Thanksgiving games are a winner this time of year. There is nothing like a great game to keep those famous Thanksgiving family feuds at bay
It may not be some folk's idea of a game, but there is nothing more fun than making pies with a whole bunch of people. The fun of making pies can be shared by people all ages and the best part of the pie game is that it will cut back on your Thanksgiving meal preparation.
For younger chefs a few precautionary steps will make the process more gamish for both you and your little pie makers. Decide which kind of pies you will be making and get the shopping done beforehand. For youngsters it is a good idea to choose cream pies. Having several crusts made and baked before hand which the kids can fill with cream will stave off the "'is it done yet?" impatience of youngsters. Other items that help especially in the mess department are pre-measuring ingredients, aprons, and covering the work surfaces in tablecloths.
Once you know what pies you will be making have the kids help add ingredients. Cracking eggs is especially fun for children, but it is best to do this in a separate container so that any stray shells can be removed prior to addition to the pie. To simplify things further use instant pudding rather than homemade pudding, and add bananas, berries, peaches or other fresh fruit to create a few delectable pies.
Older more experienced chefs can have more free reign. They will have fun rolling out the pie crusts, paring the fruits and measuring themselves. All you really need to do is select and shop for the recipes they will be making, and be on hand for questions and safety supervision. Add the element of competition and have the results judged in a blind tasting.
Tired and want to rest; but still need to entertain your children and guests? Nothing could be easier hosting a peanuts party. Have jelly beans and popcorn to eat then sit the whole gang down to watch Charlie Brown struggle with Peppermint Patty's forwardness. Make a game out of it by requiring a green jelly bean to be eaten each time some one says good grief, a red bean for block head and so forth. (This is even more fun with novelty jelly beans of unusual flavor.)
A movie and a game all while you get to sit back and relax on the couch. Perfect for the end of a busy day!