If you’ll be playing host to Thanksgiving guests soon it’s important to make your house look beautiful and comfortable for out-of-towners. Many of us save holiday prep until the last minute, so we’re bringing you seasonal ideas that serve double duty- They’ll add festive holiday cheer while making guests feel welcome and special.
First thing’s first- make sure that beds are made, bathrooms are clean, and junk is stowed elsewhere. A sparse guest room is better than one that’s morphed into a storage room over the last few months. It’s ok to stash stuff under beds and in closets, guests won’t notice and will appreciate having room to move around.
Go the extra mile with a welcome basket.
Even the most cantankerous of relations will smile when they find a basket of goodies waiting for them in their room. Fill a basket, wire bin or metal bucket with fun things from the travel-size and snack aisles. When you’re shopping ask yourself these questions:
What will my guests forget? – Mini toiletries, and if you have an extra phone charger throw it in!
What are things my guests may need by don’t want to bug me for? -Aspirin, a mini first aid kit, chapstick.
What will help my guests settle down for the night? – A magazine, and individually packaged snacks.
Prop Up Bags with a Luggage Rack.
A stylish luggage rack like this one from Ballard Designs will help guests keep their things off of the floor, but it’ll pretty up your room even if it goes unused.
A Bench at the Foot of the Bed.
Create a place for guests to take off shoes or prop up luggage. A bench will also act as a visual substitute for a foot board, making your guest room look pulled together.
Help Guests Sleep Soundly with Blackout Curtains.
Odds are you haven’t slept in your guest room for months if not years. If you have time, spend a night there to make sure everything is comfortable and convenient. If not- ensure your guests sleep comfortably by installing blackout curtains or room darkening shades. You’ll be sure that an offending streetlight, passing cars, or a too-early sunrise won’t keep your guests up at night.
Personalize place settings to show all of your guests how thankful you are to be with them. When guests see their name at the table they’ll know you made something special just for them. Whether you do something elaborate or simple, it’s the little things that make friends and family feel loved.
Create easy harvest time place cards by writing each guest’s name on a mini pumpkin with a sharpie. Nestle it in a cloth napkin as pictured above, or simply set it on each guest’s plate.
Rustic Napkins with a Personal Touch.
Make a functional place marker by writing guest’s names on napkins made from inexpensive burlap or linen fabric. Cut fabric to size and pull a few threads from each side to create a frayed edge.
A Tiny Arrangement for Every Plate.
Upcycle mini pumpkins left over from Halloween by making them into personal-sized vases. Cut off the tops and fill them with mums for table decor that doubles as a favor for guests to take home.
Find a way to for guests to celebrate more than food this Thanksgiving. Remember what the holiday’s all about and maybe start a new tradition.
Spread on Some Love with Gratitude Rolls.
Let everyone lend a hand in the kitchen as they roll up something they’re thankful for in a gratitude roll. Later, guests can share others’ messages as they eat.
Keep Thankfulness Close at Hand with a Customized Tablecloth.
While cooks are cooking let guests (young and old) share what they’re thankful for right on the tablecloth. Friends and family will feel good participating in the day, and you’ll have a keepsake to remember this year’s gathering for years to come.
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Thanksgiving is the kick off to a long holiday season of money spending. So, although you want to make sure you kick off the holiday season with a bang, it should be cost efficient too. Thanksgiving decorations are extremely important in getting friends and family into the spirit, so including fresh cut flowers in Thanksgiving decorations will bring the joy of natural elements of the harvest season indoors.
DIY THANKSGIVING IDEA: Order a DIY Thanksgiving Flower Pack and set aside some time the day before Thanksgiving or the morning of (while the turkey is in the oven) to gather with family to make a centerpiece and some fun little arrangements. A fun thanksgiving craft often becomes a family tradition that you will cherish.
Here are the steps for creating this arrangement:
1. Order flowers and pick a ship date to receive the flowers 2-3 days before Thanksgiving.
2. Upon arrival, cut the stems & hydrate the flowers in buckets until you want to arrange.
3. Cut down the floral foam to fit into the vase, let it to soak in a water/ flower food mix.
4. Put the soaked floral foam in the vase and create the arrangement shape with greens.
5. Add larges focal flowers first, in this case use the roses to create the focal center.
6. Add the smaller filler flowers, spread all the colors throughout the arrangement.
7. Finish up my rotating the arrangement and filling in spaces!
That was easy right? If you have ordered a Thanksgiving Flower Pack, you will have plenty left over flowers to use in other areas of your home. Arrange them for the kitchen, foyer, serving tables, or even food dishes! Tell us your ideas for what you would do with these.
I love party hats and thought why not make a turkey cone hat?! You could always just make the cones to play with as well. It’s a great activity for the kids to do on Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!
Start by drawing a half circle on a piece of brown paper with a compass or a piece of string. I used the tutorial here
Roll up the pieces into cones and tape or glue them together. Try to make the tip as pointy as possible.
Glue on some tall colorful feathers in the back and add a face! I love making big goofy eyes by just cutting out white circles and using a black sharpie to color the pupils in. If you want to make a hat out of these, punch the sides with a hole and put an elastic string through!
Since she was 3 years old, Amelia has exhibited an extraordinary connection to nature. Her mother, Robin Schwartz, has photographed the candid moments and compiled them in a book called Amelia and the Animals. Schwartz writes about the natural manner that her daughter displays around animals showing “enormous fortitude and ingenuity in relating to each individual animal with kindness and respect,” which instills a calming effect in each animal.
Her mother began to recognize Amelia’s deep bond with animals at 3 years old, when she noticed that their two Cornish Rex Cats would always fight to sit on Amelia’s lap and would often become jealous and territorial for the attention of their prized companion. At a young age she was strong and brave, never viewing her encounters as strange or unusual. Until recently, she took these opportunities for granted. “She didn’t realize how unusual her encounters were until everyone started to tell her how lucky she was to meet so many animals” writes her mother.
She’s getting older now and plans on one day becoming a primatologist who researches gibbons. In an interview with the New Yorker, a ten-year-old Amelia says, “I am an animal person. I cannot survive without animals, this is who I have always been.”
The line between human and animal is often unclear. What is it that entitles humans to separate ourselves from our surroundings? Through the innocence of this child, we are shown that animals are not only meant to coexist with humans, but perhaps to interact as equal partners.
Iceland is a vast landscape of fjords, glaciers, lava fields, and beauty as far as the eye can see. Picture a country where schools still insist on teaching their students the ancient sagas. It’s a place full of healthy, active citizens and where the scale of income inequality has near balanced arms.
The country of Iceland, a volcanic gem of farmland and wilderness, is nothing short of peaceful. Consider this— according to the Global Study on Homicide (UN), there was just one reported case of homicide in Iceland in 2012, with 14,827 cases of homicide in the United States that same year.
Architect, Luciano Pia, recently proved eco living is completely possible in an urban setting by designing a 5-story apartment complex in Turin, Italy, that lets tenants reconnect with their childhood dreams— letting them feel like they are living in an enormous tree house.
The building has 63 flats, all of which equally benefit from the terraces and mix of lush trees that grow from the walls. Each tree was placed purposefully to create soundproofing that can absorb the noise of the bustling streets below.
Halloween may be all about getting spooked, but what about those of us who like more treats than tricks? Rest assured, there are still some movies out there that will get you into the holiday spirit without giving you nightmares. Whether you want something to watch with the kids or just want to cuddle up with a blanket and a bowl of candy, here are some safer movies to watch this holiday.
They may be creepy, mysterious, and spooky, but above all, the Addamses are kooky — making this a fun flick the whole family can watch.
Before Sarah Michelle Gellar stepped in, Kristy Swanson was the original Buffy — albeit a bit more Valley girl, but still badass through and through.
This is so cool! Apparently these people just moved and decided to use their empty boxes to decorate for the upcoming holiday. Someone on Reddit asked them how they made it and here’s what one of the people said:
Hi there! I’m the one who made the monsters. I used contact paper, tissue paper and modge podge for the eyes. I used cardboard, black paint, and duct tape for the rest! You can’t see them from the inside of the house because there are curtains behind them.
Here’s a picture of the house in daylight that was provided as well.
In feline interpretations of various artworks, painter Susan Herbert’s Cats Galore: A Compendium of Cultured Cats features the animals in renditions of paintings including The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and Ophelia by John Everett Millais.