Thanksgiving Game Ideas

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Cranberry and Popcorn Stringing


Make your Thanksgiving more festive with these fun party games.

Thanksgiving is often the one time a year everyone can gather around a table together to enjoy a delicious meal. You usually watch football or the Macy’s Day Parade while you wait all day for dinner. Why not try something engaging this year that gets every member of the family involved instead of wasting the precious hours you have together in front of the television? Hand the turkey wishbone that everyone usually fights over to the winner of these games as a prize.

Cranberry and Popcorn Stringing

Each player will need a needle threaded with 19-inch long, thick thread. Then, set a time limit and have everyone string their cranberry and popcorn threads to see who can finish the fastest. Hang the completed strings outside your house as fun fall décor.

The Great Pumpkin Race

For this race, use two large pumpkins to create a relay race. The two teams will stand in line as one player from each team pushes the pumpkin to the cones designating the turnaround spot, and then back to the next player, and so on until each member of the team goes. The team that finishes the pumpkin race first wins this Thanksgiving game.

Thanksgiving Dinner List


This game mimics the famous “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing…” game. Instead, change the game to, “At my Thanksgiving dinner, I ate turkey and…,” where everyone can fill in the blanks. You go around in a circle adding Thanksgiving meal items to the list, and repeating what everyone else has said before you. As the list gets longer, it gets harder to remember, and soon you’ll be listing off 30 different items. If you mess up, you’re out. The last person playing is the winner. This Thanksgiving party game is a great way to get everyone excited about the food they’re about to enjoy.