Our Thanksgiving Guide (What to Wear, Bring, Eat & Drink)

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Today I wanted to share some of our favorites for the Thanksgiving holiday along with our usual Friday Favorites for this time of year. The holidays are fast approaching, and we’ve even had a snow day already in Virginia (not at all typical for us) but it made things feel all nice and holiday-ish around here.

What to wear, bring, eat and drink (not necessarily in that order!) for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving table for four | 11 Magnolia Lane

See Christy’s Thanksgiving Table Post HERE.

We aren’t hosting this year, I had a huge Thanksgiving last year and since we’ve been on the road three of the last three weekends for lacrosse tournaments I decided it wasn’t the right time to take on a major event. We’re going to my lovely brother-in-law’s house and I couldn’t be more grateful for the invitation. I wrote a post about how I handled the huge crowd (30+) we had last year HERE if you are interested.



Here are some of my favorite hosting tricks. For a simple pre-meal spread, I set out crackers, nuts and some fruit along with some fruit water in a serve yourself dispenser. My letter board set the tone for the evening!



We typically serve wine for the main meal, but I think our Apple Cider Martini is the perfect drink to serve pre-meal.  That post is from way back in our archives, but it remains one of our most popular for good reason! We modified it a few years later into a Salted Caramel Apple Martini too–which just makes a good thing that much better.


Cute way to send leftovers home after thanksgiving, sources and printable labels

See our Friendsgiving Post HERE.

For a full post on what to cook, recipes and a Thankgiving game plan you can find that here.   Also, don’t forget you can download our Free Holiday Planner and there is a Thanksgiving Planning page (plus gift and wardrobe planner so you are all set for this holiday way ahead of the big show in December!).


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Putting together Thanksgiving is quite a bit of work, while we plan to contribute a dish (or two) I think it is always nice to bring a hostess gift too. Here are some of my favorite ideas, these would work just as well for the holidays too.



An Initial Copper Wine Stopper–let the celebrating begin! This is a stylish way to cap off an unfinished bottle of wine, very practical at this time of year!

Monogrammed Drink Coaster–a perfect table accent and with free shipping this is a thoughtful and affordable gift.

Monogram Candle–this is a gift you can’t go wrong with! Who wouldn’t love a monogrammed candle?

Traditional Peppermint Bark–The holidays are just around the corner, so this gift will make everyone happy!

A Classic Apron–pretty essential for a major cooking event! I love a classic apron, this one would make a great gift for the cook.

Salt & Pepper–I have wanted this set for the longest time, and they are on sale.  You can never have too many salt and pepper sets on the table when hosting, right?





Finally, what to wear for Thanksgiving (and for upcoming holiday festivities!)…the sales have started, it isn’t Black Friday yet but SO much is already on sale. I have rounded up my favorite outfit choices for you including what I think I am going to wear. Our dinner will be pretty casual but we have some other more dressy events coming up over the next few weeks. I took advantage of our snow day earlier this week and did some of my shopping including holiday party outfits.

This classic sweater–I ordered this sweater as soon as I saw it. It is such a steal and I plan to wear it for Thanksgiving because I am loving the beige/camel color this year. I’ll pair it with a pair of (comfortable!) black pants and to add some fun– leopard shoes (I have these, but for more casual look I love this pair–and they are on sale). I love the gray version of this sweater too (and might order both!).  It would be beautiful dressed up for the holidays with black pants and dress shoes. A lighter weight version of the same style sweater is here.

A classic plaid top–I have a similar shirt to this one and I have been wearing it for several years. You can dress this up or down depending on your event. I’d wear it with jeans like model has one for a casual event and probably throw my favorite fall vest on over it (pink would look great!) or to dress it up I’d go with black pants and the very best chunky pearl necklace.

Long Tunic Top–if you want a simple outfit recipe for Thanksgiving, this is the one. A forgiving and versatile tunic top (this one has been ‘in’ for years so you can’t go wrong, plus the styling is perfect for comfortably enjoying a large meal ?.) Then pair it with soft, comfortable legging style pants and you can’t go wrong. Throw a pretty wrap over it for warmth and you’ll be set for the holidays.

A Pretty Sweater–I remember having to dress up for Thanksgiving when I was little, but now things are more casual. A pretty sweater is always in style, I like this one and this one. Both are in my cart for holiday events.

Vests–We shared our favorite vests that are on sale in this post HERE. Vests are perfect for laying at this time of year.

A few other sales worth mentioning as we head into Thanksgiving, Black Friday and holiday shopping.

World Market is having a 40% off furniture with free shipping. That is pretty much the best deal I have ever seen them offer. I have purchased many pieces from them and could not be happier with the quality. My chandelier, cowhide rug and foyer table are just a few of the furniture items we’ve bought from them. I finally purchased new barstools for our kitchen (you’ll see them in our upcoming holiday kitchen tour in two weeks) because this sale was too good to miss.

J.Crew Factory also has some deals for men right now (actually for everyone). My husband really loves their flannel shirts and they are just $19 right now, I am heading back to buy him a second one he likes the one he has so much, I am sure he will wear this one to Thanksgiving!

Nordstrom started their Fall Sale so there are some really great deals like this Tory Burch purse (Christy has it in green, I really want the black) and these popular jeans.

Pottery Barn already has Black Friday deals on their site, including holiday decor (I love their throws and pillows) and gifts.


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