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Who doesn't love Thanksgiving? There are few other times throughout the year when you can unapologetically eat as much as you want and then take a long, well-deserved nap afterward. Of course, it isn't all about food, either. The holiday is a perfect time for family and friends to come together and be thankful that they have each other's company. Why not host a heartwarming Thanksgiving get-together this fall and celebrate the holiday with everybody who means the most to you?

The first thing you'll want to consider is sending out terrific invitations. Thanksgiving is one of the quintessential parts of autumn, so it is a must that you include some fall scenery in your invites. Simple announcements with a border of cornucopia, pumpkins and brown and red foliage is a classy, understated way to go. Another direction you could take is to purchase ones that have a friendly turkey beckoning your guests to come.

After your invites are distributed, it's time to think about how to decorate your gathering. For starters, try hanging an autumn leaves garland around your home and watch as it provides a warm, cozy atmosphere that fits perfectly with the celebration. And, what would Thanksgiving be without pilgrims? Make sure you don't leave out these iconic settlers and include them in your decor!

A Thanksgiving celebration would be incomplete without a wonderful centerpiece, so do not forget to include one when getting ready. If you're at a loss for what to do, why not use a turkey or a fall leaves table adornment? If neither of those suit you, a pumpkin or cornucopia centerpiece will never fail. If you'd like to take the decorations to the next level, purchasing a scene setter can be a good idea. Arranging some pilgrims and Native Americans will certainly help your guests get in the spirit of the day.

As with any Thanksgiving celebration, there is sure to be a lot of food to indulge in, so make sure you have enough supplies to meet the demand. While the main meal will likely be served on glass plates, you will not want to be doing tons of dishes spent on hors d'oeuvres and desert, so invest in some paper plates, napkins and cups. These extras should be festive as well, so consider purchasing some plates that feature a ring of typical autumn imagery around the edges. You'll need a pleasing table cover as well, so consider laying out an orange or red one.

There are many traditional aspects of Thanksgiving, and it is one of the few holidays that is uniquely American. Relaxing on the couch and watching some football, eating great food, and reuniting with family can lead to some of the memories that are looked back upon fondly for years to come. Hosting a get-together can be a lot of work, but the reward of seeing your family members' faces light up is well worth the effort.

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