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Tips for Getting Ready for Thanksgiving


Since Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks away, I wanted to send you some tips to help ease your stress and assist you in creating a beautiful day!

Planning the Meal

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions and old recipes. If you are fortunate to have tried-and-true family recipes, meal planning will be straight-forward. For all of those who have never done a large Thanksgiving meal or would like to try my suggestion is to use a tool such as this one, click here, from Epicurious that will help you with your meal plan. You will want to plan on one pound of turkey per person. I would suggest adding more to that figure if you plan to have leftovers! To understand thawing time, if you are purchasing a frozen turkey, click here.

Click here for a former post of mine with fabulous last minute tips titled, “Count Down to Thanksgiving.”

Unsure what type of wine to pair with your meal? Click here for some tips from BHG.com to get some ideas. I always recommend having non-alcoholic drink options available. For some tasty ideas, click here.

Decorate the Table

I love the look of layering beautiful items such as a table cloth, placement or charger, and dinner plate. Use the items that you own and pull out that special china or dish from past generations or friends. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your items, try to tie together with matching placements or chargers.

Looking to set a casual table? Check out a very easy idea, using all white, from Martha Stewart by clicking here.

Create place cards. These can be plain or fancy, in fact, I like to get the kids involved with this activity as it keeps them busy and it can be their contribution to the Thanksgiving meal.

Create a center piece! The center piece does not require that you blow your budget! You can use beautiful berries, gourds, and cuttings from the outdoors. I love this idea where they used vegetables, click here to view.

If you are unsure where things go on the table, click here for some instruction from Emily Post. Please note, there is no space for a cell phone!

If you need some decorating inspiration and tips, click here to view my Pinterest Board! Make a list and plan out your days, and assign jobs to friends and family! Creating a plan will ensure a less hectic day for you and everyone! Happy planning!

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5 Tips for Dining Outdoors

shutterstock_207268954On a beautiful summer night, it’s so nice to enjoy dinner outside. I love the idea of dining al fresco and want to share five tips to make your next outdoor dinner party an elegant success!

1. Pick a theme

Keep it simple and by all means use your glassware or china! Just because you’re sitting outside doesn’t mean you should skimp on elegance! Pick a color theme that you enjoy, I love the whole nautical look of dark navy and white and when I pair that with white china it’s stunning! Use cloth napkins that complement or pop to match your flower selection. If you don’t have a table cloth you want to use, consider cloth place mats. If you are not sitting at a table with an umbrella, use a table runner that can complement your theme.

2. Decorate

Use your glass vases, that are not too tall, and cut flowers that are growing in your garden with some clippings of evergreen and run them down your table. Another idea is to a small vase or glass by each table setting along with a tea light votive, and your table will be simply stunning! You can place candles down the center of your table to add a soft glow.

3. Add Light

If you have an outdoor table with an umbrella by hanging lights from the umbrella, you can add light to your dining experience! Small lights will create a soft glow or consider adding lanterns with candles. If your table does not have an umbrella, consider adding buffet lamps that are tall, so guests get the benefit of the light without it being in their way.

4. Keep the Bugs Away

If you plan to serve the food outside, be sure to cover all food to keep bugs away. You can use food tents that you can purchase from Bed Bath & Beyond, or click here to review ideas for food coverage from Real Simple magazine. Another idea is to use a small box fan, placed so that it is moving the air over the food as it will keep the flies away, apparently flies don’t like the wind. Another option is to use deterrents such as citronella candles on the perimeter of your seating area or devices such as this mosquito repellant appliance, click here to view.

5. Food Selection

Keep this simple. You don’t need 25 appetizers for a dinner party of 6-8 people. It’s summer! Think farm-fresh and simple! Think make-your-own salad serving grilled fresh veggies, with beautiful salad greens, grilled chicken or fish and various sides that people can add such as Craisins, goat cheese, toasted almonds, sliced fresh figs, and colorful peppers. If you feel that you need fillers, make a pasta salad ahead of time or serve freshly purchased crusty bread … making me hungry just typing this! If you need a great cold pasta salad, click here for one I enjoy from Epicurious. Be sure to keep cold items cold by placing ice in a tray and setting another tray on top for the food. Also, keep the beverages simple and have a pitcher of fresh water with sliced lemon or cucumber for everyone.

Redesign RightGet outside and enjoy yourself! Have some fun and enjoy this beautiful season of summer! If you need any help with your home decorating, home staging, or color selections, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 to schedule a consultation!

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 .

Planning for Thanksgiving

shutterstock_148587731Next week is Thanksgiving, do you have your plans all organized?  I have compiled a few tips to help you save time and eliminate the aggravation, and I’ve thrown in a few holiday decorating tips.

8 Planning Tips to help you with your Thanksgiving

1. Clean out your refrigerator this week!  That way you will have room for everything when you shop next week.

2. Are you buying a fresh or frozen turkey?  If you are buying a frozen turkey you need to allow one day of thawing, on a tray in the refrigerator, for every 4-5lbs.

Here are some useful Turkey tips, click the link below to read more:

3. Set your table the night before Thanksgiving and use sticky notes on each serving dish and bowl so you see how everything will fit on your table.  When it is time to serve the meal, you won’t be scrambling looking for that special platter!

4. Create place cards for each table setting and be sure to put some thought into the placement to ensure family peace.  You may want to solicit help for this project, perhaps involve the younger kids in the creation of the place cards.  I created a board on Pinterest of Thanksgiving Ideas to help you with this task; click here to view.

5. For an instant display on your dining table use natural elements from your yard for a casual table.  Combine branches, pinecones, nuts and place candles down the center of the table for a natural and cozy feel.

6. If you don’t have enough table settings in one pattern don’t worry – you can mix them perhaps use a charger and match and always use cloth napkins.  If you are unsure how to properly place a table setting, click here for instructions from Emily Post.

7. Consider serving in a buffet style creating food stations.  You can always use a folding 6’ table with a lovely table cloth as a second serving area and use the dining room table as an eating area.  Remember to elevate dishes using cake or pie stands of food on the buffet table to create a beautiful display of food.  If you use one color, such as white serving dishes and platters you can create a visually beautiful arrangement of food.

8. If you have a houseful of family, you will want to plan some activities, or put someone in charge of activities, so they are not bothering you and the cooking helpers.  Here are a few ideas:

    • Get the Christmas lights out and decorate the outside of the house.
    • Go on a long walk.
    • Get shopping for the holidays, plenty of stores are open on Thanksgiving now.
    • Go to the movies.

Thanksgiving is a fabulous time of year, make your plans early and enjoy yourself!

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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 .

How will you decorate your table this Thanksgiving?

I love Thanksgiving and the opportunity to get together with family and celebrate gratitude.  It is one of the meals that I make every year from scratch!  I use the same menu each year that my children (all grown) love, and use many of the same recipes that my mom and grandmother used.  I love the wonderful spread of food and a beautifully set table.

Let’s talk table settings.  Are you hosting a large family dinner this year?  I recently read the best idea for people who don’t have a dining table to accommodate a large group.  They recommended purchasing two 6’ folding tables and placing them together, which will comfortably seat 12 people.  Go to your local rental store and rent 12 chairs, and you’re set!  For a table cloth, you can always use a king sized flat sheet!  There’s much to do before the Thanksgiving holiday, here are a few tips I would recommend:

Organize and prepare:  I’m a big list maker!  I find if I sit down and organize everything into different lists I’m organized and don’t forget things, which can be a source of stress!  I also pre-measure all the dry ingredients for my breads and pies in Ziploc baggies a week before.  This saves a great deal of time when baking day arrives!

Keep It Simple:  Create an interesting center piece for your table, but keep it simple.  Keep your centerpieces low so guests can talk to each other without looking through the arrangement.  Use votives and vases that you have, mix and match but use all the same flower color selection.  Mix in fall nuts, fruits and vegetables and you will instantly make a beautiful centerpiece.  Be sure to include candlelight – there is nothing more appealing than a table lit with the soft glow of candles!  If you are unsure how to set the table, click here to get the scoop from Emily Post!

oliver-thanksgiving-2012Remember the purpose of the holiday:  It’s a special time of year when you have an opportunity to sit with your family, express gratitude, and relax.

Enjoy your holiday preparation and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Debbie 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 .