Thanksgiving day prep

I can't believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away!  It seems like this holiday season is just flying by and I love this time of year so so much that I wish it would slow down a little.  I absolutely love that we have this holiday about giving thanks right before the craziness of Christmas starts so that it puts us in the right frame of mind to remember the spirit of giving this season.  I wanted to share some inspiration for the big day where it really is all about the food and your table setting needs to be just as impressive.  I love to incorporate warm fall tones and textures with linen napkins and table cloths to wooden chargers and beautiful flowers centering the table.  I think that candles always make things more inviting and name tags on the place settings or a thankful card where they can write some things down.  [you can find my free printable here and my "give thanks" banner here]  And for the food, I love a good appetizer like a cheese board filled with some fruit, nuts, unique cheese, crackers, bread, and spreads that look inviting so your guests will want to dig right in.  My favorite Thanksgiving tradition with my family is that we all go around the table and share what we are most grateful for in the past year and toast our cranberry juice to each one.  It actually turns out to be pretty sentimental to reflect on the amazing blessings and trials that have shaped us over the past year and things we have been blessed with that we didn't even see coming.  Cheers to a beautiful thanksgiving surrounded by friends and family!     

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| THANKSGIVING DINNER CHECKLIST |
 

Textured or colorful runners, place mats and napkins

Decorative napkin ring or ribbons with place card

Mix-and-Match chargers, dinnerware and flatware

Pretty and practical oven-to-table server-ware

A sharp carving knife and festive turkey platter

Autumn flowers and greenery with candles

The perfect glasses for making a toast and a fun drink to go with it

| THANKSGIVING PLAYLIST |
 

Bing Crosby - I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For

Josh Groban - Thankful

Jimmy Durante - As Time Goes By

Ed Sheehan - Autumn Leaves

Glee Cast - Baby It's Cold Outside

James Taylor - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

Mel Torme - Comin' Home Baby

Diana Krall - S' Wonderful

Michael Buble - Home

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

Frank Sinatra - You Make Me Feel So Young

Ella Fitzgerald - Sentimental Journey

Michael Buble - The Very Thought of You