Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party

You all know the comic strip. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Lucy – the list goes on. You grew up seeing them in the newspaper every day, and Charles M. Schultz’s characters have come to life over and over in the past 50 years. Their holiday specials are some of the most anticipated TV events of the year, and now, you can celebrate your own version of a Peanuts holiday with this Peanuts Thanksgiving party!

The Invitation

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Get the excitement building well before the party starts with a personalized comic book kid invitation.

The Setting

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Location. Location. Location. Set the party up outside in the backyard just as Snoopy did in the show. Bonus points if you use an actual ping pong table.

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Mismatched chairs continue to keep the furnishings in sync with the show’s hodgepodge décor.

The Table

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Top the dinner table off with a white sheet knotted at the corners. But in case you’d like to hide unsightly table legs, cover it first with a white plastic table cloth.

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By combining traditional fall elements, such as leaves and jute, with Peanuts party supplies the entire celebration will be both colorful and on theme.

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Use a simple brown paper runner to keep table items grounded together and to add that additional autumnal layer.

The Details

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  • Layer solid and printed plates for impact.
  • Personalized name stickers tied to spoons with jute become unique placecards.
  • Even if your folding skills are not as adept as Snoopy’s, you can still achieve a similar look with orange paper napkins creased and pleated into Bishop’s Hats.
  • Cover mini-paint cans with character inspired wraps then fill with crayons for pre-dinner entertainment. Get the full DIY and printable here.

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As homage to the last scene of the show during which Snoopy and Woodstock dress up in Mayflower wear, hang a banner of Pilgrim party hats. Just tape flat hats to baker’s twine then string from a couple of fence posts.

The Food

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Charlie Brown’s menu was anything but traditional. Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock pulled together what any kid (and canine) would dream of eating for dinner: pretzels, popcorn, jellybeans, buttered toast and for dessert, something-made-of-pink topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

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Serve the something-made-of-pink “sundaes” in plastic wine goblets for a more grown-up flair. Individual servings of jelly beans keep the sugar overload to a manageable minimum.

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The Fun

Viewing the show itself is a total must and a football kick-off contest is even more of a must. Duh! But before dinner, keep little guests busy with personalized activity mats.

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When it’s almost time for parents to arrive for pick-up and the festivities come to a close, take everyone to the front yard for one more activity: a piñata pull! See how to assemble one here.

The Favors

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Transform plain favor bags into character inspired totes with a few scraps of cardstock, a glue stick and scissors.

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Get the full transformation how-to here.

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Turn left-over personalized stickers into tags for a quick and easy way to identify who belongs to which bag.

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Stuff favor bags full of basic party essentials along with a few items specific to the Charlie Brown theme.

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Convert personalized candy bar wrappers into treat bag toppers by trimming an inch from the wrapper’s bottom edge then folding over the bag. Staple and tape to secure.

Candy tubes are perfect to hold a snack sized portion of jellybeans and a large personalized sticker makes sure it goes home with its rightful owner. Get even more personal with mini-buttons and bubbles. And for the girls, throw in some lip balm. For the boys … a mini-football of course.

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