Hosting a Friendsgiving Dinner Party

Thanksgiving is about following tradition; Friendsgiving is about making new ones.

F5CD13D3-A0CF-4A66-BE56-05C17EB5F901I know I have a lot going on this holiday season. I am a bit crazed but I kind of love it! So when the idea of hosting a Friendsgiving Party came up, I jumped at the choice to host my first one. I mean who doesn’t want a dress rehearsal for the big Turkey Day Celebration?

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Planning Your Thanksgiving Menu

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Thanksgiving can be a bit tricky if you are the chef. On the one hand, it’s a wonderful event for cooking and entertaining. On the other hand, if your family is like mine, there are a lot of traditions involved. I think if my family showed up for Thanksgiving and I tried to serve something other than my mom’s Cornbread Stuffing recipe then they would all leave. The same goes for most of the other items on the menu.

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Place Cards for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and my table is almost set. I know you are surprised since I love to set tables in my dining room. But I am almost done. I still have to decide on the china pattern and I need to plan out my flowers.

I think one way you can personalize your table is by making your place cards. So I had some fun today and created a few options.

I love the color of cranberries and thought they might add a lot of color to a table.

Using a piece of floral wire I strung the berries and then made a small tassel out of some of my Target Dollar Spot twine. This is my version of the popular wooden beads for your home made out of cranberries instead.

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Creating Flower Arrangements for your Home – with Flowers from Trader Joes

Now that I have a new flower arranging room I am so motivated to arrange flowers! I thought it might be fun to share once a month how I arrange flowers found at your local grocery store. Today I am using flowers that I purchased at Trader Jose.

I went to my local Trader Joes this week and checked out their flower inventory.

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Simple Pleasure for Twenty Bucks

BB2784BF-02B6-4D46-86E2-71702AD4DDA1I had the pleasure of spending a few hours at the Long Beach Flea Market last weekend. If you saw my Instagram Stories then you were able to join me for part of my adventure! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoy shopping at these local flea markets. The merchandise is amazing and the bargains are definitely there!

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The Christmas Holiday Panic

IMG_6128Remember when I was in Taipei in August and I panicked when I saw all of the pumpkin décor on Instagram? All of the beautiful homes on IG had at least ten pumpkins in every room. Sadly,  at that time, my fall décor consisted of a ten-year-old plastic jack-o-lantern and one really big spider. So I frantically ordered a gazillion pumpkins online.

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