Here in Los Angeles, we don’t have many weather-related indications that summer is turning to fall, so we have to embrace the signs wherever we can find them — so basically, in Starbucks.
For me, the special sense that fall is creeping in comes with the annual flood of lifestyle writing assignments that turn my attention to the season’s decor, food, crafts, and all the other good stuff. These stories are like pumpkin spice lattes for my laptop. They make me kind of giddy. My job doesn’t suck.
Allow me to share the joy! Following is a little roundup of some of the stories I’ve written in the last couple of weeks, in which I rounded up some of the best ideas from around the Web for Thanksgiving decorations, food, crafts, flowers, tabletop, and plenty more to buy or DIY:
DIY Thanksgiving banners and garlands
Deck your mantle or door — or just about anywhere in your home this season with these DIY projects for fall banners and garlands. My pick here is the awesome and easy gold-tipped feather garland from Simple Stylings (as seen in the photo above). So chic and not the remotest bit hokey. [Today.com]
DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas
Dine in style! If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, DIY one of these 4 great centerpieces using real pumpkins — or in one case, mason jar lids made to look like pumpkins. (Because obviously: mason jars.) But my favorite, of course, is the succulent-filled pumpkins from Luxe Happens. You can take the girl out of L.A., but… [Today.com]
Thanksgiving decorations: DIY or buy?
In this piece, I looked into a few awesome Thanksgiving decoration ideas and made royal proclamations as to which is worth the time, versus which is worth the spend. You can’t really lose either way, though, with these fun ideas for gilded pine cone garlands, birch branch candles, wheat wreaths, silver pumpkin place card holders, and rustic branch napkin rings. [Today.com]
Best Thanksgiving apps
Whether you’re hosting or traveling, check out these 5 awesome apps to manage the whole weekend, from making sure you catch your flight and monitoring your house while you’re gone, to preparing the perfect meal accented with just the right music. And if you’re braving Black Friday, there’s an app for that too. [Today.com]
Thanksgiving decor, food, and activity ideas
I pulled together 14 gorgeous and clever ideas from the pros in this roundup of Thanksgiving decor, food, flowers, tabletop, and activity ideas from major events around North America. [BizBash.com]