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Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l’Action de grâce ) is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

This time of year it is always fun to decorate, decorate, decorate! We love the challenge of coming up with new ideas to keep the Thanksgiving celebration looking fresh and festive.  Our advice: don’t be afraid to mix in plenty of natural elements…go outside and see what you can re-purpose from your yard.  Rosemary from the garden and leftover Halloween pumpkins make charming place cards! Recently fallen leaves and garden gourds create a unique mantle presentation.  From plates to placecards, here are some of our favorite finds for this years feast!

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I have to dish about my new favorite magazine “Sweet Paul“.  The minute I opened it, I could tell from its heavy paper stock, matte finish, and dark yet deliciously tempting pictures…that I was hooked!  Originally started as a blog by Paul Lowe Einlyng in 2007, this publication features the most amazing mix of food, crafts, and decorating that I have seen in quite awhile.  With the turn of each page there is new recipe I want to try, an artist I am dying to meet, or a project that exudes originality while somehow lacking the fear of perfection! Ahhh that’s it…this magazine does not compel you to live up to the perfection of Martha Stewart, it does not promote the flawless and often sterile interiors of Elle Decor, but instead provides it’s readers with cool, avant garde, accessible ideas that are sure to satisfy!  It’s no wonder…considering Paul Lowe Einlyng’s motto, “fullkommenhet er kjedelig” (adopted from his Norwegian grandmother) “perfection is boring.”  Take a look at some of the delectable recipes and content below…you will not be disappointed!!!!!

sea shell spoons

Collect shells from the beach to make your very own seashell spoons!

Blackberries and lemon zest give this tiramisu a refreshing makeover.

perfect party
There are just a few simple ingredients for a PERFECT party!