I took a trip to the craft store a couple of weeks ago with the intention of picking up a few Christmas decorations. On a whim I decided to DIY my own succulent wreath, and walked out with my arms filled with supplies. I love the idea of decorations that can easily be modified and used year round. When the season is up I plan to remove the bow and hang my wreath outside.
Thanksgiving has just about arrived and two things are certain: 1. the grocery store is out of canned cranberry jelly, and 2. somebody is already deciding which filter to apply to their pumpkin pie Instagram. It's time to face the music: texting and sharing online are ubiquitous, even at the dinner table. But there's still a necessary code of conduct as host or guest for a well-mannered Thanksgiving meal.
On a recent too-cold-to-go-out-even-for-us day, our house became a makeshift stadium for countless throwing and running around games — anything we could come up with to burn off energy and avoid going stir-crazy. Invite your friends and their kids over for an all-out tournament and updated classic snacks, or, don't invite kids and use the party to "test" all their yet-to-be-wrapped gifts!
The turkiest and tastiest of all holidays is coming up — are you ready? If you're planning on hosting friends or relatives for Thanksgiving this year, here are some simple tips for making it the best Thanksgiving yet.
Hosting Thanksgiving is a major endeavor, but hosting overnight guests is an even more fraught proposition because nobody leaves when dinner is over. Nothing makes overnight guests feel more out-of-place than a stressed out host. If you have overnight guests coming this holiday, here are some tips for creating a relaxed experience that will make you want to do it again and make them feel truly welcome.
When my family gathers at my grandparents' farm for the holidays, where do their 7 kids, 18 grandkids, 19 great-grandkids, who-know-how-many great-great grandkids, and all of their partners sleep? Anywhere they can...
Online multiplayer gaming is fine and dandy, but playing with friends and family all together in one room has always been way more fun. And if you're looking to add a little participatory entertainment after everyone has finished their serving (or two) of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie next week, these favorite party-friendly video games can get everyone in on the action...and maybe even off the couch!
If you're preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you may be feeling like this week is the silence before the storm. Rather than let nerves build to a day-of crescendo, here are some things you can check off of that Thanksgiving to-do list a full week in advance, freeing up time on the holiday itself: