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The Giving Jar

Remember that annoying thing your mom did every Thanksgiving where she made everyone go around the table and say what they are thankful for? Well, I made that FUN.



I Host Thanksgiving every year. It is my Superbowl. As an adult, it has become my favorite holiday. Starting with The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while I sip coffee and prep Bob (the turkey) down to the end of the day sipping wine and enjoying my victory piece of apple pie. While cooking for a crowd can be stressful, I love the house full of family and friends while I’m roasting and basting the day away. Having a good plan is key, as well as good wine. Along with a superior turkey and all the sides and desserts I also love handmaking plates, placeholders and centerpieces for the big day.



The Giving Jar was actually born because I had some extra supplies after crafting some candle holder centerpieces (pictured right). I had another, bigger jar, more flowers and of course GLITTER. I was thinking outside the box and I had recently fell in love with The Game of Things. It’s a game where there is a question proposed by the card reader and the other players write an answer on a piece of paper and then the card reader must guess who said what. It is a fun and addicting game! So, I came up with The Giving Jar.



I place it on the counter in the kitchen, where people tend to hang out or at least pass through often. Everyone is instructed to put at LEAST one slip of paper in with something they are thankful/grateful for. Once dinner is served the jar gets placed in the middle of the table and we all take turns grabbing out and reading a thankful thought. After it’s read, we all try and guess who wrote it. It gets really fun guessing who said what and gives you all the feels at the same time!



What you need:

· 1 large Mason Jar

· Mod Podge

· Glitter

· Faux flowers

· Ribbon or other embellishments

· Round plaque, plate or similar

· Metallic marker

· Hot glue

· E6000 or other super glue


What to do:

· Paint mod podge onto lower half of mason jar and coat with glitter

· Dress up rim of jar with ribbon and flowers (glue with hot glue)

· Using E6000 (or other super glue) glue jar to wooden base (or other)

· Write quote around base, I wrote “I’m Thankful For…”

· Place your jar out for Thanksgiving, have family and friends add thankful thoughts and play!!



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