Each year for Thanksgiving, I alternate back and forth between going home to visit my family in Chicago and staying in Houston and hosting a Friendsgiving. This year, Kyle’s family is coming to town and we are hosting at his house! We spent the entire weekend menu planning, grocery shopping, and cleaning in anticipation, so I was happy I had figured out my plans for decorating a few weeks before!
So I’ve been working on a recipe for sometime now for y’all, but I didn’t want to share it until it was just right. I know, very generous of me to taste test batches upon batches of french fries and claim them not as a snack, but as a scientific baking experiment. That means the calories don’t count, right? Continue reading “Baked Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries Recipe”
With Thanksgiving only about a week away, recipes have been flying around left and right for the perfect turkey, the most incredible stuffing, and some “unique” version of apple pie. While everyone at the store is fighting you for the last can of pumpkin or the only turkey that isn’t 30 lbs (honestly, who has this many people to feed?), I’ve been hiding in the baking aisle just hoarding all the spices and a whole lot of powdered sugar. Continue reading “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice – Cinnamon Sugar Cookies Recipe”
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I have been working on getting a menu prepared, drinks taste tested, and decor… well, I’m working on it. This year I am staying back in Houston and celebrating with a group of good, similarly money-minded friends (flights are crazy expensive!). Knowing this group, there will be plenty of football watching, cheery drinking, and experimentation on cooking. We’re ordering a turducken, and it’s quite intimidating… any tips anyone?
Since most focus goes into the food and there are plenty of people helping out with that, I’m trying to get creative with the decor this year! After much searching and thought, I’ve agreed that gold is best. It’s been trendy for a couple of years now in home decor, and there are so many inexpensive items that you can purchase or make to really gild your table to glittery perfection. Chargers in shimmery gold can be purchased at Michael’s for about $1.50 a piece. Old wine bottles can be covered in gold paint or glitter to hold fresh flowers. The frugal options are endless! Check out my list of DIY’s and inspirational photos to get excited about your table this year. Bonus: this theme works well for Christmas and New Years too!
These DIY gold and glitter bottles from Yahoo Makers are too easy and so glamorous. I love the greenery coming out of the tops too.
Martha always has good holiday ideas. These gold dipped pine cones could easily be used for place cards or just placed sporadically along a table runner for a rustic chic look.
It’s hard not to love these gold spray painted Christmas lights from Landee See Landee Do – I would leave these up all year! Strung along the center of the table or in some tall glass vases would make for a glimmering centerpiece.
I’m also really into these gold branches from Pop Sugar. Throw them in a clear vase, hang some ornaments on them, and you are ready to go!
Though I usually send invites out on Facebook for my events, I really like the idea of sending paper invitations for special occasions. These gold accented invites from Paperless Post really caught my eye!
For more inspiration, check out the photos below!
Gold Table Display by A Pumpkin and A Princess
White and Gold Table by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Christmas Gold Display by The 36th Avenue
Rustic Holiday Table by Junebug Weddings
Do you guys have anything beautiful planned for your tables?
It’s my most favorite time of year. The leaves have changed colors, the air is clear and brisk, and all I want to do is be next to the fire with a huge cable-knit sweater, a great read, and a big ‘ole cup of apple cider. Being that I no longer live in a house with my parents, I am sadly down one fireplace, but excitedly up one fiery drink. If you’re looking for the perfect Fall beverage that will warm you from head to toe like the best down comforter, snuggling puppy, and cinnamon candle adorned coffee table all mixed into one, I’ve gone and found it for you! Continue reading “Fireside Apple Cider Recipe”