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Creative Holiday Ideas to Celebrate a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving

Last Updated on November 16, 2020

It’s beginning to look like the holidays a bit earlier this year, as excited shoppers are going all out by decorating their homes amidst the ongoing pandemic. With smaller gatherings planned around Thanksgiving tables this year, families are finding comfort in bringing a bounty of autumn beauty to their homes.

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations is featuring holiday tips and fun projects for kids to make this a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Family walking together in pumpkin patch

Celebrating safely

Celebrating Thanksgiving may be different this year, but there are many ways to make it the best one yet while staying safe. Some ideas to switch things up include:

  • Hosting your holiday feast outdoors
  • Celebrating virtually
  • Planning outdoor family activities

Fall home decor

Fall décor and more

Decorating this season is taking on a whole new meaning. Families are embracing the spirit of the holidays by decorating early—dare we say Christmas—by shedding the stress of the pandemic with festive holiday décor to provide seasonal atmosphere. No matter where—family rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and yards—there’s always a place in your home to add a touch of fall.

Fall-themed table settings

Sensational table settings

Fewer guests around your table means more room to show off your creative flair. If you ever wanted to set a spectacular formal table or purchase holiday-themed dinnerware, then this is the year to do so. Whether you set place settings at every other seat or choose to safely set a traditional table, your family will feel special at a long overdue gathering shared with those they love.

Parents and daughter rolling out dough in the kitchen

Recipe swap

We all look forward to our favorite family recipes, especially at the holidays. Don’t let this year be any different. A recipe swap is a great way to have all your holiday favorites at your table. Whether it’s Grandma’s homemade apple pie or your aunt’s famous casserole, recreating their family recipes (minus the love ingredient) is the next best thing to having them there in person.

2 children painting pumpkins

Kid-friendly projects

Getting the kids involved is an important part of celebrating any holiday. Don’t forget, however, that they may miss seeing some members of the family, too. Here are some fun and easy projects to make them feel special and part of the day:

  • Painted pumpkins—Paint mini-pumpkins with metallic paint. Include them as a part of your tablescape to show off their great work.
  • Kids placemats—Cut poster board into placemat size pieces. Have the kids decorate them with stickers, or let them draw their favorite holiday-themed designs.
  • Place cards—Kids love to show off their work. Have them write out the place cards for your table. This is a great project to teach them how to first write out the guest list, and then use their best penmanship to write out the names.

Family doing a video chat

Family fun done virtually

We may not be celebrating in person with all of our loved ones this year, but that doesn’t mean the family fun and traditions have to stop. Thanks to platforms such as Zoom and FaceTime, staying connected and keeping family traditions makes it easier to be “together” while making the holiday feel complete. Here are some fun ways to celebrate the holiday and keep traditions:

  • Family game time
  • Cooking or baking competition—who can make Grandma’s apple pie the best?
  • Watch holiday movies together

If you’re planning on celebrating the holidays on a smaller scale this season, now may be a great time to give your kitchen or bath a facelift. Did you know we deliver quality kitchen or bath renovations—in as little as one day—and without the stress and mess of a traditional remodel? Contact us today for either a free in-home or virtual design consultation. You could be enjoying your new space sooner than you thought.

Granite and TREND Transformations wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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