Historically, Thanksgiving in America was a day to thank god for a successful harvest. Today the holiday is all about food (especially turkey), parades and American football, with maybe a Pilgrim or Native American on the side.
Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October in Canada, and the fourth Thursday in November in America.
Celebrating Thanksgiving in Australia
And why not! It’s up to you whether you want to use the Canadian or American date.
Thanksgiving Party Products & Decorations
Common decorations in America like pumpkins, fall (autumn) leaves and indian corn may be hard to find, but you could try making your own. Kids could have fun making handprint turkeys. Have them trace one hand on blank white paper, draw a face on the thumb and color the fingers like colorful feathers. The turkeys can be used to decorate the house. (see one here)
- Party Supplies Online – Sydney-based party products store in operation since 1991, they specialise in tableware, balloons, costumes and more. See their 4th of July – American Independence Day section for balloons, tableware, cutouts, streamers, wigs and hats.
- Party Products Australia – With over 6000 party products, this is your one stop shop for all things celebratory. Based in Brisbane, Queensland, with flat rate shipping Australia wide. See their 4th of July page for red white and blue decorations and party blowouts.
- Make Thanksgiving/fall placemats by collecting variously shaped leaves from around your home. Paint one side of the leaves with acrylic paint in fall colors (brown, yellow, orange, red) and place them paint-side-down onto plain cloth placemats. Remove the leaves and set aside to dry before using.
Thanksgiving Outfits & Party Costumes
Overseas costume shops with international deliveryThanksgiving is a very laid back holiday and most people wear casual clothing, but that doesn’t mean the party can’t be spiced up a bit with costumes of turkeys, Pilgrims and Native Americans! The following US costume store ships internationally.
- Buy Costumes (US store) – Heaps of Independence Day products including hats, costumes, catering supplies and decorations. Based in the US, ships to Australia. See their…
- Turkey Costumes
- Thanksgiving Party Supplies
- Adult Thanksgiving Costumes
- Hats and Headwear
- Signs and Door Hangings
Thanksgiving Food Ideas
Thanksgiving is almost a practice for Christmas. Fortunately most ingredients are in the shops already – and cheaper now than on Christmas Eve.
- Apple Pie
- Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Pie – use that pumpkin from Halloween!