Thanksgiving with a Twist

Nov 17, 2013 No Comments by

Everyone loves Thanksgiving – it’s a time to reflect on the past year, focus on the positive things in life, and spend with friends and family. If you’re not having a traditional Thanksgiving feast, here are some ways to celebrate the good things in life in a flirty, fun, and casual way.


Theme: Every party needs a theme, and with Thanksgiving, you could go basically wild. If you’re not into hand turkeys, you could do an autumn theme with pinecones and leaves, and have your guests put together their own cornucopias as centerpieces. You could also have a costume party, and dress up as Native Americans and Pilgrims – providing props at a picture taking station including feathers, felt buckle hats, and turkey gobblers and beaks. If you don’t want to stick to tradition as far as theme, you could dress up as different decades in American History, celebrating prohibition with flapper dresses complete with pearl jewelry, the 70’s with crop tops and bell-bottom jeans, and the digital age with iPads and cell phones.

Thanksgiving party


Menu: While the guests are what make a party, the menu is definitely key to help everyone relax, have fun, and get in the holiday spirit. If you’re tempted to stay in the confines of tradition, dress up your turkey by serving it as an hor d’oeurve as a slice of roast turkey breast on a scalloped sweet potato covered in gravy. Instead of traditional green bean casserole, scoop some green beans and fried onions into croissant dough to make “green beans in a blanket,” and make stuffing in individual ramekins to turn everyone’s favorite side into a cocktail food. Speaking of cocktails, let’s make sure that the bar is fully stocked for this holiday party. Cranberry sauce shooters made from cranberry juice and champagne are perfect for a Thanksgiving toast, and warm apple cider mixed with bourbon and maple syrup will keep everyone warm and fuzzy throughout the festivities.


Games: When you’re hosting a party with lots of people, it’s important to keep the conversation flowing and your visitors engaged. Have several games and activities going simultaneously to ensure your guests have something to do and someone new to meet. For example, you can have your guests make a “thankful” tree by handwriting things they are thankful for on cutout leaves that they can then tie to tree branches in a vase, or compete in a rapid-fire round of quizzo on American History.


Throwing a Thanksgiving bash can be memorable and fun, whether traditional or not. Have fun and be creative when planning your theme, décor, games, and food, and you’ll be sure to have fun celebrating as well, giving you one more thing to be thankful for.


Dating Symbol’s guest blogger today is Carly Chodosh the Social Media Manager for Pearl & Clasp, a pearl jewelry company that specializes in restringing pearls, pearl clasps and custom designed pieces.

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