Sip and Savor: Thanksgiving Party Ideas, Side Dish Recipes, and Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, family, and of course, delicious food and drinks. This year, why not add a refreshing twist to your Thanksgiving celebration by incorporating slushees from Texas Frozen Tropics into your festivities? Whether you’re hosting a large family gathering or an intimate dinner with friends, slushees can elevate your party and provide a unique and tasty experience. Here are some fun ideas to add to your Thanksgiving day festivities.


Gourmet Slushee Bar:

Start by setting up a gourmet slushee bar where your guests can create their own customized slushee concoctions. Texas Frozen Tropics offers a variety of delicious flavors, from classic fruity options to unique, tropical blends. Some popular flavors include piña colada, mango, and strawberry. Provide an array of toppings and garnishes like fresh fruit, whipped cream, and flavored syrups to let your guests get creative. Encourage them to mix and match flavors to craft their perfect Thanksgiving slushee.

Slushee Cocktail Hour:

If you want to add an adult twist to your Thanksgiving celebration, turn the slushees into cocktails. You can serve classic frozen cocktails like margaritas or daiquiris using Texas Frozen Tropics mixes. Provide an assortment of alcohol options, including tequila, rum, and vodka, so guests can be impressed the daiquiris you are serving.

3 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes:

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes


4 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup whole milk

1 bulb roasted garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped chives for garnish


  1. Boil the potatoes until fork-tender.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter and add milk over low heat.
  3. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the butter and milk mixture, stirring until well combined.
  4. Mash the potatoes and gradually add the garlic-infused butter and milk.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with chives, and serve hot.


Maple Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts


1.5 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp pure maple syrup

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Spread themon a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until caramelized.
  4. Optional: Toast pecans in a dry skillet and sprinkle over the roasted Brussels sprouts before serving.


Cranberry Orange Pecan Salad


6 cups mixed salad greens

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup pecans, toasted

1 orange, segmented

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Balsamic vinaigrette dressing


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine mixed greens, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, orange segments, and crumbled feta cheese.
  2. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and toss gently to coat.
  3. The combination of tart cranberries, crunchy pecans, and sweet orange segments creates a refreshing and vibrant salad that complements the richness of the Thanksgiving feast.


Thanksgiving Decor:

Incorporate some awesome fall decor. Thanksgiving decor transforms spaces into warm and inviting havens, setting the stage for a festive and gratitude-filled celebration. Earthy hues like warm oranges, deep reds, and golden yellows dominate the palette, echoing the colors of autumn foliage. Tables are adorned with harvest-inspired centerpieces featuring pumpkins, gourds, and rustic candle holders. Richly textured tablecloths and napkins add a cozy touch, while decorative cornucopias overflow with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Wreaths crafted from dried leaves and twigs grace doors, and cozy throws in autumnal patterns drape over sofas, inviting guests to relax in comfort. The ambiance is completed with the scent of cinnamon and cloves wafting from strategically placed candles, creating a sensory experience that enhances the spirit of gratitude during this cherished holiday.

5 things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving:

Gratitude is a wonderful practice. Here are five things you might be thankful for this Thanksgiving:

  1. Good Health: The well-being of yourself and your loved ones. Having good health allows you to enjoy life, pursue your goals, and engage in meaningful experiences.
  2. Supportive Relationships: Family, friends, and loved ones who provide love, understanding, and companionship. These relationships contribute to your emotional and mental well-being.
  3. Opportunities for Growth: Whether it’s in your career, personal development, or education, having opportunities to learn and grow enriches your life and helps you become the best version of yourself.
  4. Basic Needs and Comforts: A roof over your head, food on the table, and other essentials that many people may not have. Being grateful for the basic comforts can foster a sense of contentment.
  5. Positive Experiences: Reflecting on positive moments, achievements, and joyful experiences in your life. Recognizing and appreciating these moments can bring a sense of fulfillment and happiness.

Remember, gratitude can be found in both big and small aspects of life. Taking time to acknowledge and appreciate these aspects can enhance your overall well-being and perspective.

Texas Frozen Tropics Partnership:

Make your Thanksgiving party even more special by partnering with Texas Frozen Tropics. Reach out to them to discuss your event’s needs, whether it’s large quantities of slushees, endless flavors, or if you have general questions. Their team can provide the expertise and support to ensure your slushee bar is a hit.


This Thanksgiving, consider adding a unique twist to your celebration by incorporating slushees from Texas Frozen Tropics. Whether you’re hosting a large family gathering or a smaller dinner with friends, slushees can enhance your party experience with their refreshing and flavorful options. From gourmet slushee bars to themed slushee flavors, you can get creative and ensure your Thanksgiving gathering is memorable. By partnering with Texas Frozen Tropics, you can take your slushee game to the next level and provide your guests with a delightful and unique experience. Cheers to a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, family, and delicious slushees!

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