A Stress-free Thanksgiving Meal {with Printable Placemats}

I love the holidays!  I love the family traditions.  I love that everyone stops what they normally do to get together and appreciate our blessed life.

The problem for me has been not letting preparation of the holiday stress me out to the point that I can’t enjoy the holiday!  That is where HoneyBaked Ham {Kids Activities Blog sponsor} comes in.

HoneyBaked Ham Turkey for Thanksgiving

HoneyBaked Ham for Thanksgiving

When I tasted their turkey, I wondered why I would ever MAKE turkey again when theirs tastes SO MUCH better than mine!  Oh, and it is hours easier.

My favorite is the smoked turkey.  It has this sweet crust on it that is simply a meal all in itself, but the great thing about HoneyBaked Ham is that they also have a ton of sides that you simply heat up and serve.

I visited the HoneyBaked Ham store on Round Grove Road in Lewisville, TX.  The choices were overwhelming!  So many options fitting exactly what my family loves.

HoneyBaked Ham side dishes for the holidays

The sides that I tried were the Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Beans with Almonds, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and my youngest begged that we try the Cinnamon Apples.

HoneyBaked Ham side dishes

The HoneyBaked Ham side dishes are super easy to prepare, you simply vent and microwave or follow package directions for conventional oven.  They all go together so well with the HoneyBaked turkey {and if you are serving ham for Thanksgiving, they can hook you up for that too!}.

Printable Placemat Set for Thanksgiving

We thought it would be fun to create some table decorations for our HoneyBaked Ham Thanksgiving feast.  This printable Thanksgiving placemat set has a placemat, napkin rings, place cards and some leafy table decorations.

Color and Cut Placemats - Kids Activities Blog


We have had a lot of fun with these!  The kids colored them with crayons and used them to decorate the table.  We also tried using watercolors to create a more sophisticated effect.

They would be great for any fall gathering that you throw with HoneyBaked Ham.

Click here to download and print: Thanksgiving Placemats from HoneyBaked Ham

Thanksgiving Placemat printables for kids

Full disclosure:  With silly boys at the table, the napkin holders may be turned into hats and the placemats may end up as gorgeous paper planes.

Sharing Holiday Memories

One of the reasons why I love not having to devote an entire day to cooking for the big meal is that there is more time to spend WITH family!  This year, make sure you are participating in the memories and not just in the kitchen while they happen.

The Thanksgiving table is the perfect time to share family stories and traditions.  Use the printable placemats to jot down a special idea of thanks on each leaf!

Don’t Forget Dessert!

HoneyBaked Ham has several pies to choose from, but when I saw this…

Carrot Cake from HoneyBaked Ham

…it had to be mine.

I know it isn’t traditional Thanksgiving fare, but it is kinda fall-ish and amazingly yummy!  Carrot cake may be the new Thanksgiving tradition at my house.

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She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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