Thanksgiving

BHG Guest Blogger

Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips & Trends

Hi! I’m Julie Blanner & I was named Better Homes and Gardens Entertaining Blogger of the Year! I share effortless entertaining, home design & thoughtful gift ideas on my blog, julieblanner.com! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s not only okay to graze, but it’s encouraged. It’s where rustic & relaxed style are embraced & we take time to truly enjoy a great meal, family & friends. I enjoy creating a table setting that allows for great conversation & flexibility so that I can relax & enjoy dinner as well. Today I’m sharing my favorite tips, trends & finds for Thanksgiving entertaining!

Thanksgiving ideas

Choose some make ahead dishes:

Prepare side dishes & appetizers in advance, when possible, to eliminate stress once your guests arrive.

 

Don’t be afraid to mix metals:

One trend I’m obsessed with this year is copper! Copper mugs aren’t just for moscow mules. I’m serving apple cider with cinnamon sticks in them. I can’t get enough of gold flatware either!

Thanksgiving trend

Create your own centerpiece:

Use a bowl or platter to create a centerpiece in just a few minutes!

Thanksgiving table setting

Thanksgiving table setting

5 minute table runner | 5 minute apple & pear centerpiece | 5 minute gathered centerpiece

Preset the table:

Setting the table adds both ambience & convenience. Even if you’re serving buffet style, place napkins & silverware at each place setting. If you’re serving at the table, add appropriate plates. Always preset wine & water glasses to minimize your tasks as a host or hostess during dinner. Don’t be afraid to mix & match china & glassware.

 

Keep your guests entertained with activities:

Grant yourself time to put the finishing touches on the meal without stress, keeping your guests entertained with activities.

free printable thankful for cards

Free printable thankful for cards are a fun way to reflect on the year. Keep & share them after dinner!

Test your  family & friends knowledge with a free printable crossword puzzle

Kids & adults will all enjoy a Thanksgiving word search

free printable Thanksgiving activities

Create a self serve bar:

Create an environment where guests can serve themselves. Learn how to style a functional bar cart here.

Learn how to style a bar cart

This bar cart is affordable & beautiful!

 

bar-cart-target

Relax & enjoy it!

Nothing puts your guests more at ease than making them feel welcome & seeing you enjoy the occasion as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie Blanner


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.12

Happy Friday all! This week, since it’s finally starting to feel like the fall we all know and love, I decided to share some decoration inspiration to help prepare your home for the season ahead!

 

Fall means football (whether that makes you groan or cheer is totally up to you). For your next tailgate, revamp an old aluminum chair with this easy DIY makeover from A Beautiful Mess to make a statement out of your seat! Team colors optional.

 

I love this painted geometric cube porch from Little Green Notebook. It brings just the right amount of style and flair to the most inviting part of your home!

 

 

Always wondered how to dry flowers and never knew quite how? Take a look at this tutorial from Cedar Hill Farmhouse and learn not only how to dry them the right way, but how to use them for decoration as well.

 

 

Nature and fall go hand in hand. DIY Enthusiasts pulled together a list of nature-inspired fall decorations, and I spotted this awesome idea while I was browsing. Such a simple and cute way to add some visual appeal to any empty space in the house!

 

 

Lastly, need inspiration for your tabletop this fall? Look at Aunt Peaches easy ways to spruce up your house with these “golden” tips and tricks.

 

 

Enjoy the week!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.5

Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!

 

Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!

 

 

If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.

 

 

I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!

 

 

Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.

 

 

And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.

 

 

Until next time! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.22

Happy Friday! Summer is officially winding down–kids are back in school, the heat is slowly taking all the color out of grass and gardens, and busy lives reconvene. The Pumpkin Spice Latté is almost back. To mark the end of a wonderful summer, I pulled some gorgeous room decor photos to help inspire us to keep our indoors bright while the days get shorter and chillier (hopefully)!

 

This beautiful fall centerpiece from Hello Natural is perfect for welcoming back autumn! Long-lasting and fragrant, this eye-catching ensemble will wow for months.

 

 

Some of you may have children heading off the college this year–send them with some dorm decor ideas that will let their style show. These 12 Affordable Ways to Add Personality to Dorm Rooms by The White Buffalo Styling Co. are easy, stylish, and budget friendly!

 

 

Always wanted a barn door, but never knew how to install one? Worry no more. East Coast Creative shows us how it’s done with their Upcycled Barn Door.

 

 

Shelving can sometimes be a daunting task if you don’t know what you’re end-goal is. I love the open and light look of these DIY Iron Display Shelves from A Storied Style.

 

 

And if you’re looking to add some spunk to a plain wall–look no further. This brick wall tutorial from AKA Design adds a playful touch to their small space!

 

 

Have a great week, Style Spotters! Until next time!

Erin

 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Gem Place Marker (free printables)

Tis the season of big fancy meals! Let’s fancy up your table with some free Gem Place Marker printables!

Supplies:

- Free Gem Place Marker Printables (Black, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Pink)

- Scissors

Directions:

-  Print out the Gem Place Marker color of your choice.

- Cut out the gem and fold.

- Write the names of your guests on the gems.

- Optional: You can go ahead and just place the folded gems on each plate, OR cut a small triangle in the side to hang the place marker on a cup.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


BHG Guest Blogger

An Elegant Organic Thanksgiving Gathering

 

 

 

 

Hi, I’m Julie Blanner, the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving. As a seasoned event planner I enjoy keeping the holidays beautiful and simple, integrating old and new. I’m excited to share a glimpse of my Thanksgiving preparations with you today!

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving table setting

This Thanksgiving, I wanted to add a little unexpected color and detail to the table, while keeping with some tradition. While aiming for beautiful decor, my main goal is to make guests feel at ease. That’s why I included washed linens – napkins guests can use without fear. They also eliminate the need to iron! I added a sprig of rosemary as a symbol of remembrance for those who are no longer with us.

For the past 8 years, we have been using Thankful For cards. I always look forward to taking a moment to truly be grateful and hearing what others are grateful for. It’s also fun looking back through previous years. This year, I am also including a word search to keep guests occupied so if I’m running a little behind, I won’t feel so rushed.

Wood chargers fill the head of the table with added warmth and color. I am also using rented vintage china. It is not only inexpensive, but also makes clean up a breeze {just rinse and they’ll pick up!} This breaks up the monotony of using my standard set.

Decor elements include found antlers, a wispy floral arrangement {designed by friend and florist Erin Volante, and a last minute gathering of favorite quotes and photographs.

To keep the table cozy, I also add my favorite throw and pillows. I always set up a bar so that guests can serve themselves. A pitcher of water, wine and a signature apple cider cocktail which can be spiked with vodka, keeps guests refreshed while the turkey is being carved. A few snips of a tree branch add beautiful Fall color.

I tend to use timeless and versatile pieces that transition from the dining room to kitchen or family room. You can find my favorite things here!

glassware | wood chargers | throw | linen napkinslinen cocktail napkins | tableclothpitcher | bottle stopper | pillows

Photo credit: Wheat Photo