Take Your Thanksgiving Dinner to the Next Level With These Fun Activities

Thanksgiving place settingHey Ya’ll,

I know that it is a long-standing tradition to watch Football on Thanksgiving Day. However,  if you’re not a sports fan or you’re having people over before or after the big game airs, I thought I’d put together a few fun activities to help pass the time while the turkey cooks!

32a9e153d6bdb2a107b07d0261d269eb1. Lip Sync-Off

This one is easy. All you need is a fake microphone (or a real one on mute) and a good selection of tunes on a list that your guests can choose from. If you can’t think of any good songs, take a cue from Jimmy Fallon (image above), click HERE for one of his best lip-sync offs. You’ll also want to make sure you have a good speaker system as well. There’s nothing more anti-climactic than lip-syncing to music that’s too quite to even hear! You may need to bribe shy guests with an adult beverage (or three!) before they feel brave enough to participate, but again, if you have a good selection of songs most people will get on board–especially if there’s a prize involved.

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 4.40.42 PM2. Make Your Own Paper Hat

Okay, this one might be a harder sell because you’re putting your guests to work but the pay off will be awesome! Just remind them of all the Instagram photo opps and how cute everyone will look at your table wearing their hand-made hats! Make sure you have examples made, and all of the paper and clue and hole-punches, etc necessary for each hat. You should print out a few copies of each hat’s instructions or leave your iPad out with a link to these tutorials: http://anklebiterart.blogspot.ca/2010/11/thanksgiving-hats.html

2c1e80876d55602050a26d9390223abf3. Best Pie Contest

This one will take some organizing but the results will be delicious and bonus, built-in desserts! All you’ll need to do is notify your guests that dinner will be taken car of this year, however, they will need to being a pie to enter in your contest! Click HERE to download printable pie labels (see photo above) from PagingSuperMom. Come up with a fun prize for the winner and be sure to print off or go out and purchase actual prize ribbons at a local craft store for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

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This is a fun way for your guests to show off their baking skills and it turns dessert into an interactive activity! You’ll need to select a judge and let them know that each pie will be judged and scored out of 5 according to three bits of criteria: 1.  Appearance, 2.  Crust, 3.  Filling. May the best pie win!

If you decide to attempt any of these at your dinner, a good prize to consider (that doesn’t cost a thing!) is dibs on the wishbone. Who doesn’t want a chance to wish for something awesome to happen to them? Have fun and happy-almost-turkey-day.

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