Ideas for Celebrating Thanksgiving Arizona-Style

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 19, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving
Order Take-out

Not in the mood to shop, cook, and tackle the dishes? Give thanks for the many Thanksgiving take-out options. Go for the complete meal or order sides a la carte from local fave, Lucy’s Healthy Marketplace. Other local food purveyors offering Turkey Day takeout are AJ’s, Safeway, Sprouts, Miracle Mile, La Grande Orange and Chompie’s.

Get Some Exercise

With turkey trots taking place from Phoenix to Mesa, and Anthem to Litchfield, it’s easy to get your run (or walk) done. Take it easy and complete a 1 mile course, or if you’re planning on an extra helping of pie, go for a 5K or 10K race. Complete turkey trot listing available here.

See a Parade

You can always tune in to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Or if you want to get off the couch and enjoy some fresh air, pop over to Fountain Hills for the big Thanksgiving Day Parade (also called Parade De Los Cerros, or Parade of the Hills), now in its 20th year.

Go to the Movies

What better way to relax after a big meal than to kick back and recline in a dark theater? Popcorn optional. This year, a much anticipated family film will be opening at Harkins Theaters on Thanksgiving Day. Details here!

Host a Friendsgiving

Gather your friends and invite them over for Thanksgiving dinner – potluck style! Feel free to bend the “rules” and serve cocktails and tapas in lieu of the traditional spread. And if you need tips or wonder what the heck a Friendsgiving is, check out this step by step guide from Food Network.

Help Feed Others

Support St. Vincent de Paul’s efforts to provide a turkey dinner with all the trimmings by donating to the organization’s annual Turkey Tuesday turkey drive on November 22. Turkeys, side dishes, and monetary donations can be dropped off at any Bashas or Food City location.

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3 Thanksgiving Tablescapes

by Shea Homes on November 16, 2016


Pumpkin pie spice wafts through the air, you’ve pulled out your cozy fall sweaters, and a 20-something pound turkey sitting in your freezer just waiting to be brined, or roasted, or deep fried. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you’re hosting this year, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to create a festive table fit for a feast.

Since Thanksgiving celebrations come in many different shapes and sizes, we invited one of our home stylists to design the same table into three different looks. Take a look below to get ideas on how to style your Thanksgiving table this year.

Decorate for your dinner style


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Set the stage (and table) for Thanksgiving

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 16, 2015


For many, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. Free from the pressure of gift-giving, it is simply a joyful gathering of friends and family. Great food and conversation, and maybe a college football game to aid the digestion. Priceless.

Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape

Because Thanksgiving is such a lovely, all-day indoor affair, why not add to the ambiance with fall-inspired home décor? We invite you to peruse the Thanksgiving Pinterest board to get ideas for a festive table and beyond. To kickstart your creativity, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to prep for the big day.

First stop is a pin that’s all about gratitude.  After all, nothing sets a more positive tone for a Thanksgiving dinner than guests expressing gratitude. Clever ways to inspire sharing include kraft paper placemats with an “I am thankful for…” writing prompt that your guests can complete. Another idea is a big pumpkin spray-painted white on which all can write their messages of gratitude. Or, have your guests jot down what they are grateful for on small slips of paper, which you then roll up and bake in crescent rolls. Like a fortune cookie, everyone can open one up and guess who wrote it.

Give Thanks Napkin Idea

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10 Thanksgiving traditions to try with your family this year

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 30, 2014

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than choosing a new Thanksgiving tradition? We’ve rounded up ten memory-making turkey day traditions for the whole family to enjoy.

Turkey Tickets

Turkey Ticket







Photo credit: Let’s Get Together

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, surprise each family member with a scroll of receipt paper. The longer the better! The instructions? This ticket must be filled out with a list of things each person is grateful for, then turned in to gain admission to Thanksgiving dinner!

Thankful Pumpkins

Thankful Pumpkins







Photo credit: Eclectically Vintage

Buy a fake pumpkin, spray paint it white (or your favorite color) and use a Sharpie to write all the things you’re thankful for. Use this as your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Place a mini pumpkin at each place setting and invite guests to express their gratitude too.

Gratitude Rolls

Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls





Photo credit: Christy Robbins

These fortune cookie-inspired crescent rolls have a surprise inside. As guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, ask them to jot down something they’re grateful for. Tuck each tiny paper inside a crescent roll and bake. When everyone gathers for the meal, have them take turns reading their rolls and guessing who wrote the thankful sentiment.

Thankful Placemat

 Thanksful Placemat







Photo credit: Skies of Parchment

Simple brown kraft paper and a black marker are all you need to make these elegant Thankful Placemats. Snap a photo of each person’s completed placemat for a holiday keepsake you’ll treasure.

Thankful Banner

Thankful Banner








Photo credit: Carina Gardner

Download these free leaf templates and encourage the kids to add to your Thankful Banner through the month of November. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, you’ll have a bountiful display of thanks.

Thankful Chalkboard

 Thankful Chalkboard







Photo credit: 320 Sycamore

If you have a wall to spare, get out the chalkboard paint and create a “thankful chalkboard” for all to enjoy. No chalkboard? No problem. Tape up a big piece of paper and let the kids go crazy with the crayons.

Turkey Bingo

 Turkey Bingo





Photo credit: Make and Takes

Ask Thanksgiving guests to bring a small gift (think dollar store) for a little game called Turkey Bingo. This timed game involves dice, gift stealing and some unexpected prizes. Sardines, anyone? Get the “official rules” at Make and Takes – or make up your own!

Fall Fun List

 Fall Fun List







Photo credit: Pureheart

If you’ve ever been on Pinterest, you’ve surely seen plenty of Summer Fun Lists. This year, why not give Fall a “fun list” of its own? Pumpkin bread-baking, leaf-jumping and apple picking are just a few ideas to get you started.

Gratitude Jar

Gratitude Jar




Photo credit: Get Away Today

Set out a jar and an assortment of pens and papers and invite the family to count their blessings. Fill the jar through the month of November, then enjoy reading them together as a family on Thanksgiving Day.

Thankful Tablecloth

Thankful Tablecloth








Photo credit: Blue Cricket Design

Would you believe this fun and functional tablecloth was made with a drop cloth? Add fabric Sharpie markers and your family’s input, and you’ll have the perfect Thanksgiving tablecloth.


Autumn’s in the Air

October 1, 2014

Fall leaves, apple pie and pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Here are some simple ideas to get your home and family ready for the season. Autumn decor will be sure to get your family and friends in a festive mood. And while pumpkins are definitely a staple of the season, your home’s stylish decor does not have […]

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Thanksgiving Tips for the Procrastinators

November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and there’s a lot of prep to be done! Have you browsed through our Pinterest (Shea Homes Arizona) yet? Whether you’re trying to update the look and feel of your home for fall, or you need to cram in some recipes so you can get your grocery list […]

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Last Minute Thanksgiving – Menu Ideas

November 19, 2012

  Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and while some of you have been planning and preparing this meal for weeks, there are others who haven’t given it much thought yet. And that’s okay, you still have plenty of time to prepare for this festive meal. First of all you, if you haven’t purchased your turkey yet, […]

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Community Events: October-December 2012

October 10, 2012

When we think of the holiday season, we can’t help but think of parties, good food and quality time with friends and family. What is this time of year without a little celebration? Our new home communities in Northern California are surrounded by fun events for the whole family. Here is a list of holiday […]

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