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Alternatives to the Usual Turkey Stuffing

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Thanksgiving dinner is never complete without a stuffed turkey in the center of the table. In fact, the famed breaded stuffing is so inculcated in tradition that almost the same traditional recipe is repeated all throughout the country come Thanksgiving Day. Why not try something different this year and awaken your palate? Surprise your family and friends with these delectable stuffing ideas.

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Sausage and Rice
Complement the delicate flavor of the turkey with this quick and easy Sausage and Rice stuffing recipe that’ll delight your guests with its rich flavors and textures.

Sliced Sausages (choose spicier varieties to add a kick to your dish)
Onion and Garlic
Fresh Herbs (a good mix of your favorite herbs)
Olive Oil
Mashed Pumpkin or Squash
Salt and Pepper

1. Cook the rice as directed but throw in half of your fresh herbs in the cooking water to add a hint of flavor.

2. Sauté the onion and the garlic in a teaspoon of olive oil. Add the sliced sausages and keep in the pan until slightly browned.

3. Rub the outside of the turkey with the residual oil left in the pan to add flavor.

4. Mash a cup of boiled pumpkin or squash. Mix it together with the rice, sausage, and the rest of your fresh herbs. Season it with salt and pepper and let the mixture cool.

5. Stuff your turkey as you normally would.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

How to Create an Elegant Place Card

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Place cards are great decorative additions to parties, providing a personalized touch to the occasion. This season, impress your guests with this classy home-made place card idea inspired by The Frugal Crafter.

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Items you need:

Card stock
Decorative ink stamps
Scoring board and scoring knife
Decorative punchers

Step One:

Select card stock in a color that goes well with your table décor. For an autumn-inspired table setting, you may want to choose pastel shades of orange, yellow, or red. A winter-themed dining table is best complemented by shades of off-white. Stick to paler shades as they highlight the decorative details of the card. Cut the card stock into 4×4 inch squares, or larger depending on your table arrangement. Score them down the middle to make folding easier later on.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Throwing the Perfect Thanksgiving Party

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Thanksgiving, that time of year when you gather with loved ones and take a moment to be thankful for all of your blessings, is almost here. Planning a huge get-together of family and friends, with most traveling across the country, is a big undertaking. There are decorations to be planned, assembled, and hung up; an exquisite menu to prepare; and of course, a delectable wine and bar list to impress even the most discerning of palates.

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To prevent yourself from feeling too overwhelmed by all of these holiday preparations, it is vital that you separate the event into three main categories. This way, the tasks are all compartmentalized, allowing you to accord sufficient attention to every detail. Here are a few tips to help you get on your way to planning the perfect Thanksgiving party:


Proper party décor bolsters the mood of the space. Before you start decorating, think of the ambiance that you want your party to exude. For something elegant yet full of familial warmth, decorate with a color palette featuring warm tones such as orange, brown, and warm red; these colors beautifully complement most Thanksgiving menus. Contrasting these colors against off-white dining sets elevates the elegance of your gathering and provides a backdrop for your dinner table.

If you’re looking for décor rooted in casual sophistication, juxtapose brighter color palettes against autumn’s muted scenery; colors such as gold, blue, pink, peach, and green work beautifully to convey a more laid-back atmosphere.

Once you’ve identified your color palette, you can start assembling décor items to pull the look together. No matter what colors you choose, decorating the space with charming seasonal items, such as these Mini Brown Acorn decorations, is enough to highlight the beauty of fall.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Elegant Thanksgiving Centerpieces

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Aside from preparing a Thanksgiving feast brimming with traditional food that will excite your guests’ palates, a Thanksgiving party is never complete without striking décor to establish the festive, heartwarming ambiance characteristic of this classic holiday. So accompany your savory stuffed turkey and array of delectable side dishes with a gorgeous centerpiece, and add an air of warmth and sophistication to your family gathering.

Feast of Fruits

Be inspired by the season’s fruits when creating this centerpiece. Head to the local farmer’s market and select from a range of autumn produce that showcases the season’s amazing colors. From apples, cherries, figs, cranberries, and grapes to plums, pears, and chestnuts, autumn’s bounty provides a variety of amazing produce to incorporate into your design. Consider selecting fruits or nuts that will create a beautiful play of color. Once you’ve made your selection, place these on a sturdy base or within a frame that will act as a decorative border, such as this English Boxwood Wreath. The lush green tones of this wreath create a color contrast that heightens the freshness of the produce. Once dinner is done, you may even serve the fruit as part of a fresh fruit dessert platter for your guests to enjoy.

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