The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving Part 9 Never Overestimate Your Time

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this  episode, Jean Ann offers ways to avoid stress by creating a schedule for Thanksgiving prep.

This Holiday season, work smarter, not harder when you celebrate a Thanksgiving of Simple Joy.

For more Thanksgiving tips,please visit SimpleJoy

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23 Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

23 Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

I like to set a beautiful table when I entertain. Corny as it may sound, I see my table as a lovely accessory that adorns my meal. The table & the food compliment one another.

I know many of you may panic at the thought of having to set a table for Thanksgiving, or any occasion this Holiday season. Table settings don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. You simply build them up, one item at a time, step back after each layer & look to see where you need more. Like accessories to an outfit, your table setting should compliment your menu, not overwhelm it! If you turkey gets lost in the setting, you have done too much.

Also, guests must be able to talk to one another across the table. If you have stacked your centerpiece so high that no one can see across it, again, you have done too much. Remember, bit by bit.

Still confused? Country Living to the rescue! They have put together 23 elegant & EASY table settings for you. I LOVE the rustic look to the setting in the photo above. Use these ideas to create your table or as a starting point for a creation of your own.

And when you are done, remember Coco Chanel’s advice concerning accessories, “Remove the last piece you put on!” Even Coco knew, we always go one step too far!

Table Settings

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving Part 8 Never Forget to Take Care of Yourself

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this  episode, Jean Ann points out the importance of putting yourself first this Holiday season

This Holiday season, work smarter, not harder when you celebrate a Thanksgiving of Simple Joy.

For more Thanksgiving tips,please visit SimpleJoy

Download your FREE Thanksgiving To-do List or Grocery List

Download or order The Simple Joy of Thanksgiving today

Shop My SimpleJoy Cottage Boks &  Gifts

10 Kids’ Thanksgiving Games

10 Kids’ Thanksgiving Games

Thanksgiving Day has arrived. The adults are having a great time visiting with one another. Meanwhile, the kids are bored out of their minds & driving you crazy by telling you, “There’s nothing to do!” every 5 minutes. OR, they keep their noses buried in a device without ever exchanging a word with anyone in the family. This year, give the kids something to do that is fun & allows them to interact with their relatives. Woman’s Day has put together a selection of 10 games the kids can play this Thanksgiving. Have fun before the big event by practicing with your family! You might find it’s as much fun for the adults as the kids!

Thanksgiving Games

Dazzling Thanksgiving Pies

Dazzling Thanksgiving Pies

The crowning glory of your Thanksgiving meal is your pie. Now, some may cringe when I say this but if you aren’t great with pies, then ask someone else to make them or order them from a bakery. No need to create stress for yourself over the pies. There is an art to pie making & if you don’t have it, don’t worry about it! However, if you want to give it a try or if you LOVE to make pies, the Southern Living has a marvelous selection of pies for you, including the yummy looking Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie in the photo! WOW!

Thanksgiving Pies

How Much Food Do I Need?

How Much Food Do I Need?

This question is often at the front of our mind anytime we prepare for Thanksgiving. We never want to run out of food but we also want to avoid spending a fortune on food that doesn’t get eaten. So how do you know how much food you need? Good Housekeeping helps you successfully determine just how much food you need for your Thanksgiving celebration. What a win-win! Enjoy!

How Much Food Do I Need?

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving Part 7 Never Buy When You Can Borrow

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this  episode, Jean Ann tells you to save your money by borrowing what you need to make Thanksgiving a success.

This Holiday season, work smarter, not harder when you celebrate a Thanksgiving of Simple Joy.

For more Thanksgiving tips,please visit SimpleJoy

Download your FREE Thanksgiving To-do List or Grocery List

Download or order The Simple Joy of Thanksgiving today

Shop My SimpleJoy Cottage Boks &  Gifts

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving Part 6 Never Try a New Recipe

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this  episode, Jean Ann explains why Thanksgiving Day is NOT the time to try a new recipe.

This Holiday season, work smarter, not harder when you celebrate a Thanksgiving of Simple Joy.

For more Thanksgiving tips,please visit SimpleJoy

Download your FREE Thanksgiving To-do List or Grocery List

Download or order The Simple Joy of Thanksgiving today

Shop My SimpleJoy Cottage Boks &  Gifts