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This Thanksgiving is a big one for both of the Wild Ruffle girls, as we’ll each be hosting in our homes for the first time!

Though Tammy has hosted before, she just moved into her new home (yay!), and will be having her whole crew over there on the big day.

And though in previous years, Cate always left hostess duties up to her fabulous mom, this year she’ll be taking the reigns and having it at her place (around her new table – hurrah!).

We thought we’d share a few of our best tips for making Thanksgiving as easy as possible. It’s a lot of work to have a ton of people in your home for a big meal, but there are ways to simplify – and we’re all about keeping it as simple as possible!

{From Cate with love}

1) Plan ahead. Like, far ahead. Figuring out what food I can buy in advance and keep in the deep freezer means fewer last minute trips to the grocery store. And having a good game plan means I can start prepping days before the actual day.

2) Delegate. When I host, I typically like to provide everything, from the drinks to the dessert. But a big meal like Thanksgiving calls for spreading the love around. Mom is going to bring a treat she’s known for, Dad’s making a new recipe for Brussels sprouts he’s excited about, and Theresa’s definitely going to make her famous mashed potatoes – because nobody makes them better than her!

3) Make it easy on yourself. One of my favorite new buys is my bar cart – formerly a sewing machine table, this vintage piece was transformed by Finders Keepers into a lifesaver in my home. It means I can be hands off and allow guests to serve themselves. It’s less work for me, and everybody’s happy!

4) Relax. One of the best things about the holidays is the time spent with family. Time together is precious – so much so that it doesn’t really matter if the bird is dry or that new Brussels sprouts recipe doesn’t turn out. I love hearing what everyone is thankful for – and knowing that one of the things that tops my thankfulness list is having my loved ones together.

vintage sewing table repurposed and turned into a bar cart!vintage sewing table repurposed and turned into a bar cart!

{From Tammy with love}

I love fancy dishes and beautifully plated food. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous table setting.

Unfortunately this year my best serving-ware is still buried in tall stacks of boxes somewhere. They will not be present during this holiday’s festivities. A serious hostess buzz-kill. But that’s OK, I’m not going to think about that. Quality time, that’s my focus. We will eat, drink, laugh and enjoy each other’s company, boxes around our feet or not. Me and my crazy loud family that I love with all my heart.

Our family holiday usually entails everyone bringing a dish or two. A fabulous tip from an old friend was to start a Holiday Binder. Complete with past beloved recipes, new recipes you want to try, and a timing schedule for each task involved in the day.

I have since realized her advice so many years ago is the equivalent to creating a Pinterest board labeled ‘Thanksgiving Love’. So if you haven’t already, you know what to do ASAP. Pin everything. Decor (like this found at the shop), recipes, schedules. It will be the organizer of my day, that’s for sure. But if you choose to go ol’ school and create a binder, either way, you will not be sorry that you are well prepared.

Instead of pinning all of my favorite gourmet foods this year, I’m focusing on what the 10 little cousins will enjoy.  They grow up WAY too fast and in turn so will their palates. Here are a few of my kids’ favorites Pins. Thanksgiving made easy.

Let’s here it for the sides! Hooray!! My favorite part of the meal!!

Thanksgiving day side dishes

Creamed Corn // Whipped Sweet Potato Bake {I’m embarrassed to say this has become my signature dish… yes, it’s basically sugar & Vitamin A in a bowl, but everyone always eats it} // Luxurious Mash Potatoes // Green Bean Casserole // Broccoli Cauliflower Parmesan Bake // Cranberry Sauce // Hawaiian Rolls

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  1. Good for both of you for hosting Thanksgiving! I think I would be way too anxious and stressed out, but the tips you gave are really great for easing some of that stress. I love that bar cart and all of your recipes sound delicious!

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