Thanksgiving is one of everyone’s favorite holidays – and not only for the food, though that is a big part of it. But after so many years of the same meal, with the same decorations, dinner plates, and desserts, it gets a little tired. So this year, why not try ramping up the fun and recreating your family traditions in a new, whimsical way?

1. Dinner menu

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You can start with the menu. Thanksgiving is traditionally turkey, cranberries, stuffing, mashed potatoes, bread, and pumpkin pie. Boooooring! Why would anyone want to keep stuffing their faces with the same meal, no matter how glorious it is?

These are all things we can eat throughout the year, so why not make it more glamorous, more memorable? You can mix it up by instead creating a cranberry orange concoction by adding in orange juice and zest to your traditional sauce?

Why not make it a cranberry relish for the turkey? You can even go further off the normal, traditional spectrum and create a cinnamon apple cranberry sauce. Why not go crazy? There are a ton of recipes all over the internet, and especially on one of our favorite sites, Pinterest. Your refreshed menu is just a few keystrokes and searches away.

2. Decorations

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Next, the decorations. The whole point of Thanksgiving is to be thankful, so what better way to express that than through interactive décor? Grab yourself a pumpkin, paint it your favorite color – fall colors or not – and have each family member write what they are thankful for on the pumpkin.

But do not stop there, why not make this holiday about family bonding? I am sure you are thankful for your crazy family. Grab a white table cloth, some paint, and have some fun by everyone, including adults, by creating hand turkeys you can all enjoy and laugh about for years to come. Your décor does not have to be stuck up and fancy to impress your distant relatives, instead make it interactive and joyful.

3. Activities

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On top of the interactive decor, why not have activities to do as a family? Appreciate each other and enjoy their company, no matter how annoying or dramatic they can be sometimes (we all have that one cousin). Create Thanksgiving themed photo booth props and take silly pictures to hang on your walls, have a pumpkin pie eating contest – you can even play Thanksgiving mad-libs.

4. Dessert

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And finally, the best part of Thanksgiving, the dessert. Instead of pies, why not mix it up a bit? Try pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin praline bread pudding, pumpkin crumb cookies, or go in a completely different direction and do no pumpkin.

Traditions are great, but they can always be changed, reinvented, and created new. Thanksgiving is about coming together, enjoying your family, eating a great meal, and reflecting on everything you forget to cherish in our fast paced world. It is a time to slow down, so make it yours. Make it new. And just have fun this holiday season.

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