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Thanksgiving Activities for the Family

Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses not only on giving thanks for the things and people in your life, but also spending time with family that you might not see on a regular basis. Rather than simply sit around and watch television, why not try some of our thanksgiving activities to help inject some fun and laughter into your Thanksgiving weekend?

Table-Mate® offers a wide variety of portable table trays for all of your needs. Space is at a premium when Thanksgiving rolls around and you have numerous dishes to prepare and extra people in your home. Browse our online store to purchase the portable table trays you need, and simply fold them up for easy storage when you’re done.

1. Family Football Game

One of the best things about a family football game is that anyone can play! While a working knowledge of the game is helpful, it’s definitely not a requirement. In fact, if you play touch football, then even the youngest family members can play. Playing together, working as a team, and building up a good sweat are all great aspects to playing a friendly game of family football. You can choose to play either before the big meal to build up a good appetite, or play a few hours after the meal to burn off all the extra calories. Either way, you’re sure to have fun.

2. Outside Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is another great way to encourage everyone to participate in an outside activity together. You could design it to take place completely in your backyard or throughout the neighborhood. Have your family get together in teams that are equally balanced in terms of age and mobility, hand them the list of items to find, and announce the prizes for the winners. If the groups are mainly adults, then be sure to time the scavenger hunt to up the ante.

3. Family Game Night

There is something truly wonderful about a traditional family game night. Whether you play board games, card games, or both, there is sure to be a lot of laughter and fun involved. Some classic family games include: Pictionary, Scattergories, and Sorry. If your family gathering is mainly adults, then you might want to try the just-for-adults card game, Cards Against Humanity. No matter what games you decide to play, you are sure to make memories to last a lifetime.

If your dining room table isn’t large enough, you could quickly pull out your portable table trays from Table-Mate® to create the extra playing surface you need. When the games are done for the night, simply fold the tray tables up for easy storage! 

4. Volunteer

If you have extended family staying with you for several days, then you might want to look into local volunteer opportunities. From serving at a homeless shelter and delivering meals to elderly neighbors to collecting items for a children’s charity and more, there are many ways that you can express your gratitude by sharing your time and abilities with those in need. Check out VolunteerMatch to find the list of charities near you that have opportunities for you to get involved.

5. Run a Turkey Trot

One of the great aspects of a turkey trot is that you decide whether you want to run, jog, walk, or do some combination of the three. Typically, the serious runners will line up right at the start of the race, the casual runners will be in the middle, and both walkers and those in costumes will round out the rear of the crowd. If you’re running with family members, then be sure to situate yourself towards the back to ensure that you can all stay together, have fun, and not block those who want to improve their race time. The best part? Since turkey trots are typically scheduled in the morning, you’ll be able to work up your appetite for the big meal!

6. Bake Together

One of the best aspects of Thanksgiving is getting to prepare and eat lots of delicious dishes. From stuffing and cranberry dressing to sweet potato casserole and turkey, it’s no wonder that everyone feels so stuffed at the end of the meal! No matter how much everyone eats, you know that no one will pass up the delicious desserts that will be served! With that in mind, make sure to enlist some family members to bake with you, and take advantage of the time together to talk, catch up, and strengthen those bonds.

Depending on the number of desserts you bake, you may need more space than your counters offer. As desserts come out of the oven, you’ll need to let them cool before serving. You’ll likely still need space to continue preparing the remaining dessert items. With the demand for space, it’s important to order portable table trays from Table-Mate®. We offer a variety of portable table trays to meet all of your needs. Each of our tray tables offers a variety of height and angle adjustments, as well as the sturdiness you need to ensure that your dishes won’t topple to the floor. Each table tray quickly folds into a compact position for easy storage when you’re done.

7. Express Gratitude

Once everyone is seated for the meal, it’s important to take time to express the things that you are grateful for. There are many different ways that you can do this, from filling out cards and making lists to verbal expression and more. Choose the grateful activity that will work best for your family, and make sure that everyone has the opportunity to share what they are thankful for.

Speaking of sitting down for the meal, make sure you have adequate space for everyone to be a part of the gathering. While you may have a separate table for the kids, you definitely don’t want any of the adults to feel left out. Table-Mate® offers the portable table trays you need to ensure that everyone can be a part of the meal. With six adjustable heights and three adjustable angles, you can use the tray tables to provide extra room for people or for holding some of the many food dishes. Since our tables are designed to hold up to 12 pounds, you won’t need to worry about setting down even the heaviest side dishes. When the meal is done, simply fold up the table trays and slide them away for easy storage.

Shop online at Table-Mate® today to find all of the portable table trays you need to make your Thanksgiving dinner one of the best ones yet. You’ll be able to see why our products are superior. Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have, and we will help you find the best tray tables for your family.

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