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The Week before Thanksgiving Checklist

One week before Thanksgiving! Though I love this time of year, staying organized and balancing work and fun requirements can sometimes drive me nuts. Because of that, I wanted to create a week before Thanksgiving checklist that will help offer tips and direction for those last minutes needs.

The week before Thanksgiving Checklist:

  1. Finish your grocery list and purchase whatever you can now that doesn’t need to be fresh, save those items for the last minute run.
  2. Do you have a craft to keep the kids busy or games to play? While you are working, keep the kids occupied making place tags that can be as easy as using stickers, stock paper, and markers. If the kids are older they could look up gratitude quotes and create inspirational notes for each guest. If you want something printed, click here for printable place cards, all you have to do is insert the name! Whatever you plan, keep it simple with minimal mess.
  3. Do you have an after-dinner activity planned? I know there’s usually a football game but if you are not a football watching family you may want to include a family-friendly movie. One of my favorite things to do is watch old home movies, play Tripoley or start a difficult puzzle and leave it on a table for all to walk by and try!
  4. If this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving at your home, click here for fabulous recipes and tips for a traditional Thanksgiving that will keep you organized and on track.
  5. If you are still unsure how you want to decorate the serving table and need some inspiration, click here to get some ideas from Pinterest.
  6. If you are unsure how to set the table, please click here to review the guides for the various table layouts. If you want the kids to help, click here for a printable of the table setting from Emily Post that they can use.
  7. If you are dealing with a frozen turkey, click here to understand how long it will take to safely thaw (in your refrigerator.)
  8. Do you want to serve appetizers? Since you are eating a big meal, you don’t want anything heavy, hard-to-make, or time-consuming. Personally, I like a platter of veggies and dip, nuts, and cheeses anything that can be prepared ahead of time and quickly set out as the guests arrive. Be sure to have cocktail napkins available! Another option is to ask a friend or family member to bring an appetizer.

Have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family! Enjoy yourself and don’t spend all your time working. Relax, grab a glass of your favorite beverage and connect, after all that is what this holiday is about, giving thanks for times together!Redesign Right, LLC

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

Time Saving Tips for the Holidays

Tips for the HolidaysI know your life is very busy right now and I wanted to offer some last minute time-saving tips to help ease some of the holiday stress you may be feeling. Enjoy!

Gift Wrapping and Bow Making

Most large stores have gift wrapping areas, always ask for a gift box and wrapping options it could save you time in the long run. King of Prussia Mall has an area just for gift wrapping, click here to learn about its location.

Creative wrapping ideas:

Easy and Festive Appetizers

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  • Not up for cooking or preparing? Outsource! Both Wegmans and Whole Foods can cater what you want!
  • Purchase an already arranged bouquet at your local grocery store add a lovely ribbon and use as a hostess gift.
  • 5 Holiday Appetizer Table Decorating Tips
  • If you have guests arriving this week, click here for tips to get your Guest Room ready including a checklist of things you may have forgotten.
  • Unsure how to set the table correctly, click here for tips from an expert!

Redesign RightI hope your week goes smoothly and you have a fantastic holiday celebration with your friends and loved ones!

For all your home decorating, paint consultation, home staging, or training needs give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. I look forward to working with you soon!

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7 Tips to Help You Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

Holiday TipsDuring this holiday season, I wanted to offer some great stress-free ideas for your holiday planning, entertaining and decorating.  Let’s get started:

1.  Make a list – I am a big list maker; I don’t know how anyone can function without one.  If you have an iPhone, you can create a list within the Reminder App, click here for an explanation on how this app works.  If you have an Android you can download Google Keep, which is a free app to help manage your lists, click here for information on that app.

2.  Always have a hostess gift on hand.  An easy choice is a bottle of wine or a very good sparkling cider.  For a lovely way to wrap up a bottle that you can do yourself and make a lovely display, click here.

3.  Stressed out over wrapping and bow making?  Click here  for instructions on how to make a simple bow for a gift.  If you would like different bow making ideas, click here for many ideas and instructions from Pinterest.

4.  Stressed out over ideas for the grandparents?  Here are four ideas that are easy, clever and fun to get the kids involved:

5.  Looking for ideas on how to decorate your dining table?  I put together an Idea Board on Houzz that has some beautiful ideas, not difficult that you can pull together based on what you like, and the color theme that you choose for your get together.  Click here to view that board.

6.  Ways to reduce your stress when you entertain:

    • Cook ahead whenever you can.
    • Stock up on nibbles for the pantry with cookies and crackers.  Be sure to have some gluten-free options on hand to satisfy all guests (and mark accordingly).
    • Be sure to have the basic drinks, coffee both caffeinated and non-caffeinated on hand along with mixers and non-alcoholic options.  Purchase some herbal tea for infused water, such as these great ideas from Teavana.  I have noticed many herbal infused water options at the grocery store where you can add sliced strawberries or whole raspberries to add beautiful holiday color.
    • Outsource help – when people offer to bring something, take them up on it and give them a suggestion as to what you really need.  Or rely on your local good grocery or specialty market.  Keep in mind it’s the act of getting together, sharing memories and laughter that is what is important over the holiday.

7.  Stressed out about making cookies?  Instead of making 10 different types of cookies, master one recipe that can be used multiple ways.  This is a fabulous idea from Martha Stewart, click here for her Basic Sugar Cookie Dough recipe where you can make four different types of cookies!  What a great idea!

redesign rightIf you feel yourself getting stressed, take a moment for yourself, a few deep breaths, perhaps a glass of wine and enjoy your holiday!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Fun Halloween Ideas

Since Halloween is this Friday, I wanted to dedicate a fun post about the many entertaining things you can do for this holiday.  How many of you get together as a family and carve pumpkins before Halloween?  We have never done it expertly, mostly for fun so I wanted to do some research and see what the craft maven has to say and here are some informative links to Martha Stewart:

If you are looking for some inspiration that does not involve carving tools, consider these no-carve pumpkin options, view by clicking here.

If you are planning on throwing a party (for adults), you may want to surprise them with a beautiful cocktail, check out these amazing ideas from HGTV.

Food Ideas

If you plan to throw a party for any age group, I found some unusual and tasty looking appetizers that you can make.  Let me know if you have a favorite recipe of your own that you would like to share.

Redesign RightOliver and I are all ready for the Tricks and Treats!  Hopefully more treats!  Have a Happy and Safe Halloween from Debbie and Oliver!

If you need a room redesign before the holidays, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Decorating with Favorite Colors this Holiday

One of my favorite colors is red!  What compliments red exceptionally well?  Gold!  I love that combination in my holiday decorating.  It makes me feel joyous when walking through my house and entertaining guests.  Isn’t that really what decorating and redesigning is all about?  Create your space so that you get the most out of it and decorate it in such a way that brings you and your family joy!

Here are a few tips on holiday decorating that you can do yourself with two of my favorite colors – red and gold!

blog-dec-red-gold-pillowTransform a soft pillow into a holiday pillow by creating a bow with red wide satin ribbon.  Use an old costume jewelry pin as the center piece of the bow, the glittery the better!  If you’re unsure how to tie a bow, click here for step-by-step instructions.  If it’s in your holiday budget, purchase some beautifully adorned pillows such as this one from Pier1.com.

This photo shows a beautiful gold mercury glass ornament from PotteryBarn.com; I love the sparkle!  Use beautiful ribbon to hang a series of gold blog-dec-gold-ornamentornaments from something high in the room.  An entryway is a perfect spot.  Go to your local hardware store and pick up clear hooks from 3M that are removable!  Hang the hooks from the trim around your dining room entrance, or hallway, or any space that gets sunlight to show off your lovely holiday display of gold ornaments!  (Click here for an example of how lovely this idea looks in action from TraditionalHome.com.)

Incorporating fresh natural items into your holiday décor is easy, and you only have to go to your market!  Pick up a bag of fresh cranberries and if you feel like splurging invest in some lovely pomegranates and create a memorable centerpiece.  Place them in a shallow white or crystal bowl, next add a glass pillar in the center with a candle and you have an instant beautiful natural centerpiece!  If you want, you could always incorporate some inexpensive gold ornaments into this display to tie the whole red and gold theme together.

If you find that your house is not bringing you joy or a sense of peace that you want in your life, consider a redesign to add balance to your space.  Contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com and she can help you present the home you want this holiday season.

Logo-JPEG-1Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .