11/19/2019 2 Comments
In our family we usually have a pretty traditional Thanksgiving. The standard turkey dinner with ALLLLLL the fixings. Including the hunt for a 22 pound bird, the extensive menu to make sure everyone's Thanksgiving dinner dreams are covered, the multiple runs to the grocery store (because we can't be reasonable here and just actually remember to get everything the first time), the hundreds of dollars spent on food (yes, in case you never prepared a meal for a large family it can get EXPENSIVE), and then the early wake-up (I do not like early wake-ups no matter the circumstance) to make sure the turkey goes into the oven in enough time to come out and allow for all the other things to have their turn in the oven.
It's enough to drive a momma crazy.
I don't host every year, but it feels about like it since we alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas here. So each year I've got to plan, prepare, and host one of these two meals. I don't just love cooking in the first place, but I can enjoy preparing a special meal here and there. I do prefer baking over cooking, but let's be real here: When it's EXPECTED of me I don't enjoy it. It's the reason why I've mostly grown to hate cooking . . .it has to happen every single night. That whole "I just fed you people last night, you mean you need to eat again tonight" deal. If you are a younger mother and you haven't reached that point . . .give it a few more years. You'll likely get there. My saving grace has been daughters who have been taught to meal plan and cook. And they're pretty darn good at it.
So this is how we ended up where we are this year.
Given that background of me growing to not enjoy what I once found enjoyable coupled with the fact that earlier this year we finally purchased the sectional sofa we had been wishing for for several years . . .it meant that we could no longer shift furniture around in our living room to set up temporary tables for a feast. Add to that that I'm mean and food isn't allowed on or around said new sectional (and I love them, but some of my family members are a tad accident prone) . . .I flat out said I'm not hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners this year. I've reached a point in my life where I have to start focusing on some self care or things are going to get ugly very soon (with my health and sanity that is) so I just said nope, not happening.
Everyone pretty much got it, but my kids came up with another potential solution and it promises to be something we are all going to love.
Instead of the headache and time and basting and midnight baking we are just going to buck tradition and do what we do best:
WE ARE HAVING A THANKSGIVING BONFIRE!!!
Yep, bonfire. So we are going to roast the weenies and the marshmallows and maybe grill some brats as well. We will do s'mores and just live it up. We DO plan on our traditional Thanksgiving desserts so I'll be making a pumpkin pie (b/c I just can't go that far) and my semi-famous Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie (maybe I'll share that recipe someday if you're all nice) among whatever else my girls want to whip up. I'm extremely thankful for kids who can cook and bake, but we all know that mom still bears the brunt of the meal prep on these days. Not anymore peeps!!
I will still do a traditional turkey dinner just for my immediate family another night. I AM typically big on tradition in certain ways. I want to have that dinner, but when you plan and prepare for around 16 people it can sometimes just feel like madness. For 5 or 6 people it's a lot less stress. Sometimes in life you just have to put your foot down and do what works for you and yours!!!
So for our big Thanksgiving this year it's going to be a lot less about the food and a lot MORE about family and fun and togetherness! I'm SO EXCITED!!
So thinking along those lines I was looking for some fun activities on Amazon to add to the mix. And while I was window shopping I realized I just HAD to put together a list to share with others b/c some of these just look so fun and some so hilarious I can't NOT share them!
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In our house we're big fans of Amazon prime and everything on this list is Prime friendly! If you haven't tried Prime, but have been thinking about it, use the link above to try Amazon Prime free for 30 days. If you love fast free shipping like I do I think you'll love it! Bonus: Another streaming option. We use it for the free 2 day shipping, but having more things to watch is icing on the cake.
Now let's get to that list and jump right in so you can get your Thanksgiving A-Game on!
1. Thanksgiving Dog Collar
Let your doggo get in on the fun in this fashionably festive collar!
2. Thanksgiving Turkey Drumstick Headbopper
Proudly claim your stake over the drumsticks and make it clear to all!
3. Gobble Gobble Mad Libs
I used to LOVE Mad Libs when I was a kid. My friends and I could entertain ourselves for hours on end with these and I'm happy they're still a thing. Whether your younger generation is familiar with them or not, these are sure to shake things up and give everyone a grand laugh!
4. Thanksgiving Goofy Turkey Socks
Show your turkey style the goofy way . . .your socks!
5. Turkey Lighted Inflatable
If you want to be BOLD about your love of Thanksgiving and make it clear the entire neighborhood that your house is the fun place to be, you might be in the market for this turkey inflatable!
6. Thanksgiving Pilgrims Necktie
Show everyone when it comes to Thanksgiving, you mean business!
7. Thanksgiving Day Photo Booth Props
I mean, is it even a party anymore without a photo booth and props?
8. Turkey Face Long Sleeve T-Shirt
This doesn't even need a description . . .why NOT this shirt???!
9. Gobble Turkey Pasta
No, I don't typically have pasta on the menu for Thanksgiving, but maybe you do! And hey, with my Thanksgiving bonfire . . .maybe these would make great mac & cheese??
10. Gobble Gobble T-Shirt
Yes, this tee says basic white girl, but it also says "I love Thanksgiving!" Latte and messy bun not included.
11. Fun Thanksgiving Riddles and Trick Questions for Kids and Family
I'm totally not ashamed to announce my family is full of nerds. We LOVE riddles and trick questions. Sign me up please!
12. Harvest Thanksgiving Wine Glass Toppers
Whether you're being fashionable and using real wine glasses or slummin' it like us (hello plastic cups) it's also germ season. Keep those glasses marked! What better way than with these super cute glass toppers!
13. Fitness Pumpkin Pie In My Mouth T-Shirt
Hi, my name is Megan and I have a pumpkin pie addiction. If you are the same, go ahead and make it official with this shirt and show what your priorities are: It's all about the pie.
14. Funny Thanksgiving Cocktail Napkins
A little fun or a little naughty? You decide!
15. Selfie Scavenger Hunt
We love scavenger hunts! We usually make our own, but save yourself some time and use these. Plus, they're pretty!
16. 6" Pumpkin Swizzle Sticks
If you need to swizzle your drink, make sure you do it in pumpkin style!
17. Roasted Turkey Hat
You might actually need to be roasted to wear this hat, but if we have any takers I want to see so please be sure to share your pics!! ;)
18. Thanksgiving Turkey Party Glasses
We don't have a kids' table, but if we did these would absolutely be at each place setting!
19. Thanksgiving Charades
Still not sufficiently entertained? Charade the night away with this special version just for Thanksgiving!
20. Turkey Face Apron
Show that turkey who's boss with this fabulous apron!
I have yet to decide which of these items I'm going to purchase for our fun Thanksgiving, but I'll be sure to update and hopefully include some pics! With Amazon Prime we all still have plenty of time to order. Procrastinators rejoice!
What is your favorite off this list?
I would love to know what non-normal Thanksgiving traditions you and your family have! Please share in the comments and if you plan to include one of these items into your festivities I'd love to hear about it.
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!