Thanksgiving | Tips For Successful Celebration

Thanksgiving is less than one week away, and if you are like the majority of the country you still haven’t gone shopping for the holiday! Don’t worry. We have you covered with all of the common questions and some handy tips, as well as a shopping list all conveniently located in one place.


If you haven’t done so already today is a good day to take a quick inventory of your pantry and see what you already have.  You might also want to clean out the fridge before you go shopping because we are all well too acquainted with trying to figure out what to do with all of the leftovers.  This is a great way to get the kids and Husbands to pitch in with the prep. Keep a pen and paper handy so you can start writing your shopping needs down as you go!

The number of people you are having over will determine the amount of food you need to purchase.  We have found a great infographic from Good Housekeeping to help you determine this.

How Much Turkey Per Person – Turkey Serving Size For Thanksgiving. -Image by: Betsy Ferrell |

Common Questions

Common Questions like “How long does it take to defrost and to cook a Turkey?” are answered with this great HEB guide!

Turkey Cooking Times and Portions |

Side Dish Recipes

Green Bean Casserole

Not sure how to make Green Bean Casserole.  No worries! Campbells has you covered.

Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe | Campbell’s Kitchen

Sweet Potato Casserole

Here’s an easy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe.  Recipe here .

Sweet Potato Casserole | A Sassy Spoon |

Cocktails, Thanksgiving Style

Are you looking for a new Cocktail for this Thanksgiving? These cocktail recipes don’t require you to have a fully stocked bar.

Cranberry Sangria

This great cranberry Sangria looks amazing and festive.

Cranberry Apple Sangria | Lemon Tree Dwelling |

Apple Cider Sangria

Look at this amazing Apple Cider Sangria 

Cranberry Apple Sangria | Lemon Tree Dwelling |

Shopping List

Here is this Printable Thanksgiving Shopping List  that we found that is super handy since the work has mostly been done for you. You may want to print this out ahead of time, that way as you are taking an inventory you can mark down how many of each item you will need.  Don’t forget to add any items that may be in the cocktail recipes!

Bringing Meaning To Your Thanksgiving

Now that we have all of the basic details covered, Let’s talk about the real meaning of the Holiday and how to start new family traditions of thankfulness and prayer.  Maybe saying a blessing before a meal is second nature to you, and maybe it’s not.  Not to worry, here are some simple ways to incorporate hearts of thankfulness and prayer into your holiday.


Creating a “Thankfulness” jar is an easy way to have everyone participate but maybe not put anyone on the spot.  Particularly shy children or guests.  After dinner the Host and or Hostess could take turns reading aloud the things the guest wrote.  The  Shabby Creek Cottage created a lovely

Thankful Printable Cards – Thanksgiving Tradition | The Shabby Creek Cottage |

Prayer & Giving Thanks


Maybe you are not comfortable praying aloud and are unsure of what to say but would like to say a blessing before the meal. Here is a prayer from the Puritans, found in the prayer book


Maybe you want something more simple and modern.  This prayer of Thanksgiving is also meaningful and quick.  


Or simpler still like

For more prayers like these, you can click


Be sure to check out our Instagram Feed at SCC Living for table decor inspirations! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Lastly, We would like to take time to say “Happy Thanksgiving” to all our customers. May your day with friends and family be richly blessed, full of joyful and grateful hearts!

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