Don’t let entertaining stress get you down! You’ve got this! Now, we don’t think holidays are something to be survived. We want to embrace time spent cleaning and cooking, time with friends and family, the hustle and bustle. But let’s get through our lists with grace, shall we? Here’s our survival kit for your prep day today and your Thanksgiving tomorrow:

We love these guides for portion planning, table setting and your cooking schedule:

How Much to Serve for Thanksgiving from Whole Foods

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Place Setting Guide from Hayneedle

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Thanksgiving Timed Right from All Recipes

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So, you’ve done all that cooking and the table is set, but it just needs that extra creative touch (plus, you’re short on time). Check out these quick Thanksgiving DIYs:

10 Thanksgiving DIYs from Camille Styles

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Ok, phew! Everything is ready! And now you’re thirsty…and your guests are thirsty…

Raspberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail from Heather Christo

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Need a great soundtrack to your day? Get dancing with some Earth, Wind & Fire, chill out to Christmas songs from Mark Kozelek (of Sun Kil Moon), or kick back with two of my favorite Christmas collections from A Fine Frenzy or She & Him:

Earth, Wind & Fire Holiday

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Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols

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Oh Blue Christmas A Fine Frenzy

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A Very She & Him Christmas She & Him

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I hope you have a blast hosting this year. Just remember to take a step back and enjoy the beautiful chaos that is family and holidays! You can do it!

 

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