Thanksgiving Family Traditions

As you probably know by now, I LOVE Thanksgiving especially the traditions. Most of my family is from North Carolina and they make the 14 hour trek to Tennessee to enjoy Thanksgiving with us. Since we typically only see our family once a year, we have a great time catching up. Over the years we have developed quite a few Thanksgiving traditions.

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Sprinkle of Glam Thanksgiving Apple Cider Bar Cart

Preparing for Thanksgiving

My dad is a Whole Foods fanatic. It is rather funny to see my very country dad sipping on a green juice looking at quinoa and organic turkeys. When I was in college, he would pick me up from the airport in Nashville (about an hour away from my parent’s home) and we would take a detour to pick up organic goodies for Thanksgiving. We have kept this tradition alive and normally shop for groceries the Monday of Thanksgiving week. The night before Thanksgiving, my cousins and I enjoy a pre celebration at the family farm, which typically leads to mischief!

Thanksgiving Morning

On the morning of Thanksgiving, we have coffee and breakfast early in the morning with yummy treats such as pumpkin roll, ham & cheese breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and breakfast casserole. I am considering baking these pumpkin biscuits this year! No Thanksgiving morning is complete without mimosas of course, even my grandmother will get in on the action.

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My mom and I usually cook Thanksgiving dinner together. I love this time to bond with her and do one of my favorite activities, cooking! If our timing works out we enjoy our meal in the early afternoon, giving the men of the family plenty of time to watch football. When we were younger to keep us occupied while dinner was being cooked, we made turkey cookies (similar recipe here). However, even though we are all in college or post college now we still ask to make these cookies every year.

We invite anyone in our neighborhood that does not have family close by to also join in. For a couple of years our neighbors, who are British, joined in on what they referred to as “traitor’s day”. My family hosts dinner at our family farm and the scenery is just perfect for the occasion. Before we dive into the delicious meal, we take a moment to go around the table and say what we are thankful for. Each year I find this part of the day to be difficult. It is hard to narrow down just one thing I am thankful for when there are so many reasons to be thankful.

After Thanksgiving

All my family members usually dress up for Thanksgiving dinner and then immediately change into sweatpants. Once the food coma sets in, its nap time city! My mom and I will start putting up Christmas decorations, which can be quite a feat since she has four full size Christmas trees. I have never met anyone who loves the holidays more!

I would love to hear from you, what are your family’s Thanksgiving traditions?

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

It is my favorite time of year, I love Thanksgiving. It is one of the only holidays where gifts are not exchanged. We actually take time to be with friends and family and just be thankful. With Thanksgiving only a week away, I have been researching table decor. My family always has Thanksgiving at our farm in Tennessee. The rustic setting makes the day even more special. Last year, I made these calligraphy “I am thankful” placemats for each place setting. My mom and I typically handle the decor and cooking for our family. This year I am loving these rich textures and whimsical plates!

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How to Put Together an Apple Cider Bar Cart

I finally received my Social Society bar cart and I could not love it more. I have been dreaming of different set ups for fall for my bar cart even before I purchased it. I put together an apple cider bar cart that is perfect for hosting friendsgiving or thanksgiving. This easy set up will be visited by all of your guests at your next get together. I decorated my cart with a West Elm faux deer head adored with a Pottery Barn fall wreath, a Pier One cake stand (currently on sale!) to hold the liquor, Oh My Deer! print, my Hunter boots, C.Wonder napkins (sold out), and of course a mum.

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For an apple cider bar cart you will need:

  • Coffee Mugs
  • Paper Straws
  • Cocktail Napkins
  • Hot & Cold Apple Cider
  • Marshmallows
  • Caramels
  • Liquor (Goldschlager, Bourbon, Whiskey Cream, etc)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon Sticks

Encourage your guests to mix and match with different liquors in their apple cider. I personally enjoy Goldschlagar, marshmallows, and a cinnamon stick in mine.

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Cheers!

Friday Favorites

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1. Camilyn Beth Holiday Collection No other words to describe this line than perfection!

2. Pizzazzerie’s Fall Porch Party Courtney is another Nashville blogger and I love her recent porch party. This is inspiring me for Thanksgiving tablescapes.

3. What You Can and Can You Not Take From a Hotel Room? With several friends in the hotel industry, I found this to be an interesting read.

4. Entertaining Tips from Cupcakes & Cashmere Thanksgiving is around the corner, here are a few tips for dinner parties!

5. How J.Crew Colors Get Their Wild Names It is no surprise I am fan of J.Crew. Jenna Lyons always inspires me. This film and article explaining how J.Crew colors are named is incredible and inspiring.

With the highest in the 30’s and 40’s and a chance of snow in Nashville, I will be bundled up this weekend enjoying some warm cocktails. Have a great weekend!

Thanksgiving DIY Projects

My absolute favorite holiday, Thanksgiving is around the corner. I love it because it is a holiday where presents are not involved and we take the time to remember to be thankful. Here are a few DIY Thanksgiving projects that have been on my radar lately. We made the “thankful for” placemats last year, and all of our family loved it. This year I am loving the chalkboard pumpkin for the menu, such an easy DIY that will make a large impact.

1. Chalkboard Pumpkin Menus

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2. Oh My Deer Handmades I Am Thankful For… Placemats

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3. Studio DIY Leftover Pie Boxes 

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4. Sarah Hearts Glitter Feather Garland 

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5. Martha Stewart Paper Pilgrim Hats

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6. Studio DIY Confetti-Stuffed Turkey

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What is your favorite Thanksgiving DIY?

Inspired by Gold

I have always been smitten with gold accessories. I wear my trusty Kate Spade Gold Watch and J.Crew Pave Bracelet on a daily basis, it has become a staple in my jewelry. Even in my home, I love gold touches to add some unexpected glam. With the seasons changing, I have been inspired by gold lately. I cannot wait to throw a sparkly gold new year’s eve party. Here are some pieces that have been on my radar lately.

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Waiting on Martha Champagne Glasses | Gold Tory Burch Flats | Jonathan Adler Zebra Tray 

Kate Spade Gold Dot Agenda | Loren Hope Bow Studs | Tory Burch Gold Handbag

Needle & Thread Gold Dress | C.Wonder Gold Leopard Coasters | J.Crew Factory Cheers Sweater

Fall DIY Projects

I love a little DIY especially during fall. I probably got this trait from my mother who loves decorating and crafting. There is something about looking at a finished project and knowing you made it. Most of these projects are easy and will take minimal time, who doesn’t love a little weekend DIY? These projects can really dress up your home for the season change. Here are a few of my favorite DIY projects for fall.

1. Owl Pumpkins by Better Homes & Gardens

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2. Gold Leaf Pumpkins from Coastal Bride

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3. String Skull By A Beautiful Mess

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4. Sweater Wine Bottle Wrap By Creme de la Craft

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5. Fall Wreath from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

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