Ina Garten’s Thanksgiving Table Setting Tips Include 1 Surprising Ingredient From the Grocery Store

Ina Garten is known for her focus on making the cooking process easy, even leaning on store-bought ingredients so cooking isn’t overly complicated. When it comes to her Thanksgiving table setting ideas, Garten also keeps it simple, finding ingredients to create a beautiful table without going overboard.

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Ina Garten sets a beautiful Thanksgiving table

Garten showed off her idea for simple Thanksgiving table decorating in a 2017 Instagram post, writing, “It’s never too early to plan your Thanksgiving table! It doesn’t have to be fancy, but at this time of year I like a little color and one pretty plate to give the setting some style.”

The video showed an autumnal colored table cloth, simple white plates topped with a decorative gold trimmed plate, silverware, and drinking and wine glasses. Garten scattered candles for a flicker of light and warmth

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Dear Annie: Some tips for rediscovering the magic of the holidays

Dear Annie: While I don’t hate holidays, nor dread them, as “Holiday Anxiety” expressed, I don’t go “all in” either. I believe in moderation, in all things, including moderation.

All my close family has gone to their rewards. None of my high school and earlier friends has time or money for more than immediate family, and my partner passed a decade ago. I’m 61 and find myself refreshingly able to control my own life.

I do miss the family traditions, the scents and the decorations; I am also now aware of the time and effort my parents and grandparents put in to create these memories, and I am grateful. And I absolutely hate Halloween decor immediately replaced by Christmas stuff. Where’s Thanksgiving?

For “Holiday Anxiety,” I suggest:

1. I make gift baskets for shelter animals and their keepers. Cat litter, dog food, paper towels and sanitizer might not seem very

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12 Essential Tips for Growing Your Business

Having your business turn into a success is hard work, and you need to adapt to the times while organizing things as you go. There are several actions you can do to help your business increase its revenue. Making sure each area of your company gets attention is crucial to ensure small things don’t fall by the wayside. 

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As a business owner, you may feel as though you’re juggling a hundred things at once. This is because you have to wear a lot of different hats when managing their company. They need to check possible ways of improving their daily operations. 

1. Build your website 

Having a user-friendly site that’s up to date is a vital part of growing your company. A website design that’s modern and functional will keep your enterprise moving forward. In today’s competitive market,

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Eco-friendly designer’s tips for a home focused on health and wellness

New York designer Robin Wilson specializes in eco-friendly homes, rooms and products. She has written two books on creating wellness and health-focused living environments, is an expert on topics including sustainability and has ideas on design for allergy and asthma sufferers. Wilson joined Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius for an online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q: I often see furniture that’s made with eco-friendly materials labeled to indicate that. But I don’t see these labels on smaller home furnishings, such as pillows or decorative accessories. Where can I find eco-friendly, smaller decor?

A: There are few labels on decorative items. One online resource is the Sustainable Furnishings Council ( The SFC is the leading nonprofit that guides consumers to the best companies that have eco-friendly practices and products. All the information there is free, and it provides a scorecard for furniture and furnishings.

Designer Robin Wilson specializes in eco-friendly design.
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Tips for Setting an Unforgettable Thanksgiving Table From Standen New York

There are many things old that feel new again this year, but the holidays are not on that list. Rising COVID numbers mean that most Thanksgiving celebrations will be anything but traditional. But new circumstances can allow room for experimentation with recipes, say, or table settings.

Enter Susan Standen, a West Village-based Brit and fashion designer who observed the current resale craze for clothing and set out to do something similar homewares, while simultaneously shedding the “grandma” tag often attached to these pieces, through her new venture, Standen New York.

For this hostess with the mostess, having complete or matching sets isn’t as important and giving your decor a personal touch. Standen says she often starts out with an “old-fashioned” arrangement. It’s then that the edit—and the fun—starts. “I think a good way to do things is to have something about what you’re doing that’s very eclectic, [like having] a

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Deck the Halls! HGTV Designer Tiffany Brooks Shares Her Best Holiday Decor Tips and Tricks

If you’re an HGTV fan, you’ve probably heard of Tiffany Brooks. The Chicago-based interior designer made her first appearance on the network back in 2013 when she was named the winner of Design Star and has since appeared on numerous HGTV shows such as Dream Home and Smart Home. Tiffany’s warm and vibrant personality (which I can attest to) combined with her amazing eye for design has made her a top industry go-to over the years. So much so that she’s now in the production process of her own show called 50k Three Ways, which is set to premiere on HGTV in the summer of 2021.

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Whether you have been a fan of Tiffany’s for a while or are new to her design expertise, one fun fact you’re going to love about her is that she’s very into the holidays! To celebrate her new

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10 Laundry Room Organization and Decorating Tips

From my experience, there are two types of laundry rooms: either a sleek, clean, minimalist space where you can freshen up your wardrobe in the warmth of fresh lavender-scented shirts, like you’re in a Snuggle commercial, or a veritable dump where the washer and dryer serve as surfaces upon which to throw piles of dirty clothes rather than clean them. Well, if yours resembles the latter and you’d love to learn some laundry room organization tips, you’ve come to the right place.

But why even bother to organize your laundry room? Well, chaos-loving angel, because a sense of order can make doing the laundry far more enjoyable and less stressful. “A laundry room is like any other room in our home,” says organizational expert and certified KonMari Method consultant Patty Morrissey. “We spend time there, so it should be a joyful place to visit, even if, or especially if,

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46 inspiring bedroom ideas and beautiful decorating tips

Bedrooms are such personal spaces, which is why it’s so important to decorate yours in a way that suits your tastes, and your needs. From giving you energy in the morning so that you wake up refreshed, to being serene enough to help you wind down with ease, this space works hard at keeping you happy! So we’ve put our best bedroom ideas together to help inspire your own space. 

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What’s wonderful about decorating a bedroom also, is that you don’t have to make huge changes to see and feel great results. A simple switch of a headboard, new colorful cushions, or even just a statement rug could add so much depth to your bedroom decor.

1. Add pattern to your bedroom floor with a rug 

When your bedroom flooring is looking a bit tired, or if you live in a rented home and

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Experts from the UK’s chicest hotels share their best home styling tips

Oh the joy of arriving at a fancy hotel room. The immaculately-made bed, the neatly arranged toiletries in the bathroom, the promise of a clutter-free existence for a night or two. The good news is that, with a few tweaks, you can achieve five-star vibes in your own home. It doesn’t require major refurbishment, but a bit of creative thinking, says Ian Taylor, owner of Bath hotels The Bird and Homewood. “It’s small things like moving cushions around your home, swapping with other rooms provided the colour matches. Pink and yellow, depending on the shades, can be very effective,” he says. “You can also display collections that you may have stored in a cupboard or shelf. For instance, a stamp collection can be framed and turned into a piece of art.” With that in mind, we asked the design experts behind some of the UK’s best hotels to share their

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Hosting tips for a holiday in quarantine



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Just like Easter, Fourth of July and Halloween, Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different this year. Gov. Andy Beshear has published guidance advising Kentuckians to celebrate the holiday with only the people already in their households, following the same guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

But that doesn’t mean your more intimate holiday get-together can’t feel special. And frankly, with all that 2020 has thrown at us, why not try to make your mini-Thanksgiving feel just a bit more special?

“Thanksgiving can be a really long and overwhelming day,” Brittany Gilbert, formerly Brown-Forman’s “How-to Hostess,” previously told The Courier Journal. “Especially if you’re the host.”

Whether you plan to eat dinner virtually over a Zoom call or celebrate with immediate members of your household, Thanksgiving should be a holiday for everyone. Instead of struggling to recreate

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