Dressed Up: Thanksgiving Dinner

I’m excited to introduce one of the columns I have been looking forward to starting the most! For as long as I can remember, outfit planning has been a huge hobby of mine–I remember writing out my first month’s worth of back-to-school outfits in sixth grade, and to this day, I keep a running list on my laptop of outfit plans for upcoming events and trips. In Dressed Up, I’ll be sharing outfits for special occasions, events, and days when choosing an outfit is particularly tricky. I truly believe that an outfit you feel beautiful and confident in can make even a bad day brighter, and while fashion isn’t the most important thing in the world, it sure is fun. :) With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I thought I’d start by sharing a holiday-appropriate look that is comfortable, but still polished.

thanksgiving outfit

mini pecan pie

casual thanksgiving outfit

essie after school boy blazer

fall layers

revlon kiss me coral lipstickGingham button down (similar here) | Camel sweater (on sale right now, and comes in 22 colors!) | Black pants | Wedge boots | Wishbone necklace (similar here and here) | Navy nail polish | Coral lipstick

Thanksgiving to me means good food, football, and hours spent sitting around the table or on the couch chatting with family, so comfort is a major consideration when choosing an outfit. Dressing in layers is an easy way to look like you put in some effort, so I paired a gingham shirt with one of my favorite sweaters–navy and camel is fall-appropriate, but a little bit unexpected. My favorite part of this outfit is my little wishbone necklace–the perfect Thanksgiving accessory! I love layering it with other delicate gold necklaces throughout the year.

What are you wearing for Thanksgiving? Also, if you have any requests for occasions you’d love to see outfits for, I’m all ears!

Setting the Table for Thanksgiving

I may be a few years away from hosting my own Thanksgiving dinner, but that has certainly not stopped me from dreaming up tablescapes and perusing my favorite stores for turkey day-worthy accessories. When it comes to the holidays, I love keeping things simple and understated, with a few sweet or cheeky nods to the celebration at hand–an idea that helped Dave and I so much as we filled our wedding registries with neutral, timeless pieces that can be dressed up or down. We’ll be heading up north to spend next weekend with his family in Syracuse, but if I was setting my own table for Thanksgiving, here are a few things I would love to include!

Thanksgiving table

1. The colors of magnolia leaves are a perfect starting point for a rich, rustic Thanksgiving color palette. I would hang this magnolia wreath on my door or lay it flat on my table with a pillar candle in the middle as a quick centerpiece.

2. These wishbone napkins have my heart–they’re subtle, but so fun, and I love the touch of burnt orange. They’re unfortunately sold out online, but I’m hoping to snap up a few at the Crate and Barrel store for future Thanksgiving dinners!

3. Confession: half my apartment is furnished/decorated in pieces from Target’s Threshold collection–I love that so many of their pieces look much more expensive than they are. Case in point? This chic bar cart, for just $130. A hostess has enough going on without having to bartend as well, so set up a drinks station and invite guests to mix up their favorites.

4. It might be the Texas alum in me, but burnt orange is my absolute favorite color for fall decor. This orange-dipped bowl would be just right for mashed potatoes, served family-style at the table.

5. Do y’all know that quote from Julia Child, “A party without cake is just a meeting?” I feel the same way about parties without a cheese tray. This wooden cheese plate is so unique, and the handles make it easy to transport around the house.

6. A simple table calls for a pop of something unexpected, and this patterned flatware certainly fits the bill.

7. I stock up on fun coasters that I can switch out and mix and match, and these sparkly gold ones might have to be the next addition–they’ll transition easily into Christmas and New Year’s!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? What are your must-have pieces for your table?

About Something Pretty

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on one of my November goals: writing and designing a new About page for Something Pretty that reflects the heart of what I want this blog to be. I’m so pleased that it’s finally finished, and I hope it helps you get to know me a little better. I wanted to share most of it below, but if you’re interested in some of my all-time favorite posts and a list of places Something Pretty has been featured, head on over to my About page to take a peek!

I like to think of this blog as my online living room. It’s the place where family and friends can come over for a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne, depending on the occasion. It’s the place where I can cuddle up on the couch with my fiancé or host a fabulous birthday party for my best friend. It’s the place where I feel inspired, content, creative, and most of all, at home, and my hope is that it will make you feel the same way.

Something Pretty living toom

I believe that going the extra mile to make something special is worth it. I believe in marrying your soul mate and eating off your wedding china on ordinary days. I believe in the road less traveled, playing tourist in your own city, and never turning down the opportunity to go somewhere new. I believe in celebrating holidays with enthusiasm and creating your own occasion to wear an outfit you’ve been saving. I believe in wearing bright lipstick on rainy days, keeping a full stash of stationery for sending surprise snail mail, and filling my home with flowers and photographs.

Something Pretty About

I’m so glad you’re here!

November Inspirations

Monthly Inspirations is the only past Something Pretty feature I’m bringing back and I’m excited to kick it off again with one of my favorite months! I love November–fall is in full force, the holidays are right around the corner, and even getting dressed is more exciting (Scarves! Layers! Boots!). Collecting a few key pieces of inspiration helps me focus on my favorite things I want to celebrate about each month, without ending up overwhelmed by all of the ideas and not doing anything special. So, here’s my starting point for what I’ll be wearing, eating, celebrating, and more this November!

November inspirations
Wear: Layers are key during fall in the South–mornings are chilly, but sunny afternoons warm the day right up. I’m loving this combination of cable knit, buffalo check, pearls, and tortoiseshell, and the cooler color scheme that still works so well for fall. (Photo and sweater via Tuckernuck)

Eat: At Thanksgiving, I skip the pumpkin pie and go straight for the chocolate chip pecan pie my mom whips up every year. This year, I’ll be spending the holiday with my soon-to-be in-laws for the first time, and I think I might have to bring this treat along with me–it’s spiked with bourbon for extra Southern flair! (Photo via Joy the Baker)

Live: My dream house is white with black shutters and greenery all around the door. It’s classic, chic, and oh so welcoming, any time of year. (Photo: unknown)

Decorate: We featured Natalie Franke’s adorable Annapolis home on Southern Weddings last week and her front door stopped me in my tracks. It has me dreaming up other perfect combinations of nautical and autumnal, from wedding receptions to place settings. (Photo by Natalie Franke via Southern Weddings)

Celebrate: This leftovers box from Oh Happy Day a few years ago is one of my very favorite Thanksgiving dinner ideas. It gives guests the best of both worlds: enjoying your hospitality, and still being able to eat turkey sandwiches the next day.  (Photo via Oh Happy Day)

Shop: Buffalo check is one of my favorite patterns, especially in the chillier months. This scarf (complete with the cutest pom pom trim!) is fall-ready, but still light enough for warmer afternoons.

Your turn! What are you wearing, eating, decorating, celebrating, or shopping for this month?

November Goals

I was excited to attend the Making Things Happen conference for the third time last week (a wonderful job perk!), because it could not have come at a better time. I am still getting used to blogging again after taking so much time off, but after MTH, I feel like I have a more clear and purposeful new direction than ever. I can’t wait to continue refining it, especially as the holidays approach–it has always been my very favorite time to blog!

at-modern-trousseau-presentationLove this behind the scenes shot Briana snapped at Bridal Market!

My goals for November:

1. Write and design a new About page for Something Pretty.

2. Log 30 miles of running.

3. Make a preliminary list of Christmas gift ideas for family members and close friends. So excited about this–I love Christmas shopping!

4. Finish unpacking the last few boxes in my new apartment.

5. Hang up pictures in my bedroom.

What are you hoping to cross off your list this month? I’d love to cheer you on!

P.S. You may have noticed I didn’t include any wedding-related goals here, and while I definitely have them (oh gracious, I have them!), I’ve decided to keep them separate in my wedding planning updates. You can find my wedding to-do list for November here!