Guide to An Easy, Enjoyable Thanksgiving

Tired of Thanksgiving preparations that last longer than the actual event? Here are some quick tips for fun and fabulous celebration that will leave you thankful, and then some!

1) Intimate Gatherings…Rule number one for Thanksgiving is to have a party on a small scale for easy enjoyment. (You’ll see your relatives next month at Christmas and Hanukkah!)

The perfect way to entertain for a small group is to focus on and prepare a delicious main course entree, like the turkey, and let a gourmet grocery do the rest.  My favorite stop for any occasion is Winston’s Market, on Southport in Lakeview.

Try some warm, autumnal appetizers like butternut squash bruschetta, stuffed mushroom caps, and duck with wild rice soup.

Get creative with sides like roasted beet salad with goat cheese, maple syrup mashed sweet potatoes, roasted autumn vegetables, and cranberry-apple stuffing.

And of course dessert…pumpkin pie, grateful-cakes and much more!

2) Thanksgiving Day Table Setting

A bountiful centerpiece of dried wheat is easy to design and reuse year after year.  We create three different sized bouquets, tied with elegant silk ribbons in unique color combinations. Gorgeous and festive.

To add a lush, fresh detail, create a trio of petite floral centerpieces to tuck around the wheat, along with votive candles for the finishing detail. Simply choose your blooms and trim stems so the base of the blooms is flush with your vases, which don’t need to match.

Then, create monogrammed linen napkins with a paint pen for a one-of-a-kind placesetting—customizing each one with the guest’s first initial. (Napkins are available at A Perfect Event or home goods stores.)

3) Hostess Gift

Leaving behind the Thanksgiving meal preparations all together? Show up with a memorable hostess gift to thank that poor woman! Hot trends this season are:

CD Collections – This is the time of year for entertaining, and everyone loves new music to share and enjoy with friends.

Soy Candles – The hottest green hostess gift. Soy candles burn longer and cleaner than other candles, and they’re available everywhere.

Ornament – A thoughtful and unique gift that also makes a great accent on gifts and packages.

Martini Kit – The ultimate gift for the male host…everything you need to whip up holiday cocktails!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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