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How to Host Thanksgiving at Your Apartment

Written by Greystar
Edited by Greystar
Lifestyle November 10, 2021

Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who’s recently Googled “when is Thanksgiving this year?” and realized Turkey Day is practically right around the corner. It’s the holiday where everyone gathers to feast on the most delicious food, make memories with loved ones, and express gratitude for all the positives in life. 

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your apartment this year and want to do something spontaneous for your guests, we’d love to share several Thanksgiving ideas (or Friendsgiving ideas) that will make this year memorable.

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas 

Vegan Thanksgiving ideas have become so popular over the last few years, so instead of only cooking your traditional holiday dishes, recreate go-to recipes from your Thanksgiving menu into delicious vegan-friendly sides. You don’t have to be on a special diet restriction to take a bite out of: 

baked vegan mac and cheese,
• simple vegan stuffing,
vegan pumpkin pie,
• or other vegan-approved recipes.

These non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas can be just as delicious than their non-vegan counterparts, and your guests will be so busy grabbing seconds they won’t even notice the difference! Also, take a look at these easy Thanksgiving appetizers with a vegan twist.

Thanksgiving Decorations Ideas 

Run (don’t walk) to your local TJ Max, Target, and Ross to shop the most adorable Thanksgiving décor flooding the aisles. A cute entryway with multi-colored pumpkins, a rustic wooden welcome sign, and a fall-inspired wreath will set the mood for Thanksgiving Day before your guests even enter your home. 

You can also make a statement with festive Thanksgiving table décor by adding a unique cornucopia on a stunning table runner. Your dishes and tableware can also serve as statement pieces if you choose plates, goblets, and silverware that stand out from your typical cutlery. It would also be a unique idea to explore Thanksgiving menu ideas and create a physical menu listing what your guests will eat.  

Fun Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

Arts and crafts are a great way to spend quality time with loved ones of all ages. At your upcoming gathering, visit your local arts and craft shop and pick up some art supplies for little ones and adults to enjoy. You can make Thanksgiving crafts like Toilet Paper Roll Turkeys, DIY Pumpkin Soap, Thankful Wind Spinners, and more!

Virtual Thanksgiving Ideas

If there’s one thing we’ve learned the past two years amidst a global pandemic, it’s that you can still spend quality time with loved ones even if you’re miles apart. Host a Watchparty together on Netflix and opt for a casual pre-made meal from your favorite supermarket – Wholefoods has hearty meals you can enjoy without the stress of cooking.

Other virtual Thanksgiving ideas include playing games like virtual family bingo or getting strategic with a virtual escape room.  

We’re so thankful for our residents! Visit and browse local apartment homes in preparation for your next move and follow our blog to stay updated on the latest happenings. 

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