Decorations for Your Thanksgiving Classroom Party

{Featured Theme: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving}

For many kids and adults, Thanksgiving is as much about watching the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special as it is playing football in the yard and eating copious amounts of turkey and 'taters. Why not bring the tradition into the classroom with this lighthearted Charlie Brown Thanksgiving theme from thegirlcreative.com? A fun treat for this theme is Snoopy’s thrown together Thanksgiving meal of jelly beans, pretzels, and popcorn! 

 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Banner

Charlie Brown / Peanuts Gang Thanksgiving Bulletin Board Set

Peanuts Gang Decorative Leaf Trim

Woodstock Turkey Décor Set

Charlie Brown and Snoopy Thanksgiving Favor Boxes

These Charlie Brown and Snoopy Thanksgiving boxes from Etsy are a fun way for kids to take home their treats (or crafts!) from the party. 

 

{Fun Stuff}

 

Pilgrim Hat Set (set of 12)

 

Orange, Yellow and Brown Polka Dot Balloons (set of 24)

 

Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props

Kids love dressing up and acting silly, so having a festive themed photo booth at your party will be an instant hit. Use these fun Thanksgiving props from Etsy.com -- simply print on card stock paper and glue onto sticks. Props include a pilgrim hat, bonnet, Native American head dress, turkey leg, turkey wattle, slice of pumpkin pin and a “gobble gobble gobble” sign. Get a photo booth backdrop, like these festive fall backdrops from Etsy, or simply hang a sheet, tablecloth or festive wrapping paper. Don't forget to ask a volunteer to bring a camera or ipad!

 

Felt Native American and Pilgrim Children 

The grommets on these felt jointed Native American and Pilgrim children make them easy to pose. 

{Placecards}

 

Male/Female Pilgrim Placecards 

Pilgrim Hat Placecard Treats 

These sweet placecards double as a take-home treat! Get the directions over at thedatingdivas.com.

To make them, you’ll need:

  • Cones
  • Hershey kisses
  • Black + yellow construction paper

 

Personalized Pilgrim and Native American Napkin Rings

These personalized placecards double as napkin holders. Ask students to bring in photos (head shots) ahead of time to make their own!

 

{Banners - Garland - Bulletin Board Sets}

 

DIY Corn Garland

Create a more festive version of the traditional paper chain, like these from Fiskars.com, using the colors of autumn corn. Get the step-by-step instructions.

 

 

Sparkly Give Thanks Banner

 

 

Simple Pinecone Garland

This is a budget-friendly way to bring fall into the classroom! Simply collect pinecones, then attach to jute rope using a hot glue gun. You can also tie ribbon in festive fall colors in between each pinecone to give it a little pop of color. Repurpose this for the winter holidays by adding sprigs of red berries! 

Get step-by-step instructions.  

 

Fall Leaves Wire Garland

 

 

Thanksgiving Mini Garland

Fall Ceiling Swirls

Fall Ceiling "Fluffies"

 

{Table, Desk & Wall Decorations}

 

Felt Pilgrim Hat Chair Covers

Love to sew? Then this one's for you! Check out these adorable felt pilgrim hat chair covers from Fiskars.com.   Simply slip them on children's chairs during the party and voila. Get step-by-step instructions.

 

 Thanksgiving Tree

Buy a ready-made tree for your classroom, like this one from Party City, or have the kids make one ahead of time, or as an activity during the party. Simply collect a few large branches and assemble them together. Secure in a vase using floral foam or acorns. To make the “thankful leaves”, kids can trace leaves onto construction paper and trim, or seal real leaves using Mod Podge. Once dry, punch a hole in the top of each leaf, and string twine through to loop. Using a Sharpie, each child then writes something he is thankful for on a leaf, along with his name, and then hangs it on the tree.

 

Tissue Turkey Centerpiece

When a real turkey won't do, a turkey made of tissue will serve as a proper stand-in, like this handsome feathered fella from ezpartyzone.com

 

Festive Feathered Mason Jars

A mason jar makes anything look good -- and chances are at least one your class party activities will call for crayons or markers, which fit quite nicely inside!  Simply tie a feather or two to each jar using twine or jute and fill with markers, crayons, pencils and more. 

 

Table Cloths

You can't go wrong going with a few basic table cloths in Thanksgiving colors like brown, orange and gold. Add a runner in a complementary color down the middle to highlight the supplies needed for your activities, or your "feast". A Thanksgiving themed table cloth like this one from Party City also adds a festive touch to your desks and tables. 

 

First Thanksgiving Bulletin Board Set

This bulletin board set from reallygreattoys.com is a realistic look at Pilgrim life. 

 

 {Tableware}

 

Thanksgiving Plates and Napkins

These ones from Party City will give your classroom feast an extra special touch!

 

Biodegradable Lunch Trays

These non-toxic biodegradable lunch trays from shopsweetlulu.com are a school-friendly way to get a little bit of everything on their plates!

 

Wooden "Give Thanks" Utensils

These hand-stamped wooden utensils from etsy.com have words of thanks printed on them. Sweet and rustic -- perfect for celebrating the fall harvest. 

 

Patterned Straws

This combination of 25 patterned straws in Thanksgiving orange and brown will make everyone's drink a little extra special. 

 

Tom the Turkey Cups, Straws and Favor Bags

This set of 8 plastic cups (with lids) from etsy.com are an adorable addition to a classroom party (straws and favor bags included!) -- and make a fun take home for the kids. On a budget? You can make your own turkeys with a few sheets of felt -- simply affix to glasses from the dollar store using a hot glue gun. To give the turkey a face, simply use markers -- just be sure to spray the felt with hairspray first so the markers don't bleed. 

 

Turkey Toothpicks 

Turkey toothpicks are a simple way to jazz up what might otherwise be boring finger food, like these cute ones from orientaltrading.com and etsy.com.

 

 

 

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