Ducks 'n a Row: Keep Your Guests Busy While Thanksgiving Dinner is Prepared

25 November 2013

Keep Your Guests Busy While Thanksgiving Dinner is Prepared

Guest Post by Katie

Holidays are always so hectic!  Whether you’re traveling to see family or you’re preparing dinner at home, it’s not easy to balance all of the responsibilities that the holidays entail.  It’s wonderful when family helps to cook Thanksgiving dinner, but there will always be those family members or kids who have nothing to do and are hungrily waiting for the grand feast.  Here are a few ideas that you can use to entertain your guests while they wait:

Cookie Decorations   Provide cookies, decorative icing, and sprinkles so that guests can make their own personalized cookies.  It’s a fun activity and can take
the edge off of hunger.  Kids will especially love this activity, and it will keep them busy for at least a little bit.  Make sugar cookies the day before so that setup is quick and easy on Thanksgiving Day.

Apple Dip   If you want something healthier, try offering an apple station with a variety of dips.  Offering several different dips will make this healthy snack more fun.  Set out washed apples and a kid-friendly apple slicer instead of slicing the apples ahead of time.  This will keep the apple slices from going brown and will free up some of your time.  Make the dips ahead of time to decrease stress on the day of.

Plate Crafts   Instead of just decorating food, kids could decorate paper plates.  Construction paper, crayons, colored pencils, and glue will help to keep kids busy.   Kids can decorate the plates with Thanksgiving-themed cutouts, and you can hang up the plates once the kids are done decorating. Use the undecorated plates for Thanksgiving dinner once it’s ready.  Try heavyduty paper plates to hold that amazing meal that you just made!  You could also use foamplates if you prefer.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty®. Visit to find products like garbagebags and more to help you out over the holidays.

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Photo Credits:
Baking Cookies by jdg32373 on Flickr Creative Commons
Turkey Round from Clkr

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