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November 26, 2018 2 min read

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we're all scrambling to complete that ever growing to-do list. Between deep cleaning your house and coming up with a menu that pleases everyone, I know it can be overwhelming. Here's the thing: I ain't about that life, and I know you aren't either. I'm here to help ya out by giving you a quick centerpiece idea and a short hostess checklist that will keep your head from spinning.

Make a Gorgeous Centerpiece Using Only Three Things

All you need? Fresh flowers or faux stems, an oversized jar, and some tea candles. Make sure to snag a jar that will hide the ends of tattered flower stems or trimmed faux ones. Cut to measure - you want the stems to stick out of the jar, but you don't want them to be disproportionate to the jar itself. Arrange to your liking and then scatter some candles along the length of the table (all about that ambiance). For an extra touch, grab some of your extra stems and place them in front of or around the jar. OK, was that easy or what!?



How to Be the Hostess with the Mostest

If there's anything I've learned from Derek Blasberg, it's that a lady knows how to host a party. Here's a quick list of things to keep in mind when prepping for your Thanksgiving feast:

  • Prep the menu in advance (obvs), and include options for the vegans, vegetarians, and picky eaters.
  • Make a list of the areas of your home where people will be hanging out. Focus on getting those picked up and cleaned and then move onto areas people may or may not spend time in. Priorities!
  • Curate a long playlist (psst, I did this for you!) you can put on shuffle and forget. Think family-friendly tunes or whatever won't have your nana in a huff.
  • Take inventory of your silverware, plates, serve ware, etc. and figure out what you need to borrow or buy.
  • Clean everything that will get used - and remember those wine glasses that sit in an untouched cabinet all year? Yeah, rinse those out.
  • When setting the table: knife and spoon on the right and forks on the left.
  • Breathe. Panic doesn't look good on a gal.



Now that you've got the centerpiece dealt with and a list to keep you focused, don't forget to give yourself plenty of time to get ready day-of! And pour yourself a mama glass of vino, OK? You've earned it.

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