Thanksgiving Recap - Hosting on a budget

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love hosting people in my home. I may not have a big formal dining room or table settings for 18, but I do have a folding table, mismatched chairs and cute paper dessert plates that I picked up at TJMaxx. You don't have to be fancy to pull off a pretty Thanksgiving! So today on the blog, I'm gonna get real with y'all and give you the 'story beyond the instagrams', if you will.

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I spent $20 on some greenery from Trader Joe's and I probably could have gotten away with less. I had a ton leftover! (Not pictured: red and green solo cups).

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I took all of the little pumpkins I had leftover from October and used them as place cards or actually, place pumpkins. I bought paper napkins and copper plasticware from Target.

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The moral of the story, you don't have to have the best of things to make the best memories. I love to get creative and make things pretty but I have no doubt that Thanksgiving day would have been just as good without the extra $40 I spent on a few things for the table.

XOXO,

Di

 

Gals Who Brunch

Last weekend, we celebrated my cousin Brittany's birthday with a gals brunch! It was the perfect morning-turned-afternoon.

I made sausage balls and Living with Landyn's french toast casserole. Both recipes were wonderful and easy.

I also whipped up some coffee punch. Have you had it before? It's super easy too and absolutely delicious. It's a great go-to if you need to bring something to a brunch.

Here's the recipe:

8 cups of chilled brewed coffee

2 cups cold milk

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup of sugar

1 quart of vanilla ice cream

I just brew the coffee the night before and stick it in the fridge. Then right before I serve it, I combine the coffee, milk, vanilla and sugar. I scoop the ice cream into the punch bowl and pour the coffee mixture on top. Voila! Coffee punch. I also put out some reddi-whip in case anyone needs some whipped cream on top.

What birthday brunch is complete without a cake made of donuts?! My friend Danielle stopped at our favorite donut shop here in Spring Hill for these prettys.

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I told Tim we'd probably be done around 12:30 so he'd know when to come back home (apparently gals brunch isn't his scene) but boy was I wrong about the time! At one point, I looked at the clock and it was after two! That's how you know you're having a good time. I think the last person left around 4. In other words, it was my dream Saturday.

XOXO,

Di