Thanksgiving Ideas That Take Home Sweet Home to Home Stylish Home

Stylish Thanksgiving ideas for gathering, decorating, entertaining, setting and feasting abound.  Home sweet home easily becomes home stylish home when thoughtful touches reflect your personal decorating style and grace your holiday home.

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Serving pieces in neutral colors paired with traditional and new traditional serveware sets an elegant holiday dinner table

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Versatility is the perfect complement to both harvest and Christmas themed tablescapes.  My number one Thanksgiving ideas suggestion is to invest in pieces that stand the test of time and trend.  

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Leopard love?  Blue and white porcelain accessories?  Purple pine cone place card holders?  Bring a sense of personal style to the holiday table.

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Simplify at least one or two holiday entertaining steps by opting for buffet-style dining and self-serve beverage stations.

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Lighting sets the tone and the mood, and a well placed table lamp(s) achieves the goal of impressive and relaxing entertaining.

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Apply the rule of KISS- keep it seasonal simple.  Fill a vase, jar or serving bowl with fresh produce.

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Set out candles surrounded by pine cones, walnuts and seasonally chic cuttings.

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Create a natural centerpiece focal point using acorns, antlers, pumpkins, and moss.

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Set a colorful place at the holiday table with help from nature’s beauty.  I picked these full fall colors on parade maple leaves up in the bank parking lot this morning.  Inspiration is everywhere!

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Summer’s Almost Here Happy Dance: Outdoor Living Entertaining

It the let’s take the all things house that make a home party outside shall we time of year!  Go ahead, take a moment to bask in the sunlight of your summer’s almost here happy dance.  Numbers show the benefits of outdoor living and entertaining ranks high in the areas of energy and well-being.  I love this time of year when the hot summer days and nights meet hot styles and cool looks of the outdoor living entertaining decorative accessories season.  Our Canadian snowbird son will be moving to a new house in a couple of months which means dialing and styling consultations, suggestions, tips and what do you think of this for our outdoor living space is in high demand.

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Curb and yard appeal primps and preps the outdoor living entertaining area for the season.

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The outdoor living loyal take outdoor living seriously.  The how we utilize our outdoor living spaces is an interesting fact.

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I don’t know about you, but when it comes to outdoor living decorative accessories, I want comfortable, durable, lasting, and affordable style that stands up to the season.  Patio, porch, terrace, balcony, rooftop and deck accessories must pass the past one season test.

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Style is important, but if the big ticket items such as outdoor furniture and performance fabrics can’t withstand the elements or normal outdoor living wear and tear, what do you have?  A repeatable, avoidable and unnecessary expense.  Outdoor furniture and accessories made from treated wood, weather-resistant plastic, aluminum and wrought iron products are the preferred material choice in the get the most bang for your buck game.

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SunGuard UV Protectant for garden decor comes with four star customer reviews.  I have not purchased or used this product, but if it delivers on its promise to protect all types of outdoor decor, furniture and garden accents against fading, peeling and cracking caused by the sun and harsh weather conditions it makes the gotta have it list.

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Outdoor living spaces share a design commonality with their interior living spaces counterpart- essential pops of robust color. From mosquito repelling lavender, geranium and rosemary plants and garden fragrant blooms, seasonal keep it summer simple sensation eats and outdoor lovin’ decorative accessories, the spring and summer outdoor living entertaining season presents us with a brilliant and bold opportunity to color our world.

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A fire pit tops the millennial homeowner’s gotta have it list for outdoor living function, comfort and style.  According to a Casual Living Millennial Outdoor survey, Millennials, singles and couples consider the most integral outdoor living entertaining products to be the five-piece dining set, grill and chat set.

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Our son, a millennial homeowner, explains to us, his Southern fried and humidity steamed parents, why a fire pit will be in his outdoor living space future.  “Guys, it’s not Louisiana.  It’s Canada.  We use a fire pit year round.”

Well that explains that.

 S’mores anyone?

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How about an artisan wood-fired pizza baked in a blue fish terracotta pizza oven?

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Blue Fish Terracotta Pizza Oven

Don’t forget to apply sun protection with an SPF of Stylish Parasol Fun.

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Place a bundle of these butterfly adorned paper parasols from Save-on-Crafts in a super cute decorative container or basket for sun and heat sensitive guests to use.  Other options include summer soiree parting favors or focal point decorations.

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One of the best pieces of outdoor living entertaining advice I can give is to keep the theme, design, food and drink menu super summer simple!

I’m convinced more and more the move toward the trend of taking purchased prepared foods to the next level via the presentation factor is a gift from the outdoor living entertaining powers that be and your local grocery store and farmers market.   The eyes set the “seen” when it comes to food, and easy always makes the perfect party guest.

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Add a splash of nostalgia to your outdoor living decor with vintage or vintage inspired accessories.

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Gosh, this vintage tin cooler evokes memories of summers spent in East Tennessee at my paternal grandparent’s house.   Granddaddy stocked the basement with a generous supply of original Coca-Cola (cold cola as they called it) in the small glass bottles.  In fact, when the formula changed to “new Coke” he saved my brother and me a carton of the original Coke.

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I still have mine to this day, and wouldn’t take a million dollars for this priceless memento.  Like a scene straight out of The Andy Griffith Show, we loved sitting out on the front steps sipping ice-cold original formula Coke (cold cola as my Tennessee family members say) watching the fireflies light up the summer night.

Everything’s better with Coke.  And summer.  And memories.

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Do Drop In: Entertaining With Ease

The welcome mat at Places In The Home is working overtime. Several of our family members are taking to the spring holiday road, and our house is do drop in central.  Good visits begin with good hosting and good hosting begins with a stress free host or hostess.  Entertaining is supposed to be a fun for guests and hosts alike, isn’t it?  I know I have a much better entertaining experience if I access and assign a theme, go with the entertaining with ease flow and keep the focus on comfortable surroundings, inviting touches and relaxing times.

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Texas times and family memories will be a hot topic of conversation.  Our company’s travels begin in Texas Bluebonnet country, and with Texas being the common denominator of our family tree, I played it up in theme and setting. Farmhouse chic makes an effortless foundation to build your theme upon.

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A simple arrangement of carnations mixed with greenery and placed beside an even simpler arrangement of apples and bananas in a milk glass center bowl provides a nice centerpiece in a farmhouse chic kind of way.

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Fresh flowers from the floral department of the local grocery store are my weakness, and when the word clearance enters into the picture my shopping cart runneth over.  You really get your money’s worth with carnations. Carnations can last for weeks with an every other day water change and a quick stem trim.  I use tepid water, scale back leaves from the stems to prevent contact with the water, and place a couple of drops of food coloring in the water.

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From recipes to table setting decor, I like to source from within meaning I like to use what I have on hand.  A great home decor clearance sale and dollar store items purchased in bulk can provide all the entertaining with ease elements needed for a well designed themed tablescape.

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kitsch
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

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Into each case of design and decorating a little if kitchen kitsch is wrong, I don’t want to be right will fall.  The method to my madness lies deeply rooted in the from which I came from principle. I picked up several sets of rooster dish towels at the local dollar store back during the holidays knowing full well they would come in handy. Paired with copper napkin rings I found on clearance at Dillard’s a couple of years ago, the dish towels made great dinner napkins.

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The Places In The Home gang comes from a long line of hen on nest dish collectors.  The women of our family felt no respectable kitchen and/or breakfast room decor complete without the addition of at least one hen on nest dish.

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On the menu front I aim to please.  Round our dinner table, quality rules over quantity which lines up perfectly with easy menu planning.  As long as the iced tea is sweet and I keep the serving sizes in just a bite territory it is all good and tasty. The culinary rule of KISS (keep it salad simple) always applies.

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I set up a salad buffet for first course serve yourself ease.  Individual Mason jar salads layered with shredded iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, chopped ham, green onion, Feta cheese crumbles, homemade buttermilk dressing and a dash of kosher salt and fine black pepper were a hit with the just a bite crowd.

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Biscuit BLTs with Peach Mayonnaise bring back memories of summers spent in Texas at my great-grandmother’s house.  Traditions tastes so good!

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Entertaining goes hand in hand with spring and summer, and entertaining with ease goes hand in hand with y’all come back now, ya hear!

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