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)
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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Anxious about sending out engagement photos? Don’t wait for holiday cards! We have a wealth of Thanksgiving cards and they’re a cute way to share love with friends and family a little earlier in the year. Here are a few of our favorites from both the Wedding Paper Divas collection and our sister company, Tiny Prints!
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?
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!
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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?