Now that Halloween has come and gone, it’s time to get serious about the upcoming holidays.
One of my favorite things about this time of year is getting together with my blogging friends to bring you inspiring ideas for holiday entertaining, decorating and more.
This week, I’m joining a very talented group of bloggers from bHome to bring you ideas, inspiration and thoughts about being thankful during the Thanksgiving season.
A complete list of the participating bloggers and links to their sites is at the end of this post.
Also, Lidy from the French Garden House is offering a giveaway as a part of this tour! Details are at the end of this post as well so you’ll want to be sure to get all the way to the bottom to enter the drawing!
As I mentioned at the top, I love getting together with my friends to bring you ideas and inspiration during the holiday season. But, to be totally candid and honest, the holidays can be so stressful. And, sometimes seeing the perfection we see on blogs and in magazines can just add to that pressure and it’s easy to forget the reason for the season amidst all the hulabaloo.
As much as we might love to get together with family and friends, the whole idea of entertaining, cooking, baking, decorating, cleaning the house and being “Pinterest-worthy” can be so overwhelming!
I want to encourage you to just stop the madness! Wouldn’t it be nice if we put the focus back in to being thankful by simplifying the holidays where we can?
I think we can focus on gratitude and still create great memories!
This year, my family is kicking around the idea of going out to dinner for the main meal. I’ll be honest…I’m not sure how I feel about that idea. But, it has gotten me thinking about how to simplify our holiday.
Or maybe, I could just bake some pecan pie bars or pecan pie tarts to keep it super easy.
No matter what we decide, creating this table for today’s blog tour was great inspiration to get me thinking about simplicity this holiday season.
This table was so easy. This little brunch table plus the floral arrangement literally took me 30 minutes! I used a grocery store bouquet (that I filled in here and there with a few clippings from my Maple tree) and store-bought food. It doesn’t get much easier than that when prepping for a holiday like Thanksgiving!
Sometimes we need to go easy on ourselves and come to peace with the fact that doing it all (baking from scratch, cooking the turkey and making a million sides) isn’t really where it’s at.
Going simple doesn’t mean giving up beauty or a feeling of festiveness. I just means re-thinking things and giving yourself permission to go easy on yourself.
Here are some thoughts for creating a no-fuss Thanksgiving:
- Give yourself a break and buy some things from the store if it helps lower the holiday pressure
- Re-think how you traditionally do things — maybe host a brunch instead of a big dinner
- Consider ordering catered food
- Buy some pretty paper plates or paper napkins to cut down on clean up
- Create your holiday table a day or two before the big day (if you’re using fresh flowers add those the night before)
- Ask your guests to bring a dish so you’re not doing all the cooking
- Hire a cleaning service to clean your house before hosting guests
If you have some tips to share I’d love to hear them in the comments!
Now, before you head over to get inspired by the other bHome bloggers from the links below, here are the details to the giveaway from the French Garden House:
You can win a beautiful hostess gift set!
Just head over to French Garden House and browse her shop and pick out your favorite thing. Then come back here and leave me a comment about what your favorite shop item is and that’s it!
Now, I hope you’ll go visit my friends:
Coming on Day Three