Happy Friday darlings! Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner. Eeep! That means most of us have a short 3 (or 2!) day week coming up. Exciting, but also a bit overwhelming all at the same time, especially if you’re hosting like myself. I’m taking this weekend to do some last minute prep before my guests arrive into town next week. But before I dive into that, I want to share the fabulously pretty Thanksgiving Inspiration we shared on SMP Living this week with lovely photos from Heidi at White Loft Studio. It’s dreamy. Here’s a teensy tiny peek but you’re going to have to head over there to see the rest.
And now, for some of my very own Thanksgiving prep tips (cause you know, I’m a pro at this, being a first timer and all). Right. I’m sure Turkey Day will still bite me in the ass and there will be a few ‘hot mess’ moments but now it wouldn’t be a proper Thanksgiving without the mishaps, now would it? Here are a few things I’m going to keep in mind:
1. Thawing your turkey. I spent a decent amount of time researching this whole turkey business this year and one of the biggest mistakes I hear of (if you’ve bought frozen) is forgetting to thaw out your turkey in time! Place your turkey breast side up (keeping it in the packaging) on a tray in the refrigerator. The general rule is to allow 24 hours per 4 lbs of turkey. So a 15 lb turkey should take about 4 days.
2. Serving pieces. Take the time this weekend to make sure you’ve got the correct amount of plates, silverware, wine glasses and even chairs! It sounds like common sense but you don’t want to be short any of these items last minute. Also go through your major serving pieces—do you have a turkey platter, gravy boat, enough pots and pans? If not, you can always ask guests to bring something you might not have.
3. Stock the bar. Or, have your guests contribute and bring what they like. Wine is where it’s at in our house, but it goes quickly so we’re making sure to stock up this weekend. Oh, and don’t forget the eggnog!
4. Preparing for guests. I dedicated a nice little post on this topic because I think it’s so, so important to set the mood in your home and make sure your guests are happy. They’ll notice your hard work and feel welcomed to visit again.
5. Don’t forget to relax! Being a host is tough work. And if you’re stressed, it will totally show. If you take the right steps to prepare for any gathering (and make sure to ask for help when you need it!) you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy all of your hard work.
*Prep tips by Yours Truly | Thanksgiving Inspiration by SMP Living | Photos by White Loft Studio
I had a bit of a rustic, woodsy, down-to-earth kind of upbringing on my Dad’s side. And Mom? I got my girly, glam, arts & crafts loving ways from her. Maybe that explains why I can spend hours in the kitchen baking or adversely, hours in the woods hunting, and being completely satisfied with either. But one thing that both sides of my family taught me was to enjoy food, laughter and good times with those you love. Hosting and entertaining are always happy moments for me because it’s always surrounded by exactly that, love. So, I’m wrapping up my two favorite styles for Thanksgiving this year. Rustic and glam. Here’s a little taste!
1. Shanna Murray Platter | 2. Gold Flatware Sets | 3. Gold Stripe Place Cards | 4. Gold Rimmed Stemless Glassware | 5. Gold Chargers | 6. Gold Taper Candles | 7. Beige Napkins | 8. Acacia Oval Platter
Normally, we indulge in this this cozy cocktail while carving pumpkins each year—a tradition that Shawn and I started in our college days in NH (where cider is the official beverage!). Since this October didn’t bring the bone-chilling days that we normally see toward the end of the month, we waited. And I’m so glad we did. Hot spiked cider next to a fire has been the cure for this week’s lower temps and it made me remember what I love about this time of year so much!
1 orange, sliced
4 cups apple cider
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup dark spiced rum (we use The Kraken)
Cider mug (ours is from Pottery Barn)
In a medium saucepan, combine 4 orange slices, 2 cinnamon sticks, apple cider and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes on low heat. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick and orange slice. Enjoy, next to a cozy fire if possible!
*Photo by Yours Truly
Good Monday morning! I hope you all had a cozy weekend. I indulged in one of my favorite fall outings this weekend—our annual family Christmas shopping trip! We decided to check out a new local outdoor shopping center, Market Street. It was so refreshing to step outside into the sun in between each store, rather than a stuffy, crowded mall. We were thankful to have such a beautiful day!
All of the perusing (especially at Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma) sparked my Thanksgiving-hostess-to-be butt into gear. I’ve sort of been putting off the planning but with Turkey day being only a few short weeks away, I’m setting my focus on finalizing all of the details this week. I’ve got a pretty good handle on the menu but I’m a bit more excited to create a pretty table, decide on the perfect place cards and dream up a luscious fall arrangement. I’m leaning toward a rustic-glam look like this gorrrgeous Provence Inspiration from Feather & Stone and Lavender & Rose Weddings. It’s so impeccably beautiful, it seems sort of impossible. But if I can pull off half of the pretty here, I think I’m in good shape! What are your Thanksgiving plans? If you’re hosting, I’d love to hear your tablescape inspiration!
*Photography by Feather & Stone | Event Planning & Design by Lavender & Rose Weddings
A couple of weeks ago, I was stocking up on vino for the holiday season—this time of year, I’m all about the rich, yummy reds. I came across a handful of particularly ‘spooky’ wine labels and in the spirit of a ‘grown-up’ Halloween party (candy for the kids, wine for the adults?) thought this would make for a fabulously frightful party idea. Best part? It’s a super easy, last minute party idea that will satisfy any wine lover! Personally, I’ll be staying in tonight watching scary movies with a big glass of spooky red—Happy Halloween!
19 Crimes | The Velvet Devil Merlot | Bogle Phantom | Vampire Pinot Grigio | Ghostly White Chardonnay | Killibinbin Shiraz | Spellbound Petite Syrah | Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
*Photo by Yours Truly