Category: Thanksgiving Ideas

These thanksgiving ideas will inspire you to share your thanks with loved ones.

Wondering how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey? Try the recipe below from allrecipes.com. It was a recipe passed down from her grandma. Hope you enjoy!

Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary
2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage
2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne

Have you started planning for the holidays? You’ve made travel arrangements, decided who’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner and your Holiday photo cards are ready to mail? Well, consider yourself a superhero because most of us don’t even want to think about the holidays yet. But if you get started on your holiday checklist now, you can eliminate some of the last-minute craziness and stress of the holiday season.

Holiday Planning Checklist
Talk to your relatives.
This may seem obvious, but rather than assuming plans will be the same as last year and that Aunt Susie will be hosting Thanksgiving as usual, you should ask the question and make plans accordingly. And if you are hosting (or can’t this year) let people know now, so they can make plans.

Keep your eyes peeled for deals. Whether you’re setting the Thanksgiving table, trimming the tree or decking the halls, decorating for the holidays takes time, money and planning, especially if you’re young and just starting out. You can be collecting ideas all year long, and keeping a lookout for sale items you can turn into something beautiful.

What a fun idea for a party! A pie exchange, much like a cookie exchange but held within days of Thanksgiving, gives the guests a pie to take home for their thanksgiving feast. Check out these Thanksgiving party ideas from celebrations.com and you too can host a Thanksgiving Pie Exchange Party.A Piece of the Pie -- Thanksgiving Postcard
Thanksgiving InvitationOur friends at celebrations.com have created a thanksgiving feast to impress even the stuffiest of guests. Using our Elegant Gratitude Thanksgiving invitation as their inspiration, the decorations, table settings and menu incorporate simple, natural elements with a modern twist of elegance.

Thanksgiving IdeasUsing a centerpiece of wheat stalks (find out how to make it yourself at celebrations.com) they anchored the display in a bed of leaf sprigs that echoed the invitation, supplementing the display with nuts, pumpkins, artichokes and acorns. Metallic coatings on the leaves add a touch of modern elegance.

Thanksgiving decorations

Chairs at the table were draped with tea towels featuring an ivory and brown artichoke pattern and tied with an organza ribbon. Place settings of yellow and orange plates were topped with pumpkins serving as place cards. The menu was kept to traditional favorites, but ended with a surprise: pumpkin parfaits instead of pie. Spiced nuts, also used in the salad, were sent home with the guests in decorated jars.

Thanksgiving treats

Finally, to help stimulate conversation at the table, a basket of conversation starters was passed around. Pear Tree Greetings’ Thanksgiving mini note cards, pre-personalized with the words “I am thankful for…” are a perfect way to get the conversation going.

For more Thanksgiving ideas, keep reading our blog. Or shop our collection of Thanksgiving invitations to get started planning your own feast.

Thanksgiving Traditions: What are you thankful for? #thanksgiving #peartreegreetings #thankful
If you are lucky enough to have a warm home to go to this Thanksgiving, filled with the mouthwatering smell of roasting turkey and the happy chatter of family and friends, then you have plenty of reasons to be thankful. It’s easy to get swept up in the hubbub of cooking and decorating, not to mention family tensions, and lose sight of what’s most important on this uniquely American holiday.

Make writing thank you cards a tradition #thankyou #peartreegreetings #thankyoucards Make writing thank you cards a tradition #thankyou #peartreegreetings #thankyoucards
Some of the most thoughtful ideas we hear from our customers have to do with thanking others around the holidays. One mom we know encourages each child to choose an extended family member and write a thank you card to express their appreciation for that person, or for something they did that meant a lot to the child.

thank you for servingWe’re always looking for Thanksgiving ideas that add meaning to the celebration, and this idea is near the top of the list! If you know someone serving in the military, or someone who has family serving in the military, Thanksgiving can be a difficult time of year. It is an all-American holiday, a day that brings families together to celebrate the freedom and abundance we enjoy in this country—in stark contrast to the conditions our military members endure in war-torn countries overseas. What better way to give meaning to your Thanksgiving celebration than to reach out and thank these men and women for their sacrifice?

We encourage you to join us in getting out your personalized note cards and writing a few words of thanks to let a military service member know we appreciate the work they are doing and the sacrifice they are making. And when we sit down to our Thanksgiving meal with our loved ones, we will spend a moment thanking those who are serving their country far from home. For more Thanksgiving ideas, keep reading our blog.

Fall Photo Ideas
Here at Pear Tree our team members come from all over the country, and it seems that no matter where we’re from, fall is one of our favorite times of the year. Is it the colorful foliage? The crisp weather? The new clothes? Or are we all just ready for a change of pace after our summer vacations? Whatever the reason, fall is the subject of many of our most-loved photos, and our best photo card ideas.

Host a Thanksgiving party to support your local food shelf #thanksgiving #partyideas #peartreegreetings Host a Thanksgiving party to support your local food shelf #thanksgiving #partyideas #peartreegreetings
Want to add a little more thankfulness to your Turkey Day? These Thanksgiving party ideas came from one of our customers, who told us of a gathering she hosted at her home to benefit the local food shelf. The host family prepares a simple but hearty meal of a few soups and bread. On the Thanksgiving invitations she requested that the guests all bring a non-perishable item that would be delivered to the local food shelf.

Thanksgiving party ideas like these are a wonderful way to bring people together, enjoy each other’s company, and do some good at the same time. For more Thanksgiving ideas, keep reading our blog. Or start shopping for your own Thanksgiving invitations to create your own event this year.

Note cards make wonderful Thanksgiving hostess gifts #thanksgiving #hostessgifts #peartreegreetings Notepads make wonderful Thanksgiving hostess gifts #thanksgiving #hostessgifts #peartreegreetings
One thing you’re thankful for every Thanksgiving is the fact you don’t have to host, right? And how grateful we are to the sister or mother or aunt who does host, right? This year, show your appreciation with one of these Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas. The host will LOVE it!

Our note cards, notepads and mini note cards make wonderful Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas. They can all be personalized with the hostess’s name or photo.

Check out our entire collection of personalized stationery for gift ideas you can use all year round. Or for more thoughtful Thanksgiving ideas, keep reading our blog.