Friday Five: The Thanksgiving Edition

In spite of me refusing to look passed tomorrow’s football game (it’s a big one!), I know that Thanksgiving is next week and that I’ll need to get my act together pretty quick. So I’ve been digging through some of my old recipes and entertaining ideas today and thought that I’d share them with you in my Friday Five. Let’s go!

  • Pretty tablescape idea you can create on your own: I’ve really started to keep my decorating more neutral when it comes to the holidays, which is helpful when you let things go to the last minute like me. (Ha!) It’s much easier to find a white, gold, or burlap-colored pumpkin this week than the pretty orange ones that were available at the end of August. I noticed that Target still has a number of their timeless fall items left that could be so pretty for Thanksgiving next week. Here’s a post I did last year with some inspiration if you’re hosting next week.

  • If you don’t feel like setting the table: If it’s all just feeling like it’s too much this year, check in with my friends who just launched a company called Social Settings, a “rent the runway” for your table top. You can choose to have the chicest, most timely tablescape without having to buy a single piece (to say nothing of not having to store all those items!) The process is simple. You go online to the Social Settings website, pick out what you like, and it will be delivered right to your front door. You get to keep your rental for four days and when you’re finished, you don’t even have to clean it–Social Settings takes care of that for you. I’m not sure what they still have available for next week, but if you’re in a pinch, it’s definitely worth giving them a look.

  • Thanksgiving Day breakfast: While you might not want to eat too big of a breakfast on Thanksgiving morning, if you’re having overnight guests, it might be nice to have some breakfast casseroles you can make ahead of time and have ready to feed your guests. Here are a couple of ideas to make this happen in this post.

  • A twist on traditional Thanksgiving dishes: If you’re looking for a few new recipes to shake up your traditional menu, here’s what we’ve cooked up before.

  • Yummy desserts: You absolutely can’t go wrong with this pumpkin dream cake, these chocolate pumpkin brownies. Easy to make and total crowd pleasers! And of course there are always these peanut butter turkeys or my Mom’s chocolate chip cookies. You can make these feel like “Thanksgiving” by adding some fall-colored sprinkles or M&Ms to your batter.

  • BONUS–Something to wear: We can’t talk holidays without thinking about what we’re going to wear. If your Thanksgiving holiday is going to be a little dressier, I love the dress from Anthropologie that I’m wearing in the photo above. It’s so versaitile and can be worn alone or with a sweater over top and make it look more like a skirt. I also love this one, this one, and this one. It your holiday is more casual, you can definitely wear this fresh-colored flannel from J. Crew with a cute pair of jeans. If more of a statement collar is your style (it’s definitely mine), you can’t beat this top from Boden.

I hope these recipes and tips help you ease into next week. We’ve got this!


Photo by Jenn Marie Photography

My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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