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Happy Thanksgiving from the Amber Housley Team!

Happiest of Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! We hope that you spend today making memories, baking and cooking lots of yummy food, watching parades, and laughing until your sides ache. Spend it with family, spend it with friends, just make sure that you slow down and take time to soak in the love and meaning of the day.

Rifle Paper Co Give Thanks

We love this beautiful illustration by the talented Rifle Paper Co.

What are y’all doing to celebrate Thanksgiving? Any fun new recipes you’re giving a try? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanksgiving Tablescape

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is changing my home decor to match each holiday. Thanksgiving tablescape decor to me should be full of warm, inviting details. Full of flowers, natural elements, and of course pumpkins! I love that I can transition my pumpkins from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Recycling decor is always great.

Thanksgiving Tablescape | Amber Housley Living | Nashville Wedding Planner

For this Thanksgiving tablescape, I started with the centerpiece. I picked up some sunflowers, spider mums, and faux Fall leaves from Publix, and mixed them with some gorgeous dahlias from my garden!

Thanksgiving Tablescape | Escort Cards | Amber Housley Living | Nashville Wedding Planner

For the rest of the table, I added a couple of mini white pumpkins, pinecones with a faux Fall leaf for place cards, some candle votives, a burlap runner, and green goblets for a mix of color. It is perfect for a small space like my little kitchen table!

How are y’all planning to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Any favorite finds that you would like to share with us? We’d love to know!

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means that it is time to start thinking of what you will be serving for Thanksgiving dinner! I absolutely adore hosting Thanksgiving at my house, and over the years have collected recipes that I believe are must-haves for our meal. So, here is my great list of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Amber Housley's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes | Amber Housley Living Nashville Wedding Planner

Side Dishes

The Pioneer Woman’s Stuffing
You can find the whole recipe on the Pioneer Woman’s blog here. I ended up using a large bag of crusty french bread cubes that were already baked and cubed in the bakery at Publix in lieu of the cornbread/white bread Pioneer Woman uses. I agree with her that organic chicken broth is far superior to regular canned broth. In any case, this recipe is hands down, AMAZING. I could have gobbled up the whole bowl and skipped everything else!

Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole
This one is far superior to the typical canned mushroom soup and french onion topping recipe. It isn’t much work either and tastes rich and delicious.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mmmm…garlic and mashed potatoes, what could be better? My personal review posted on the site a few years back: Wow! These were REALLY GOOD. A new holiday dinner staple. Like others, I used whipping cream instead of the milk (and maybe a bit more than it called for to make them extra creamy). Yummmmm! The real roasted garlic I think definitely added that extra yummy touch. Will make this again for special occasions!

Main Dish

Easy Herb Roasted Turkey
I love this recipe. If you’re looking for a delicious turkey recipe, here is my review I left in previous years: Yep, all the reviewers are correct – this is THE BEST turkey recipe ever! So glad I chose this recipe for our thanksgiving this year. Was a bit worried about all the herbs that covered the turkey, but didn’t matter in the end! The meat literally fell off the bone before it was done! And the white meat which we don’t usually like because it is dry – so moist – just like the dark meat. And the gravy – no seasoning at all required!!! Just add some cornstarch and it was done! I did brine my turkey overnight which may have added to the yumminess (was my first time doing that). I also added a sliced apple to the inside cavity to add more moisture. I injected some of olive oil/herb mixture under the skin. I also used a reynolds turkey bag. This will be our turkey recipe from now on!

Dessert

Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
My favorite apple pie recipe! My own review notes from a few years back (I’ve been making this one for years now): This was seriously the most beautiful pie I ever baked! I added a bit more vanilla and some cinnamon (just because I like to!), but other than that, this recipe is perfect!

Fall Pie Crust Cutters | Amber Housley Living | Nashville Wedding Planner

I hope you enjoy some of these recipes and be sure to let me know which are your favorites! What are your Thanksgiving must-have’s at your feast?

Thanksgiving Table and Decor Inspiration

It’s time to start thinking of Thanksgiving table and decor inspiration! We have plenty of ideas for ways to decorate your house and set your table, and are excited to share some of our favorites. Make sure to check out all of our inspiration in our Thankful Thanksgiving Pinterest board.

Thanksgiving Table and Decor Inspiration | Amber Housley Living

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This Thankful People art print would be perfect for your entryway or living room. It is an excellent reminder of how to live, not only during the Thanksgiving season but at all times. These white thanks pumpkins surrounded by this mini pumpkin garland would pull together the look.

This table decor is the epitome of Thanksgiving. We love the burlap table runner, the leaf napkins, and the gourds and pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. Your friends and family will love seeing their names written on mini pumpkin place cards that double as favors. During your meal, use these Bless This Food and Give Thanks serving spoons to serve up your mashed potatoes and green beans. It’s sure to be a fabulous dinner and evening!

Have y’all thought about how you are going to decorate for Thanksgiving yet? Let us know your ideas in the comments below. Also, make sure to visit our blog again next week when we share our favorite Thanksgiving dish recipes!

Happy Halloween from Amber Housley!

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Happy Halloween, y’all!! We are so excited that today is here. The two of us are still children at heart, and are thrilled to be dressed in our favorite Halloween costumes and snacking on candy corn throughout the day.

Halloween Dunkin Donuts | Amber Housley Living | Nashville Wedding Planner

Amber went to Dunkin Donuts this morning and got the cutest Halloween inspired donuts for us to have for breakfast. How cute are the ghost and spider pumpkins? They were extremely delicious!

This year, Jessica decided to be a flapper girl based on one of the top movies of the year – The Great Gatsby! She’s using an old New Years Eve sparkly dress that she’s dressed up with fabulous accessories from Party City to create a fun and classic costume.

The Housley Family are all Superman-related superheroes this year. Even the bump on Amber’s tummy is super! :)

What are y’all being for Halloween this year? Do you have any fun trick-or-treating plans for the night? We hope you have a spooktacular time!