Gobble, Gobble: Top Five MUST HAVES for Thanksgiving Day!

Cortney Bailey's Top Five Must Haves for Thanksgiving

ONE: Crate & Barrel’s Pie Box is my number one must have for Thanksgiving Day. Oh my goodness this box is adorable! Not only does it make a great presentation, it also adds an “old fashion” vibe to your table. This pie box is also the ideal hostess gift if you are having your Thanksgiving dinner at family or a friend’s home! Photo via Crate & Barrelunnamed

TWO: My second must have is the STAR of the day! Yes, the Turkey. Besides having a clever URL that I love: gobble gobble dot com, this Texas based company, Greenburg Smoked Turkey, Inc. will ship anywhere in the United States, is affordable and has been recognized by media outlets such as Oprah Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Texas Monthly to name a few. Photo via Greenburg Smoked Turkeyunnamed-1THREE: Add a little fancy to your kitchen with these Raised Bloom Whisks. Anthropologie’s whisks are available in three sweet colors and will help you make your side dishes and desserts a little more fun! Photo via Anthropologie



FOUR: When you wake up to a house full of family you may not have as much time in the bath as you would like and if it’s early morning you probably have growling tummies to feed. With Target’s endless PJ selection you can climb out of bed with ease, brush your teeth and shuffle to the kitchen for breakfast in your cozy and playful pajamas, without looking schleppy until you have time to dress for the day! Photo via Target


FIVE: Thanksgiving Day is notorious for not only being thankful but also for filling your belly! If your Thanksgiving meal is served promptly at noon then a light breakfast should be suffice. However, if you are not serving your meal until late afternoon or evening then a selection of snacks should be set out for your family & friends to enjoy. In 2013 I wrote a blog about winter snacks: CLICK HERE for a few ideas! Photo via my blog: Dream Design Dwell


I’d LOVE to hear from YOU!  What are your top MUST HAVES for Thanksgiving Day – I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Lip-Smacking Good! The Final “Must Have” of Eight for Winter 2013!!!


The eighth and final “Must Have” for Winter 2013 are lip-smacking but simple snacks!  If it’s just you, yourself and I or if you have an entire heard to feed these munchies will be yummy to everyone’s tummy!!!  Don’t forget the presentation of your scrumptious snacks is just important as the treat itself. If you are having a party for one be kind to yourself and put a little effort into the arrangement of your goodies. It goes without saying, if you are having friends or family over, staging your snacks is key to the overall vibe of your event – no matter how casual or grand your get-to-gather may be, remember it’s all about the appearance.

If you pride yourself in your culinary abilities or if you pat yourself on the back for being able to make popcorn I promise, you will be happy with the following ideas and so will everyone else!

Weelicious is a fantastic and over-the-top creative site for delicious, yet easy to follow recipes.  Here are a few amazing ideas for this winter!!!

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 Next, are some of my favorite snacks from Trader Joe’s and everyone loves them. 

  1. TJ’s Pizzas are great on a cold night and are super easy to pop in the oven!  After the pizza is cooked simply cut it into small slices and believe me, if you are entertaining several people, the slices will be gone before you can pop the next pizza into the over!!!
  2. Raisin Rosemary Crisps are great with cheeses and dips and are a little more unexpected than the normal, ho-hum cracker!
  3. The Three Layer Hummus by TJ’s will bring a little spice to your palate! It’s great with veggies or small pitas or pita chips.
  4. The last favorite item from TJ’s is their fantastic selection of cheeses!  My mouth is watering just thinking about their options – make sure you try the Italian Truffle Cheese – OMG it’s amazing!!!


Speaking of cheese…next is a cheese board! If you have always loved cheese boards but are not sure how to put one together you can easily follow the example board posted! The more comfortable you become with boards you can begin to add meats, pastes, honey and various olives!

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Last are just a few tools to help make your snack presentation gorgeous! All the items are from Crate & Barrel and obviously they have hundreds of other options for you to choose from.  From top to bottom: Olivewood Cheese Board (small slices of pizza would work on this as well.), Set of Six Cheese Markers, Set of Three Cheese Tools and Large Rectangle Slate Board.

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Looking for great cheeseboards & tools?  Check out some of these great options:

Wood Cheese Board: Click Here

Slate Cheese Board: Click Here

Cheese Board Tools: Click Here

I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite but easy to make winter snacks?  I’m always looking for new ideas so leave me a comment below or follow me on one of the social network sites below and share your ideas!

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