I am in Korea so most of us are away from our families. Our company did the same thing for Thanksgiving that we are about to do for the Christmas holiday. We have a pot luck lunch that includes the Korean Civilians and Soldiers in our employ. We wear civilian close, do a hail and fare well, and awards. the CO and 1SG buy the big turkey and it is just a time to kinda get together as a family away from family. Thanksgiving had a grat turn out and we added so optional events for the Holiday party. We are doing it the half day before the Holiday weekend so it is like another free day off.
Some of the ideas we came up with for the party are that we're having a DJ (free of charge), our meal is catered, a raffle for all who are attending, prizes and gifts for all of the children who are coming and a genuine good time. Oh and civilian clothes too although if I bet myself, I know someone in my department leadership chain will come in their uniform.