Thanksgiving Helpful Hints (and this and that)

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Happy Monday, everyone!  Just a reminder, tomorrow is the BIG day.  Making Lemonade will be offline for a few hours tomorrow as we switch over to WordPress.  My sister kindly reminded me that some people might not remember how they signed up for Making Lemonade to begin with, so they won’t know if it’s through Google Friend Connect or not.  She suggested it’s easiest to just get it sent to your email {smart girl!}  I love getting blog updates sent directly to email so that’s a great option, and I hope you’ll agree.  Simply click here and use this link, or use the one right under my header:

Next, you’ll enter your email address (1) and the ‘anti-spam’ word they give you (2):

The last step is the MOST important part– clicking the confirmation link that will be sent to your email address.  That’s the final {super easy} step, and it means you won’t miss a bit of what’s in store for future Lemonade!

In addition to moving to WordPress and hosting my family (10 people and possibly a beagle) all week for Thanksgiving, I decided it would be the perfect time to fill and drop off all 100 Team Abby Care Bags.  I’m knee-deep in tote bags, turkey, and laundry but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Here’s a few of my favorite Thankgiving posts.  First of all, the Thanksgiving Survival Kit I put together last year has totally come in handy.  No searching for recipes or our potato masher, they’re all in one place.  I’m kinda amazed at how easy that was.

I’m also banking on the ‘make-ahead’ Thanksgiving menu again.  Making or prepping just about everything but the turkey was a huge help last year, and I plan on putting all those hands to work helping on Wednesday so Thursday is relaxing and stress-free!

If you’re looking for a few Thanksgiving decor and tablescape ideas, look no further.  This Burlap ‘Gather’ Bunting is a perfect reminder of what makes the day so special.  And I’m about to hang it in our newly redone dining room (which I haven’t even told you about yet, oops!) so I hope to get some new photos of both the room and the bunting soon.

These pumpkin placecards will look great in the new dining room.  Silver and gold, so pretty.

Another nice touch is to have a large placecard for people to write on the back what they’re thankful for about each guest.  Obviously this only works if everyone knows (and likes) each other really well, otherwise that could get awk-ward.  But they are such sweet mementos and we don’t often get to tell each other such thoughtful words– it could make someone’s day.

This is my favorite little thing, a West Elm Knockoff Wishbone Plate.

I’m so happy we started this Thanksgiving tablecloth tradition– using a plain white tablecloth and fabric markers to sign names, write notes, and trace tiny handprints of guest each year.  This is our third year doing it, and it grows more precious each year!

If you need me this week, I’ll be stuffing Team Abby bags, turkeys, and myself.  Plus downing a few of these cranberry martinis.  See you soon, everyone!  And don’t forget to do that ‘sign up via email’ thing.  All the cool kids are doing it.  {wink}

Meet Carrie Higgins

Dreamer, thinker, + lemon squeezer; you'll usually find me clutching a mug of coffee, glue gun, fandeck of paint colors, and a child at any given time. This mom of two (and wife to one) loves to share freshly squeezed ideas for home and family. Join the adventure as we learn most lemons can indeed become lemonade-- with generous amounts of sweetness, perspective, and love.

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  1. OMG I LOVE the tablecloth idea! I’m using it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. nn says:

    New website looks GREAT!!!! Love the family picture, too!!

  3. I love the tablecloth too! Great blog by the way. So glad I found U : )

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