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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Thanksgiving Tips for the Procrastinators

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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 together, stay calm and read on! We’ve got all of our Thanksgiving favorites for the home below, and the last thing you’ll have to worry about is impressing your guests!

We all know how valuable oven space is on this crazy day, and not all of us are blessed with dual ovens! So put your crockpot to good use! This crockpot stuffing really helps with space and frees up your hands to do other things that need attention. Even better… it still comes out with a layer of crunch!








Learn how to make the crockpot stuffing here.

Are you lacking in the beautiful table setting area? Well, it doesn’t have to be difficult with several components. Keep it simple, with just a few materials to spruce it up. Use old paper grocery bags for place settings. Cut them into rectangles, and face the inside of the cut outs (without the print) face-up. Take a ballpoint pen or sharpie and write “I am thankful for…” and then trace a few lines underneath of it. Simple, quick, cheap, it looks nice and makes for great table conversation!











A great appetizer to start is always pumpkin soup! It can be served warm or cold. After throwing in all the ingredients at once, you can let it sit while you work on other things, similar to the stuffing above! Garnish with a few pumpkin seeds, and tide over your guests with a small cup before dinner is served!









Learn how to make the pumpkin soup here.

Another way to grab your guests’ attention and add to your tablescape is to create beautiful centerpieces. It sounds expensive, and while flowers can be, your centerpieces do not always have to include flowers. For example, use an empty vase you already have, fill it with popcorn kernels that you can buy at the grocery store, ties a plastic maple leaf with twine around a candle and slightly wedge the candle so it stands up in the kernels. Light the candle and you’re done! Another quick idea is to tie cinnamon sticks all the way around a candle with twine. Light the candle and it will get the room smelling amazing!










Lastly, here is a great dessert that the kids can help with. These chocolate acorns only require 50 Hershey’s kisses, 50 vanilla wafers, 50 mini chocolate chips and ½ a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Melt the semi-sweet chips for about 45 seconds in the microwave. Lightly dip the bottom of a Hershey kiss with the melted chocolate and place in the middle on the flat end of the vanilla wafer.  Dab just a dollop of the melted chocolate on the rounded side of the vanilla wafer and place a mini chocolate chip there as the stem of the acorn. These are so cute to look at and guests will be popping them in their mouths left and right!











For more detailed instructions, please click here.

We hope you take advantage of our quick and easy Thanksgiving tips for all of you procrastinators out there! For more holiday and home inspiration, pin your way through our Pinterest boards!  For more information on Shea Homes and what we’re up to at the Arizona division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch our fun and informational videos on YouTube.


Last Minute Thanksgiving – Menu Ideas

by Shea Homes Northern California on 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, we’d suggest doing so today. If you’re only feeding a few people you can wait until the last minute, but if you need a large turkey (over 15lbs) it’s best to get it sooner than later. Here’s a guide to picking the turkey that is right for you.

Now the fun begins: choosing your menu. There are staple dishes that make Thanksgiving feel like… Thanksgiving. Remember, calories don’t exist on November 22nd this year, so make this a meal to remember.

To start, warm your guests with one of these decadent and festive cocktails:

New Amsterdam Toddy

Warm Cider and Rum Punch

Sometimes adding a twist to traditional dishes can liven up your Thanksgiving feast.

Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad

Sweet Potato Casserole

Pear, Prosciutto, Hazelnut Stuffing

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Butternut Squash Gratin 

 Green Bean Casserole

You’ll need to spend some time resting, watching football, or playing games before you move onto the dessert round, but saving room will be worth it with these treats – choose one or all three to prepare this year!

Pumpkin Pie with a Bonus

Add Maple Whipped Cream and Pumpkin-Seed Brittle to this Thanksgiving dessert staple

Pumpkin Mousse


Oatmeal-Nut Crunch Apple Pie



Whether there are 4 of you this Thanksgiving or 25, you can mix and match some of these recipes to make this an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal for your family. Remember, this is a time to be thankful, so don’t stress over details, look forward to the time you will spend with friends and family on this great holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving from Shea Homes!

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