{Tiffany’s Tips} Holiday Entertaining With Thanksgiving Leftovers

Happy Wednesday!

Thanksgiving week is here, and we’re in the final countdown to Turkey Day!  Whether your looking forward to the gathering of friends and family, or the Black Friday deals, we can all agree that most of us do not look forward to facing the leftovers.  However, with the right recipes, those leftovers have the uncanny ability to morph into great new meals that can be served during your long holiday weekend.

 

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After an all-day marathon of shopping (or the next day), have a night of ‘foods from around the world’ by serving some popular dishes like empanadas, pasta bolognese or nachos all made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey.   If there are multiple chefs among your family and friends, assign each of them a recipe to create to show off their cooking skills.

So, when you’re staring at the remaining 20-pound gobbler sitting on your table, there’s no need to fret when you think of the possibilities that your ‘leftover-makeover’  will bring!

Best,

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{Fashion Inspiration Friday} When in Doubt, You Can Always “Jump” Into It!

Happy Friday!!

A few years ago the jumpsuit made a comeback in a big way, and the trend doesn’t seem to be cooling off, it is a classic look that will never go out of style—if done the right way.

The popularity in jumpsuits dates back to military personnel in the 20th century when they started using paratroopers in combat.  As time went on, the look found its way into women’s fashion of the late thirties and it hasn’t stopped evolving ever since.  Why should it?  It is a great ‘go-to’ outfit when in a pinch.

Going out for the evening?  A black shatung sateen jumpsuit with chunky gold accessories will be a great alternative to the LBD.   An afternoon at a picnic for two?  A cute linen short jumpsuit is sure to please.   Let’s not stop there.  The jumpsuit can even be a great choice for—you guessed it—a wedding! Non-traditional or more mature brides can rock this look in place of the gown, or for the reception. Hello, Solange Knowles-Ferguson?!

Ultimately, the jumpsuit is a wonderful option for when a dress or pantsuit doesn’t quite fit the bill. You can easily go from the office to the after-party with just a few quick changes in accessories and footwear.  The most important thing to remember is to have the right mixture of fabulousness and fun!

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{Wedding Wednesday} A Thanksgiving Wedding

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Although the thought of planning a wedding around a major holiday can be a little overwhelming, what better event to celebrate at this time of year than a union of love?  Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many because it is a day that celebrates families gathering and expressing gratitude for those precious things in life that we treasure the most.   This is a great atmosphere in which to say, ‘I do.’

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With careful planning, you can have a Thanksgiving wedding weekend to remember.  For example, if you know that you want to get married on Thanksgiving Saturday, you may want to incorporate your holiday meal and rehearsal dinner.  Or, have a light fare on the actual day and a festive menu with all of the trimmings at your reception—and a spiced pumpkin wedding cake with hazelnut buttercream icing to top it off.  Of course, you can’t forget to add family football and Black Friday shopping to your wedding weekend’s festivities.  Finally, who can ignore the colors of the season like orange, red and gold, which can make for a dramatic, yet romantic décor?

Orchestrating a wedding for a major holiday weekend is a huge task, but if done the right way, it will leave you and your guests with extraordinary memories to cherish, and for which to be thankful!

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{Tiffany’s Tuesday Tips} Thanksgiving Dinner Table Décor

Happy Tuesday!

It’s in the air!  Can you feel it?  It’s the holiday season, and each year it seems that we are never fully prepared for it’s arrival.  Don’t worry, if you need some ideas for your tablescape on the Day of Giving Thanks, these tips are sure to come in handy.

First, always remember rule #1, which is: THERE ARE NO RULES!  Let your creativity flow.   Whether it’s traditional or modern, classic or eclectic, your table’s décor can be a reflection of your personal style.

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Additionally, you can also mix it up a bit.  For example, decorate your table with the traditional Thanksgiving items that includes fall foliage, pumpkins and cornucopias, but make sure they are all in one color (like white) to have a more monochromatic look, which can be very modern.  Or, if you live in parts of the country where the climate is warm, take your festive dinner to the outdoors and decorate a picnic table with your finest china and linens.

Of course, as always, relax!  I understand that you may have some invited guests that you want to impress, but decorating your holiday dinner table should be fun not fretful. So, if after your meticulous planning and delicious meal you realize that the knives and forks were placed opposite of where they were supposed to be, just tell yourself that you did that on purpose.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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{Tiffany’s Tips} Go For the Bronze!

Happy Tuesday!

It’s the first week of November and the Hallmark Channel is already playing a stream of my favorite Christmas movies.  Each year it seems the holiday season comes more quickly.  It’s enough to make a girl start biting her perfectly manicured nails.  But, before we start shopping for ‘the tree,’ there is still Thanksgiving to celebrate—and, there is nothing like a beautifully-garnished holiday tablescape with bronze decor.

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Bronze, whether matte or luminous, is the right touch for a festive autumn table.   Bronzed-theme decor is a welcome change to the traditional china and flatware normally used for special occasions.   Plus, the golden color of the metal will offset a fall floral bouquet perfectly.

So, if you are wondering how you can impress your family and friends with your holiday hosting skills this year, consider going for the bronze—and they may just give you the gold!

Best,

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