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The Secret History of Thanksgiving (Or, Interesting Tidbits to Bring Up If You’re Seated Next to Great Aunt Mary)

Thanksgiving: Pilgrims, Indians, harvest, yadda, yadda, right? From your tender pre-school years of handprint turkeys (perhaps graduating to a construction paper cornucopia), you’ve been fed the basic narrative of the Thanksgiving holiday. And this narrative has gradually morphed into the modern traditions of turkey, pumpkin pie, football and watching a parade on television. Well, there are plenty of fascinating twists and turns to this holiday and they could come in handy as interesting chit chat if you find yourself seated next to someone you don’t know well for the duration of this long meal.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

​The Fast Formula for Getting Your Kitchen Back in Shape After Thanksgiving

Preparing for Thanksgiving is by no means a one-day affair. If you’re hosting, you’ve been getting your house and kitchen ready, and spent days making lists, shopping, and cooking. Once the feasting is over, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cleaning up — and you shouldn’t have to! Here’s our fail-proof, get-it-done method for getting your kitchen back in shape so you can relax.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

“Can This Go in the Dishwasher?” Your Guide to Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Cleanup

If you think life would be hard on a daily basis without a dishwasher, imagine not having one during the holidays. There would be dishes to wash for days! (You superheroes who manage to host a massive Thanksgiving without a dishwasher—here’s your chance to brag in the comments.) But, alas, as hard-working as that holiest of appliances is, it can’t do it all. Or, rather, it shouldn’t.

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Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas That Will Take 10 Minutes or Less

When you’re elbow deep in mashed sweet potatoes and poultry cavities, the last thing you have time to do is elaborately decorate for Thanksgiving. After all, literally the very next day, everyone is on to Christmas, so putting a ton of effort into styling your home for turkey day always seems like a bit of a loss. That said, should you still want to spruce things up a bit and set a mean seasonal table—and have about 10 minutes to do so—here are 10 ideas to try.

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Posted on Nov 19, 2017

7 Things You Need to Clean Before You Leave Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and that means you’re probably excitedly gearing up for your holiday travels—whether you’re off to spend quality time with your family, or you’re taking a much-needed vacation somewhere warm. But before you head out the door suitcase in hand, there are a few things at home you should take care of.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

Quick & Lovely: Last-Minute Host & Hostess Gifts you can Grab at the Grocery Store

Lets face it: The days and hours leading up to a gathering like Thanksgiving or Christmas are usually a little hectic. So if you don’t have time to shop for the perfect gift for your holiday host this year, don’t fret. Here are 20 small gifts that can be picked up at your local supermarket—on the way to the party—for around $20 or less. Plus a few tips to make your gift a little more thoughtful.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Former Holiday Faux Pas That Are Totally Acceptable in 2017

If you’re new to the hosting game, especially if you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving or another holiday dinner or party, it can be a little scary. You want to have fun, but you also want to make sure everything goes right. And you’re probably worried about following proper etiquette—which can be hard to do when it feels like it’s always changing.

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Posted on Nov 15, 2017

It’s Time to Purge Your Holiday Decor: Use Our Two Simple Rules to Declutter

Whether you crank up the Christmas music the second Halloween’s over, or you restrain yourself and stick to fall decor at least until Thanksgiving, now is the time of year that your bins of holiday decor have come down from the attic or out from under the guest beds. Rather than waiting until it’s time to put it all back and bemoaning the amount of stuff you have that, once again, you didn’t use, go through it now.

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Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Get Ready For Turkey Day: A Countdown of the Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes

We’ve got slightly under two weeks until the big meal. Get in the mood with the best Thanksgiving episodes—or at the very least, create seasonal background noise while you scour Pinterest for stuffing recipes .

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Posted on Nov 13, 2017

DIY Projects to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table When You Don’t Have Much Time

Whether you plan to prep weeks in advance or the day before, the truth is, nobody has a ton of extra time to get the Thanksgiving table set with all the bells and whistles. Check out these projects from table coverings, to place cards, to centerpieces if you want to wow your guests without handing over all your free time.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2017

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