Thanksgiving Feast with Friends and Family Playdate

Thanksgiving is a time
For reviewing what we treasure,
The people we hold dear,
Who give us so much pleasure.

Without you as my friend,
Life would be a bore;
Having you in my life
Is what I’m thankful for.
By Joanna Fuchs

This group has been such a joy to my family. I would love to celebrate this wonderful holiday of giving thanks with all of our fabulous friends we have made. Bring your family and please come celebrate with us.

Turkey will be our main course and supplied by the hostess. Please RSVP with how many people and what side dish you will be bringing to share. Feel free to bring what you are famous for in your family or something you have always wanted to make, but you couldn't because you had to bring what you are famous for! This is a great trial run for a new recipe as well....we'll happily be your guinea pigs!

*And if you do not cook, you can always bring a cooler with ice, some waters or juice boxes, 2 liters of pop or even some rolls!

We'll have crafts for the kids and holiday music to boogie down to.

Keepsake Craft to do with the kids in the group:

Use paint to make this handprint turkey instead of tracing. Add a few details to the turkey and some fall leaves and you have a beautiful work of art to display at Thanksgiving time.

Paint (various colors)
Foam paint brushes for each color
Colored paper for leaves
Glue stick

  1. Paint your child's hand with different paint colors. I used brown for the "head and body" (thumb and palm). Use different colors for the "feathers."
  2. Let the child stamp their handprint on the paper before the paint dries.
  3. Repeat with the other hand.
  4. Add details such as legs and a beak with markers.
  5. Write the child's name at the top of the paper.
  6. Cut out leaves from colored paper.
  7. Use a glue stick to attach leaves to the paper.
  8. Hang and enjoy!

This fun and easy Thanksgiving craft is the perfect thing for kids to do while waiting for dinner at your Thanksgiving feast with a few inexpensive materials and some pinecones from the back yard. Your guests will have a blast gathering the pinecones and then turning them into these little turkeys to show off to friends.

• pinecone turkey craft pattern
• pinecone
• red tissue paper
• yellow tissue paper
• orange tissue paper
• yellow card stock or construction paper
• brown card stock or construction paper
• glue
• scissors
• wiggly eyes


1. Using the pattern as a guide, cut 3 triangles from each color of tissue paper, using the attached pattern, or create your own. When you’re done you should have 9 triangles total.

2. Gather the base (long side) of the triangle together so that it leaves a point on the other end to form a tail “feather.”

3. Put a dot of glue on the gathered end of the tissue paper.

4. Gather the base of another triangle together (use a different color to alternate colors in the tail). Stick the base of this tail feather into the spot of glue you put on the first tissue paper feather, so the gathered ends overlap and are stuck together by the glue.

5. Repeat the process until you have all 9 feathers fanned out in a half circle, all attached together at the base.

6. Spread some glue on the base of the tail feathers where they’re all overlapping, and press the base into the wide end of a pine cone (see photos). Set the body-tail assembly aside to let the glue dry.

7. Using the pattern as a guide, cut out the turkey’s head from brown card stock.

8. Using the pattern as a guide, cut out the turkey’s beak from yellow card stock.

9. Glue two wiggly eyes onto the top of the head to for the turkey’s face.

10. Fold the beak in half, and glue it on the head, below the eyes with a small dot of glue.

11. Tear off a small piece of red tissue paper and use it to make the gobbler by gluing it around the turkey’s beak.

12. Glue the head to the pine cone. Allow to dry.

Amazing Mom’s Tip:
Let your children help you make these ahead of time and insert a name card between the scales on the pine cone. They can be place holders at the dinner table, and the kids can each take one home for a party favor.


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Christine said...

Great idea! We have tons of military moms who are alone on this holiday - what a great way to make it special for everyone. Thanks!

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Calico Crazy said...

You've got a great blog, my daughter is begging to make your Thanksgiving crafts. So glad I found you through the Friday hops, I am following you through GFC, Networked Blogs, and Blog Frog. ~ Calico Contemplations

Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! My niece would love these projects. Too cute!

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Deb (aka Fannie Applecrack) said...

Hi! I'm from blogfrog(Mckmama community) I love your blog and I'm going to do the turkey craft with my kiddos. It is so cute. I'm following you now.

Michele said...

I may have to try the pinecone turkey, we have quite the collection my kids have gathered! thank!

Bridget said...

I read over your blog-- very cute!! I love the part on play date rules... I wish more people followed that!

Lisa R Clark said...

Wow cute blog and cute crafts for the kids!

Jodie said...

Love the turkey pine cone craft! We just collected pine cones and made a swag for the door. Very cute ideas!! Thanks for participating in Mommyhood on BF!

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Following you now :)

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Rose said...

Hi I'm a new follower and subscriber from Feed Me Friday and would love for you to return the follow and subcribe :)

Your turkey decoration is so cute I've been looking for some easy, cute decorations I can make with my son... and this is perfect!

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