How to Host a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party – Add a little fun and excitement to the month of November, before all the Christmas chaos begins, and have a Charlie Brown Inspired Thanksgiving party. Don’t know where to start? These awesome ideas for a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will get you headed in the right direction.
HOW TO HOST A CHARLIE BROWN THANKGIVING PARTY
What’s more classic on Thanksgiving than huddling around the television with your family and watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving? Okay, perhaps football, and pumpkin pie, and the Macy’s Parade, and grandma’s homemade biscuits.
BUT, this show definitely rates in the Top 5 of all time classic Thanksgiving must-haves.
Some of the holiday classics are lost on kids these days but this is a great opportunity to bring them back to life.
Delight the littles with Peanuts party favors, and bring the grown-up crew back to childhood with jelly beans and popcorn as a side dish.
Here are some really fun ideas to get you in the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving mood!
TIPS FOR PLANNING THE PERFECT CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING PARTY
To plan a successful party, you need to make a list of all the important tasks and ideas that you want to execute for the event. I’ll break it down for you in a simple, easy to follow format, complete with ideas and inspiration to get you going.
MAKE A GUEST LIST & SEND OUT INVITATIONS FOR YOUR CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING PARTY
The first thing you need to do is decide on a guest list. Is this event going to be a party for kids or will it be for the whole family? The answer to this question will determine the rest of the details.
Next you want to send out invitations. These days you can easily put together a fun graphic in Canva and send it out via text. I’ve used this method many times.
Evite is also a good option for invitations.
Paper invites is a more traditional way of inviting guests to your Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party. Here’s a super cute Printable Charlie Brown Thanksgiving invitation that you can edit in Canva.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of the elements used in this design are from the Canva Pro Account. You can still make edits in Canva with a free account but you will have to change out some elements.
PLAN YOUR MENU FOR YOUR CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING
Now would be a great time to rewatch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie for some inspiration. Here’s a quick recap on what the Peanuts gang ate at their Thanksgiving party.
- Jelly Beans
- Buttered Toast
- Ice Cream Sundaes
I don’t know about you but this menu screams kid’s party. Everyone knows a kid (or has one) that’s a picky eater and who would love nothing more than to eat all these delicious treats for dinner.
One little night won’t hurt, right?
If you’re planning a family Charlie Brown Thanksgiving then you will want add a bit more variety for the adults. We do see Snoopy and Woodstock with a turkey at the end of the movie so you could add a full turkey, turkey breast or even turkey club sandwiches to keep it simple while staying with the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving theme.
CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING PARTY DECORATIONS
If your favorite pastime is throwing parties, here’s where you can really go overboard: the decorations. If you’re somewhere in between, no problem. You can use as many or as few of these ideas to fit your personal party-throwing style.
CHEVRON TABLE CLOTHS – To Charlie Brown it’s a zig zag, but to us modern-day folks, we call it Chevron. A cute chevron table cloth on the dinner or dessert table is a quick way to add to the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Theme without going overboard.
CHARLIE BROWN THEMED PARTY SUPPLIES like paper plates, napkins and cups.
CENTERPIECE (idea from Party Pinching) – Grab a cake plate, a cheap grapevine wreath, some nilla wafer cookies and a Woodstock figurine and you have the cutest centerpiece idea! CENTERPIECE HACK: If you can’t find a Woodstock figurine, you can always print a picture of him onto cardstock and pop him right in the middle of the nest of cookies.
FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO AT A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING PARTY
Now that we have all the party prep covered, we need to keep our guests entertained. Depending on who your guests are and how long the party is, you might need to tweak this list a bit.
WATCH THE CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING SPECIAL – At the time of this writing it’s only streaming on Apple TV. The alternative is to get the movie on DVD or Blue-ray and play it old school.
ORGANIZE A FOOTBALL GAME -Make this a flag football game so that guests of all ages can participate.
CRAFT STATION – This is particularly appealing to a younger audience. With these free printable Charlie Brown coloring pages you can keep the kids busy while the adults hang out. Grab these Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Coloring Pages from Kids Activities Blog.
Coloring Page Alternative: Turn these into puppets by cutting each character out after coloring and glue to a popsicle stick. Grab the free file over at Super Coloring.
CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING DESSERT IDEAS
Everyone knows that desserts are what everyone really looks forward to when attending a party. While the main “meal” might have consisted of jelly beans, popcorn and pretzels, there’s always room for legitimate desserts.
Here are a few dessert ideas that you can serve at your Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party.
PIE – Pumpkin pie, apple pie and pecan pie; no Thanksgiving is complete without pie.
ICE CREAM SUNDAES – Both kids and adults will enjoy making their own ice cream sundae.
COOKIES – Cookies are the perfect dessert for someone who just wants a little taste of something. These adorable Charlie Brown/Peanuts Gang themed cookies are just the thing to end the party.
Quick and easy Charlie Brown Wafer Cookies from Party Pinching
For the expert baker and party planner, these adorable Woodstock Sugar Cookies from Kara’s Party Ideas are for you!
CUPCAKES – You don’t have to go crazy with decorating with fondant and special cupcake toppers. These simple Charlie Brown cupcake using printable cupcake picks from Kara’s Party Ideas are perfect for a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party.
Now you’re equipped with all the exciting details on How to Host a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving party. You can use as many or as few of these ideas as you want, depending on your budget and time allowance.
If you think your mind can handle a little bit more, check out more fun ideas for hosting a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!
FUN IDEAS FOR HOSTING A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING
Give your Thanksgiving chef a proper Chef Snoopy hat to wear! When you Celebrate Thanksgiving the Charlie Brown Way, you must dress the part. (via City Parent)
This inspiring outdoor Charlie Brown Thanksgiving party is full of amazing ideas that will get your creative juices flowing! Start with this buffet table featuring a few of Chef Snoopy’s specialties. (via Double the Fun Parties)
These DIY printed lunch sacks would be so cute as parting gifts for your guests. Fill them with little bags of popcorn, jelly beans, pretzels, and toast so guests can keep the party going at home! (via Just Another Day in Paradise)
This Snoopy & Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Kids Table will delight all the children at your Thanksgiving feast! Having their own decorated table with make them feel special and festive. (via Denna’s Ideas)
These adorable Snoopy Pilgrim cupcakes encompass everything special about the Peanuts’ Thanksgiving Feast! Serve these at your Charlie Brown Thanksgiving party, or maybe just as a nod to your favorite classic Thanksgiving movie at your family get together. (via Just Jenn Recipes)
Popcorn in a paper bag turkey! Give the ultimate salute to Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by combining two favorites into one. The kids will love to gobble this turkey up! (via One Charming Party)
And to finish it all off, send your guests home with some leftovers! Snag this cute tag over at Real Housemoms.
Give your guests a Thanksgiving they will talk about for years to come. No one will be able to top your Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! And let us know how it turns out!
For some fun last minute Thanksgiving Dessert and side dish ideas, check these out!