Romantic ideas for a Valentine’s Day wedding

ideas for a Valentine's Day weddingMany couples planning February weddings tend to shy away from a Valentine’s Day theme. However, if done correctly, incorporating touches of the most romantic holiday of the year can add an extra touch of romance and magic to a wedding. Here are some of our favorite ideas for a Valentine’s Day wedding.

Add some Valentine’s Day love to your programs

Traditional wedding programs can be plain boring. We love the idea of incorporating the holiday of love into your wedding ceremony programs. Two beautiful ideas include these playful, heart-shaped programs (that double as fans!) and these delicate ombre invitations that subtly incorporate red and pink into the mix.

Embrace all things red and pink when it comes to drinks

Opting for a Valentine’s Day-themed wedding means incorporating as much red and pink as possible into your ceremony and reception Aside from the more obvious items like flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and table settings, we love the idea of adding unexpected pops of red and pink into your big day — especially with fun drinks! Some unique drink ideas for a Valentine’s Day wedding include these pink cosmos with a strawberry garnish, these romantic Blushing Beauties, or this pomegranate-infused True Love’s Kiss.

Incorporate the holiday into your bridal accessories

Another cute way to add a touch of Valentine’s Day to your wedding is by opting for bridal accessories that give a nod to the holiday. One easy way to do this is with a pop of red on your feet (we adore these “love” shoes and these heart heels). Some other romantic accessory and attire ideas for a Valentine’s Day wedding include adorning your head with a beautiful flower crown woven from red and pink florals, creating heart-shaped boutonnieres for your groom (and groomsmen!), and outfitting your bridal party in red dresses (and red ties for groomsmen).

Don’t forget about decor

Planning a Valentine’s Day wedding gives you a fun opportunity to add extra romantic touches to your decor. This is your chance to take it over the top with the ooey gooey love stuff. Some of our favorite ideas for a Valentine’s Day wedding include these whimsical pink and red garlands, this elegant heart-shaped wreath, and these classic Valentine’s Day place settings.

Definitely incorporate your Valentine’s Day theme into your send off

Yet again, Valentine’s Day gives you the chance to go over the top with your planning when it comes to your wedding send off. If you are planning to use wedding sparklers in your exit, you can’t go wrong by creating a magical sparklers display that doubles as decor. Some ideas we love include this dreamy tray of wedding sparklers and these “let love sparkle” tags. Using the sparklers to draw hearts or write “love” in the night sky are also great ideas for a Valentine’s Day wedding. And finally, don’t forget about your getaway car! We absolutely love the idea of this red vintage car  paired with this DIY trail of hearts.

Five easy tips for planning an outdoor winter wedding

planning an outdoor winter weddingAlthough winter brings freezing temperatures, shorter days, and inclement weather, it is also one of the most beautiful seasons — especially for the cold-loving, snow lovers out there. A dreamy snow-covered backdrop, crisp air, and romantic winter skies are just a few reasons many winter brides want to plan an outdoor ceremony, despite the many downsides of the season. If you are considering planning an outdoor winter wedding this season here are a few easy tips to ensure you (and your guests) comfortably enjoy the ceremony.

1. Choose your location wisely

A mild winter day with a snowy backdrop can make for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. However, winter weather is unpredictable and can easily take your winter fairytale into a wedding nightmare. If you decide to plan an outdoor wedding, be sure to have an inclement weather back up plan with an alternative indoor location to ensure your ceremony goes smoothly no matter what mother nature may bring.

2. Don’t be afraid to use heaters

With all of the excitement surrounding your wedding ceremony, you probably won’t even notice the cold — especially if you are a lover of the cooler months. However, your guests may not feel the same way as they sit waiting in below freezing temperatures. An easy way to ensure your guests are comfortable no matter how cold the temperatures may dip is to bring in industrial heaters. By strategically placing them in the seating area your guests will remain toasty and warm while watching you say “I Do.”

3. Ensure guests are aware you are planning an outdoor winter wedding

Unless you explicitly tell your guests that your ceremony will be held outdoors, most will assume it is going to be indoors and will dress accordingly. Be sure to include the fact that the ceremony will be held outside on your invites so that your guests can plan ahead and bundle up in their warmest wedding attire.

4. Supply guests with blankets and wraps

Another easy way to ensure your guests are warm during your outdoor wedding is to provide them with warm, cozy blankets and wraps. Event planner Leslie Kaplan tells Brides.com that this also provides “for a cute design opportunity styled up in a cozy corner.” We couldn’t agree more!

5. Set up a fire pit and provide warm drinks

If you are planning an outdoor winter wedding creating a warm gathering point for guests is crucial. We love the idea of creating a rustic fire pit with a warm beverage station to the side of your ceremony so that guests can warm themselves by the fire while sipping on hot cider, tea, or cocoa. This also makes a fun backdrop for photos of your ceremony.

If you are a snow bunny that can’t get enough of winter weather, an outdoor winter wedding may be perfect for you. Fortunately, with a little bit of extra planning, you can ensure your special day goes off without a hitch. One more thing to keep in mind? An epic wedding send- off is always in season! So don’t forget to plan one. Looking for winter wedding send off ideas? Some of our favorites include wedding sparklers, feathers, fake snow, and birdseed.

What to save and splurge on when planning your wedding

What to save and splurge on when planning your weddingIf you are in the initial stages of wedding planning one of the most important items to focus on is your budget. Yes — it isn’t the most exciting element of planning your nuptials, however since 74% of couples end up going over budget, it is definitely an important item to consider from the start. According to experts, one of the best ways to stick to a budget is to decide what to save and splurge on when planning your wedding.

By deciding what is most important to you and spending on those elements, while cutting back on the areas that are less important to you, you can still have a wedding to remember without breaking the bank. Not sure what items to splurge on and what items to save on? Read on to learn what wedding experts suggest.

Save on paper products

Beautifully printed programs, monogrammed napkins, and other customized paper products can add a lovely touch to a wedding, however, when it comes down to it, your guests are just going to throw them away by the end of the event, making this one of the top items that experts suggest you save on. Instead, focus your budget on something that won’t end up in the wastebasket by midnight, like elegant flatware and glassware to adorn your tables.

Splurge on your dress

When it comes to your wedding you want to feel your best and absolutely love your wedding dress. Experts agree that this is an item worth splurging on to ensure you end up with exactly what you want. To offset extra money spent on the perfect material or extra alterations, wedding planners recommend saving on your veil and accessories — an excellent opportunity to incorporate a “something borrowed” into your wedding day attire.

Save on your venue

Obviously you should love your venue, however, experts recommend finding a venue that fits your needs without going over budget. When deciding what to save and splurge on when planning your wedding, use the money you save on your venue to invest in decor and other details like lighting and flowers that will make the space into the wedding venue of your dreams.

Splurge on a photographer

Although advice differs depending on who you ask, pretty much all experts seem to agree that shelling out some money for a great photographer is worth every penny. “You’ll cherish your wedding photos forever, so do your research to find a shooter who suits your style,” says wedding authority, The Knot.

Save on an open bar

Yes, an open bar is always popular with guests, however, this can quickly eat up the majority of your budget. Instead of funneling all of your funds into an open bar, why not offer wine and beer and one or two signature cocktails for guests to choose from. This should be more than enough to keep your guests happy and the party going strong.

Splurge on reception fun

To ensure you and your guests have a night to remember, experienced wedding planners recommend splurging on reception essentials like a great DJ or band to set the mood, a dance floor, and amazing lighting! Another essential reception item to keep in mind as you decide what to save and splurge on when wedding planning is your reception send off! Whether you opt for wedding sparklers, glow sticks, flower petals, or bubbles, an epic wedding send off is an expense worth investing in to ensure your perfect wedding ends on a high note.

Best locations for a warm-weather destination wedding

warm-weather destination weddingIf you are planning a winter wedding, but don’t want to say “I Do” in the middle of a blizzard, a warm-weather destination wedding may be the right choice for you. No matter what your budget there are tons of amazing warm wedding locations out there, and one is certain to be right for you. Read on to learn more about some of the most popular locations for couples that want to tie the knot in a sunny paradise.

Martinique

Looking for a budget-friendly location for your destination wedding? U.S. News & World Report ranked this dreamy Caribbean island as their number one affordable location to host a destination wedding. Some of the highlights of this ultra-affordable island include extensive beaches, tropical rainforests, and busy streets filled with gourmet restaurants.

The Florida Keys

If you are planning a warm-weather destination wedding, but don’t want to hassle guests with international travel, the Florida Keys are an excellent choice. Located in the Continental United States, this string of exotic islands offers the comforts of home and ease of domestic travel set against the backdrop of white sandy beaches, palm trees, and endless sunshine.

Fiji

For couples seeking a one-of-a-kind wedding far from home, this chain of beautiful islands in the South Pacific is ideal. In addition to tranquil beaches with white sand and crystal clear water, Fiji also offers a wide variety of outdoor sporting activities for you (and your guests) to participate in, including feeding sharks, hiking, rafting, and even golfing!

Mexico

Due to its proximity to the United States, Mexico is another wonderful option for couples on a budget. Perfect for a warm-weather destination wedding, Mexico boasts over 6,000 miles of pristine coastline, which means you will have a lot of options to choose from, including Cancun and Tulum on the East Coast,  Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan on the Pacific Coast, and several Caribbean islands including Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.

South Africa

Another ideal destination for adventure-seeking couples looking for a far-flung getaway, South Africa offers a beautiful backdrop for a warm-weather destination wedding. This country offers it all, including expansive beaches, lush forests, magnificent mountain ranges, and — probably most famously — incredible wildlife.

Sedona, Arizona

Love the warm weather but aren’t a fan of the beach? Arizona is the destination for you! The town of Sedona averages over 300 sunny days annually, which means the chances of having perfect wedding weather are extremely high! Even better, this breathtaking desert town offers a stunning and dramatic backdrop for a destination wedding.

If we have convinced you to plan an exciting, warm-weather destination wedding in lieu of a cold and snowy celebration in your hometown this winter, it is time to pack your bags and get planning! As you plan your destination wedding, have fun exploring a new culture and discovering new wedding rituals. However, don’t forget to incorporate some of your favorite traditions from home including a first dance to a favorite song, a cake cutting, and a grand send off with wedding sparklers!

Tips for planning a New Year’s Eve party

JuliaDennebaum4thofjuly3Believe it or not, the year is quickly drawing to a close, and it is time to prepare to ring in 2018!

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party this year, here are a few easy and fun ideas to take your event to the next level as you welcome 2018 and all it has to offer.

Decor is everything when planning a New Year’s Eve party

New Year’s Eve is all about glitz and glitter, and over-the-top decor is crucial to throwing an epic bash. Looking for creative ideas that won’t break the bank? Some fun options that will take your New Year’s Eve party to the next level include a sparkly tassel garland, a giant confetti wall (which also doubles as the ideal backdrop for party photo ops!), DIY pom poms, and tinsel wrapped numbers.

You can’t go wrong with a well-thought-out menu

When choosing what type of food you will serve at your party, the first step is deciding what kind of event it will be. Is it a sit down dinner? If so, focus on decadent and festive main courses like this classic pot roast or this lobster mac and cheese. Keeping it casual? For a more casual party, plan on serving up crowd-pleasing finger foods and appetizers like these French dip roll ups, these gourmet tater tots with a spicy mayo dip, or these spinach artichoke cheese ball bites.

A high energy playlist will keep the party going ‘til the ball drops

Once you have settled on the perfect decor and finalized your menu options, it’s time to focus on creating a playlist that will keep spirits high until midnight. A detail that many overlook, a good playlist can have a big influence on the mood of your New Year’ Eve party, so don’t forget about this important detail. Looking for ideas? We think this list of Real Simple’s top ten New Year’s Eve tunes is a great place to start.

New Year’s Eve is the time to mix up those cocktails you’ve been meaning to try

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party it is finally time to serve up some of the fancy drinks you have been meaning to try all year long. If you aren’t sure where to start, some fun and refreshing options include champagne margaritas, pomegranate Moscow mules, or this apple cider and rum punch. Be sure to also serve up non-alcoholic options for those that wish to abstain. HGTV has compiled a guide of festive and delicious mocktails, including a grown-up twist on the classic Shirley Temple.

Festive party supplies will ensure your guests make it to the strike of midnight

New Year’s Eve is all about making some noise and getting excited about the new year ahead. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party be sure to keep things festive and exciting with party supplies like party hats, noisemakers, party poppers, balloons, and of course — sparklers!

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party and are on the hunt for sparklers, we offer a wide selection including both 20 inch and 36 inch sparklers at our online store that will help you and your guests welcome the new year in style.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018!

Hosting a Christmas Wedding

Photo credit: Lisa Schiller
Photo credit: Lisa Schiller

With beautiful decorations adorning homes, offices, and stores, magical twinkle lights brightening the longer nights, Christmas carols playing on pretty much every radio station, and an overall sense of holiday cheer in the air — December really is the most wonderful time of the year. If you are hosting a Christmas wedding this season, it’s time to harness the magic of the season to create an affair that your friends and family will not soon forget. Below we discuss some ideas for infusing holiday cheer into your December nuptials.

Make your invitations extra special with a holiday theme

Hosting a Christmas wedding gives you the chance to think outside of the box when it comes to your save the date cards and invitations. Instead of opting for traditional invitations, we suggest going all in on the holiday theme. This could mean adding some extra sparkle to your invitations, incorporating Christmas colors and patterns, or even adding a beautiful red wax seal to each invite. We also love the idea of displaying your invites on a mantle covered in seasonal greenery during your reception.

Greet guests with warm, holiday beverages

If you are hosting a Christmas wedding, chances are it is going to be chilly outside! Keep guests warm and toasty by welcoming them to your ceremony or reception with the season’s most beloved warm beverages. Some delicious warm drinks that are certain to keep your friends in good spirits no matter how frightful the weather may be included mulled wine, peppermint hot cocoa, or even just some classic hot tea and coffee!

Add fun, seasonal touches to your wedding attire

One easy way to add some Christmas spirit to your December wedding is to incorporate holiday touches into your attire, as well as that of your bridal party. Some ideas that we love include switching out more traditional shoes for a festive pair of green velvet heels, keeping your bridal party warm with faux fur muffs or capes, opting for flattering cranberry colored bridesmaids dresses, and sticking with seasonal flowers and colors for your groomsmen’s boutonnieres.

Go all out with Christmas decor

One of the best things about planning a wedding during the holiday season is the decor! Christmas trees, fresh greenery, glitter, and twinkle lights are not only perfect holiday decorations, they also create the backdrop for a dreamy and magical wedding reception. For table decor you cannot go wrong with beautiful table runners that incorporate fresh pine, sprigs of holly, red roses, and other seasonal florals. When it comes to centerpieces and floral displays embrace the season by sticking to seasonal blooms like amaryllis mixed in with greens and Christmas ilex. A few other fun Christmas wedding decor ideas include adding in these rustic reindeer, filling glass vases with ornaments, and of course adding twinkle lights wherever possible!

Send guests home with Christmas-themed wedding favors

Another perk of hosting a Christmas wedding is that it creates a ton of cute and affordable options for party favors. These elegant (yet hilarious) naughty or nice favors are sure to be a hit with guests while personalized ornaments will help friends and family remember your wedding for years to come when they decorate their tree.

Have an extra festive wedding send off

With the spirit of Christmas in the air, your December wedding send off is bound to be extra special. When it is time to make your grand wedding exit, make it a tad more festive by adorning your getaway car with a holiday wreath. As you leave, have guests bundle up and send you off in holiday style by ringing Christmas bells, lighting up wedding sparklers, or trying out some of these creative wedding send off ideas.

Festive Ideas for Planning a Holiday Party

long lasting sparklersAs of today, December is officially here — which means it is time to focus on all things Christmas! Are you planning a holiday party this season? Whether you are gathering friends for an epic bash at your home, heading up your office’s holiday potluck, or hosting your family for a traditional Christmas dinner, here are some festive ideas for entertaining this holiday season.

Set the mood for holiday cheer with the perfect playlist

Nothing says Christmas quite like a festive playlist filled with classic holiday songs. If you are feeling ambitious, why not put together a mix of your personal favorite Christmas tunes? Running short on time? Fear not! The HuffPost has you covered with their definitive guide to the best Christmas playlists out there.

Make your party a winter wonderland with DIY decorations

Thoughtful DIY decorations are one of the easiest (and most affordable) ways to take your Christmas party to the next level. Planning a holiday party in your office or simply don’t have space in your home for a tree? We suggest creating a makeshift tree out of leftover wrapping paper or gathering extra greenery and placing them in a vase with ornaments to serve as a tree. Some other cute ideas that will add some Christmas cheer to your party include creating these DIY reindeer garlands, lining your walkway with these easy-to-make mason jar candles, or making a giant holiday wreath for your mantle.

Serve up snacks with a holiday twist

When planning a holiday party menu, don’t forget to incorporate at least a few festive, Christmas-themed treats. Some delicious (and adorable) options include these Christmas wreath cookies, these savory cream cheese penguins, and these chocolate-dipped candy canes. While you are at it, don’t forget about serving up classic holiday beverages like warm apple cider, hot chocolate, and eggnog!

Get competitive with a gingerbread house contest

No matter how good the food and decor is, any party can quickly get boring without some sort of entertainment. This is why we love the idea of incorporating some friendly competition into your holiday gathering with a gingerbread house decorating contest. You can provide supplies, ask each guest to bring a decorating item, or even splurge for decorating kits.

Invite guests to participate in Christmas-themed games

Along the same lines, we suggest planning some fun holiday games that guests can participate in. Fortunately, there are tons of ideas out there that make the planning extra easy for you, as the host. Some party games that are certain to keep guests entertained all night long (and include minimal preparation) include Christmas charades, a Christmas scavenger hunt, and Christmas movie trivia.

End your holiday party with the magic of sparklers

Who says that sparklers are reserved for wedding send-offs? In our opinion, sparklers add a magical and festive touch to any celebration. As your Christmas party draws to a close and guests head out for the evening, surprise them with sparklers. You can send them home as a fun holiday party favor or have your guests move outside to illuminate the winter sky and celebrate the season.

Planning a winter destination wedding

winter destination wedding
Photo credit: Nicole Gatto

When most people picture a destination wedding, they imagine friends and family gathering in a warm, exotic location to celebrate together under clear and sunny skies. However, for the couple that loves all things winter — be it the beauty of the snow, a love of winter sports, or fun memories from a cold-weather family vacation — a winter destination wedding is an option worth considering. In this post, we will share some cold-weather destination wedding locations that will set the perfect backdrop for your very own winter wonderland.

Create a Winter Fairytale in Finland

The beautiful Lapland region of Finland will provide a magical, snow-filled backdrop for your winter nuptials that cannot be rivaled. Some recommendations from the experts at the Travel Channel include booking a reindeer-drawn sled to carry you to your wedding chapel and reserving an igloo (yes, you heard us right!) for your wedding night.

Add a Touch of the Wild West to Your Wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If you want to enjoy your winter destination wedding surrounded by beautiful snow covered mountains, in a bustling western town, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the spot for you! Nestled between the majestic Teton Mountains and the Gros Ventre Mountain Range, this charming town has it all. Martha Stewart Weddings suggests booking a stay for you and your guests at the Alpine House — a cozy inn that includes locally sourced breakfasts and an honor bar.

Love to Ski? Think Colorado.

For the couple that loves winter sports, and wants their guests to be able to skip off to a ski slope at the drop of a hat, you can’t go wrong with Colorado. The Travel Channel suggests going with a big-name ski resort, like Telluride, Aspen, or Breckenridge, to ensure you and your guests can enjoy plenty of time indulging in your favorite winter sports.

Keep it Classic with a New England Winter Destination Wedding

If you love the idea of hosting your wedding in a quaint town in the snow-covered New England countryside, the Berkshires is the destination for you. Ranked one of America’s most romantic winter destinations by Travel & Leisure, the Berkshires is known for its classic New England charm, including charming villages and picturesque red barns.

Found the Perfect Location? Don’t forget to bring your favorite wedding traditions with you!

Once you have booked the perfect location for your winter destination wedding, don’t forget to incorporate some of the most beloved wedding traditions into your ceremony and reception. Just because you are traveling away from home, doesn’t mean you should skip out on wearing that “something borrowed” from your mother, grandmother, or a close friend. And just because you are in a new location doesn’t mean you can’t still incorporate a slideshow of old family wedding photos into your reception.

Most importantly, if you are traveling for your wedding, don’t forget to plan for an epic wedding send off! Whether this involved tossing birdseed or rice, lighting up the sky with wedding sparklers or having guests shower you with rose petals, a perfect send-off is key to ending your destination wedding on the right note.

Hosting a Winter Wedding

hosting a winter weddingDue to shorter days, freezing temperatures, and snowstorms, winter is typically known as the “off-season” when it comes to wedding planning. However, although the colder months certainly don’t win the wedding season popularity contest, we think there is something magical about hosting a winter wedding. Below we share some ideas for turning your December, January or February wedding into a winter wonderland that will rival a warm-weather soiree any day!

Keep Spirits High with Warm Drink Stations

Winter is about indulging in all things warm and cozy, so why not offer guests seasonal beverages in place of traditional refreshments? Setting up DIY stations for friends and family to mix up hot toddies or gourmet hot cocoa will keep spirits high — even on the chilliest nights of the year.

Incorporate Seasonal Greens into your Decor

Along with winter comes beautiful greenery — be it a traditional Christmas tree, a pine wreath, or a simple sprig of holly. Instead of focusing on traditional flowers in your decor, why not embrace the season by opting for fresh greenery. This could mean using mistletoe as a fun photo prop, adding a sprig of evergreen to your escort cards, or adorning each place setting with a festive holly cutting.  

Adjust your Attire Accordingly

If you are hosting a winter wedding, it is important to make sure that you and your wedding party are comfortable and warm no matter how low the temperatures may dip. In lieu of sleeveless styles, you may want to consider going with a sleeved dress. Have your heart set on a sleeveless style? You can easily customize your dress to include sleeves, like this bride. Another fun idea to keep warm is adding cute winter accessories like white gloves, faux fur scarves, or even capes!

Remember to Keep your Guests Warm & Toasty

When hosting a cold weather wedding, it is important to keep the comfort of your guests in mind. Some cute ways to ensure your family and friends are warm and cozy throughout your wedding reception include setting up a blanket station with soft throws guests can wrap up in while enjoying a warm drink or giving out gloves or mittens with a custom label as a favor that will be used time and time again.

Create a Cozy Atmosphere with Lighting

With sunsets as early as 5:00 p.m. during the winter months, chances are that at least a portion of your wedding will be after dark — making lighting an extra important consideration when hosting a winter wedding. To keep your reception merry and bright — no matter what the weather may be — we suggest embracing the darkness of winter and creating a romantic ambiance using delicate string lights, candles, and lanterns to set a magical mood.

Don’t Overlook Your Winter Wedding Send Off

When planning a winter wedding it can be easy to forego the popular wedding send off in order to avoid the freezing temps, but we say embrace the season for a dramatic wedding exit to remember! Some wedding send off ideas that will add an extra special touch to your winter wonderland include having guests ring dainty wedding bells, lighting up the dark winter night with wedding sparklers, or giving guests fake snow to throw as you make your escape.

Thanksgiving ideas to make your celebration extra special

Thanksgiving Ideas

Can you believe that Thanksgiving Day is less than two weeks away? As you prepare to gather friends and family for a delicious feast, consider incorporating some of these fun ideas that will make this year’s Thanksgiving celebration extra special!

1. Mix things up with some new recipes

When it comes to the Thanksgiving menu, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. We suggest mixing things up and refreshing your annual celebration by testing out some new seasonal recipes. Who knows? You may even end up stumbling upon a new family favorite. If you are in search of fresh Thanksgiving ideas, check out this list of 25 Unique Thanksgiving Recipes.

2. Keep kids (and adults) entertained with coloring placemats

Getting your kids to stay seated throughout the entire Thanksgiving meal can be a challenge for even the most seasoned parent! That is why we love the idea of incorporating Thanksgiving-themed coloring placemats into your table settings. This is a fun and easy way to keep your kids entertained, and can even result in some pretty memorable artwork for your refrigerator door after the big day is over!

3. Spice things up with seasonal beverages

Instead of sticking to the classic tea, water, beer and wine drink menu, why not mix things up this year with some seasonal cocktails (and mocktails for guests that don’t drink alcohol)? If it is going to be a chilly day, we love the idea of serving guests this warm mulled cider (bonus: it will smell amazing!) or this decadent hot cocoa. Looking for some creative cocktail ideas? Check out this guide for 33 Cold-Weather Cocktails.

4. Take your decor to the next level

Sometimes a little bit of seasonal decor is all you need to make a gathering of friends and family feel extra special. A few Thanksgiving decor ideas that will get guests in the holiday spirit include these DIY wreaths from HGTV, a simple Thanksgiving banner, or a seasonal centerpiece.

5. Incorporate turkey day games

Having the entire family gathered under one roof for an extended period of time can prove challenging. One way to keep spirits high is to plan some fun Thanksgiving-themed activities for guests to participate in after the meal is finished. Want to burn off some calories after overindulging in that second slice of pie? Gear up guests for some active Thanksgiving games, like Turkey Tag or the Turkey Pokey. Too stuffed to get off the couch? We hear you. Here is a list of some low key games you don’t have to break a sweat to enjoy.

6. Take the celebration into the night with sparklers

In our opinion, no celebration is complete without sparklers. Sparklers will add a magical, playful touch to any Thanksgiving celebration, and are certain to keep your guests engaged long into the night!

If you are looking for sparklers to incorporate into your annual Thanksgiving celebration, we offer a wide selection of quality sparklers – including 20 inch and 36 inch sparkler options – that are certain to add an extra special touch to your Thanksgiving gathering this season.