Holiday Checklist: Thanksgiving is Almost Here!

Are you ready? Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and I haven’t bought a single Christmas gift yet. But I am confidant I can pull off a Thanksgiving dinner for 20, decorate the house and send out Christmas cards all in the next three weeks. Somehow it will get done. It has to, right?

Here’s my holiday checklist for mid-November.

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Order Christmas cards.
If you want them addressed and ready to mail in early December, make sure to order them soon. While it’s not a race (though SOME people at Pear Tree think it is…I won’t name names :) ) I set Thanksgiving weekend as my deadline for ordering, especially since it falls so late this year.

Holiday Checklist: Thanksgiving is Almost Here!
Still haven’t taken that perfect photo?
Thanksgiving may be your last chance to get all the family members together.

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How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

Wondering how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey? Try the recipe below from allrecipes.com. It was a recipe passed down from her grandma. Hope you enjoy!

Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary
2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage
2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne

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Holiday Checklist: What You Can Be Doing Now

Have you started planning for the holidays? You’ve made travel arrangements, decided who’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner and your Holiday photo cards are ready to mail? Well, consider yourself a superhero because most of us don’t even want to think about the holidays yet. But if you get started on your holiday checklist now, you can eliminate some of the last-minute craziness and stress of the holiday season.

Holiday Planning Checklist
Talk to your relatives.
This may seem obvious, but rather than assuming plans will be the same as last year and that Aunt Susie will be hosting Thanksgiving as usual, you should ask the question and make plans accordingly. And if you are hosting (or can’t this year) let people know now, so they can make plans.

Keep your eyes peeled for deals. Whether you’re setting the Thanksgiving table, trimming the tree or decking the halls, decorating for the holidays takes time, money and planning, especially if you’re young and just starting out. You can be collecting ideas all year long, and keeping a lookout for sale items you can turn into something beautiful.
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Thanksgiving Party Ideas: Pie Exchange

What a fun idea for a party! A pie exchange, much like a cookie exchange but held within days of Thanksgiving, gives the guests a pie to take home for their thanksgiving feast. Check out these Thanksgiving party ideas from celebrations.com and you too can host a Thanksgiving Pie Exchange Party.A Piece of the Pie -- Thanksgiving Postcard Continue reading

Thanksgiving ideas with a modern twist

Thanksgiving InvitationOur friends at celebrations.com have created a thanksgiving feast to impress even the stuffiest of guests. Using our Elegant Gratitude Thanksgiving invitation as their inspiration, the decorations, table settings and menu incorporate simple, natural elements with a modern twist of elegance.

Thanksgiving IdeasUsing a centerpiece of wheat stalks (find out how to make it yourself at celebrations.com) they anchored the display in a bed of leaf sprigs that echoed the invitation, supplementing the display with nuts, pumpkins, artichokes and acorns. Metallic coatings on the leaves add a touch of modern elegance.

Thanksgiving decorations

Chairs at the table were draped with tea towels featuring an ivory and brown artichoke pattern and tied with an organza ribbon. Place settings of yellow and orange plates were topped with pumpkins serving as place cards. The menu was kept to traditional favorites, but ended with a surprise: pumpkin parfaits instead of pie. Spiced nuts, also used in the salad, were sent home with the guests in decorated jars.

Thanksgiving treats

Finally, to help stimulate conversation at the table, a basket of conversation starters was passed around. Pear Tree Greetings’ Thanksgiving mini note cards, pre-personalized with the words “I am thankful for…” are a perfect way to get the conversation going.

For more Thanksgiving ideas, keep reading our blog. Or shop our collection of Thanksgiving invitations to get started planning your own feast.

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