An easy Valentine’s Day dinner the kiddos will love!

Over the years, Valentines Day in our house has become a family affair. My husband and I will certainly find a time to sneak away for a little date night but we have three little boys who have grown to love spending this special day with mom and dad. For several years we have done a heart shaped pizza and while that’s always a hit, we have been super into meatball subs lately! For the cost of ingredients and the convenience from start to finish, you really can’t go wrong.

Hearts, Hearts & more Hearts

For this particular dinner, I knew I wanted lots of heart shaped foods. I found some decent sized rolls at our local grocery store and used my 3 inch heart shaped cookie cutter to make each roll into the shape of a hear. Doing the same with the cheese.

family valentine dinner

Next cut your rolls in half, butter the insides and place a piece of heart shaped cheese on the bottom half (we enjoy provolone), inside. Toast the buns  to your liking.

family valentine dinner

All toasty, cheese is melted and they’re ready for the meatballs!

family valentine dinner

The next part is super quick & easy. Take your favorite marinara and frozen meatballs, and heat on the stove at medium heat, until they’re cooked through.

family valentine dinner

 

Don’t they look so yummy?

I also threw together a simple green salad  using my 1 inch heart shaped cookie cutter to make hearts out of the salami and cucumbers. The kids went crazy for this and ate every bite they were served!

family valentine dinner

 

Finish off your Family Valentines Dinner with my delicious Sweetheart Strawberry Floats.

strawberry floats

There you have it! A super simple and extra adorable Valentine’s Day dinner for your family!

My November Book Review

First of all, I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to get this post together! Going through my first holiday season as a blogger really kicked my butt! But I can happily report that I made it through, had a wonderful Christmas and a safe New Years Eve, and now I am back on track! So this month (November) I read 4 incredible books! I LOVED each of these reads. They were vastly different but equally enjoyable!

nov book review

I started out the month with…

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

 

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I decided to read it for a few reasons.. One, it was chosen by the book club that I’m in, and two, it has a Hulu series that seems to be doing well. I was intrigued and this book did not disappoint!

 The Handmaid’s Tale is about a young woman named Offred. Offred was married with a young daughter before she became a handmaid. Handmaids are valued for their ovaries, and ovaries alone. They exist merely to provide a womb and an egg to their commander and his wife. Once the popularity’s fertility was at an all time low due to chemical spills and polution, the government was erased by the military and replaced with totalitarian government. Women lost their rights, jobs and families.

 Offred tells her story as it happens in the present moment, but often has flashbacks from her past to give the reader a better perception of how she got to where she is and who she was before she became a handmaid.

Always enjoyable..

 

Silver Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Elin Hilderbrand! Her books very rarely disappoint and this one was no different. I loved this novel from start to finish. I always enjoy Elin’s references to Nantucket Island. I particularly enjoy her summer romance novels.

Meredith Delinn’s life has been turned upside down when her husband Freddy is arrested for running the biggest ponzi scheme in  U.S. history and cheating his wealthy investors out of millions. Meredith has lost everything. Her husband, her home, her friends, her money.. All of it. She is homeless and alone until she decides to call an old, estranged friend for a place to stay. The two women will spend the summer mending old friendships and creating new ones!

 

 

My Husband’s Wife, By Jane Corry 

This one…Oh how I LOVED this read. I didn’t even get through the first chapter before I was completely addicted to this novel. There are so many twists and turns to create the perfect psychological thriller. Lilly is a lawyer married to her starving artist husband, Ed. She takes her first big case, defending a man named Joe who has been charged with his wife’s murder. Lilly is completely drawn to Joe for reasons that are initially unknown and the feeling is very mutual. Joe is about to change Lilly’s life forever..But not only Joe. Lilly’s young Italian neighbor Carla will also have a hand in this.

It was so interesting for all of the pieces to come together. My Husband’s Wife is suspenseful thoughtful and full of surprises.

 

A Stranger in the House, by Shari Lapena

 

A Stranger in the House was probably my favorite book this month! It’s provocative with lots of twists that you will not see coming and an ending you’ll never predict.

Tom and Karen are newly married and have the picture-perfect life together. Until one evening while Karen is preparing dinner, she gets a phone call, rushes out the door to unknown territory, crashes her car and has absolutely no recollection of the events that led her there, including who called her and where she rushed off to. Karen is left with a concussion and a crippling fear that she can’t allow anyone to see. After several suspicious coincidences, she comes to the conclusion that someone is playing puppet master with her life. But why? and more importantly, who?

I think you will thoroughly enjoy each of these novels for their own unique qualities! What have you read lately??



Sweetheart Strawberry Floats

Valentines Day is fast approaching and as excited as I am to decorate my home head to toe in all things pink and red, I am equally as excited to think up some yummy V-day treats for the family. These Sweetheart Strawberry Floats are our current favorite. They’re pretty, tasty & super easy to whip up!

strawberry floats

To make Sweetheart Strawberry Floats

I used these items below. I know what you’re thinking, the 7up is cherry flavored..The soda preference is completely up to you! My boys prefer cherry 7up to strawberry soda, so that’s what I went with. Any clear, pink or red carbonated drink will do fine.

strawberry floats

 

Scoop a few generous helpings of your ice cream into a glass and top with your soda of choice. Wait a few seconds for the soda to fizzle a bit so you can add more. Then garnish with a strawberry! That’s it. Easy as pie!

 

strawberry float

strawberry floats

The kiddos went crazy for them!! But don’t get me wrong, the husband was pretty happy too! Make these for a special valentine dinner, a movie night or a homework snack.. They’re sure to make your Valentines very happy!

strawberry floats

strawberry floats

 

 

 

Easy & Sentimental Christmas Thank You Cards

This year more than ever I am feeling the need to really bestow upon my boys gratitude and the ways to express it! During the holidays they receive so much and a simple thank you just doesn’t seem adequate for me anymore. The more my kiddos receive, the bigger my worry becomes that they will come to expect these gifts and not appreciate them as they should. With this heavy on my heart, the kids and I did some acts of kindness this month. We made cookies for family, friends, teachers, our mailman and UPS man. We made really nice cards and cookie platters for our local police & fire stations. And we donated toys to Toys for Tots. Although we could be doing so much more, my heart feels so full with what we’ve done so far!

christmas thank you cards

One thing I’ve always overlooked is the impact a ‘Thank You” card can make on the recipient. After all, what better way for my kids to reflect on how thankful they are for something they’ve been given, than by taking the time to put it into words, all on their own. After racking my brain for a cute and equally thoughtful ‘Thank You’ card idea, I remembered a little craft I saw online a while back called ‘thumbprint Christmas lights’. And that’s when I decided it would make the perfect easy & sentimental Christmas thank you card!

Christmas thank you cards

To make your own you’ll need:

White paper (preferrably card stock)
Black Sharpie
Pen or pencil
Paint in assorted colors ( finger paint or acrylic)

Start by folding a piece white paper in half ( I prefer card stock for this project). Now using a black sharpie, draw what will be your string. Notice I made little rectangle grooves for where the lights will “adhere”. In a corner somewhere I wrote the child’s name and age. This will be the front of your child’s card.

Christmas thank you cards

At this point, I had the kids write out their cards. I made a list of who gave them what, and we discussed a few template ideas. Keep it simple and to the point unless your child wants to write extra. I noticed the more words that I tried to encourage, the more mistakes they made, and the more frustrated they became.

Christmas thank you cards

Once they’ve written out all of their cards, place your paint colors of choice on a paper plate.

Christmas thank you cards

Using their index finger, have them dip the tip of it into the paint then press it down against the little rectangles so that it looks like a bulb connecting to the string. Continue this method with each color, creating a pattern.

Christmas thank you cards

Let it dry for several hours then write “Thank You” on the front and mail them to their new homes! And there you have it. An easy & sentimental Christmas Thank You card for your loved ones.

Christmas thank you cards

New Years Fortune Cookies

After searching high and low for the easiest & tastiest fortune cookie recipe, I have found the Holy Grail fortune cookie magic! Now when say ‘high and low’ I mean I stayed up until 2:00 am testing recipes..That’s how serious I am! When I think of New Years, I think of new beginnings & hopes for good health, happiness & fortune. Which is why I thought New Years Fortune Cookies would be so fun to create. This recipe is easy, the cookies bake quickly and everyone will be impressed! The chocolate & gold sugar are completely optional but highly recommended.

New Years fortune cookies

Unfortunately as it was very late (and to be honest I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out), I didn’t get a lot of ‘step by step’ pictures but I did grab a few..

Start by making your batter as instructed below. A crucial part of making fortune cookies is using a tablespoon to put them on the baking sheet, using the backside to make a round, flat circle. And only baking 3-4 at a time so that you’re able to work with them while they’re still warm.

New Years fortune cookies

Cook for 7-8 minutes so that the edges are slightly brown. If you undercook, they will tear when they’re bent. If you overcook, they will snap. So play with the time a bit to find that happy medium. For my oven, it was 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

Follow the steps below and then place them in a muffin tin to cool & keep their shape.

New Years fortune cookies

Once they’ve cooled, 30 minutes to 1 hour, melt about 1 1/2 C. semi sweet chocolate chips, then dip the ends of your fortune cookies into the melted chocolate.

After you’ve dipped your cookies. Allow them to set for a good 15 minutes or so. I recommend doing this on a wire wrack over parchment paper or foils that the excess chocolate can drip off.

new years fortune cookies

After 15 minutes, sprinkle gold or silver sugar (or sprinkles) and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes!

Enjoy!

 

New Years Fortune Cookies
Author: 
Recipe type: cookie
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
The perfect addition to your New Years celebration!
Ingredients
  • ¾ C. sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ t. vanilla extract
  • 3 T. water
  • ½ C. melted butter
  • 1 C. all purpose flour
  • gold or silver sugar for decorating (optional)
  • 10 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips ( optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and prepare your fortune strips
  3. With a stand or hand mixer, whip your egg whites and sugar for 2-3 minutes or until frothy
  4. Now add in your water, vanilla, melted butter and flour and mix just until combined
  5. Your batter will be somewhat thick, resembling a pancake mix.
  6. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the batter and use the bottom of the spoon to gently spread your batter evenly to make a flat, round circle.
  7. I like to bake 3-4 cookies at a time. The reasoning behind this is that you need to shape your cookies while they're hot. If you bake too many at a time, they will cool down before you can shape them.
  8. Bake for 7-8 minutes
  9. When your cookies come out of the oven, flip them over once then place your fortune in the center
  10. Gently, using your spatula, fold your cookie in half, then using a mug, place the cookie onto the edge of the cup and push the ends down to make a fortune cookie shape, quickly placing the cookie in a muffin tin to hold its shape..
  11. After your fortune cookies have cooled and set (about 30 minutes to an hour).
  12. Melt your chocolate chips and dip the edges of your cookies in the chocolate, allowing to set on a wire wrack over parchment paper or foil.
  13. Let the chocolate settle for about 15 minutes then sprinkle with your sugar or sprinkles and refrigerate until chocolate is completely set.
Notes
Have fun and be creative with your fortune strips!
 

Crockpot Black Eyed Pea Soup with Ham & Cabbage

In our home we are big on traditions!  Especially when it has to do with the holidays! About three years ago we adopted a new tradition that we’ve come to enjoy which is preparing Black eyed peas for New Years day! In the South, black-eyed peas are a New Year’s Day tradition. And it is believed that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year!

black eyed peas

I’ve tried preparing black eyed peas a few different ways and wasn’t too crazy about them until I came up with this crockpot black eyed pea soup with cabbage and ham recipe. It is so comforting and PACKED with flavor!!

Soaking Your Peas

The first step to making this soup is soaking your beans in water overnight. If you don’t have the time, you can do a “quick soak” by bringing your beans and water to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove them from heat, cover the pot and soak them for 1 hour. Finally, drain and rinse your beans.

black eyed peas

Place your soaked beans in your crock pot. Next, chop your veggies and drain your diced tomatoes.

black eyed peas

Add them into your crock pot along with your ham hocks or shank, minced garlic and chicken broth. Now add enough water to cover all of your ingredients by about an inch or so. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

black eyed peas

Once your soup is done cooking, season with salt & pepper to taste. I recommend waiting on this step until the very end to prevent making your soup too salty!

black eyed peas

Crockpot Black Eyed Pea Soup with Ham & Cabbage
Author: 
Recipe type: Soup
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 ham hocks or 1 ham shank
  • 1 1lb. bag of black eyed peas
  • ½ head of green cabbage
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by soaking your beans in water overnight OR "quick soaking" by boiling the beans for 2 minutes removing from heat, placing a lid on your pan and soaking for one hour. Regardless of method chosen, after soaking drain & rinse your beans.
  2. Place beans in the bottom of your crock pot along with ham hocks or shank.
  3. Chop your veggies, garlic and drain your tomatoes, add to your crockpot
  4. Pour your 32 ounces of chicken broth and enough water to cover your ingredients by an inch or so.
  5. Cook for 6 hour on high or 8 hours on low.
  6. Once finished add salt & pepper to your liking.
  7. I recommend enjoying with crusty baguette!
 

Grinch Movie Night

How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s a classic! A Christmas movie we’re sure to watch every holiday season. We spend most of our weekend evenings watching Christmas movies during the month of December. So I thought it would be super fun to have a themed movie night featuring none other than, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Not only is a themed movie night fun at the time, it’s special nights like these that create memories to last a lifetime!

Setting up your Table

I started this little movie night with a small table that I purchased at Costco a few years back and a red plastic tablecloth. I actually had some wrapping paper on hand that had the “Grinch colors” so I thought that would make an extra cute runner down the center of my table. If I hadn’t found the wrapping paper, I would have purchased a yard of fabric that goes with our theme. I actually prefer using fabric because if it gets dirty, you can throw it in the wash and re-use it over & over! Plus, the patters are endless. I bought these cute tissue pom poms to hang overhead and my favorite touch.. This super cute and easy to make tissue tinsel garland! Check out my blog post here for easy instructions!

Grinch Juice

The Grinch Juice was my favorite treat! It’s requires 3 ingredients, it’s super simple to make and looks so FUN and vibrant! To make your own Grinch Juice, you’ll need 1 packet of lime kool-aid, 1 small jar of maraschino cherries, and red sanding sugar.

grinch juice

  • Make your lime Kool-aid as directed, set aside
  • With a lemon wedge, coat the rim of your glass then dip the wet rim into your red sugar
  • Place desired amount of cherries at the bottom of each glass, then carefully pour your kool-aid in.

grinch movie

That’s it! I like to throw in a cute red & white straw for special affects!

Grinch Popcorn

You may have seen this stuff floating around the web for some time now. Although I can’t take credit for coming up with this adorable treat, I will share with you the page where I found the full recipe, below.

The original recipe calls for red M&M’s. I was having a hard time finding only red M&M’s so I went with a different red & green candy instead. I put the popcorn in these cute little plastic tumblers that I ALWAYS have on hand for these kinds of things!

grinch popcorn

//Please ignore my “Mary Lou” sign.. it was a long day! hahaha!//

The best part is, you can package up the leftovers in a cellophane baggy & ribbon, and hand them out as thoughtful treats for friends!

Here is the original link where I found the Grinch popcorn recipe.

Whoville Puddin’

Now I know what you’re thinking.. This isn’t pudding. I went back & forth on whether or not to make jello or pudding and obviously jello won! This jello treat was so cute and super easy to make. Literally all you’ll need to do is prepare you green lime jello, pour it into your little plastic tumblers, & let them set. Right before serving, top with a little whipped cream and sprinkles!

grinch movie

I found these adorable plastic spoons that I wanted to use so right after I poured the jello into the tumblers, I set the spoons in. This way the jello sets around the spoons!

 

If you’re not a Jello fan. Go with green pudding instead!

Grinch movie night

 

grinch movie night

 

The boys had the BEST time!! My oldest said he felt like he was at a restaurant/ movie theatre with the table & treats infront of the TV screen!

grinch movie night

& there ya go! All the tips & tricks you’ll need to throw your own Grinch Movie night. I’ve also put together below, my amazon picks that helped me with my movie night!


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How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Our very favorite Christmas tradition, our North Pole Breakfast!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Elf on The Shelf

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several years, you’ve probably heard of The Elf on The Shelf! Our Elf’s name is Elfie. Original, right? ha! He arrives each year sometime between the day after Thanksgiving and December 2nd. In other words, he arrives when mom gets around to finding him, and mentally preparing myself for hiding him in fun and creative places night after night. I know some of you mamas relate with me on that one?! haha!

The thing we look forward to most with our Elfie, is the North Pole breakfast that he arrives with! Now each year is different. If you are very organized with your Elf’s arrival, then you can have your Elf arrive with it each year. As I mentioned before, I’m not very organized with our Elf, so some years he arrives with it, and others he brings the special North Pole Breakfast a week later. My kids don’t seem to mind.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What exactly is a North Pole Breakfast?

 A North Pole Breakfast is a a breakfast that our Elf on the Shelf brings with him, sets up himself and brings/ makes, a decadent breakfast primarily consisting of sugary treats and lots of Christmas decorations. Now, I know what you’re thinking, why should the Elf get all the credit? If this is your mindset, by all means, start this tradition as something that YOU create! You will receive  all the praise and your kiddos will not enjoy it any less! OR this can be a tradition sent from the big guy himself, Santa! Whatever you decide on, start this tradition this year! Your kiddos will LOVE it and have these memories forever!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What to Serve

Last year I bought Kellogg French toast sticks and this year I went with their mini pancakes. They’re super convenient for this kind of thing because all you need to do is warm them up in the microwave. I found the little Santa picks at Target & made cute little pancake stacks!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

One thing we always make sure to have is these powdered sugar donuts.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Another favorite was this strawberry jello with whipped cream & sprinkles!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

MY personal favorite is the hot cocoa bar that Elfie sets up!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

I picked up the cute little Christmas mugs at Target last year. Made some hot cocoa spoons simply by melted semi sweet chocolate chips, dipping a white plastic spoon in it, topping each with broken candy cane or sprinkles, and letting them lay flat to dry. Then you can use them to stir your cocoa! Also included in the hot cocoa bar, marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and candy cane sticks! The kiddos grabbed their mugs, I poured warm water in each, the emptied their cocoa packets and added their desired toppings. Now is that fun or what?!

I also like to serve some sort of fruit variation. Last year I made a fruit “Christmas tree” with apples & raspberries, using raisins for the trunk, then a cheese, star, tree topper!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

The year before last I served these little fruit cups in Christmas cupcake liners. Ultimately, think of items you can prepare the night before or quietly the morning of. Go with easy finger type foods that won’t take a lot of work or make a lot of noice to whip up. After all, you don’t want to go to all of this trouble then ruin the surprise!

Extra Special

A few of the details that helped make this North Pole Breakfast so special..

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

We have a small collection of Christmas books so it’s awfully special that our Elf always bring a little present with him and what is it you ask? Well, a Christmas book to add to our collection, of course!

These Christmas plates were found at Target. They match the hot cocoa mugs.

The “tablecloth” is actually just two yards of fabric that I picked up at Joann’s Crafts and folded in half.

The pretty decorative stars that I have hanging from my chandelier were a Target dollar spot find.

Chair covers, food platters & napkins were found at the Dollar Tree.

For quick & easy shopping, I found some very similar options to help you plan your very own North Pole Breakfast!


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Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries & Pecans

The Holidays have arrived and entertaining season is in full swing! The last few years I have found myself looking for the quickest, easiest dishes with the least amount of ingredients. However often those requirements don’t always produce the prettiest never mind the tastiest, of dishes. This Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries and Pecans is not only quick & easy, it’s decadent and sooo delicious!


Isn’t it gorgeous?!

This holiday cheeseball with cranberries & pecans can be served with your favorite crackers, thinly slices apples or toasted baguette! And get this..4 ingredients is all you’ll need!!

You’ll notice I surrounded my cheeseball with the leftover cranberries & pecans for extra goodness with each bite! Totally optional..but highly suggested, haha!

Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries & Pecans
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
The perfect Holiday appetizer sure to impress your guests!
Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 T. chopped green onion
  • 1¼ C. raisins, divided between 1 cup & ¼ cup
  • ½ C. chopped pecans, divided between 2¼ cups
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mix together your room temperature cream cheese, green onions, ¼ cup craisins, ¼ cup of chopped pecans
  2. Roll your mixture into a ball
  3. Mix together your remaining 1 cup of craisins & ¼ cup chopped pecans
  4. You can either roll your cheeseball into the mixture or gently push the mixture into the cheeseball, covering the entire ball
  5. Serve with your favorite crackers, thinly sliced apples or sliced baguette!
 

 

5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

If there’s one thing that you should know about me, it’s that I love to entertain. Like, we’re talking, love everything about it! I love having my home filled with loved ones. I love preparing delicious food for my guests. And most importantly, I loveee setting a beautiful table!

Thanksgiving is next week (how did that happen?) So I am here to help you with 5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table! This post will help you do one of two things: 1. Create a table scape with what you’ve got using the tips that I’m sharing with YOU! or 2. You can purchase very similar items to create your own thanksgiving table, with the items i’ll be linking below! Whichever you choose, I hope you enjoy..Let’s get started!

1. Choosing your color scheme

Before you do anything else, decide on your color scheme. This year blue tones during the Autumn months are all the rage! My Thanksgiving color palette always consists of lots of gold and brown tones and then I add to it from there. The last few years I’ve used the same salad plates, and then added different pieces along the way. I purchased these salad plates at Homegoods 3 or 4 years ago and decided they were a great investment for years to come! Although I haven’t seen any since, I did find these on Amazon, that are very similar.

I went with a very classic salad plate that has multiple colors in the design that way I can change it up each year. There’s blush, orange, yellow, blues, and even green tones! See what I mean? By choosing a staple item with multiple colors i.e. salad plate, my options for accent colors are endless. A few years back I went with brown accents. This year I’m really excited about incorporating lots of blue! I found these beautiful napkins and the placemat that I used for my centerpiece, at Pier1.

2. Layers, Layers, Layers

You’ll notice that I didn’t use a tablecloth. Personally, I prefer the look of the polished wood to the cloth for Thanksgiving table-scapes. With that being said, I’m using large, round, gold placemats instead. If you’re more traditional and prefer a tablecloth, have at it. Start there. I also had some light blue placemats that were a bit smaller than my gold, round ones but a bit larger than my gold chargers, SCORE!! See how easily I added a whole extra layer to my place setting. And I didn’t have to spend a dime!  I always use chargers when hosting a dinner. I have a small collection and use them often for company. It’s so fun layering different shapes and colors to create a beautiful luxurious looking place setting. Another money saving tip is that I always always use my white dinner plates. There just simple white plates but by adding other layers below and above them, we’re really dressing them up!

3. Centerpiece

The centerpiece is very important because as you know, this will be your tables focal point. It’s important that whatever you choose, you keep it at eye level so that you’re able to see over it. You want to be able to talk to and enjoy each of your guests! Check around your house before you make a purchase. You’d be surprised  at what your already have laying around. This year I decided to showcase my pecan pie. {Recipe HERE!} And surprise! I already had this beautiful cake stand . In years past I’ve used various sized white pumpkins, candles from around the house with pinecones. Another idea..If your table is large enough, lay down a table runner and then place all of your Thanksgiving side dishes along it! This way no one has to get up from the table  for seconds and everyone can enjoy the beautiful food y’all worked so hard to prepare!

4. Place Setting Trinket

I’m all about leaving your guests with something to remember the day/ evening by. An individual, maybe even personal, place setting trinket for your guests to take home with them. Not only is it a super sweet gesture but it also adds more personality to your table! Maybe a small baked good, a little pumpkin, a personalized note or photo. Get creative with it! This year I typed out this ‘Thanksgiving Prayer’ onto pretty gold metallic paper. I cut each poem out, used my hole punch to make a little hole then attached a pretty ribbon that matched my color scheme. I found these cute little gold pinecones at Hobby Lobby and tied each poem to it.

Isn’t that special?!

A few years ago I made mini chocolate chip pumpkin breads in these cute little ramekins that I found in the dollar bin at target! I packed each one in a cellophane bag and tied raffia around it.

 

5. Finishing Touches

By finishing touches I mean stemware and napkins. Napkins are fun because you can do so much with them! If you’re working with neutral plates & chargers, I’d recommend using a bolder, livelier napkin. As you can see my salad plates are the main attraction for my settings so I went with a solid napkin. You can fold your napkins and place them under your salad plates, like I did this year. Place them to the left of your settings (traditional table protocal), or tie a decorative ribbon around them and place them in your water glasses!

As for your stemware. I like to have both a water glass and a wine glass at each setting. Not only does it give your table a very polished look, it’s a functional addition. I know that almost everyone at our gathering will have water or iced tea and a glass of wine. If you’re serving a certain beverage of the evening, by all means, use the appropriate glasses.

Here are some products that I recommend to create your own Thanksgiving table scape! Almost all of these items are Amazon Prime, therefor they’ll ship within 2 days!

I hope that you enjoyed my 5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of yummy goodness and loved ones!


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