Thanksgiving parties usually focus on food, football, and making special memories with friends and loved ones.
While a great time can be had just by simply being together and enjoying a meal, an easy way to add to the excitement is by planning some fun games for everyone to play. Your guests will surely have a good time and get more than a few laughs out of Thanksgiving games. 😁
Competitive activities that encourage everyone to interact will make it a more memorable and festive celebration.
Thanksgiving Games Prep Work
Party planning is a lot of work, so make sure that you don’t overlook the importance of prepping the fun activities well before the guests arrive.
You should choose the games that you want to play and then gather the materials needed for a successful competition.
Some games will require props and setting up, while others don’t call for more than the knowledge of the rules or a paper printable.
While guests will enjoy playing games, keep it simple and choose only a few. It’ll make things easier for you, and will give guests the opportunity to relax and simply enjoy the company at the gathering.
Once you’ve selected your games, take the time to plan ahead to ensure that you don’t end up feeling like a real turkey at your Thanksgiving Day party! 🦃
We’ve got the low-down on all of the tips and tricks you need to know to pull of all of the games you plan to play without a hitch:
- If you’ve decided to play games during your Thanksgiving Celebration, how many games are you thinking of playing?
- Which Thanksgiving games do you want to play? Any favorites come to mind?
- Are you handing out prizes? If so, you may need some good game prize ideas. Make sure to buy and wrap the game prizes. You could hand out miniature awards or trophies as an alternative!
- Take some fun pictures of everyone playing the games. If you are too busy during the festivities, then designate someone else to take some photos! You’ll be happy with the memories 🙂
- Arrange to have some help if you are hosting a large crowd for Thanksgiving.
- Do any of your game choices require a beat? You’ll need to choose the music . Make sure you have some sort of sound system or speaker set up.
- If any of your Thanksgiving games require electronic devices, make sure they are all charged and ready!
- Print & Prepare any paper print out type games well in advance of the party.
- Print out rules for each game so you have them handy on the day of the celebration!
- If you are giving out prizes, trophies or awards, plan to set up & decorate a Thanksgiving game prize table.
- Icebreaker games are always a great way to kick start a party where guests may not know each other well.
- Too many games can be overkill, most adults are happy with one or two.
- Don’t be shy to ask for help! Have some family members or friends pitch in with taking pictures, reading the game rules or being judges.
Ice Breaker Thanksgiving Games
Help your party guests get comfortable and ease into a great time with ice breaker games.
If you’re hosting a mixed group of friends and family, or even just relatives who haven’t seen one another in a while, ice breaker games can lighten the mood. Rather than introducing everyone, you can allow them to do it through a fun game.
As a host, you want everyone to feel comfortable at your holiday gathering, and ice breakers offer an easy way to do just that.😊
These ice breaker ideas will give everyone a creative and laid back way to start chatting. Guests will appreciate the opportunity to get to know one another, or to simply ease back into a conversation if they haven’t seen one another for some time. Even families who don’t get together frequently can benefit from an ice breaker style activity.
Plan to play once everyone has arrived and before you all sit down to enjoy the holiday meal.
Consider any of these thanksgiving themed iced breaker games that will instantly lighten the mood and lift everyone’s spirits:
Thanksgiving Question Conversation Cards
Scavenger Hunt Style Thanksgiving Games
Scavenger hunts are fun for guests of all ages and are perfect for playing either indoors or outside. They’re interactive and exciting, and players can participate as individuals or get together on teams. Send your guests off in search of Thanksgiving themed items, or have them play right from their seats. Don’t worry- these scavenger hunts don’t require too much prep work for the party host.
Kids especially love scavenger hunts, so some of these games are guaranteed to keep them occupied for quite a while. 😉Parents can certainly appreciate that!
Here are some cool ideas for scavenger hunt style Thanksgiving games to consider planning for your holiday party:
Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt
TURKEY HUNT GAME
Thanksgiving Treasure Hunt
Free Printable Thanksgiving Games
Give your Thanksgiving party guests something fun to do while sitting around the get-together with free printable games. All you need is printer paper, ink, and a few good ideas to have these games ready to go for your holiday gathering. From individual activities to group games, there are so many simple options to consider. The best part is that they’re all free, too!
Printables are so easy to prep, since all you need to do is find the games that you like best and then print them out. Make sure that you print enough copies so that you have one for each guest. Set the printables out on tables with pens, and let the fun begin! You can play at set times, or allow the guests to grab a printable and enjoy it whenever they want.
Here are some great suggestions for fun and free printable Thanksgiving games:
Thanksgiving Mad Libs
Printable Word Scramble
Roll A Turkey Game
Thanksgiving Word Scramble
Free Printable Thanksgiving Bingo Game
Trivia Style Thanksgiving Games
Test your guest’s knowledge with fun trivia style games. From common knowledge to more obscure and interesting facts, trivia games give everyone the opportunity to see just how much they know about different topics. The best part is how easy these games are to prepare and play, so you won’t need to do extensive prep work.
You can plan Thanksgiving- or autumn related trivia games or mix it up with other fun topics. There’s sure to be a few laughs at some of the guesses that players will come out with when answering the questions. The winners of the trivia games are sure to be glowing with pride at their impressive amount of knowledge, too!
These are some great trivia game ideas to consider for your holiday get-together:
Trivia and Fun Facts
Fun Thanksgiving Games That Can be Played Indoors
When the weather is wet or cold, it may be best to keep the turkey day festivities indoors. That doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice on the fun, however. Plenty of games can be enjoyed from the comfort of your living room, which makes them ideal for a Thanksgiving get-together. All you need is a group of players who are game for some fun!
Gather everyone around for a few laughs and fun times in the living room or family room. Plan to play before the meal, or once everyone has finished eating and is ready to kick back and relax with good company and conversation. Some games require props and accessories, so plan ahead to ensure you have everything needed to play.
These Thanksgiving game ideas are perfect for playing indoors, whether you’re hosting at home or even at another venue:
shooting turkeys game
DON’T TOPPLE THE TEEPEE
Simple Turkey Ring Toss
Active & Outdoor Thanksgiving Games
Whether you’re hosting indoors or entertaining outside, active games are a great way to show guests some fun. Guests will love being out and enjoying the sunshine on a beautiful fall day. Outdoor games require open space so guests can move about freely as they play. They may also involve some pre-party set-up and post-party clean up. You may need to gather some props and equipment for some of these games, so choose just one or two to keep it simple.
If the weather allows, it’s always nice to get outdoors for some fresh fall air and fun times. Have a spacious backyard area where active games can be played? Choose one or two to include at your event. If you’re hosting a daytime gathering, outdoor activities are ideal.
Here are some exciting ideas for fun outdoor games:
Turkey Leg Ring Toss
THANKSGIVING TURKEY TAG
Stuff the Turkey Game
Prizes for Thanksgiving Games
While party games are just for laughs and are meant to add to the lighthearted and festive atmosphere, handing out prizes is an easy way to bump up the fun factor. Guests will find participating in the games just a little bit more fun if there’s an extra incentive to get competitive. Game prizes are a great way to spice things up a bit and watch everyone get in on the party game action.
As the Thanksgiving host, you have a lot on your plate. With so much planning and preparation to pull off a successful Thanksgiving celebration, prizes may seem like one more thing you need to worry about. Don’t stress, because we have so many excellent ideas that are easy to find and won’t cost much at all. You do not need to spend too much or put a lot of thought into party game prizes.
They should be simple, useful or fun. Basically, something that you’d like to receive if you were a guest. 😉
Most winners will simply be tickled that they get to take home a prize.
We’ve got inexpensive and interesting prize ideas of all kinds to consider for your Thanksgiving Day celebration. Read on to choose the right prizes for your fun and festive fall get-together!
Trinket & Memento Prize Ideas
Send the game winners home with something useful or something that they can enjoy for years to come. Trinkets and mementos are affordable enough for hosts to purchase, yet still make for great prizes that winners will love to take home. They can be simple but personalized for the Thanksgiving party, which makes them that much more meaningful for guests.
Trinkets in particular can be cherished items that the game winners will hold on to for years to come. They can serve as a reminder of the fun times that were shared and the wonderful memories made with loved ones. Consider keeping with the Thanksgiving party theme by choosing an item that is in some way related to it. It could be a memento with a printed character or symbol, or just something special that matches the main color scheme of your holiday gathering.
Here are some cool ideas for trinkets and mementos to consider awarding to the game winners:
- Key Chain or Lanyard
- Votive Candle Holder
- Small Potted Plants
- Fridge Magnet
- Change Purse
- Money Clip
Tasty Thanksgiving Game Prizes
Everyone enjoys sweet treats, especially over the holidays, so why not consider scrumptious edible prizes? Something to satisfy the game winner’s sweet tooth is sure to delight. From freshly baked goods to bite-sized candies, a delicious way to award the Thanksgiving game winners is with something simple yet oh-so-yummy.
If you like to bake, you can make these sweet prizes yourself. You can package them up prettily to make them even more attractive. An easier option is to buy ready-made sweets that are already packaged and ready to hand out. You could even have a few to give out to the younger guests and bring a smile to their faces.
These tasty snacks make for easy, affordable, and most certainly appreciated Thanksgiving party game prizes:
- Chocolate Bar or Box of Chocolates
- Mini Pies
- Cake Pops
- Homemade Cookies
Practical Prizes for Thanksgiving Games
Everyone can appreciate winning a practical prize, since it’s sure to come in handy and be helpful to the winner. Practical prizes give the lucky winners something useful, yet interesting, that they probably weren’t expecting to take home from the holiday.
From everyday items that are guaranteed to come in handy to sweet surprises that the winners may not consider buying for themselves, these prize ideas are sure to be crowd pleasers. The best part is that they don’t cost very much, but offer a great deal of utility. They’re a win for the winners and for you as the party host!
Consider awarding the game winners any of these useful and practical prizes:
- Luxury Hand Soap
- Gourmet Coffee Beans
- Holiday Coffee Mug
- Plastic Tumbler with Lid & Straw
- Travel Mug
- Picture Frame
- Cozy Socks
- Magnetic Note Pad for Fridge
Thanksgiving Game Prizes for Rest & Relaxation
After a fun-filled get-together with plenty of food, laughs, and good memories made, guests will want to relax. Help the game winners unwind with a prize that’s focused on rest & relaxation. There are few things better than winning the award of some “me” time to zone out and enjoy the Zen.
From sweetly scented candles to tasty and warming herbal teas, there are many options for soothing prizes. You can even put a little fall twist on them by choosing seasonal items, such as fall flavored teas and autumn scented candles and lotions. The lucky winners of these prizes will surely be pleased to indulge in a little self-care.
These pampering prizes make it easy to kick back and enjoy a brief break:
- Scented Candles
- Bath Salts
- Massage Cream
- Herbal Teas
- Essential Oil
Beauty Product Prizes for Thanksgiving Games
Give your winning guests the gift of beauty with personal care product that they’ll love. From cosmetics to bath aids to grooming tools, these useful and pretty ideas will help the winners to look and feel their very best this holiday season.
These beauty prize ideas are simple, yet still have a touch of luxury. These items can be placed in their handbag or kept at home in their cosmetic case. Guys can also appreciate the usefulness of some of the items, like lotion and creams.
The big winners are sure to be thankful to be the recipient of any of these simple and stylish beauty prizes:
- Mirrored Compact
- Bath Bomb
- Bubble Bath
- Hand Cream
- Face Mask
- Body Lotion
- Lip Balm or Lip Gloss
- Nail Polish
- Mini Manicure Kit
Gift Cards for Game Prizes
If you’re seeking a prize idea that you know your guests will appreciate, consider awarding gift cards. They’re versatile and useful while still being affordable for you to purchase as prizes. Everyone can make use of a gift card, so they’re sure to be truly appreciated by the game winners.
Choose a small amount of money for each gift card to make it fair for all of the winners, such as $5. If you’re planning to play several games, you may be able to afford to increase the amount you place on the gift cards. You can offer gift cards from one retailer, or mix it up and have the game winners choose the one that they want.
Here are some popular retailers to consider offering game prize rewards from:
- Local Gas Station or Grocery Store
- Local Restaurant
Sound the Party Horns!Thanksgiving party games are a great way to warm up your guests for a fun and festive time. Games are practically guaranteed to have everyone laughing and enjoying themselves, whether you plan to play them right away or after the meal. Choose a few of your favorite game ideas and gather the props or accessories needed. Print out the rules and get ready to show your guests a truly great time.
With so many excellent Thanksgiving party game ideas to consider, choosing your favorites to play may be the most challenging part of planning out the fun!
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