Thanksgiving Planning – Menu

 

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Finally starting to feel like fall here in Southern California, its in the upper 60’s, some of the trees are starting to turn color and the air feels crisp.  We don’t get the beautiful fall leaves like places on the East coast but I still love the change in weather.  Halloween is over and its really time to get into full gear for Thanksgiving.  Today I’m sharing the Thanksgiving Menu, to help you get your menu figured out.  Now if you are thinking why do I need to write out my menu, you don’t but there are two reasons I find it helpful to have a Thanksgiving Menu to print out. 

The first reason, it is nice to have a menu to set out for your guests.  You could print it out and put at each table setting or print it out and set in a frame.  It is not necessary but it is a nice touch.  The other reason I really print it out, is so I don’t forget anything.  I keep a copy in my binder with my recipes, so I can check throughout the day to make sure I don’t overlook anything.  Especially the last a few minutes before dinner, I go over it to make sure everything is out.  The one year I didn’t use it, we forgot to set out the homemade cranberry sauce.  

Not a lot to say about this Thanksgiving Menu, its pretty simple.  If you open the PDF on a desktop / laptop (AKA non-mobile device) with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC you can fill-it in before printing it.  Or if you prefer to hand write, print if off blank and add your dishes.  

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Thanksgiving Planning – Guest List

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Hopefully you are making your way through the planning guide for Thanksgiving .  By the end of this week you should have the 8 week items checked off and moving on to the 6 week items on the list.   If you haven’t, no worries there is still time but the sooner you get started the better.  This week I’ve included a free printable Thanksgiving Guest List.   Here is how I have gotten through the 8 week items.  

8 Weeks before Thanksgiving 

Set the date & time.   Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 is Thanksgiving however actually for my family the date is Saturday, November 18th 2017.  We started celebrating the weekend before to make it easier for some my relatives to celebrate with both their families.  Dinner is at 3:00 pm  and that is because some of the older members of my family prefer not to spend the night and have a little ways to travel.  

Send out Save the Dates with date, time & location.  I keep this super simple with just an email.  Email works the best for my family, everyone uses it with the exception of my 98 year-old grandmother but that just takes a phone call to keep everyone in the loop.  Some of my younger cousins don’t check their email regularly, so I will send them a text to let them know to check their emails.  Here is my save the date email, short and sweet:

Subject: SAVE THE DATE Thanksgiving 2017. 

Message: 

Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Location (City, State)

Details to follow

Love, Lindsey

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Make-up guest list This is really your invite list now.  Later I make up a final guest list with everyone who is attending.  It is a fun memento  to keep of who made it each year.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get your copy sent straight to your email.  

Start making invites  If you are making a paper invite to mail out then you need to start making them.  I personally send out emails, because it makes communicating in my family easier.  Like the save the dates I don’t do anything fancy.  You can also do more formal email invite using a service such as Evite or Paperless Post .  To be honest there is nothing better than receiving a real paper invite in the mail and if you want to go that route, more power to you, that is awesome.  I’m taking the lazy way and sending out an email.  

Choose the theme & color palette  Thanksgiving doesn’t have a whole lot of variety when it comes to themes and colors but be creative.  There are pumpkins, turkeys, vegetables, nuts, leaves, pilgrims, etc.  Colors for the most part are the fall colors, reds, browns, greens, orange, golds, etc.  However a blue and white Thanksgiving might not be traditional but it could be beautiful.  I do a rustic, natural theme in the fall colors.  I like woods, metal, leaves, nuts and cream color pumpkins.  This something I have developed over the last few Thanksgiving and for the most part is the same every year.  Every year I add in something new and keep it fresh by changing the centerpieces of the table each year.  

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Thanksgiving Planning Guide

Helpful planning guide for Thanksgiving - Sweet Lane Events

Thanksgiving is just 7 weeks away which means it is the perfect time to start planning, if you haven’t already started.    But even if you are seeing this long after this is posted and Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, it’s almost never too late to get start planning.  The one I feel I I’ve learned and continue to learn is that planning ahead for any event,  just makes party planning that much easier and less stressful.  I don’t think that starting early really saves you time, I personally just add more projects and ideas to the list when I start early, but that just may be me.  However, it certainly lowers the stress and the late nights without sleep, the sooner I start planning.    So when ever you are seeing this, just get started planning for Thanksgiving.  

PRINTABLE thanksgiving planning guide

The Thanksgiving Planning Guide, is a checklist to get you ready for Thanksgiving.  It actually starts at 8 weeks before Thanksgiving but as I said it is never to late to start getting ready.  This planning guide is based on how I get ready for Thanksgiving.  This guide is an evolution of about the last 10 years of planning for Thanksgiving.  I write down a checklist like this every year.  Then I save it and would use it to start next years list.  I write down all the details, including making cranberry sauce and chopping vegetables for stuffing the day before.  This list doesn’t get that specific because you may not make cranberry sauce.   

While everyone does Thanksgiving in their own way, this checklist has the basics.  You can use the one I have already filled out or  print off the blank one and put in all your own tasks. My hope is that this Thanksgiving Planning guide will help you get ready with a little less stress. 

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DIY Hidden Tablecloth Weight

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Hidden Tablecloth Weights - DIY tablecloth weights painted the color of your tablecloth weight SweetLaneEvents.com

Tablecloth weights are a necessity for outdoor parties and events. Last thing you want is your tablecloth blowing up and landing in your artichoke dip. Windy or not a gust of wind can come out of nowhere and really cause havoc on your party. There are a tone of cute tablecloth weights you can buy in home good stores or online but the problem for me with those is they are too cute. I really don’t want my tablecloth weights to be even noticeable nor a cute little ornament hanging off the table. Plus when it comes to spending money for a party, tablecloth weights wouldn’t be high on the list for me. I would much rather spend my money on something that makes a bigger statement, like flowers.

These simple hidden tablecloth weights are make out of washers and magnets. Paint the washer the color of your tablecloth and the magnet hides behind the back of the tablecloth, therefore you have an hidden or camouflaged tablecloth weight.

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Supplies:

 Hidden Tablecloth Weights - Layout the 1/2" washers with the blank side up- SweetLaneEvents.com

Set up your paint area in a well ventilated area. I like to set down freezer paper because it has a glossy side so it doesn’t stick but just newspaper will work too. 

Layout the 1/2″ washers with the blank side up. Spray the top and sides of the washers. One coat was enough but add a second coat if needed.

Hidden Tablecloth Weights - Allow them to dry for at least 2 hours before moving. Then a total of 24 hours before using or stacking them- SweetLaneEvents.com

Allow them to dry for at least 2 hours before moving. Then a total of 24 hours before using or stacking them. The first batch I made, I stacked them too soon and they stuck together, making them difficult to pull apart and it pulled off some of the paint.

At each corner of the table, place the washer on the front side of the tablecloth - SweetLaneEvents.com Hidden Tablecloth Weights - attach the magnet to the back side of the tableclot - SweetLaneEvents.com

At each corner of the table, place the washer on the front side of the tablecloth and attach the magnet to the back side of the tablecloth. You end up with the tablecloth sandwiched between the washer and the magnet. A hidden tablecloth weight.

Repeat on each corner or four sides of a round tablecloth. You can add more along the sides as needed.

Hidden Tablecloth Weights - I hope these help at your next party and provide some weight to your tablecloths - SweetLaneEvents.com

I hope these hidden tablecloth weights help at your next party and provide some weight to your tablecloths!   


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Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party

Celebrated my aunt’s 60th birthday at an her favorite Asian buffet restaurant.  She used to participate in battle reenactments and growing up my other aunt remembers her playing with GI Joes instead of barbie dolls.    So a army camouflage birthday party theme was a little out of my realm but it turned out to be so fun!  

Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party - simple way to bring your party to a restaurant SweetLaneEvents.com

One thing when celebrating at a restaurant, the decorations have to be brought in and easy to take down.  Unless you can get a private room, you may only have a few minutes to decorate and generally they don’t allow you to hang things on their walls or ceilings.   The other thing is you may not know exactly what you will be given, in terms of the tables and chairs and where you will be seated, so you need to be flexible.  The decorations should be finished or almost finished and can be set up in about 10-15 minutes.  

Here are basics you can pretty easily bring in:

  • tablecloths (I prefer inexpensive plastic ones that can be left, then you don’t have to wait for the staff to clear the tables to take your tablecloths home)
  • table runner 
  • center pieces: This is where you can have fun, I like balloons attached to some decorated boxes, a few props and maybe some flowers.  
  • napkins ( restaurants will obviously provide these but usually they are white, you can continue your theme with your own napkins)  

Remember to call a manger at the restaurant beforehand and talk to them about you want and what they allow.  The few restaurants I’ve decorated for parties have been very accommodating and I haven’t had any problems.  

For this army camouflage birthday party , I brought:

Army Supply Balloon Centerpieces

Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party - DIY personalized camo centerpieces SweetLaneEvents.com
Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party - Army themed centerpiece with black green & gold balloons SweetLaneEvents.com

Supplies for one:

Fill the boxes the with rocks or some something heavy to make sure the balloons have some weight.  I used the Christmas boxes upside down so in case the color printing showed through the wrapping paper it would only be on the bottom, because the side of the boxes are white.  

Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party - Fill the boxes the with rocks or some something heavy to make sure the balloons have some weight SweetLaneEvents.com

Wrap the boxes with brown wrapping paper.  The brown paper is a little thicker than normal wrapping paper, so just make sure you are pulling the paper tight around the box and taping.

Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party - Wrap the boxes with brown wrapping paper. SweetLaneEvents.com

Don’t be afraid to tape I used a lot to hold the paper in place.  Just make sure the last pieces are rolled up and placed behind the flaps so there is no visible tape. 

Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party - Use plenty of tape to wrap the boxes SweetLaneEvents.com

Once the boxes are wrapped, I added “Kim’s B-Day” using vinyl letters.  ***I used a vinyl cutter to cut them out, but since most people don’t have there own.  You can pick up packs of letters from your local craft store, write your own or if you happen to own a Silhouette you can cut out your own.  

Stack the boxes and add a plastic dress up camouflaged army helmet.   Use brown twine to tie the three pieces together.  Leave some left on the the top for when you tie on the balloons.  

The balloons I waited till the day of the party to pick-up.  I used a total of seven balloons: 2 black, 2 gold and 3 green and asked for them to have black ribbon put on each balloon.  Tie together and knot them well to the package.  

Putting together the rest of the table

Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party - putting together the rest of the table SweetLaneEvents.com

I set everything up at home first to make sure I was happy with the result before the party.  The only work required though was cutting the camouflage netting into three pieces for the table runner.  I purchased the 6.5 x 5 ft size and folded it into thirds along the long edge and cut.  Super simple, no need to cut straight lines, the ragged edges don’t even show.  Overlap the ends of each piece so it looks like one long runner.  Actually I only ended up needing two of the pieces when I got to the restaurant so I used the third for the gift table.  

After the tablecloths and the runners are down it is just  mater of placing the centerpieces and having fun setting out the extra helmets, army men and napkins.  And ta-dah you have a super simple army camouflage birthday party!  

Army Camouflage 60th Birthday Party - cut the camouflage netting into three pieces for the table runner SweetLaneEvents.com

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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Simplified

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner again.  Another holiday to use an excuse to get together with friends and family to drink, eat and wear green.  Well, actually it is a day to celebrate the Irish, commemorate Saint Patrick and a day of feast.    Last year I put together a very last minute dinner party for St. Patrick’s day in three days for a small gathering. The recipes I found on Pinterest and warned the guests the meal was mostly an experiment.  But the food turned out wonderful, Corned Beef Shepherd’s Pie and Traditional Irish Soda Bread.  I made my own St. Patty’s Frozen Cocktails, and my mom contributed her famous lime green jello and my aunt brought Irish Creme Brownies.  

  • Corned Beef Shepard's Pie
    Corned Beef Shepard’s Pie
  • St Patty's Frozen Cocktail Prep Sweet Lane Events
    St Patty’s Frozen Cocktail
  • Irish Soda Bread in the Oven
    Irish Soda Bread
  • Irish Soda Bread at St. Patrick's Day dinner
    Irish Soda Bread
  • St. Patrick's Day Green Jello
    Mom’s Green Jello
  • St. Patrick's Day Irish Creme Brownies
    Aunt’s Irish Creme Brownies

The Food

This year I’m really going to keep it really simple and lighten up the menu, with a vegetable pureed soup and the soda bread.  No invitations, just a simple family St. Patrick’s Day dinner.   When I traveled through Ireland a few years ago, I think every restaurant and pub served a vegetable soup and it was always delicious.  I am hoping I can find a recipe that is just as good.   I found a few, but this Creamy Vegetable Soup is the one I think I will try.  Along with the same recipe I used last year for some Irish Soda Bread, I can’t wait!!!

The Decorations

 The decorations will be just a re-use of the last years and my decorations from before.  Since this year will just be a family dinner,  no need to buy more decorations.  Re-using decorations is fun challenge because you want to try to use them in a different way then you have used them before, to make it fresh.  Either way you will probably be the only one who notices if you used the decorations or not.  This goes for every holiday but I believe decorations for the most part, should be something you love, should be re-usable and easy to store.  

Here are some photos from last years decorations:

  • St. Patrick's day candle table decor
    St. Patrick’s day candle table decor
  • St. Patrick's Day dinner Party decor by Sweet Lane Events
    St. Patrick’s Day table decor
  • Shamrock Door Decoration
  • St. Patrick's Day dinner Party by Sweet Lane Events
    Moss Table Runner
  • St. Patrick's Day dinner Party table scape by Sweet Lane Events
    St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Tablescape
  • St Patrick's Day table props
    Fake Greens

Hope you enjoy a simple family St. Patrick’s Day dinner with people you love too!

 

Inexpensive Vase Filler Ideas

Vase & Bowl Filler Ideas that inexpensive or already at home

Planning your next party, maybe it’s a wedding shower, a retirement party or any party and you will usually need something to fill up.   Vases, jars, bowls, pots, boxes, buckets, usually there is something at a party that needs to be filled up just for the sake of being filled up. The filler maybe just decorative to fill empty space or it could serve a purpose, like standing up signs for a photo booth.   Whatever the reason, some space usually needs to be filled up with something pretty that ties in with your theme or color palette.

The first place you can go to find a vase filler is your local craft store or floral supply store.  They usually have some beautiful options, sand in all colors of the rainbow, beautiful white shells, shiny river rocks, and more.  The one problem is they can be expensive if you need a large quantity.  If you do fall in love with say for example some beautiful crushed shells, you could buy a smaller quantity by finding some other less expensive filler, like sand from an home improvement store.  The sand can be the main filler and the shells can be used sparingly on top.

Okay so the way to really save some money on your vase fillers you need to get really creative!  It is fun, when you really start looking around, the ideas are endless.  

LOOK AROUND YOUR HOUSE

I mean really take a walk around your house and look for vase fillers with fresh eyes.  Maybe you have a collection of wine corks or a vase already filled with glass marbles.  Your kitchen, I bet may have some rice or sugar sitting in the pantry.  

take a walk outside

Outside can be a treasure trove of vase fillers.  Start in your own yard, rocks, dirt, sticks, leaves, seed pods, and who know what else you can find.  I walk every morning by an condo complex with trees that drop these large what I think are seed pods, all over the place.  They are all over the place so for a few mornings a took a bag and picked up the few that had ended up in the street.  Please take caution with taking things from any where other than your own property.  Don’t take anything off private land unless you have permission.

These are some of the different materials I’ve used as vase, bowl, basket, cornucopia fillers.  
Ideas to fill vases from Sweet Lane Events
(1) Lemon slices
(2) Dried orange slices, seed pods, faux berries
(3) Plastic Easter eggs
(4) Pine cones, faux leaves, mini faux pumpkins
(5) Faux snow
(6) Taffy
(7) Shelled nuts, dried orange slices, faux leaves
(8) Tissue paper
(9) Cranberries, Christmas tree cuttings
(10) Shelled nuts, faux berries
(11) Tissue paper scraps
(12) Rocks, dried beans
 

materials to use for vase fillers

  • Flowers
  • Dried flowers
  • Leaves
  • Sticks
  • Weeds
  • Colored water
  • Rocks
  • Pine cones
  • Seed pods
  • Dirt
  • Bark
  • Sand
  • Shells
  • Marbles
  • Fruit: slice or whole
  • Candy: wrapped or unwrapped
  • Scrap paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Newspaper
  • Wine corks
  • Beads
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Dried beans
  • Coffee beans

This list is just to get you thinking of the things you might already have at home or can pick up inexpensively.  I’m sure you can come up with some more ideas and I’ll probably think of something else as soon I post this.  Anyway get creative, there are so many different materials that can be used to fill vases.  

Make a Donut Stand & Sign for a DIY Donut Bar

In the last post,  ADD A DIY DONUT BAR TO YOUR NEXT PARTY,  I explained all the essentials you need for a DIY donut bar.  Of course the sky is the limit for the embellishments and extras you can add to make your donut bar extra special, it could look like you just walked into a donut shop.  Well that is not my style, nor is it in my budget, not that it wouldn’t be amazing.  Any how I did do two things to make the donut bar for my mom’s birthday special,  I added a donut sign and made my own donut stands.  The supply lists for the projects are really inexpensive, it just takes a little time to make them.

how to make a donut sign and donut stands for a diy donut bar

 donut sign and donut stands for diy donut bar

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Add a DIY Donut Bar to Your Next Party

DIY Donut Bars, they are still popping up all over Pinterest.  Why? Because they are wonderfully delicious, super simple, and are so much fun!!! They are being used at weddings receptions, brunches, baby showers, graduations and birthday parties.  I did a DIY donut bar two years ago for my mom’s 60th birthday and I don’t know why I didn’t think of sharing it earlier because it was really easy to put together.  Although even then donut bars were all over Pinterest, I didn’t do it because everyone else seemed to be, I did it because I knew my mom would love it!  She has told me a story a few times about the fresh donuts on Friday mornings that were served in her dorm cafeteria.  Not only did they serve fresh hot donuts but had a bucket of  frosting to spread on top.   My mom has one of biggest sweet tooths that I know of,  so she would skip class sometimes just to make sure she made it for fresh donuts and frosting!  Anyway I had to recreate this special treat for her and a DIY donut bar seemed like the perfect way!  

Donut Bar for birthdays, baby showers, weddings & graduations

 DIY Donuts with toppings: cinnamon & sugar, cookie crumbs, sprinkles, candy, cereal & coconut

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Thanksgiving Grocery & Prep List Templates

Thanksgiving grocery and shopping list templates

Hard to believe this year is almost over with and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It is one of my favorite holidays and I can’t wait!  It is my aunt’s and my holiday, I started at 8 years old and I love every minute of it, well almost every minute.  I have very vivid memories of waking up early on Thanksgiving to make the stuffing and prep the turkey.  If I close my eyes, it is still dark out, we are in are pj’s, the house is still quite while everyone else sleeps.  I can smell the coffee brewing, the onions & sausage cooking for the stuffing and feel the icy turkey on my hands.  

Thanksgiving really is the best because it is just about being grateful, spending time with family and eating yummy food.  Even though it doesn’t have gifts to buy or trees to trim, it still comes with it’s share of work.  Getting your home ready to serve and feed a lot of people is no easy task.  About 8 years ago I started working on creating a book that would be a guide to creating our families Thanksgiving every year.  In my family the Thanksgiving menu is basically the same every year, it has changed throughout the years but it is a slow change, where every now and then a dish may get replaced with a new one.  So this book would make it easier for my aunt & I to put Thanksgiving together every year, so we weren’t having to re-invent the wheel each year.  It has all the recipes, grocery list, prep list, supply list, etc, that we need every year.  Now we could hand it off to someone else in the family and they would have a guide to creating Thanksgiving.  

This Thanksgiving book is nothing fancy, just a binder with dividers & some sheet protectors.  Those sheet protectors will keep your recipes much cleaner.  Anyway the important stuff is what is inside those sheet protectors.  Since I have been working on my book for over 8 years now, and I can’t help myself, I’ve been tweaking it a little bit every year to make it more useful each year.  I will share with you my templates so you can start your own Thanksgiving book and hopefully it will help to make your Thanksgiving prep a little more streamlined too

The first template is my Prep List or to do list from a month before up to the day before Thanksgiving.  The day of Thanksgiving I use a timeline, to make sure everything gets done in the right order so dinner comes out on time, but that will be later.  The prep list keeps me organized and really has reduced stress on the day of for me.  I want to enjoy spending time with my family on Thanksgiving, not be stuck in the kitchen every second, so this list helps me get things done ahead of time.  I only start a month before hand, sending out the email invite to my family.  Between that time and 2 weeks before, I’m checking my book and all my lists are ready, I have all the supplies I need and either picking or arranging to get them.  Then the week/weekend before hand, I’m doing my 1st grocery shopping trip for mostly the non-perishable items, like flour, sugar, and even the turkey, if it needs to be defrosted.  I also start pulling out my decorations, planning the tables and which dish will be served in what dish.  Then on the two days before hand, I’m doing any house cleaning that is necessary (I have a strong opinion on this topic, that your house doesn’t not need to be spotless for your guests, because it is going to be mess again when they leave.  Yes it should be picked up and the dust bunnies shouldn’t be showing, but it doesn’t have to pass a white glove test.  Check out this post about cleaning your home The Stress-Free Way to Prepare your Home for a Party), setting up tables and chairs, finishing decorating, doing the last grocery shopping trip and prepping any food items that I can.  I chop all the vegetables, grate cheese, chop nuts, make cranberry sauce, whatever can be done to save time on Thanksgiving.  

Click below to open the prep list.  It is an fillable PDF format and is filled with my prep list for Thanksgiving, to give you a guide to start with.  You can easily delete any line and add your own to do items.  You can save this form to your desktop and have it every year to fill out.  

Thanksgiving Prep List

The second list I have for you is a Grocery List.  This is actually my favorite to have each year because I hate making grocery lists especially ones with a bunch of recipes.  This template I left blank for the most part because your recipes are going to call for different items then mine.  At the top of list you will see two lines for recipes, this is where I put the recipes I have included on the grocery list.  This isn’t so much a necessity for this year but next year when you pull up this list again, you will see exactly the recipes you put on this grocery list.  Then you don’t have to go back over it again and check it against your recipes to make sure it is correct for that year’s meal. To get this list ready, I take each recipe and add each item to the list, recipe by recipe.  So for things like flour, you have it listed on more than one recipe but you just keep adding the amount to the quantity.  I use the quantity column to put in exactly what I need, not what necessarily I need to buy.  Because after my grocery list is ready and before I go shopping, I print it off and check off what I already have or write down the amount I do have.  So for example, I need 5 1/2 boxes of margarine,  but I already have 3 sticks so I will hand write that on my list, so I don’t have to buy that 6th box of margarine.  

Thanksgiving Grocery List

I hope you enjoy these templates for Thanksgiving and I really hope they help make the planning a little more streamlined so you can be less stressed and have more time with your family!

BTW, I intentionally left these templates simple and without decoration.  Not that I don’t love a beautiful form but I wanted these lists to be practical and not require a lot of ink to print.  Let me know what you think.