Party Like a Pilgrim

Perhaps you’ll skip the outfit but, a pilgrim inspired Thanksgiving lends itself to child centered activities and new inspirations for the feast. Read on for some ideas!

Pilgrim Inspired Feast

(Mix it up if your feeling gutsy cook a duck or some venison if your not worried about family mutany)

Southwestern Seafood Dressing
Oyster Dressing
Mashed Potatoes
Turkey Gravy
Cranberry Sauce
Peas with Pancetta and Onion
Corn Casserole
Rolls (pick your favorite, the pilgrims didn’t have ovens so rolls weren’t on their menu)

Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Mincemeat Tarts

Placecards: Make tiny boats from maps for the table place cards.

Centerpiece: A first Thanksgiving inspired centerpiece could consist of a collection of foods that the pilgrims and indians ate at the first Thanksgiving. My inspriation comes from a sedar plate used at passover. A display of pumpkins, turnips, peas, onions and beans, nuts, and fruits like plums and grapes. Some deer antlers and or a duck decoy to represent the fowl historians feel sure were part of the first feast. A fake lobster would work as well since most Thanksgiving buffs believe the crustacean was on the first menu. Get creative and get the kids involved let them forage for the nuts and leaves for your center piece!


If you are looking for activities to keep young ones busy, they could make pilgrim hats and perhaps put on a play about the first Thanksgiving. Enlist an older child or teen to manage the production.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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One Response to “Party Like a Pilgrim”

  1. Linda
    November 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    I love your ideas!

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