Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas for Hosts & Guests

Hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner this year?

Is someone else doing the cooking for you?

Regardless if you’re hosting or attending Thanksgiving, you want everything to be perfect: from the first slice of turkey to the last piece of pie.

You’ve taken care of the big, obvious things.

But if you’re looking to make the holiday extra special this year, here are some last minute Thanksgiving ideas for hosts and guests.

For hosts

You’ve followed the recipe to a “T”, and now the turkey’s roasting in the kitchen.

The house is organized. The bathroom is spotless.

And the table is perfectly set with the required cutlery.

Take a break (you’ve earned it).

Then, if you want to add some last minute touches around the house for your guests to enjoy, why not try the following:

  • Paper bag placemats

On each paper bag, make a blank list with the title “I’m thankful for…”

Then, have each of your guests jot down what they’re thankful for and share with the group what’s on their list.

And once dinner is over, the bags can be reused for people to pack and take home leftovers.

  • Don’t have a fireplace? Get a fire log video instead

Nothing adds t the ambience and enjoyment of Thanksgiving like a roaring, crackling fire.

But, if you don’t have a working fireplace, a fire log DVD is the next best thing.

Just put it in, press play and voila, instant fire (with the sound effects).

The best part? There’s no messy fireplace or ashes to clean up afterwards.


  • Have a craft station for the kids

Usually, it takes foreeever for Thanksgiving dinner to be on the table.

Kids can get restless as they wait…and wait…and wait.

Keep them busy with a Thanksgiving craft station that’s ready to go.

It can be as simple as colouring Thanksgiving themed pictures or as elaborate as cut-and-paste projects.

In any case, while you’re rummaging through your kitchen cabinets for pumpkin spice, the kids won’t be at your feet asking “when are we gonna eat?”

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  • Make labels for the dishes you’re serving

If you’re hosting picky eaters, vegetarians or people with food allergies, make it easy for them to find out what dishes to dive into (and which to avoid) with handy labels.

It’ll also be easier for you too, as you won’t be struggling to remember which plate of stuffing is gluten-free and which isn’t.

For guests

You understand that it takes a lot of work to host and prepare Thanksgiving dinner.

So why not go above and beyond bringing a traditional bottle of wine with some last minute gift ideas:

  • Bring dinner

Wait, isn’t the host making a big turkey dinner?

Yes, they are.

But come the next day, they may be turkeyed out (and too tired to cook).

So prepare a small meal that won’t take up too much space in the fridge and include some cooking instructions.

That way, when your host gets hungry for anything other than turkey, you’ve taken care of it for them.

Empty basket

  • An empty, decorative gift basket

Thanksgiving is a time to sit with family and enjoy each other’s company (as well as a great turkey dinner).

Yet we sometimes have a hard time putting down our cell phones.

When you bring your decorative basket, instruct all the attendees that cell phones must go in the basket at meal time.

Then, leave the basket out of sight on the kitchen countertop or in another room.

At the end of the day, when everyone has their phones back, you can present the basket to your host as a thank you gift.

  • Soaps of all kinds

Thanksgiving can be a messy day:

  • Lots of dishes to clean
  • Tons of pots and pans
  • Plenty of hand washing and face washing
  • Tablecloths and linens

And cleaning all those items can take up a lot of soap.

Bringing your host a variety of soaps ensures that all their items will get squeaky clean – without them having to burn through their kitchen or bathroom soap supply.

Just remember to pitch in when it’s time to clean up!

  • The after-dinner entertainment

Your host did all the cooking.

Why not take care of the entertainment?

There’s plenty of options to choose from:

  • Board games
  • Music
  • Movies (if you’re too full from dinner and just need to chill out)
  • Books to read to the kids

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from NuStone Transformations

Whether you’re hosting or attending Thanksgiving dinner this year, we want to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

We sincerely hope it’s full of:

  • Good food
  • Great fun
  • Wonderful family
  • Cherished friends

And if you’re thinking about updating your kitchen or bathroom, just contact us.

We’ll get back to you (after the holiday, of course) to talk about your transformation needs.

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