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5 Last Minute Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I love that families and friends all throughout the country come together to connect, feast and be thankful for all their blessings.  Thanksgiving does not get overshadowed by presents, Santa Claus and the mad rush to get it all done.  Thanksgiving is truly about people, a long meal, sipping spirits, the family nap all sprawled out through the living room in a complete turkey coma, conversations, long autumn walks.  For me, it all comes down to this…Connection. There are so many ways to connect on Thanksgiving Day so I wanted to offer up a few last minute ideas to make the most out of this thankful holiday.

 

1.  The Thankful Tree.  I am obsessed with the thankful tree. It is so simple and such a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.  Simply collect some branches from your yard, I love Manzanita branches as they have an organic look.  Any branch will do ( you could also spray paint the branch) to  go with your decor.  Cut out fun shapes on some vintage paper and have your guests write down what they are thankful for and tie with raffia to the branches.  A great way to share what you are thankful for with all your guests.

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2.  Giving Garland- I am a little bias as I made these for our Thanksgiving Trunk.  The giving garland is made of jute twine, tied a both ends and simply attached with different questions to the twine.  Questions such as “What is something that always makes you happy?” String the giving garland through your Thanksgiving centerpiece to create positive conversation during your holiday feast. Simple. Easy. Fun.

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3.  Teepee Centerpieces- You can’t forget about the kids.  While the turkey is in the oven, have the kids get a little crafty.  All you need is card stock paper, some paints, a few sticks and a little glue.  Let your kids get creative and when they are done display them on your Thanksgiving table. It makes a great conversation starter.

 

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4.  Mini Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces.  Thank you Living Locuroto, I love this idea so much that I had to share it. Great last minute ideas, So simple, so modern, so chic.

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5.  Dawl up the Punch Bowl- Don’t be afraid to put the Thanksgiving touches on all festivities.  All it takes is some acorns, a few oak leaves, a little twine and you have the organic touches of Thanksgiving. Dipping pumpkins and fruit in metallic paint is also a fun addition. Get your party talking before you sit down at the table, it just takes a few festive touches.

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Here’s to your last minute Thanksgiving crafts! Get inspired. Be crafty and make the most out of this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Tipsy Tuesday: Big-Batch Holiday Cocktail

The holidays bring people together to gather and be merry, finding that perfect cocktail to serve a large crowd is not always an easy task.  Thanks to the Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch, your holiday festivities are  not only festive but seriously merry. The flavors get you in the mood  for the holidays and your guests ready to celebrate the season.

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Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch
Serves 3 to 5

Ingredients:
3 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice or store bought 100% blood orange juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise
1 cup  dry white wine
1 (500ml) bottle brut champagne, chilled

Directions:
1. Place the blood orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and star anise in a small pot and bring to a boil, over medium-high heat.
2. Once the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium/medium-low and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, 30 to 40 minutes.
3. While the mixture is still hot, stir in the white wine until completely combined. Allow to cool before placing in the refrigerator to chill, at least 2 hours.
4. When ready to serve, place 3 tablespoons of the blood orange mixture into the bottom of each glass and top with chilled champagne (about ½ way to 2/3 of the way full). Serve!