November 13, 2020

Gratitude Guessing Game

If you and your guests are fans of the games Telephone or Pictionary, then this game is sure to bring out some laughs! 

You’ll need:

  • A notebook (or individual blank sheets of paper)
  • Pens or markers


Person 1 writes something she is grateful for.

Person 2 draws an image of what Person 1 wrote.

Person 3 writes what he thinks Person 2 drew, without looking at the original word from Person 1.

Person 4 draws what Person 3 wrote.

This pattern repeats until everyone has had a chance to either write or draw in the notebook. Person 1 starts on the first page and the next person adds their drawing on the following page, and so on. Each person should look only at the previous page. At the end, you can see how far off everyone was from the original word and enjoy all the fun family drawings!

You can play this game at the dinner table, passing around a single notebook between bites. Or, if you want a more involved game, you can give each participant a notebook or paper to start their own chain. And, with a little creativity and no peeking, you can play this game virtually through a video chat with your family or friends!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Who needs pie when you can have all your favorite fall flavors in one delicious dessert? With gingerbread spice, pumpkin, and rich caramel, this recipe is sure to become a regular at your Thanksgiving table.


  • 2 dozen Cheryl’s Gingerbread Cookies (or Cheryl’s Pumpkin Fudge Bars)
  • 1 3 oz package of cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ⅔ cups canned pumpkin pie mix
  • 1 8 oz carton of whipped topping
  • 12 oz glasses or a 3 qt trifle bowl
  • Caramel topping


Prepare the vanilla pudding mix according to package instructions. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the brown sugar and pie mix. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

Break the gingerbread cookies into ¾ inch pieces. Layer the bottom of the glasses or trifle bowl with ingredients in the following order: cookies, pudding mixture, then whipped topping. Repeat layers. 

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (this dessert can be refrigerated overnight). Top with caramel topping as desired before serving. You can also substitute the gingerbread cookies for Cheryl’s Pumpkin Fudge Bars for an even more decadent Thanksgiving dessert!

For more Thanksgiving recipes, check out our sister brand, Harry & David.

Gratitude Journal / 365 Days of Gratitude

Sharing the ways you are thankful for each day is a wonderful shared family activity. Extend your gratitude list beyond Thanksgiving by making a personalized gratitude journal for each member of your family so you can track gratitudes all year.

You’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Pens or markers
  • Crafting supplies like glitter, stickers, etc. to personalize the journal
  • Hole punch 
  • Yarn or twine


Start by folding the construction paper in half. Build your journal by layering pages together, then punch holes along the crease. Bind your journal with colorful yarn or twine.

Make a plan with your family to regularly track your gratitudes by day, week, or month. Set aside time to update your journal on a regular basis together as a family. 

At your next Thanksgiving table, take turns reading aloud the favorite reasons to be thankful, so you and your family can share these moments of gratitude and warm memories over the past year.

I’m Grateful for T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G.

After the feast, stay gathered with guests during this fun shared activity—it’s a lot like Scattergories, but with a Thanksgiving twist! 

You’ll need:

  • Our custom template or several pieces of paper with the word “Thanksgiving” written vertically along the left margin
  • Pens 
  • Markers or crayons
  • A timer
  • Prizes for the winner(s)


Download and print copies of our activity template, then hand out a sheet to each Thanksgiving guest. Have each guest put their name at the top of the page, and color in the template to make it a work of art.

Set a timer for 3-5 minutes (less time for more of a challenge) and have participants write down something they are grateful for on their sheet while being timed. Each item must begin with the corresponding letter of the word “Thanksgiving” on the left side of the page.

After the timer is up, participants share what they wrote for each letter on their sheet. Participants get 1 point for writing down something that no one else wrote. Participants do not get a point if there are any repeats, even for similar letters elsewhere on the page (the letters “G,” “I,” and “N” repeat in “Thanksgiving”). 

At the end, count up the points and hand a prize—or large slice of pie—to the winner. Don’t forget to keep the sheets as keepsakes from your fun day of thanks!