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    Thanksgiving Recipes & Ideas Destined for Traditions November 26, 2014 12:55

    Thanksgiving traditions are such an amazing thing to create with your family. From the ways that you set the table to the Thanksgiving recipes that grace your table year after year, there are so many memories to make. We've been combing the web to find some great inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast and to help you start some new traditions.

    Gilded table settings, incorporating the kids into decorating the Thanksgiving table with their crafts, and turkey and the trimmings are some of the ideas that have made our list. 

    Table decorations can set the stage for your Thanksgiving celebration. The color palette of fall is so fun to incorporate golds, oranges, browns and yellows into your dinnerware, table runner, placemats and silverware selections. We love these next few ideas and think you will too. Check out those sales at your local craft stores over the next few days and keep a few of these inspirations in your back pocket for next year too.

     
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    Our Burlap Pouches come in a variety of colors perfect for Thanksgiving
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    What is Thanksgiving without great food? We know families have recipes that date back generations. But, it's also fun to try at least one new recipe each year to see what might become a new, family classic. We've got you set with Thanksgiving recipes from the turkey to the desserts. We even threw in a great Thanksgiving cocktail recipe so you can relax after preparing for the big day.

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    Last, but not least, what do you do with the leftovers? We thought these Thanksgiving Handpies were a great way to enjoy the meal at lunch or dinner the next day.

     
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    So, which new idea will you be trying this year? What Thanksgiving traditions do you share with your family each year? Need more ideas - check out our Thanksgiving Pinterest board.


    Back to School Dinner Party August 25, 2014 15:15

    Many families are getting ready for Back to School time here in the Northeast. A special way to mark this time of year is with a Back to School Dinner Party with your family.  It's a great time to sit down, hear about goals and thoughts on the upcoming year and reflect back on your summer. Here are our top 5 ways to make your Back to School Dinner Party a special one.

     

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    1) Plan the menu with your kids - You can come up with a special food for each subject taught in their classes (Art definitely lends itself to dessert and Phys Ed can be represented by relay races outside to work up an appetite) or each child gets to include their favorite food in the meal. Anyway that you like it, make sure the kids have a voice and are excited about the dinner and the school year ahead.

    2) Play 20 Questions - Put a bowl in the center of the table with 20 questions about the school year. They can be academic questions (What are you most looking forward to reading this year?), emotional questions (Which friends are you happy to see in you class? Are you feeling nervous at all?) or extracurricular questions (What sports team or after school club are you most excited to join?). With little ones, you can review the math and spelling skills that they picked up the year before.

    3) Using our chalkboard pouches, you can label each place setting with a topic for school and that person at the setting is in charge of asking everyone how they feel about the topic or make it pop quiz time!

    4) Tuck fresh pencils, crayons or markers into their silverware pouches, line the table with butcher paper and let their creativity flow during dinner. Nothing says fresh potential like a brand new box of Crayolas or a newly sharpened pencil.

    5) Unwind. Tell tales about their summer highlights. Share your favorite parts of the last few months spent in the sun, sand, surf or mountains. Make this Back to School Dinner party a tradition for the night before school starts. Take those pictures that you can compare year to year as the kids grow. If you set the table for a family meal, the family discussion and memories will follow.

    Best of luck to everyone in the start of the school year and be sure to check out our new Back to School Pinterest Board for more fun ideas!

    Which of these ways would your family celebrate the new school year?