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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:

Décor

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

Essential Fall Holiday Drinks

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Autumn is a wonderful time to entertain, whether you plan on hosting a simple outdoor brunch or an elegant dinner surrounded by the warm ambiance of your home. As with most parties, it is essential that you maintain a well-stocked bar that’ll allow you to create and serve a variety of drinks inspired by the season.


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Apple Cider

Cider is a great treat for autumn. Made via the fermentation of apple juice, cider oozes with the spirit of the season, matching the sweet scent of fall’s crimson leaves. Create your own version of the traditional cider by boiling store-bought cider with freshly cut green and red apples and a cinnamon stick. The apples add an extra burst of freshness while the cinnamon stick brings a touch of spice and warmth. Once all the flavors have melded together, serve the drink either warm or iced.

Seasonal Cocktails

Draw inspiration from the season when creating signature drinks for your parties. Pumpkins, cinnamon, and figs are just some of the autumn-inspired ingredients you can use. For example, you may mix sweet pumpkin puree with rum or Baileys and top it off with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a luscious cocktail. Instead of the usual cocktail garnish of olives or fruit, consider using dried figs for a unique touch.
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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Best Food & Wine Pairings for Fall

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Autumn marks the season for warm family get-togethers over meals laden with seasonal favorites such as pumpkins, apples, squash, and figs. Complementing these with wine can be tricky, especially with the wide variety of wine options on the market. Here are few ways to help you find the perfect wine to match autumn’s delectable food selection.

Pot Roast

Nothing celebrates the chill in the air like a good old-fashioned family pot roast. Sumptuous and meaty, this dish is best paired with an equally hearty wine. A glass of full-bodied cabernet sauvignon or merlot is a great way to bring out the dish’s beefiness, with the warmth of the wine balancing out the strong, rich flavor of the beef. This pairing evens out the palate, turning a simple pot roast into a gourmet feast.

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