Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away (literally)? Something that we like so much about weddings that happen during the holidays is that they automatically come with extra warmth and a profound sense of family and sharing.

If you’ve planned your wedding day to fall around Thanksgiving (either this year or the next), you probably have most of the planning already done. But if it feels like a couple of things are missing and you just can’t put your finger on what they are in order to take your wedding to the next level, we’ve got a list of a few items you just might want to add to your Thanksgiving-themed wedding reception.

Metallic-Sprayed Leaves

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Nothing says fall quite like colored leaves. If you’d like to incorporate leaves into your reception décor, but you want some of them to “pop”, go to a local arts and crafts store to pick up some faux leaves (that way, you don’t have to worry about them crumbling and a couple of cans of metallic spray paint. Then string them up and hang them from the ceiling. How beautiful is that?

Wheat Centerpieces

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Not big on flowers? How about these wheat centerpieces? They will definitely make your guests think of fall. Plus, they provide a really unique touch (call a local nursery for leads on where you can get a few bushels).

Soy-Scented Candles

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Something that you can also put on your reception tables are candles. Make sure they’re soy because they burn cleaner (which means you won’t have to worry as much about indoor air pollution) and they last longer. If you get some that smell like cinnamon, vanilla and apple, it will feel super cozy and delightful in your reception space.

Soup Bar

catering soup ideas - tomato soup shooter with mini grilled cheese

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As far as meals go, how about a soup bar? You can display a variety of them from tomato to vegetable to even butternut squash and chicken noodle. You can also have mini-grilled cheeses and things like cracker and cheese for your guests to add to their soup if they’d like. It’s a great way to take off the autumn chill—day or night.

Fried Green Bean Appetizer

These Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries are coated with a mixture of Parmesan cheese and spices, and then baked until golden. Crispy, crunchy, and full of flavor, these healthier fries make the perfect appetizer or easy side dish!

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A signature Thanksgiving food item is green bean casserole. Put a twist on it by serving fried green beans in the form of an appetizer. Everyone of all ages will absolutely love them!

Cranberry Cocktail

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And then there’s cranberry sauce. How about nixing that and serving cranberry cocktails instead. Some with alcohol, some without. You can even offer the drink heated if some of your guests would prefer to have something warm to drink from a coffee mug instead.

Carmel-Covered Apples for the Kids

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For dessert, the adults can have wedding cake. Meanwhile the kids at your wedding would be thrilled to eat some caramel-covered apples! Serve a variety of them—and make sure to save a couple of ‘em for you and yours to snack on after the reception is over.

Pumpkin Pie Favors

An entire pumpkin pie in ONE bite! All the classic spices and glorious pumpkin in a mini shortbread crust for poppable Fall flavor.

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Send your guests off with Thanksgiving still on their minds by giving them some mini pumpkin pies. They’re delicious to eat and here’s a lil’ secret: maybe serve them only to the couples at your wedding. Why? There are tons of studies to support the fact that pumpkin is an aphrodisiac. (Google it to find out why!)

Or Apple Butter Favors

apple butter wedding favors Matt can show off his apple butter skills!!

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For everyone else, send them home with a little apple butter. They won’t be able to help but to feel nostalgic because that’s something a lot of us ate as children, thanks to mom, our aunts or our grandmothers. It’s a healthy treat that they can enjoy throughout the rest of the fall (and even some of the winter) season.

Gratitude Cards

Back a few weeks ago, I shared with you some thankful cards.  I hope you have enjoyed these reminders of gratitude. As promised, albeit a bit later than I planned, here is another set of cards for you to enjoy this week of Thanksgiving.  I printed these on a nice Kraft card stock, cut them out

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In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on what you’re the most thankful for. Place some cards on your reception tables with some of your favorite gratitude Bible verses, quotes or ask your guests to write down what they’re the most thankful for when it comes to the love of their life. Don’t forget to write on the cards yourselves and date them. It’s the perfect way to culminate such a wonderful Thanksgiving-themed wedding reception, don’t you think? We do too!