Simple Thanksgiving Crafts to Decorate Your InTown Suite

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and whether you’re home for the holiday or you’re on the road, staying at one of our extended stay properties, a little celebration is certainly in order.

From sharing a meal, to giving thanks, and maybe even catching a bit of the game, there are certain holiday traditions that will make you feel right at home. Get in the holiday spirit with the help of these festive Thanksgiving decorations, sure to add a little cheer to where ever you are on November 26th.

Thanksgiving handprint turkeys.

A long time classic, this Thanksgiving day craft is perfect for decorating your kitchen, or for giving as a gift to family and friends. Get the kids together and get them excited by going to the store to pick up:

Supplies:

  • Basic paper to use as the background – printer paper or construction paper work well
  • Children’s paint, in festive turkey colors (try brown, yellow, red, orange, and green)
  • Crayons or markers for drawing small turkey details (beak, feet, and so on)
  • A bag of googly eyes
  • Glue

Steps:

  • Apply paint to your child’s hand – brown paint on the palm, and different colors on the fingers (representing the turkey’s body and feathers).
  • Have them press their hand down firmly onto the paper (be sure to have a few extra sheets or newspaper underneath so no paint seeps through to the table).
  • Let dry.
  • Once the paint has dried completely, affix a googly eye to the thumb print.
  • From there, use a crayon or marker to add features to the turkey, including a beak and legs.

For sample images and ideas, check out these turkey handprint crafts on Pinterest.

Display your festive handprint turkeys in the kitchen as you enjoy your harvest meal, or send to friends and family to let them know how thankful you are for them.

Festive thankful trees.

This is a great craft to get the whole family to think about and share what they are thankful for. It’ll make a great conversation piece for any visitors you may have, or each leaf can be discussed as you have dinner together.

Supplies:

  • Construction paper (brown sheets for making the tree trunk, and fall colors for making the leaves – think orange, yellow, red, and green)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers

Steps:

  • Have each family member trace their hand on several pieces of construction paper. Trace as many hands as you’d like to have leaves.
  • Cut the hands out.
  • On each hand (or, leaf) have everyone write down one thing they are thankful for.
  • Cut out and tape together a narrow strip of brown construction paper to form the tree trunk.
  • Tape it to a wall.
  • Now affix leaves at the top of the tree and maybe even a few scattered at the bottom of the trunk.

For sample images and ideas, view other thankful tree ideas on Pinterest.

If friends and family are joining you for dinner, have each of them fill out a leaf of their own and attach it to the tree. Discuss the things that everyone is thankful for over dinner.

Looking for simple Thanksgiving dinner ideas? Get some ideas here for turkey legs, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

From all of us at InTown Suites, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

10 Travel Apps for Your Next Road Trip

Road trips are great for family travel, giving everyone the opportunity to bond, learn, and experience new people and places along the way. There’s just something about a road trip that says “quality time.”

But just because you’re kicking it “old school” by hitting the road, doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a little bit of modern technology to enhance the experience (in fact, we think you should!).

To help along the way – with everything from getting directions to finding the best places to fill up the gas tank – we’ve rounded up the 10 best travel apps for your next road trip. Buckle up!

1. Instagram

OK, so Instagram isn’t solely a ‘travel’ app. But we think it’s the perfect app to capture life on the road. From photos to short video clips, Instagram will help you remember the highlights of the journey – and help you make them look as good as you remember them with filters and other image/video editing enhancements.

2. TripIt

The best itinerary management app, TripIt is perfect for keeping travel plans organized for longer road trips. Use it to keep confirmation numbers, arrival dates, departures, and more all in one place. You can also plug in your destinations, and TripIt will automatically generate local maps, driving directions, weather information, and more.

3. GasBuddy

Find gas stations and the best gas prices throughout your trip with GasBuddy. Use the app to map your route and find out when and where to buy gas, and how much to buy for the best value for the trip.

4. Songza

No road trip is complete without a little entertainment, and when you tire of the radio, Songza is the perfect driving companion. Here you’ll find curated playlists that can be searched by things like mood or activity. Try searching through Songza’s Driving playlists!

(Pssst! You should also download these 10 top road trip songs before you go).

5. Audible

Take a break from the music and switch things up with Audible – the app that offers audiobooks and podcasts. Catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read, or put on a story sure to keep the whole family entertained. There’s plenty to choose from.

6. Waze

The world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app, Waze is a must-have for your next road trip. Use the handy real-time reports to alert you of traffic conditions, accidents, traffic jams, and so on. Plan the best route possible with up-to-date maps and directions.

7. Foodspotting

Craving an old favorite in a new location? Worry not – Foodspotting will find it for you. So what are you in the mood for? Whether it’s a burger and fries, BBQ, dessert or a glass of wine (for the non-drivers), Foodspotting will show you the way.

8. AroundMe

No matter what you’re looking for, AroundMe will find it. Need a drug store? Just let the app know. Looking for an ATM, a nearby movie schedule, or even just entertainment suggestions around you? This is the perfect tool.

9. Google Maps

Google Maps is simply one of the best mapping tools out there. Use it for directions, travel time estimations, and GPS.

10. Roadside America

This one’s just for fun! Roadside America is your guide to “uniquely odd tourist attractions” in the US. Use this app to discover off the beaten path oddities and quirky roadside attractions to make your road trip that much more exciting and memorable.

Itching to hit the road this fall? Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure.