Great Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving drink ideas

Well, the leaves are falling and the weather is turning nippy. It must be getting close to Thanksgiving! Is it your turn to host the big dinner this year! Here are some options for great cocktails for Thanksgiving (or anytime, really!) Cheers!

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1. The Pumpkin Pie–tini

Yes, we’re bringing tis one back and putting it at the top of the list because it’s so dang delicious!

Here’s how to make it:

  • 1 oz. milk
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ oz. Vanilla vodka
  • 1 ½ oz. crème de cacao

Using a small amount of honey, rim martini glass with graham cracker crumbs.

Shake milk and pumpkin puree over ice to combine. Pour in remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain into the martini glass.

 

2. Cranberry Hamiltons

These are a party favorite around the holidays in our house. Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmastime!

  • A shot of tequila
  • Half a shot of Rose’s lime juice
  • Three shots of cranberry juice
  •  A slice of lime.

Serve over ice.

 


 

3. Apple Pie Spiced Cider (with or without alcohol)

Mmm…apple pie. We adapted this cozy warm drink from a Martha Stewart recipe.

1 1/4 quarts apple cider

  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)

Mix together all of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and add the brandy if you want it in there. Pour into a large pitcher, straining out the solids. Serve the drinks in mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks.

4. Hard Cider Sangria

  • 1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled green, yellow and red apples
  • 1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup apple juice, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup apple brandy
  • One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled
  • Ice

In a pitcher, combine the apples with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice.   (from foodandwine.com)


5. Mulled Wine

Another warm cocktail favorite for all the winter holidays. This one will also make your house smell fantastic!

  • 1 1/2 cups Port wine
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or Gran Marnier
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • zest of 2 oranges, cut in strips
  • 10 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bottles dry red wine

Combine all the ingredients except the 2 bottles of red wine in a heavy large pot with a lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered until reduced to 2 cups, 12-15 minutes. Add red wine and warm over low heat with the lid on the pot. Do not boil.  Strain your drink into glasses or mugs.  Garnish with fresh orange slices.

 

6. Pumpkin Ale served with a cinnamon-sugar rim

This is my (non-cocktail loving) husband’s favorite fall drink. Better than that, it’s super easy! You can find pumpkin ale all over at this time of year. Some good ones include Blue Moon Harvest Moon Ale, Pumpking, Samuel Adams Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, and Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale.

To serve, keep your beer steins in the freezer for a while to get them cold. Pour a mixture of sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Twist the mouth of your beer stein in the cinnamon mixture to get a nice sugary rim. Enjoy!

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Free Thanksgiving Party Printables

Free Thanksgiving party printables

November is here, and that means it’s time to start planning for the big day — Thanksgiving! if you’re like me you are always looking for new ways to make your Thanksgiving table look fun and festive. That’s why this year we’ve created some free Thanksgiving party printables for you to download and use in your décor.  We’ve made some napkin rings, place cards, a Thanksgiving subway art poster, and some printable thought cards that you might put at each place setting to encourage a bit of Thanksgiving reflection. Enjoy!

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Napkin Rings

free printable Thanksgiving nnapkin rings
To use these napkin rings, simply click here to visit the pdf. version of the page, print them off and cut them into strips. Then add a touch of glue stick to hold them in place around your napkin.

Place Cards

free printable Thanksgiving place cards

Click here to download these Thanksgiving place cards. You can either cut the page down the center and use them as foldover cards, or cut each card individually and glue them onto cardstock.

Thanksgiving Thought Cards

free printable Thanksgiving thought cards

What are you most thankful for? I use these Thanksgiving thought cards by placing one at each table setting to encourage some discussion of the year’s most notable blessings.

Thanksgiving Subway Art

Free printable Thanksgiving subway art

Place this Thanksgiving subway art into a standard 8×10 frame and set it on the counter or mantle as an easy seasonal decoration.

No matter how you celebrate this season, hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!




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Thanksgiving Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving place cards

Do you have children coming to your home this Thanksgiving? Here is a fun idea for children’s Thanksgiving place cards that look like corn on the cob and hold some special surprises to keep them busy during your holiday meal!

 We have a big family, and that means lots of kids at the Thanksgiving table.  Every year I try to do something a little special for them. Handprint turkeys, newspaper pilgrim hats, and the creation of a paper bag puppet show have all been Thanksgiving Day highlights. Last year we had 12 children at our Thanksgiving celebration, and that meant a big children’s table, so I thought it would be fun to give them something to keep busy while the adults chatted over coffee.  These toy filled, corn on the cob inspired place cards turned out to be just the thing! Here is how to make them:





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Children’s Corn on the Cob Thanksgiving Place Cards

Stick an assortment of goodies inside each place card

thanksgiving place card craft materials

Here are the materials that you will need

 

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Materials:

  • Toilet paper rolls (1 per person
  • Yellow construction paper (cut to fit rolls — about 4.5 by 6″)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Ribbon to tie ends
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Toys to fill the toilet paper rolls (**We used things that would keep the kids busy like crayons, paper, stickers, and small games, but you could substitute anything you choose)

Directions:

1. Glue the yellow construction paper to completely cover the toilet paper roll

2. Fill the roll with goodies

3. Wrap the roll with green tissue paper, leaving a strip of yellow showing to look like corn, and enough extra paper at the ends so that you can tie it off.

4. Tie the roll at the ends like a candy

5. Write each child’s name on a place card or attach a decorative name tag to each

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Looks like this year is our turn to host our (really big) family for Thanksgiving dinner! I love our family Thanksgiving gatherings; They start with a messy game of football (or a “burn the turkey” workout for the more tackle-averse) and end with everyone gathering for a dress-up sit down dinner.

Over the years my amazing mother-in-law, aunt, and cousins have started raising the bar pretty high when it comes to setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table. So this year is our turn and I have been searching the net for some pretty Thanksgiving tablescape ideas that I might be able to adapt and use in our home. Here are some photo inspirations that I just love, plus some ideas for things you might add to your own Thanksgiving tablescape.

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When I began to think about putting together a festive table I started by keeping in mind the color of our china. Like most people, we don’t have a specific set of plates just for Thanksgiving, but we do have our “good china” that comes out for special occasions. If yours is plain white then you are lucky and can create any color scheme that you like. Our plates have some blue in them, so I try to work with that when deciding on what would be the best table complements. Here are some great fall decorating accents to consider:

  • Pumpkins and gourds

    Pretty way to display your utensils at a THanksgiving buffet table

    from babymamajuice.com

  • Lanterns with candles
  • Fall flowers
  • Wheat
  • Fall branches and leaves
  • Votives
  • Glass hurricane lamps with acorns or corn anchoring a seasonal candle
  • Grapes
  • Greenery and woody vines such as winterberry
  • Pinecones
  • Oranges or persimmons
  • Apples or pears
  • Indian corn

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How to fold napkins for your Thanksgiving table

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  3. Setting for Four
  4. Take the Side Street
  5. Marcus Design