The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu Guide

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! And, yes, I’m absolutely the type who celebrates all week long. As a kid this was always one of my favorite weeks of the year. Now that I’m an adult, I still love how festive things feel as soon as Thanksgiving week hits. By tomorrow night I’ll have my shopping done and Wednesday night is always dedicated to making pies and bread while sipping wine and blasting Christmas music at full volume. So today is the day that I’m bringing you my guide to planning the ultimate Thanksgiving menu! From appetizers to cocktails, sides and desserts (and even turkey!), you have more than everything you need here to plan an amazing feast. Oh, and I even included a handful of awesome recipes that make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers, too. Done and done.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu Guide from @cydconverse

Cocktails

Appetizers

TURKEY

sides-breads

pies

leftovers

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[Top photos, clockwise: Honestly Yum | Minimalist Baker | Cook Your Dream | The Boys Club.]

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Best Thanksgiving Printables + Friday Link Love

The countdown to Thanksgiving is officially on so today we’re heading into the weekend with my picks for some of the best Thanksgiving printables going! Dress up your table, your dining room decor or your leftovers with these fun and hip ideas. I love the poster! Have each guest pen a few thoughts and you can roll it out and hang it up to reflect back on year after year. So sweet! Don’t miss your weekly dose of Friday Link Love, too, where I’ve gone a little crazy with food, drink and other pretty things, as per the usual. What are you up to this weekend? I hope it’s warm where you are! Sending you all huge hugs and wishing you a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

[We Are Thankful poster | Thankful tags | Thanksgiving leftovers | Thankful for friends like you | Thankful for delicious leftovers.]

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The Gift Guide: Gifts for Inlaws

You asked and today I’m bringing it to you! I had so many requests for a gift guide focused on those hard to shop for inlaws. You know the ones. The ones who seemingly have everything and always defer to shopping for the kids and the grandkids when you try to figure out what they might like for themselves. My rule of thumb here is to treat them to a little luxury or two. Think a really fabulous set of luxe hand creams for her, an amazing new fragrance or over the top cozy slippers. For him, think an awesome set of pajamas, a foodie-centric subscription box if he loves to cook, or a handcrafted baseball for the sports aficionado. As always, I went for a range of price points as well as a mix of traditional gifts and more unique items – like a gorgeous trowel for the mother in-law who loves to garden. Be sure to let me know what you think! And share with me your favorite gifts for inlaws, I’d love to hear your ideas!

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Inlaws from @cydconverse

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p.s. If you missed it, be sure to check out last week’s edition of The Gift Guide featuring fabulous hostess gifts!

[For Her | 1: Monogram jewelry box | 2: Kate Spade earrings | 3: Lotus table runner | 4: Personalized grandkid ornament | 5: Copper trowel | 6: Laura Mercier hand cream set | 7: Metallic latte mug | 8: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume | 9: Leather clutch | 10: Ted Baker slippers | For Him | 11: Pajamas | 12: Corkscrew and bottle opener | 13: Penny cufflinks with personalized year | 14: Personalized domino set | 15: Monogram cigar cutter | 16: Mantry subscription box | 17: Antler fire starter | 18: Aftershave | 19: Lemon Ball baseball | 20: Homemade Gin Kit.]

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Favorite Thanksgiving DIY Ideas

One week from today I imagine most of us are going to be elbow deep in stuffing and dough in preparation for the big Thanksgiving feast! As of right now here in our neck of the woods, we’re far more than knee deep in snow so there’s that. The kids are now marking their third snow day in a row and we’re expecting upwards of another 2′ of snow before the storm ends tonight. In case there was any doubt, winter has arrived! For those of you who may also be snowed in where you are, take note – snow days make great craft days! So today I’m sharing a handful of my favorite Thanksgiving DIY ideas, all of which seem to be gilded, glittery or golden in some way or another. Typical, I know. Oh well. You can’t hate a lady for loving all that’s gold, right?

DIY Gold Leaf Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Giving Thanks Golden Leaf Garland | These pretty golden leaves make a gorgeous Thanksgiving backdrop when strung into a garland, but alternately they’re also a lovely way to leave notes of thanks that you can display year after year. So sweet!

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland | One of my favorite DIY projects to date, this garland is perfect for Thanksgiving right straight through winter, adding that little bit of sparkle to all your winter parties and holiday soirées!

DIY Gold Geo Napkin Rings

DIY Gold Geo Napkin Rings | Would you believe me if I told you that these napkin rings are made from cardboard? Because they are! In my opinion that makes them even more beautiful.

DIY Gilded Glitter Pears

DIY Gilded Glitter Pears | These fancy sparkly pears are deceivingly simple to craft and make a perfect centerpiece when grouped together in a pretty bowl. Or use them to dress up each place setting on your Thanksgiving table!

DIY Gold Cupcake Liner Flowers by @cydconverse

DIY Golden Cupcake Liner Flowers | These awesome cupcake liner flowers require all of three supplies to make and they can be used in so many ways! String them into a garland, use them as a pretty cake or pie topper, or use them scattered along a table as an unexpectedly chic centerpiece.

DIY Gilded Flatware by @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Flatware | Get the look of expensive gold flatware at a fraction of the price using spray paint! Your holiday table will be looking jazzy and glam in no time.

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Color Palette: Sweet Potato + Tomato

With just a week to go until Thanksgiving, it’s time for a classic and traditional Thanksgiving color palette! At least it is in my world, because that’s just how my brain is hard wired. Do normal people think like this? Probably not. But I’m totally ok with that! Today we’re talking deep, rich autumnal shades of sweet potato, tomato and eggplant balanced with a bit of a neutral linen color to keep everything in check. Speaking of Thanksgiving, don’t you just love this table? I love this idea for a Thanksgiving centerpiece, making the most of harvest veggies and inexpensive white candlesticks. It’s so lovely! Of course, most of us won’t be dining al fresco on Thanksgiving, but it’s easy to take this inspiration inside. And, um, tiny little eggplants at each place setting? Shut up. That’s just adorable.

Color Palette: Sweet Potato and Tomato by @cydconverse

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[Photos, from top: Love Me Do Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | Bring to Light Photography via Style Me Pretty Living | Joy the Baker.]

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