As Thanksgiving draws upon us, we take a minute to count our blessings and give gratitude for all we have. Listed below are a few suggestions (room by room) for celebrating the season of giving in your custom home surrounded by friends and family. 

Spending Thanksgiving with a Grateful Heart in Your Custom Home

1) The Custom Kitchen:

The gathering heart of every home, this is the opportunity to make a Thanksgiving meal to share with your loved ones. But don’t stop with that; make an extra loaf of cranberry bread or a pie and share it with a neighbor, an elderly person or someone who may not be able to do this for themselves. A few favorites to make and share: 

  • Cranberry Bread 
  • Pumpkin Bread 
  • Apple Strudel 
  • Classic Chex Mix 
  • Rosemary Roasted Cashews 
  • Candied Pecans 
  • Pumpkin Pie 

2) The Family Room:

Get a puzzle out and put it on display, encouraging all to sit and relax with one another as you pick up a piece or two and look for the spot it belongs. Some board games, a list of family movies and a cozy fire will draw everyone together to enjoy your time together. Don’t forget these family favorites: 

  • Monopoly 
  • Sorry 
  • Apples to Apples 
  • Scrabble 
  • Yahtzee 
  • Uno 

3) The Dining Room:

Set the table with your best dishes and take time to make it extra special so that when you gather together for meals over the holiday weekend, it is warm and inviting to everyone. Extra details to create dinner conversation can include conversation starters, like sharing what everyone is most grateful for.  Make a perfect table with these ideas: 

  • Choose a color theme 
  • Place mats or chargers for each setting 
  • Table runner 
  • Place cards 
  • Centerpiece 
  • Candles 
  • Printable place cards (for conservation starters) 

4) The Bar:

Mocktails and cocktails are enjoyed by young and old on Thanksgiving, so be sure to stock your bar with all the essentials for making a signature holiday drink. Dust off your crystal and fill the ice bucket, and don’t forget the cocktail condiments! Here are a few favorite classics to consider as well as new and trendy Thanksgiving drinks. Some of these can be served with or without alcohol: 

  • Bloody Mary (or Virgin Mary) 
  • Old Fashioned 
  • Gin Martini 
  • Pear Martini 
  • Pumpkin Pie Martini 
  • Cranberry Moscow Mule 
  • Apple Cider (or Spiked Apple Cider 
  • Apple or Pomegranate Mimosa 

5) The Guest Room:

As the day draws to a close and we head off to bed with a full belly and heart and reflect on our blessings, don’t forget to leave a few extra amenities to make your guests feel at home. Be sure the bed linen is fresh and comfortable. Consider these extra touches: 

  • Bottled water 
  • Chocolates 
  • Extra towels 
  • Bathrobes and slippers 
  • Toiletries 
  • Tylenol or Advil 
  • An assortment of books and magazines 
  • Extra throw blanket 


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