Need a little last-minute decor inspiration for Thanksgiving tomorrow? This quick tabletop project can be put together just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. You might even be able to re-purpose some of the leftover materials from our pine cone pom project a few weeks back! Today we’re putting together a simple centerpiece and a cute napkin ring to give your hosting an extra dose of style. Ready? Grab your supplies and follow our lead.
What You’ll Need
- Festive, fall-themed embellishments (we used dried florals and artificial pine cones from the craft store)
- Double-sided tape
- Scrapbook paper
Cut your scrapbook paper down to strips that are two inches wide. Wrap and use your double-sided glue to attach and form a ring. Then, use your festive embellishments to decorate! Slip them over paper or cloth napkins for a gorgeous holiday look.
Find any glassware you have around the house that could be used as a centerpiece (we used a simple circle vase we had lying around the office!). Then, fill it with sparkly pinecones, dried florals or whatever fits your fancy. A simple project like this can go a long way at the holidays… and your guests will be sure to love it!
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We asked—you answered! Here’s what some of you have planned for this bustling Thanksgiving weekend, as reported on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Looks like a lot of you will be shopping till you drop!
“I’ll be shopping in stores on Friday and hit the sales on Cyber Monday too. I try to do it all!” —Meghan W.
“My baby is due soon, so I might be in the hospital waiting for someone to bring me a plate.” —B.W.
“I’m traveling to my hometown. I want to relax, spend time with my family and read by the fire.” —Erika B.
“I’ll be taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales—heck yes!” —Michael M.
“My family will be in town, so I’ll be busy showing them around San Francisco. Can’t wait!” —Jessica L.
“I hope to do absolutely nothing! I just want to relax with my family, eat good food and soak in all the fun before the busy holiday season catches up with us again.” —Kate M.
“I’m determined to shop this weekend, but not for holiday gifts—I need to revamp my wardrobe!” —Harriet S.
What are you busy doing this Thanksgiving weekend?
This Thanksgiving, we’re feeling thankful for all of our wonderful readers…
Much to my tastebuds’ delight, my significant other makes his living as a chef. This year will be our first to host family Thanksgiving, and as it quickly approaches, a million lists are forming in my mind.
What can we prepare beforehand? Need to borrow an extra table from a friend. Forgot to pick up a tablecloth!
Him? Cool as a cucumber. I asked him what he does to prepare for a big meal like this, and aside from the know-how of cooking for 100+ people five nights a week, here’s what he had to share for a successful feast.
1. Work ahead.
- Peel potatoes the day before and store them submerged in water in the refrigerator. The water will keep them from turning brown.
- If you’re making stuffing, chop the onion, celery and other ingredients the day before and store them in the fridge.
- Do as much as you can on Wednesday. Make your pies, sweet potatoes and anything else that will reheat well.
2. Make sure your turkey is ready.
- If using a frozen turkey, make sure it is completely thawed by Wednesday. If needed, run cold water over the bird to speed the process.
- Make sure the turkey is at room temperature before you start roasting it. Remove it from the fridge at least one hour before cooking.
- Invest in a meat thermometer. Check the temperature on the thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone.
- A turkey is considered fully cooked at 180.° Dark meat takes the longest to cook, so always check the thigh. He recommends taking the turkey out of the oven when the temperature reads in the 175° range, as the temperature will continue to rise internally once removed from the oven.
- Don’t wait until it’s too late to test the temperature of the bird. Start checking around the 2.5 hour mark.
3. Get as much help as you can.
- Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned entertainer, don’t take on too much. Leave time to enjoy the day!
- Order rolls and perhaps even dessert from your local bakery to save time and hassle.
4. The turkey is in charge.
- Most likely, the turkey is going to take up all of your oven space for most of the day, so have anything that needs to be cooked in the oven ready beforehand, and reheat it once the turkey is resting.
- On that note, always rest the turkey at least a half hour before carving. If the turkey is done well in advance, it can be reheated at a low temperature.
- If you have a small dinner planned, a turkey breast is large enough to serve 2-3 people.
Above all, have a happy Thanksgiving!
Do you have any tips or comments to add? Leave us a note below!
With Black Friday only a week away, we can’t help but wonder, are brides-to-be preparing to brave the stores or planning to steer clear of the crowds? We’ve heard that Black Friday can mean highly discounted wedding gowns, shoes, accessories and more. But is it worth it?
Are you doing any wedding-related shopping on Black Friday? Do you live for the busiest shopping day of the year or avoid it at all costs? Does Black Friday make you want to rant or rave?
Living in a different part of the country from our respective families makes holiday planning a bit tricky for my significant other and me. Should we fly to your family or mine for Thanksgiving? Should they come to us? What about Christmas? It’s a dilemma that many of you are probably faced with, too. How do you involve both sets of families in your holiday season?
Are you planning to carve the bird with his family or yours this year? Do you have any advice for newlyweds splitting their time between families during the holidays? Does coordinating with both families during the holidays make you want to rant or rave?
Are you hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner this year? The rich chocolate and caramel hues in this elegant Thanksgiving party invitation are the perfect starting point to create a sweetly sophisticated dinner party. You’ll surely impress all your guests with these great ideas!
L to R: Tiny Prints Victorian Thanksgiving party invitation, Double Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Frosting, Streuseled Sweet Potatoes, Metallic Napkins, Caramel Tower, Table decor, Pumpkin & Maple Leaf Whoopie Pies
A busy wedding planner recently told me that she had three weddings taking place over Thanksgiving weekend. When I was surprised, she noted that many people choose to host their celebrations over the holidays because people will already be traveling home, it’s generally less expensive than a spring or summer wedding and it gives them the chance to do something particularly unique with their decor.
On the other hand, holiday weddings force out-of-town guests to spend more on plane tickets, and it takes time away from your guest’s family celebrations.
Have you ever been to a Thanksgiving wedding or a Christmas wedding? What do you think about hosting a wedding near a major holiday? Do holiday weddings make you want to rant or rave?
With Thanksgiving in front of us and Christmas right around the corner, this time of year can become stressful for those dealing with fitting in to a new family. I’ve heard way too many times that you aren’t just marrying your spouse at your wedding–your marrying their whole family! Here are some links to help you deal with hosting or visiting the in-laws during the holidays:
-Associated Content offers this helpful article on hosting your parents or in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. Among them, make sure to include recipes from both sides of the family in your dinner so that they both feel equally honored.
-eHow.com has some steps for coping with meddling in-laws. Remember, as hard as it may be, it’s always better to be the bigger person. Respond accordingly!
-Distract your fellow family members with gifts! Reader’s Digest has a list of gift ideas for the in-laws on their blog.
-Yahoo has a list of survival tips for the holidays. At least one of these is sure to work. If not, check out author Dina Koutas Poch’s book”I Heart My In-Laws…” for even more guidance.
-Finally, a personal tip: before you head out or have people over, make sure you and your significant other are on the same page. You have to be able to support one another. Isn’t that what marriage is all about?