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November 14, 2012  •  by Jane Carter

Alternatives To Your Traditional Thanksgiving

Cocktail Party with a twist:

Host a cocktail party, Festive drinks for the pilgrims! Instead of just serving regular cocktail drinks, cheese, and crackers, why not have drinks and awesome appetizers that tie into the Thanksgiving theme.


  • Pumpkin Martini
  • Turkey Nail
  • Pumpkin Pie Shot
  • Warm Cider and Rum Punch
  • Mini Bread Pudding
  • Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pumpkin Dip
  • Pickled Pumpkin

Potluck Thanksgiving:

Not a big fan of cooking and cleaning? Why not host a potluck. This will save you time and money!  And if no one wants to cook the turkey, there are some alternatives. Here are a couple of alternative dishes: *Lemon Turkey Tenderloin *Roast Chicken *Cranberry Stuffed Cornish Game Hens *Prime Rib *Roast Pork Lion  

Host a themed Party:

Give your guest a Gobble Good Time! Here are a couple of themes: *Red, Orange, and Yellow Party: Colors of the changing leaves. Have your guest wear only red, orange, and yellow. *Feathered Friends: You and your guest can dress up like turkeys! Just seeing your friends dress up as turkeys puts a smile on your face, but to also see the creativity put into the costumes. *Around the world Potluck: Have different types of dishes from around the world. *Thanksgiving adventure: For those of you who love the outdoors have a fun filled day with all different types of activities.
  • Pumpkin Roll: Get a large pumpkin and have a race. See who can roll the pumpkin the fastest to the finish line.
  • Pumpkin Hunt: Hide small sized pumpkins around your yard or house. Get your guest into two teams and have them look for the pumpkins. To make it more interesting you can make it into a scavenger hunt.
  • Cornhusk Racing: Have two teams and have them collect all the cornhusk. The team that collects them all the fastest, wins!
  • Where is Mr. Turkey? : One person is chosen to be the hunter and the rest are the hunter’s helpers. The hunter must step out of the room before the helpers hide the fake turkey toy. Once the turkey is hidden, the hunter must try and find the turkey. As the hunter is looking, if he is not close to the turkey, the helpers gobble quietly. As the hunter gets closer to the turkey, helpers gobble louder.
  Any of these celebration ideas will make your Thanksgiving night a memorable one. Happy Thanksgiving from the Ticketbud Team! Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 10.55.58 AM photo credit: Tom Purves via photopin cc]]]]> ]]>