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“You’re Invited…”

If your guests are just close family members, a telephone or group text/email invite is fine. But for something larger, a paper invitation helps set the stage and build anticipation for your party. We just love the “So Thankful for You” cards from Paper Source. In the card, be sure to prompt guests to RSVP and to let you know what they will be bringing. You may also suggest attire for the occasion, which leads us into our next category… rather seamlessly!

Outfit

Will your dress code be casual, cocktail attire or formal dress? For casual gatherings, we recommend a great pair of jeans paired with a top and a light scarf to add a pop of color. Nobody does jeans better than Lucky Brand, and these Brooke Flares add the perfect flair to your ‘fit.

If your dinner has dressier expectations, go with a short sleeve or sleeveless dress – fall in Florida is still a little warm — so that nothing gets in the way when you’re bustling around making everything perfect. This Shana High-Low Dress from BCBGMAXAZRIA is lightweight, comfortable and perfect for the occasion.

Whatever you decide to wear, avoid the stress of a potential mess with an apron. Cover up in sensational style with this Lucerne Apron from Anthropologie, and when you take it off… voila! Fabulous, spotless and ready for guests!

Food

As host, you’re expected to make the turkey and some sides, but lean on those reliable family members who will be sure to arrive early with snacks to keep appetites at bay before the big meal. Your sanity will thank you.

And let’s get your kitchen November-ready! Have plenty of mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, baking dishes, pans, whisk, cutting boards, knives, meat thermometer and colander. You may be prepared with many of these, but think about replacing the ones that need it. How can you even think about resisting these adorable Hand-Painted Atoll Measuring Spoons from Anthropologie? We give them little hugs every time we’re in the store.

Décor

You don’t need to go crazy with table décor, but nice table touches go a long way to making the evening special and creating a sense of occasion. We suggest a simple yet effective strategy: scatter these Cassini Copper Leaves (Paper Source) throughout the center of your table, and top with these Autumn Mini Candles from Bath & Body Works.

Tableware

Dinnerware, flatware, drinkware and serveware are all components of a feast that may seem obvious, but a busy host can easily lose track. The Chinese Porcelain Grand-Rimmed 16-Piece Dinnerware Set from Restoration Hardware is classic and will last you many Thanksgivings. It is nice to also have coffee cups or mugs (if you’re more informal) ready for those that need a caffeinated pick-me-up after the turkey tryptophan kicks in.

You have taken on a big responsibility! You’ll get through it with your holiday spirit intact if you breathe deeply, share the load and remember friends and family are the best ingredient. The most important thing isn’t what’s on the table- it’s who’s around it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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