Thanksgiving is a time of the year which many of us look forward to all-year long. It is the perfect time to spend with our families, friends and to reflect on the year we’ve had, giving thanks for all we are grateful for. One of the most fun parts of this holiday is having a big party with the ones you love and eating plenty of delicious food. If you want to hold a party this year, here are some great tips.
Keep It Simple
The key to creating the ultimate menu for your guests is to not over-do it. Remember that you are only one person, and if you choose a ton of recipes you’ve never made before- things can get stressful very quickly. Here are some ideas for food you can either whip up ahead of time, or stick the oven before you get ready for the party.
Snacks and Appetisers
- Homemade Cheesy Breadsticks with hummus dip
- Corn Fritters
- Soup and Crusty Bread
- Roasted Turkey
- Roast Potatoes
- Pepper Jack Corn Muffins
- Mac and Cheese
Simply put all of these out on the table and let everyone pick their own.
- Mini Fruit Pies
- Apple Blossom Tart
There are two options here. You could either hire some bar equipment and have fun creating crazy cocktails for your guests. Or simply have a table in the corner of the room with glasses, bottles of wine, beer and spirits so that everyone can help themselves to whatever they want.
The beauty about hosting a party around Thanksgiving is that you will already have a lot of decorations in your home to make it feel festive. However, if you still want to add a few more elements to your home and make it the ultimate winter wonderland, you might want to look at adding some extra touches to the home:
- Lighting: To really create that magical festive atmosphere, you’ll want to turn off the main lights and make use of all of those fairy lights and candles you have around the house. Decorate the table with tealights and hang fairy lights around the door frames for extra festive glow.
- Music: There’s no better way to make a fun atmosphere than to have some music on in the background as you enjoy your party- there are tonnes of great thanksgiving playlists online which you can download and play throughout the evening
Extra Preparations and Smart Hacks:
To make the night, and the morning after, go even smoother- you can also make a little extra effort in the preparation and get ahead with the tidying. The great thing about preparing most of your food in advance is that you’ll have already done the washing up. The only things you’ll need to wash afterwards are the platters you serve the food on, the plates and cutlery. However, to make you life even easier: you can buy disposable platters, cutlery and plates so that once the party is over everything can simply go in the trash can. Before you invite the guests to your home, spend the day tidying away clutter, opening the windows to let fresh air in, and cleaning up to make the house feel fresh and new. You can then light a scented candle an hour or so before people start to arrive to add that festive aroma to the home.
In the winter time, people tend to worry a lot about their skin because it’s dry and chapped. This is all down to the drop in temperate and the low humidity levels that steal moisture out of the skin. While it may sound rather daunting, there are plenty of things that you can do in order to keep your skin glowing, and feeling magnificent.
Here’s what you need to do.
Don’t be tempted by the heat
Sure, when it’s been a long day, and you’ve finally got back home from being stuck out in the cold, there is nothing better than a hot shower to bring your body temperature up to toasty. But having the water hot – especially on your face – will actually dry it out even more. It may not feel like it at the time because you’re wet, but the drastic change from cold to hot will pull out any moisture that you had left, leaving you with nothing. This doesn’t mean that you have to shower under freezing water – but rather, lukewarm. And if you’re able to manage it, an icy cold splash on your face at the end is great for closing up your pores and tightening your skin, giving you the ultimate facelift for free.
Invest in the right skin care
There are plenty of different brands of skin care on the market all claiming they do the best job. But actually, a lot of them have all the same ingredients, they just add a different scent to them and maybe even a bit of color, and voila - totally different. Right. So when looking for the right products, it’s essential that you do some research first. Have a look at the label on the back, and google what the different ingredients are and how they can help you. Face masks are a great way to restore moisture while also cleaning out your pores. Natural products are a brilliant direction to go in because there aren’t alien chemicals that you’re applying to your face like many other brands out there, so try and use innisfree mask and see what kind of results you get.
Hydrate from the inside out
Eating food that has a high content of water is a very clever trick in restoring the moisture back into your skin. Food like watermelon, apples, oranges, tomatoes, cucumber, and celery work great for this as they are made up of a lot of water. Plus they’re deliciously juicy, and good for you in so many other ways too. You will want to make sure that you are getting a lot of Vitamin C and Zinc that makes your body create more collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin looking younger and tighter. And don’t forget the Omega-3 which will smooth out your complexion.
You should also be drinking a lot of water, as we tend not to in the winter time because we move onto things like hot chocolate to warm us up rather than quench our thirst, but you still need water.
Kate Spade just launched its Holiday 2015 collection and here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection
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Do you have a favorite piece from the Kate Spade Holiday 2015 collection? Let me know in the comments!