A Thanksgiving Table

This post is done in partnership with The White Company. All opinions, however, are my own.

Decorating your Thanksgiving table may not seem high on your list of priorities when you’ve got turkey, juggling a million side dishes in the oven, and an extra bed for Aunt Ethel to worry about, but I always like to make mine a little extra special. Let’s face it, there aren’t really many opportunities to decorate for Thanksgiving, so I like to make the holiday a little more festive any way I can.¬†With a few timeless pieces and some grocery store finds, you can transform your table into a Thanksgiving wonderland. Is that a thing? No? Well, I’m making it a thing.

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Finding pieces that can be used to decorate everyday, on special occasions and for holidays is key because then you’re getting more bang for your buck. Enter The White Company¬†– a UK-based lifestyle brand with over 23 years of expertise in British-designed, artisan-made, and hand-finished pieces (and luckily for me they’ve just opened a store nearby at the Mall in Short Hills!). I started with a few pieces from their holiday collection, which could easily be used any other time of the year, and filled in with some pieces I already had and some simple finds from my grocery store.

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Thanksgiving Menu

Years ago I made a Thanksgiving playbook. Typed up every recipe and included a timeline for what could be made when because getting AS MUCH prep out of the way before turkey day is like super important. Each year I’ve changed up the playbook a little, replacing old recipes with new ones, but this year I have been dragging my feet. Planning Thanksgiving dinner can be so overwhelming with the long shopping list and all, but time is a ticking.

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To be honest, I’m not sure anyone really cares about what I’ll be serving for Thanksgiving, but this post was more of a way for me to stop procrastinating, get my sh*t together and finally write out my plan for Thanksgiving. Maybe it will give you some last minute menu ideas as well. Continue reading

Halloween Playlist

I listen to Christmas music around the clock starting the day after Thanksgiving, so about four years ago I figured why not create a Halloween playlist? I mean, Halloween comes in a very close second after Christmas for me, so it damn well deserves its own traditions too. We listen to this playlist in the car, while making dinner, after dinner, while getting costumes on before heading out on the big night…

I think I shared this playlist on Instagram last year, but I always add a few new songs each year and figured I might as well share it again. If you’re looking for some festive Halloween tunes to get in you in the trick-or-treating mood, then look no further. Or maybe you’re hosting a Halloween party? This would be a great playlist for that!

Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Psycho: Prelude – 101 Strings Orchestra
The Headless Horseman – Bing Crosby
Ghostly Music Box – Haunted Mansion
Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
Dracula’s Castle – The London Fog Singers
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Jump In the Line – Harry Belafonte
This Is Halloween – The Citizens of Halloween
Harry Potter Theme – The London Fox Singers
I Put a Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Thriller – Michael Jackson
999 Happy Haunts – The Happy Haunts
Twin Peaks Theme – Twin Peaks
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Otherworldly Concerto – Gaylord Carter