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.
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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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I like Michael Kors Blaze Peep-Toe Leather Booties!
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.
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.
Finally, the next day, my plan is to throw on an oversized comfy sweater over a pair of jeggings and head Black Friday shopping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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What a year it has been..So many incredible things to celebrate and be #thankful for but none of it comes close to my gratitude for the endless love these three #princes surround me with as #queenmommy ?. I have never been more grateful for our health, happiness and love. ❤️ Wishing everyone a happy holiday season. #thanksgiving #familyiseverything xoRZ
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Wishing you all a beautiful holiday. We are #grateful for so much this year, especially you guys for supporting us in creating @thehousleylife. #ThankYou for watching us and making our little series a reality. We hope you have the best #Thanksgiving. #TheHousleyLife @adamhousley
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What can I say…Simply to Impress is the best! This year we’re sending out our most fab holiday card yet. SimplytoImpress.com makes it super easy with the cutest designs and fast turnaround. With the kiddos growing up so quickly, I’m thankful we can share these special moments together. Let the holidays begin! #bestholidaycardyet #ad #proudmama
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.
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!
Have fun and good luck enduring the endless belly rubs and all the love!!!