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Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and families heading over, we are all thinking about how to decorate the main gathering area for the holiday…the table!  Are you wanting to make it look a little more festive than pizza night on the weekend with the kids?   I’m always looking for new ideas and here are some settings that really inspire me and are easy enough that you can use things already in your house, or backyard.

I always feel under pressure to set the table right, especially when there’s guests.  If you’re like me, and still a little confused where the soup spoon goes, then check out the place setting chart below!

Love the soft gold.  Pick a main color and go with it.  The elegant placemats can go with any holiday or special occasion. So simple and elegant.

Take out the special plates and use a pear as a decor or attach a name tag around it for fun.  Berries can be used in so many different ways.  Love how they are set along the table.  Easy, quick and very pretty.

 Creative way to use candles and highlights the reason for the dinner.

Oh I just love the fall colored roses on the table.  Most of us have white plates, white linens and white serving trays.  The roses add beauty, warmth and elegance.  Classy.  Love this!

Adding white pumpkins are a pretty centerpiece, since they have a clean fresh look.  And the berries in the candle bases and wrapped around the pumpkins dress up the table.

Grab some leaves from the yard, pine cones and simple fall colored flowers and use them like a table runner.

Mixing modern and traditional.  Love the pop of color and the subtle traditional table runner.

Why not bring the cabin to the city.  Using wood decor pieces (can find in a lot of home stores), fall leaves and white accessories.  Fresh, simple, classy.

And if you want to go all out – grab some sticks, put them in a vase with rice, tie string to a few pumpkins and start decorating!!  Fun and festive!

Need a refresher on how to arrange a proper place setting?  I know, I do!  And who knows it better than Emily Post!  Click here

How do you dress up your Thanksgiving table?  Would love to hear about it.

Getting Fall Inspired

 

Welcome Fall!  The weather has shifted here in NY.  The air is becoming more brisk and the leaves upstate are starting to change.  Scarves are starting to come out and the flip flops have been put away.  With the feeling of Fall setting in, I’m starting to feel our apartment needs a little shift as well.  This weekend we are braving our storage unit, and the dig and hunt for the box of Autumn décor beings.  Every year I forget what we have or maybe I use selective memory to justify my purchases to relieve any guilt for buying the new autumn decorations staring me down in every window display in the city.  New York City is a shopper’s danger zone, with so many beautiful designs everywhere you turn.  It’s hard not to want everything you see!

As we get ready to decorate for the season, I thought I would browse on of my favorite websites, Pinterest, to get some new ideas.  Here’s a few favorites I found…

There’s three things I live by when decorating anything…classic, natural, simple decorations.  Why? Classic never goes out of style and always looks nice, natural decor (ex: real leaves rather then artificial) because it always looks homey, and simple because I have a toddler and decorating needs to get done in a snap.  I love this mantel display with the pumpkin and leaves against the colorful wall.  Someday when I have a mantel this is what I would love to do!

Love the simple yet meaningful setting.  A personal touch and will last for years to come.

This table display is beautiful and has sentiment, which is perfect for the season, but also looks like a fire hazard!?

I really enjoy picking out the different gourds, pumpkins and squash for decorations around the apartment.  Every year it makes for a new arrangement, since they all come in different shapes, colors and sizes.  An inexpensive and fun way to decorate.

The more berries the better!  They can last from now through the Christmas season and can be added to anything already in the house to transform an old display to new.

What a great idea to use a chalkboard to write a seasonal saying on it!  I could use this for any holiday and what a perfect holiday teaching tool for Maddie.

There are always the fun seasonal gatherings.  Love this Fall place setting.  Will never go out of style.

Love how they’ve used real food and the color of the beans and corn kernels as a candle base - so fall!  And the yarn can be used for wrapping gifts as well.  Even better, multipurpose decorations.

So many beautiful ideas on Pinterest!  Can’t wait to decorate next week!

What are some Autumn decorating ideas you enjoy using?  Would love to hear about them.

Fun Fourth Favorites

Happy 4th of July everyone!  What a fun time to plan family and friend gatherings, hitting the nearest fireworks show, or heading out of town.  We all get busy; therefore, I love to keep things simple – quick and easy!  One of my favorite magazines is Real Simple.  They always have lots of easy, fun, creative ideas that anyone can do.  It’s my go-to stress free guide!!!  This year we’re going to Mystic, Connecticut for some family fun, but if we were celebrating at home these would be my simple favorite picks for the 4th of July!  (Click on the pictures for more info from Real Simple)

1. Red, White and Blue Cocktails for the adults!  What’s a 4th without drinks!!!

Cocktails

2. A fun drink for the kids and everyone else.  Mix different types of fruit with anything – even water!

Drinks for everyone

3. Don’t forget the snacks!  A simple and festive idea.

Snacks

4. There’s always something delicious on the grill.  Kabobs are easy and fun!  Love this honey glazed chicken idea with grilled corn.  Cook them both at the same time.  Yummy, easy, and quick!

Honey chicken skewers

5. Everyone will be waiting for a light refreshing dessert!

Dessert

6. Dessert or Snack!  Everyone loved these berry marshmallow kabobs when I made them for Maddie’s party!  With the colors, they look very 4th of July.   My shot doesn’t compare to the pictures above but you can get the idea.

7. Lets keep the kids happy, having fun and busy!  Making pom-poms is easy to do, only a few supplies are needed, and they can use them all day.

Kid's project

 

Do you have some fun creative ideas for the 4th of July?  I could always use more great ideas!  Enjoy your 4th everyone!!!

Until next ride,

Amy

Healthiest Meal on Earth – Verdict Is In!

 

Healthiest Meal On Earth worth eating or not?  Is it satisfying?  Does it taste good?  Would we eat it again?  Verdict, please!

It’s been in the news the last few weeks, online and in the magazines.  I was intrigued when I read the headline Healthiest Meal on Earth and then thought, ‘it must not taste very good.’  I started to read through the ingredients; there was salmon, which I could eat everyday if I really wanted to, and lentil, yogurt, walnuts, chicken, and caramel.  Really, caramel?   Don’t judge too fast, this meal might have possibilities!  We could be onto something here.

Could my taste buds accept something so healthy?  I usually assume healthy is less flavorful and boring, so healthiest in the world must mean, zero flavor!  I think?  However, I was intrigued by the title and it didn’t seem too terrible to try.  Would my husband get excited over lentil, veggies, and then yogurt for dessert, a good guess is no, but decided to give it a shot!

Here it is, the almost healthiest meal in the world!  I included everything except for the chicken, which was suppose to be in the lentil, so our healthiest meal in the world lacked a little protein.  I just didn’t get a chance to make the chicken, no other reason why.  I had gone to the grocery store late, Maddie was getting restless in the stroller, my basket was getting very heavy, I needed to get home, and the chicken was at the other end of the store!  It might not seem far, but when you have a hungry restless toddler, the end of the isle seems far!

The meal is actually very quick to make, especially since salmon cooks in just a few minutes (click here for recipe).  I added a squeeze of lemon for flavor to the salmon and used olive oil as salad dressing.  Looking at my finished product, I probably could have dressed-up the plate and dessert bowl a little with a few garnishes.  I’ll have to remember that for next time!  I always think presentation of a meal and table setting can make mealtime fun and inviting and adds conversation.  I really like table settings with lots of color (you know how I like color! ) from placemats, napkins, candles and flowers, and don’t forget, the food and drinks add color as well!  In the picture above, I used colored placemats and napkins, and I quickly put a couple purple flowers in a small vase, and wallah, done!

The verdict is in!!  Dean and I really enjoyed the meal.  There was a nice variety of food and a tasty dessert!  At first, I didn’t think I would be able to eat so much food, however at the end of the meal (I ate everything!) our taste buds and stomachs felt satisfied, not stuffed!  There was a nice amount of flavor from the salmon with lemon, the vegetables with mixed greens felt light and fresh, and I’m sure a squirt of lemon on the salad would have been palate pleasing as well.  I really like lentil, but I think Dean could have done without it.  The yogurt dessert with caramel was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!  Overall, we both enjoyed the meal and would have it again!

Have you tried the healthiest meal in the world?  If so, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Until next ride,

Amy

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