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November is the perfect time for a Thanksgiving poetry tea time. I really enjoy having tea with poetry with my children. It is a chance to unwind and relax with good poetry and delicious treats.
Sometimes tea with poetry is a simple affair with store-bought goodies and a poetry book from our bookshelf. Other times I like to assign a theme to our poetry tea time.
Grandma visited this week, so we had the perfect reason to set up a special tea party. We won’t be with our extended family on Thanksgiving, so a Thanksgiving poetry tea time with Grandma seemed like a sweet alternative. We had a lot of fun, so I think this might be the beginning of a new tradition.
How to Host a Thanksgiving Poetry Tea Time
Set the scene for a Thanksgiving poetry tea time with easy fall decor
Seasonal decor is, of course, an optional step in hosting any tea with poetry, but I think it makes a Thanksgiving poetry tea time feel special.
Fall is a great time to decorate with natural materials. The oranges, browns, and golds are simply gorgeous. We took a nice little nature walk around our neighborhood and found plenty of beautiful leaves. Once we were home, I laminated the leaves and cut them out. The stems keep the laminate from adhering tightly, so be sure to leave a little extra room when spacing and cutting out the leaves.
I strung a festive Thanksgiving ribbon across the mantle and the kids attached the laminated leaves with clothespins. I’m sure they will rebuild our fall garland almost daily.
We also collected thin sticks while on our nature walk. These sticks were placed in a mason jar and will now be the branches of our Thankful Tree. Hannah cut out a bunch of circles from fall colored cardstock. I punched a hole in each one and set the circles in a little dish next to the Thankful Tree.
As people think of things they are thankful for, they can write it on a cardstock circle and hang it on the tree. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, the tree should be full of thankful “leaves”. We will read them as a family on Thanksgiving Day.
I always feel like our table isn’t truly set unless we have a candle to light, so we added a simple pumpkin candle to the table decor. There is just something about candlelight that signals my brain to slow down and relax.
Serve a few sweet treats
Pinterest is full of adorable seasonal treats! I picked out a few little snacks that looked pretty simple to make. My kids are always encouraged to help in the kitchen. As a result, the food doesn’t always look “Pinterest Perfect”, but that is okay with me. They are learning and having fun, and that is what matters to me.
We were able to use up a good bit of our Halloween candy stash to make these cute Pilgrim hat cookies and Oreo turkeys! I was really surprised that the kids ate their cornucopias filled with fruit salad when there was so much sugar on the table.
It wouldn’t be tea with poetry without the tea, so I placed a few varieties around the table. Definitely check to make sure you are offering your children decaf varieties though. I learned that the hard way.
Read Thanksgiving poetry
I found a few poetry books that were perfect for Thanksgiving! Hannah and I took turns choosing and reading poems. Gauge the interest and attention span of your kids and stop before they become bored.
It’s Thanksgiving! by Jack Prelutsky. This is an I Can Read level 3 compilation of Thanksgiving poems. Some of the poetry topics include the first Thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving Day parade, football, and Thanksgiving leftovers.
Thanksgiving Stories and Poems by Edited Caroline Feller Bauer. This Thanksgiving poetry compilation includes seasonal poems by a variety of authors. There are short stories sprinkled throughout the book and a recipe or two. Our favorite was Chester, A Story, a short story about a lazy turkey.
The Circle of Thanks: Native American Poems and Songs of Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac. Most Thanksgiving stories are told from the perspective of the settlers so I was excited to find a book of poetry written from the perspective of the Native Americans.
Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving poetry tea time?
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