Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Prep

I'm pretty excited about Thanksgiving this year. Not only will we be hosting the wonderful feast at my home and seeing as I enjoy hosting that is already a bonus for me, but we'll also be having my in-laws coming into town!! They don't live in the area at the moment and this will be the first year in 7 years that they'll be having Thanksgiving in Virginia!

So like any traditional hostess I'm already starting to make the preparations for the family gathering. This past week I did the necessary fix-it items that would help make the place perfect for their arrival. I painted my hallway a vintage gray to mimic my wonderful friend Shelley over at The House of Smiths color palette. I also painted the side wall in my dining area. It was covered in wood-not paneling-like from the 70s and it needed an update bad! So again, taking inspiration from my friend I painted it a light blue to go with the rest of the house. I've also started the "big" cleaning projects. You know the ones, where you scrub the window panes type stuff. Things most people don't really look at, but if you're having guests for a week you think "why not?" And finally (yes, I'm an overachiever) I rearranged the furniture to give the space a whole new look. :)

This upcoming week I'll be preparing the house in other ways including some little decor items. Now, I'm not a person who decorates for every holiday. I just don't. But since we'll be having a larger crowd this year (and when I say larger, I mean like 8-10), I thought it would be nice to have a few decor items to remind us of why we're eating the amazing food. lol. I took to the Intranet and looked for easy items that I could assemble to give the place a little holiday feel. Here's what I've come up with...

I'm going to print and frame this printable, from, for all to see:

And finally, I'm going to follow the instructions that TheEnglishPea provided for a Thanksgiving Banner to go over the dinner table!

I wish everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! While I only talked about the trivial things leading up to Thanksgiving in this blog, I'll be posting what Thanksgiving really means to me, I'm truly thankful for, this upcoming week! <3