{tip for hosting a stress-free holiday}

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T (urkey) minus 2 days!  Ha!  I had to.

Okay guys, I was thinking last week….

People get so stressed out about hosting.  I honestly LOVE it.  Weird?  Maybe?  I think I’ve done it so much that I’m really comfortable opening my home just about anytime of the year.  But, Holidays.  Holidays are my jam.  #holidaywhore.

I wanted to share some tips for stress-free hosting that I think might just make you chill the fuck out a little bit.

Here we go…..

 

Prep!

Do as much prep as possible ahead of time.  This is probably the biggest NO BRAINER!  It’s also is the one thing that makes the biggest difference.  Stay up late if you have to.  Run all your errands on your lunch break.  Make shit happen.  Groceries + paper products.  Grab an extra pack of TP.  And definitely DON’T forget lotttsss of wine.  That way the day of, you will be smooth sailing!

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You don’t have to make everything from scratch!

Cut yourself some slack sister.  I guarantee not a single person at your table is going to give a fuck that your rolls came from Nugget.  Shit, they might even be better than the 5 hours you could have put into making them from scratch.  Don’t chance killing the yeast!  How about pies?  You think guests aren’t going to smother that Costco pumpkin pie in cool whip and lick their plates clean?  Trust me….you’re gonna to be just fine.  And if they do mention somthing, then remove them from next years guest list.  You don’t want a jerk at your table anyway 🙂

 

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Set your table in advance!

The day before, or maybe even….the week before, take your time.  Set a pretty table.  Admire it.  Pull out all that fancy silverware + china you never use.  Have fun with it.  Then the night before or the day of, all you have to do is add some greenery or fresh flowers and you’re set.

I went with my forever favorite, eucalyptus.  It’s timeless.  Goes with everything.  You will always find a vase of eucalyptus in my home, year round.

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Ask your guests to bring a favorite dish!

Everyone likes to contribute, well except for lazy assholes..Ha.  It can get fun to see what your peeps sentimental dish may be.  Doesn’t each family have that one weird/odd item they HAVE to have on turkey day?  You get to try something new and hear a fun background story as to how this dish became so important.  Ours would have to be pretzel jello salad.  Every time a newbie comes to Thanksgiving they never know what to think.  But you better believe they ask for seconds.

 

{Anna’s beautiful charcuterie platter}

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Place cards!

Not only are they a thoughtful touch, but they eliminate the whole: “where the hell to you want me to sit!”  You can even place peeps strategically that you know would make a good dinner conversation.  Or, I like to split up the kiddos so they don’t act like assholes.  So many creative ideas on pinterest.  Just keep it simple.

 

You can print these place cards I used by clicking on the link below:

Thankful For place cards

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Pour yourself a big ass glass of wine!

Remember the holiday are for enjoying time with your loved ones and making memories.  Not stressing the fuck out sweating in the kitchen dreading every second of it.  It’s just one day.  One day to enjoy.

Oh and wear stretchy pants.

{last nights pot-luck friendsgiving}

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Another look at all the details……

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The little details are always my favorite part.

Like clipping a piece of the seeded eucalyptus and tying it to the back of the chairs with a strand of burlap.

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Tying linen napkins in a knot and lying it on the dinner plate.  So simple, yet so pretty.

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Shop my table here:

Wooden Bowl: Serendipity Boutique $16

Eucalyptus: Trader Joe’s  $2.49

Mini Pumpkins: Pedrick Produce  $1/each

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{TABLE}

 

 

Cheers!

 

xoxo stacyb

 

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