glasses

$32

Personalize these pretty glasses with your host’s initials.

Fun Thanksgiving Banner

$32

Make the holiday a photo opp in itself.
Custom Wine Stopper as a Thanksgiving Gift

Custom Wine Stopper

$19

A reminder that you don’t have to finish the bottle in one sitting.

Round Wood and Wire Tray

$30

It’s pretty AND functional.
Thanksgiving Socks as a Thanksgiving Gift

Thanksgiving Socks

$16.23

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14 (Non-Cheugy) Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year or keeping it virtual, your home deserves a little autumnal glow-up. Pro tip: Pumpkins, plaid, candles, garlands, turkey motifs on things that really have no business being turkey-themed—you can find it all there.

Not only does the retail giant have tonsssss of cute fall home decor options to choose from, but you can also compare prices with other vendors and read up on customer reviews. Both are clutch moves if ya asked me. We love being an informed buyer!

But if you’re on the hunt for some Turkey Day decorations, then know that you won’t have to do the aforementioned work, because I’ve gone ahead and done it for you.

Below, you’ll find 14 Thanksgiving decor ideas  that have all been vetted by yours truly and also the great people who have left top-rated Amazon reviews. All high quality. All cute. And, yes, all affordable.

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iron Dutch oven for thanksgiving dinner

7.5 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

USD 100
Obvi, you’ll love using this to cook Thanksgiving dinner. But also, it’ll look so gorgeous sitting on your stove (especially in this pumpkin hue).
Burlap runner table for thanksgiving

Burlap Table Runner

USD 40.99
A pretty and yet understated table runner to pull the whole ~dinner lewk~ together.
Garland for thanksgiving

Artificial Eucalyptus Garland

USD 60
A pretty and yet understated table runner to pull the whole ~dinner lewk~ together.

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas That’ll Make You Excited for the Holidays

No matter what your Thanksgiving plans are this year, the real pressing question is: what are you going to wear?

Big news: fall fashion is officially here! From pairing over-the-knee boots with literally everything to endless layering (how many sweaters is too many sweaters?), there’s something about cool weather that gets us excited about our wardrobes again. Another reason to get excited for fall? Thanksgiving. Yes, it’s finally socially acceptable to start counting down to eating pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and all the other glorious Turkey Day essentials.

Feasting in style requires some serious strategy. Whether your get-togethers are fancy soirees or informal affairs—and whether they’re with friends or family—we know that above all else that you just wanna look cute but also feel comfortable. From going full-on fancy in a dress and heels to keeping it simple in your coziest sweatpants or pajamas (don’t forget the power of a stretchy waistband!), get inspired by these Thanksgiving outfit ideas that will keep you cute and comfy for every kind of celebration.

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Cream Cable Knit Cardigan

$48

A cable knit cardigan will keep you warm and toasty throughout any long din this year. And while wearing white might be risky, it looks so chic, right? Layer it over your favorite bodysuit and jeans or slip dress. 
Rust Cropped Cardigan for Thanksgiving

Rust Cropped Cardigan

$195

You’ll be seeing a lot of this gorgeous rust color this season, and this oversized cropped cardigan is a great way to get on board with the hue. Pair it with a midi skirt and black tights to keep comfy and chic.
Puff Sleeve Denim Dress for Thanksgiving

Puff Sleeve Denim Shirt Dress With Belt

$180

An adjustable waist belt is always the MVP of Thanksgiving dinner. Complete with the perfect billowy sleeves, this denim shirtdress is perfect for the holiday and beyond. Style it with cognac-colored booties to complete the vintage-inspired look.

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Thanksgiving Gifts for Hosts and Hostesses, Family, and Friends

Sure, it’s about the food! But Thanksgiving also means showing everyone you love just how grateful you are for having them in your life. Maybe someone you know had an especially tough year (and haven’t we all?), and you want to cheer them up.

Or maybe it’s time to say thanks to all the unsung heroes in your life, from your kid’s teacher to the mail carrier. If you’re a guest at someone’s house this time of year, don’t forget to bring along a little something for your host or hostess to show how much you appreciate their hard work to pull together the Thanksgiving menu (C’mon! You know your grandma wouldn’t want you to show up empty-handed!). These gifts, big and small, make lovely acknowledgements of each person’s special place in your world. Add a handwritten card with one of our favorite Thanksgiving quotes or Thanksgiving Bible verses for the perfect finishing touch. Whether it’s something for the amazing home cook, the wine lover, the baker, and more, we have something special to give to anyone you want to say “thank you” to this time of year.

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Serving Board as a thanksgiving dinner gift

Bamboo Lotus Serving Board

$48.00
This unique hostess gift is great for all of your entertaining friends.
Thanksgiving Spreader Set

Spreader Set

$49.00
Surprise your hostess with these pretty spreaders that encourage us all to be a little kinder. 
Stonewall Kitchen Thanksgiving Gift

Stonewall Kitchen 7 Piece Breakfast Gift

$49.00
Surprise your hostess with these pretty spreaders that encourage us all to be a little kinder. 
WHITE ORCHILD WOULD MAKE A BEAUTIFUL THANKSGIVING GIFT

Petite White Orchid

$75.00
Send this beautiful and surprisingly easy-care orchid to thank your host or hostess for his or her hard work. Moth orchids bloom for months!

29 Best Thanksgiving Gifts for Hosts and Hostesses, Family, and Friends

Sure, it’s about the food! But Thanksgiving also means showing everyone you love just how grateful you are for having them in your life. Maybe someone you know had an especially tough year (and haven’t we all?), and you want to cheer them up. Or maybe it’s time to say thanks to all the unsung heroes in your life, from your kid’s teacher to the mail carrier.

If you’re a guest at someone’s house this time of year, don’t forget to bring along a little something for your host or hostess to show how much you appreciate their hard work to pull together the Thanksgiving menu (C’mon! You know your grandma wouldn’t want you to show up empty-handed!). These gifts, big and small, make lovely acknowledgements of each person’s special place in your world. Add a handwritten card with one of our favorite Thanksgiving quotes or Thanksgiving Bible verses for the perfect finishing touch. Whether it’s something for the amazing home cook, the wine lover, the baker, and more, we have something special to give to anyone you want to say “thank you” to this time of year.

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS

Wine bag

Happy Thanksgiving Wine Bag

$9.99
This cheery wine tote is an easy way to dress up any bottle. It turns an ordinary gift into an extraordinary one!
Thanks Giving Gift Idea

Olive Wood Bowl

$34.99
This beautiful handcrafted bowl makes a lovely serving dish for nuts, grapes, and other snacks. 

Sound Organic Sparkling Water

$29.99
Tired of bringing the same old bottle of wine to every holiday party? Mix it up and consider arriving in style with a case of this organic sparkling water infused with tea and botanicals. The packaging is fun and festive and the company donates a portion of their sales to organizations that fight for better nutrition and food access, so you can feel good about your gift from more than just the bubbles. 

10 Ways the Kids Can Help Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving place setting

Thanksgiving is all about family and spending time together.

Generations often share the kitchen while creating some of the best tasting dishes.  Bring the kids into the kitchen this year and help them learn about some of your family’s traditional Thanksgiving recipes.  From toddlers to teens, there’s something everyone can do to help out.

  1. Lay out the bread to dry. Many stuffing recipes require stale bread.  Have your child set the bread out on the counter. Once it’s stale, allow him to break up the bread and dump in premeasured spices.
  2. Wash the vegetables for the crudité platter.  Serve a platter of crudité with some dip for guests to snack on.  Kids can wash the veggies and drain some pickles and olives before putting them onto a platter.
  3. Peel the potatoes. Around ages 8 to 10, most kids can use a potato peeler with supervision.  Teach her how to use the peeler than observe her in action before leaving her to the task.
  4. Add the marshmallows to the top of the sweet potatoes. Kids may enjoy the simple task of adding marshmallows to the top of the sweet potatoes, while sneaking a few as a snack, of course.  When kids help prepare a dish they feel connected to it and may be more likely to try it.
  5. Make some whipped honey butter. Allow a stick of butter to sit out until it reaches room temperature.  Have her add the butter, along with some honey, to a mixing bowl.  A couple of tablespoons worth are enough.  Add a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar and turn on the mixer.  Once blended, scoop the finished product into a pretty bowl and it’s ready to serve.
  6. Toss the salad. There are several ways kids can help create the dinner salad.  Let him tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces, rinse it off and toss it into the salad spinner. Once he spins the lettuce dry he can add in the rest of the ingredients, including the dressing. Have him toss the salad and set it on the table.
  7. Set the table. Depending on their age kids can set the entire table Thanksgiving table independently or set out items as you direct. Draw a table setting on a piece of paper. Your child can use the paper as a place setting guide.
  8. Plan the meal. Letting young ones help plan the menu for the big day will not only allow them to feel part of the celebration, but it may get them to try more types of food. Ask your children what vegetables they’d like to see on the menu and work together to find something appropriate to include.
  9. Snap green beans. Green bean casserole is a traditional dish served at many Thanksgiving feasts. Have the kids snap the ends of the beans that you’ll use in the casserole. Parents and kids can race to see who can finish snapping the ends off of their pile of beans that fastest.
  10. Mashing potatoes. Another traditional dish at the Thanksgiving table is mashed potatoes.  After the potatoes are boiled, kids can use a hand masher to help mash the potatoes up.

Consider what meal preparation tasks are age-appropriate for each child in your family. Assign each child at least one responsibility. The more involved kids feel, the more excited they’ll be about sharing Thanksgiving dinner together.

What to Wear To Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

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Next week is Thanksgiving in the US and this year, health experts and government officials are recommending that everyone forego the large family gatherings with out-of-town guests and instead have a small private meal at home with just the immediate family.

Those of us planning on adhering to this suggestion will spare ourselves the hassle of getting dressed up to join others or invite others into our home.  While going total casual and having Thanksgiving dinner in our PJs would be fun, there is a less lazy route: dress in a shirt dress in flannel material!

It’s soft, and the Buffalo check is homey. Slip on a pair of cozy ballet slippers and you’re good to go and don’t have to worry about what to wear for Thanksgiving this year.

The Universal Appeal of T-Shirt Dress

The shirt dress with a collar universally flatters all shapes, body types and silhouettes, even expecting mamas-to-be.  In fact, the easy-to-wear versatile silhouette is appealing in case you plan to take photos for the gram.

You can actually put some effort into the endeavor by wearing a tee shirt or turtleneck or camis underneath it.

Land's end model in belted bufallo check shirt dress
Land’s End makes a long-sleeved flannel knee-lentgh belted dress. The material is soft and made of quality material that are well stitched and runs for just $49.97   In addition to the Buffalo check pattern, it comes in other patterns as well. The belt is also removable.

If I were splurging, I’d invest in Salvator Ferragamo Joy Ballet Flats, to wear to Thanksgiving dinner this year, but sensibly, Vera Wang‘s affordable Simply Vera‘s Berner Women’s Flex Round-Toe Ballet which is a modest $17.99 is a better fiscally more responsible route.

OTHER PLAID SHIRT DRESSES

 

OTHER BALLET FLATS

Upgrade the Basic Look

To upgrade this super casual look a bit, tie your hair in a bun, drape a scarf around your neck and swap out the ballet flats for pumps or booties.

I like the H&M woven scarf which runs just $12.97 and I think is on sale this fall for like $10!

I like to mix up original items. I’d swap out the original belt with belt  more  edge like the handmade leather wrap  belt by  Ada.

 

Wearing pumps is cool if you’re a heel type of woman. They are conservative yet still always on trend and you can get them in a low heel too.  I prefer booties.  My fave booties are peep toe ones though they require you to have your tails polished and well pedicured.

Michael kors bootie

I like Michael Kors Blaze Peep-Toe Leather Booties!

collage of three women in shirt dresses

Ditch the Plaid and Upscale It With a Wrap Dress

If you’re from one of those families that do not “do casual” for major holidays and you treat Thanksgiving meal like a formal occassion, you can still be comfortable and shi shi at the same time by opting for an elegant wrap dress instead of a t-shirt dresss.

A knee length of longer version of the dress would also make it more dressy.  Wear your nice pearls and switch out the pumps for elegant heels or a nice pair of calf or knee-height boots. .

I like Dress Barn‘s striped cotton faux wrap dress which is currently on sale for $44, down from $75.



A String of Pearls or A Necklace Upgrades The Look

I am obsessed with the Wolfe Back Pearl by jeweler Serefina is exquisite way to show off a toned back. Dotted with baroque pearls, this necklace is perfect to drape for a showstopping back detail. It’s only $69 which is a steal in my book.

A pristine pair of heels complete the look.

The candle in this collage is Jo Malone LondonEnglish Pear & Freesia Candle.

family thanksgiving

Black Friday Shopping outfit

Finally, the next day, my plan is to throw on an oversized comfy sweater over a pair of jeggings and head Black Friday shopping.

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Dark Green Hooded Drop Shoulder Sweatshirt

Faux leather Spanx jeggings

Balenciaga iphone cover

Herschel Mini Backpack

Apple Watch

festive fall doorway

5 Fun Non Political Ways to Teach Your Child About Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving as we know it was celebrated in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was a celebration that was born from the pilgrims desire to give prayers of thanksgiving to God for giving them a good harvest.  Thanksgiving was tied to religious celebrations for hundreds of years, but today there are many secular celebrations as well.  Many times, Thanksgiving is over shadowed by Halloween and Christmas because it’s not as flashy or filled with gifts and treats.

Here are some ways to teach your kids to be thankful and to enjoy Thanksgiving.

  1. Create a thankful jar.  

    For this, you will need a jar of some sort.  This is a great time to recycle a jar that you have recently emptied.  Wash and dry the jar thoroughly and remove any labels that might be on it.  Cut a strip of printer paper that is the right size to wrap around the jar.  Encourage the kids to decorate the strip with a Thanksgiving theme, making sure to write “Thank you” or “Thanks” some place on the strip with crayons or markers.  When the kids are finished, glue the strip of paper around the jar. If you like you can tie a pretty ribbon around the mouth of the jar.  Have the kids cut up slips of paper that can be used for everyone to write what they are thankful for during the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  During dinner everyone should pass around the jar and take a slip of paper out and read it.

  2. Read a book.  

    There are many books in the library or at the bookstore that explain the story of the first Thanksgiving.  Pick out a book that is age appropriate for the children you are reading to so that they can better understand the story.  Use the story to teach the kids how you feel about Thanksgiving and why you think it’s important.

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  3. Play a game.  

    Create your own Thanksgiving trivia game.  Go online and find a bunch of facts about Thanksgiving and put them on cards.  Each question should be on its own card. The person who gets the question right can keep the card, that way you can see who wins the most cards at the end.  The beauty of this game is that you can gear the questions to the age of the players.  You may need to have true and false questions or multiple choice questions for little ones.  This game can even be played at the table during Thanksgiving.  You can reserve a special set of adult questions to be added to the game.  You might want to print out the adult questions on a different color paper or using a different color of ink so that you will know which questions are meant for adults.  The game can be fun and challenging, and it will also teach your children a lot about Thanksgiving.

  4. Cook an authentic dish.  

    There are some misconceptions about what kind of food was served at the first Thanksgiving dinner.  Research with your child what foods would have been there and then prepare some of those dishes on the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  A few suggestions would be: succotash, corn soup, squash, beans, maple sugar candy and berries (even cranberries).  While you are cooking you can talk about how you think the pilgrims and Native Americans would have cooked their food since they didn’t have electricity.  You never know, you might find some new family favorites.

  5. Watch a Food-Centered Family Movie 

Enjoy a movie that centers around people gathering and eating food that is age appropriate. There are plenty on family-focused channels.

Spend some time with the kids talking about Thanksgiving and why it’s important to you and your family.  Many people find that adopting an attitude of thankfulness all year long helps them enjoy life more.  Give it a try and see what you think.

How Celeb Moms Spent 2019 Thanksgiving

Bellyitch bumpwatch alums Ciara and Kelly Rowland spent part of their Thanksgiving holiday performing aboard their respective floats at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

They took time to snap a photo of themselves looking festive and fierce today. Other celeb moms featured on this blog before shared their season’s greetings photos on their respective Instagram pages.

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Dats Dat #Melanin…

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Thankful❤️?? #HappyFamilyDay to you all.

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Kourtmey Kardashian

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From our family to yours, #HappyThanksgiving!

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The Obamas

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Thankful❤️?? #HappyFamilyDay to you all.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Banks just ate dirt

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I have so much to be thankful for. First and foremost I have such gratitude for the lessons of strength, love, and perseverance that life has taught me when met with adversity. I could not have experienced such deep love, strength, and resilience if not for my village. My tribe of five, my work, my friends, and everyone who has pulled though. We can make A LOT happen in 3 days. To Dr Jacob Delarosa #locqum- you make miracles happen, Dr Reddy @vsr_md, Dr Susan Garwood, Dr Denis Gilmore, Dr Sean Kelly , Dr Susan Baker @susanbakermd , and Dr Outland @candioutland – it takes a team! Thank YOU for helping my Daddy. Stuber, you make magic happen. ✨ To my family, MY GIRLS, friends and people who have been by my side, thank you! And finally to my momma! I love you girl no matter what through and through. Thank you for adding so much light to my life. Happy thanksgiving from my tribe to yours ♥️?? I hope it is spent surrounded by those that you love. Just missing our big momma ❤️❤️❤️

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Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!!!! ? ?

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#happythanksgivng from #thehardricts #cree #cairo ??

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Last Minute Guide to Dressing for Thanksgiving Dinner

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If you are expecting this Thanksgiving and are toting around a sizeable bump, God knows you may  not be looking forward to standing on your feet preparing a meal and hopefully, you have been invited to someone else’s home this year and/or your family is giving you a pass on cooking so you can just kick up  your feet and relax.

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Here is a guide for what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner this year:

1. Start with a shirt in breathable fabric like jersey knit or cotton.

2.Then layer a light cardigan or collared shirt over that and finally a denim, leather or cotton blazer.

How to dress your bump

 

3.For the bottom, go with a comfy pair of dressy leggings or denim maternity stretch jeans with a pair of red ballet flats.

4. Carry a large clutch to hold your stuff and then work it!

Stylish and comfy!

 

5 things NOT to wear at Thanksgiving!

Have fun and good luck enduring the endless belly rubs and all the love!!!