Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Kids love to lend a helping hand when it comes to decorating the table with easy Thanksgiving crafts. These easy-to-make Thanksgiving crafts ideas keep the spirit of the season front and center for children of all ages (and help hungry kids stay occupied until dinner is on the table). With place cards, centerpieces, decor, and more, these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids will get your home ready for the big day.

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Thanksgiving Favorites Made Gluten-Free!

Worried the holidays will wreck your gluten-free diet and leave you feeling deprived of all your favorite foods? Think again! It is so easy to transform Thanksgiving favorites into gluten-free delights. The best part is that everyone at your holiday table will devour these dishes! Use these simple tips, tricks, and recipes to make this your best Thanksgiving yet.

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The Easiest Thanksgiving Plan Ever

Here's how Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy plans his own Thanksgiving day. If you apply his timeline (hint: invite guests over at 3:00), you'll have your best Thanksgiving yet.

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Fried Stuffing Balls

No one will complain about leftover stuffing when you ball it up and fry it.

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How to Make a Table Setting with Lettered Tiles

Guests won't have to guess where they're seat is when you spell out their name with lettered tiles. Creating the craft on a clothespin means you can clip their place setting directly on their napkin.

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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

Overwhelmed with Thanksgiving dinner preparations? Get a head start by making delicious and easy appetizer recipes now. By doing a little cooking ahead of time, you can avoid the hassle on Thanksgiving Day. Our make-ahead appetizers include recipes that can be prepared the day before or up to six months ahead of the holiday.

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Farm House-Style Holiday Entertaining Menu

From the meatball appetizer to the chocolate cake, this is a real down-home meal. The pork and the corn casserole cook in the same oven, so cook the corn longer than called for in the recipe -- it's at a lower temperature than if you made it on its own. The menu serves 8 to10 adults: that would translate into 6 adults and 6 or so young children if they eat like most kids do when they're at a party and are distracted by everything around them.


Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs recipe

This timeline shows how far in advance food preparation for the menu can take place. Following these tips allows maximum time with your guests and minimum fuss.

Up to 1 month before

  • Bake chocolate cake layers. Cool completely, wrap well, and freeze.

Up to 1 week before dinner

  • Prepare marinade for pork roast. Cover and refrigerate.

Up to 2 days before dinner

  • Cook Sweet and Sour Cabbage and cool. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Prepare Creamed Corn Casserole through step 2. Cover with foil and refrigerate.

Up to 1 day before dinner

  • Marinate pork roast. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Thaw frozen meatballs in refrigerator.
  • Prepare layered vegetable salad. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Thaw cake at room temperature.

Up to 6 hours before dinner

  • Bring corn casserole to room temperature.
  • Make no-cook frosting and frost cake.

2 hours before dinner

  • Roast pork in 325-degree oven.
  • Prepare sauce for pork.
  • Place foil-covered corn casserole alongside pork. It will take longer than 1 hour to cook because the oven is at 325 degrees F., less than called for in the recipe. Stir, cook until hot, and keep warm until the roast is cooked.

1 hour before dinner

  • Cook meatballs; keep warm.

20 minutes before dinner

  • Reheat Sweet and Sour Cabbage.

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