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Helpful Thanksgiving Planning Tips

I love this time of year, all the beautiful colors, family, food, and fun! As we are a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving, I wanted to offer a few tips to help take the stress away and have a little fun.

First, create your to-do list. I don’t know about you, but I can’t operate without a prioritized list. Be realistic about what you want to get done and list shortcuts if you run out of time. If you need a dessert and baking isn’t your thing, it’s ok to run to Trader Joe’s and grab a box of their Apple Cranberry Tarts. Add fresh whip cream or ice cream, and it will be delicious!

Do you plan to get a fresh turkey? If so, be sure to order it from your favorite market now. The rule to go by has always been one pound per person. That may be too much turkey, and you will have leftovers with all of the other items you plan to serve. If you want tips on planning a menu or recipes, click here for information from Epicurious.

Put together your shopping list and purchase all of your dry and frozen goods this week.

Decide on the decorating theme you want for your table setting or buffet. Now is the time to pull out any time-cherished items and use them. If you have a set of silver from your grandmother, pull it out, polish it and get it ready.

Personally, I like to see the person across from me and don’t enjoy centerpieces that get in the way. Grab an assortment of flowers from your local grocery store, selecting the color theme of your choice and mix in greens (or use cuttings from your yard), and create a lovely arrangement, click here for how-to instructions. For ideas decorating your table with pinecones click here, or to use fruits click here.

Take a moment and walk around your dining area and remove any extra things that may be taking up needed space. Do you have a bar cart? Now is the time to consider getting it ready and stocked with whatever you wish to serve to your guests. If you need help with ideas on pairing wine with your turkey, click here. If you do plan on serving wine with dinner, be sure to have a non-alcoholic beverage perhaps a Cranberry-Mint Water, not only does it taste delicious it’s beautiful!

Remember what’s important to you, relaxing and enjoying your time with friends and family!

Redesign Right, LLCBy 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.

Decorating Your Dining Room for the Holidays


It’s not too early to figure out your dining room holiday decorations and dinner plan. Defining what you need and what you plan to do now will help eliminate unnecessary last-minute stresses for your holiday dinner.

Come up with a Plan

I always suggest laying all of your serving utensils and settings to determine what you may need and what space you have to decorate on your dining room table. Adding a centerpiece to your holiday table offers seasonal fun, perhaps a splash of sparkle, or simply colors that you love and want to accentuate.

Centerpiece Ideas

The centerpiece may be as elaborate or simple as you prefer and anyone can create a beautiful look. I have put together a Pinterest board of centerpiece and dining room holiday decorating ideas, click here to be inspired!

Keep in mind that you will not want to block the guest in front of you; therefore, be mindful of the height of the arrangement. By doing a trial table setting run it will be clear how much space you have. Also, take into consideration the width of your centerpiece you want to be able to place the necessary serving items on your table.

It’s easy to add height to your centerpiece or arrangement by using tall wine glasses or glass vases, items you already have at home! Add fresh cranberries and candles with corresponding colored ornaments along with greenery cuttings (from your florist, grocery store, or yard) and you have a complete centerpiece! Note, if you plan to use fresh flowers be sure to purchase flowers that are not too fragrant that will compete with the yummy scent of the meal.

Tip:  If you have a very long table and don’t want to break your budget on a centerpiece, I have a fantastic tip to help you double the sparkle on your table. You have heard that adding a mirror to a room helps give the illusion of space and light? Apply the same rule to your table! Go to your local Home Depot (or home store) and purchase a pack of (generally six) 12×12 mirror tiles. Place the tiles down the center of the table where you can put candles directly on the mirror with cuttings and ornaments, and you have a sparkly, light-enhancing centerpiece!

If you need help trying to decide how to set your table, click here to get advice from Emily Post on a basic, informal, or formal table setting.

It will feel great to check the Dining Room Plan off your holiday checklist! Be sure to stock up on all of your non-perishables this week and next. You want to plan to purchase only your fresh items the week of your big dinner! Have fun and enjoy this glorious time of year!

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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 .

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5 Tips to help you Decorate for the Holiday

IMG_0004I enjoy this time of year and recognize that you are very busy trying to get your home ready for the holidays, planning and parties … the list seems daunting.  In that spirit, I wanted to offer some quick tips to help you with some unique holiday decorating ideas.

1.  Instead of one single wreath for your front door, consider using three miniature wreaths attached to a long piece of ribbon hung the length of your door.
2.  Change out your chair and sofa pillows with pretty holiday pillows for an instant festive feel.  For some great ideas, click here to view online options from Pier 1.
3.  If you have a window in your dining room with a curtain rod, consider using beautiful colored ribbon, perhaps incorporating ornaments and tie a bow to hang the wreath to the rod.  This eliminates the need to hang anything from the wall and offers a lovely and simple decoration for your dining area.
4.  Here are three fabulous make in a minute centerpiece ideas that you can create using any clear glass container, hurricane, vase, or trifle dish.

  • Create an instant centerpiece by layering various colored fruit such as limes, fresh cranberries, and cut greens (such as holly or evergreen sprigs) from your yard.
  • Create a whimsical centerpiece by layering white peppermint balls and marshmallows for a lovely red and white theme.  You may also use miniature candy canes in the layers.
  • Pick a color theme and fill the container with sparkly and theme coordinated ornaments which you can pick up very inexpensively from Target, Jo-Ann Fabrics, or Home Depot.

Once you have created your desired look, place it in a circle of real or fake greens, you could use a wreath for this, to finish the centerpiece look.

5.  I have found the most amazing lighting option that I wanted to share with you.  Have you seen the little micro lights or fairy lights?  They are LED lights that are on a thin bendable wire and generally use 3 AAA batteries and some of them even have a timer built in.  I love this idea as it adds the perfect amount of light to your holiday mantel decoration, and there is no cord to hide!  Click here to check out these lights from Lights & Décor.

redesign rightEnjoy yourself and have some fun this holiday season!  If you need help with a room and getting ready for the holidays, consider a redesign!  Call Debbie at 610.955.8202 to schedule your appointment.

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 .