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17 Last-Minute Hostess Gifts You Can Pick Up at Piggly Wiggly

17 Last-Minute Hostess Gifts You Can Pick Up at Piggly Wiggly

Anything can be a present, so long as it’s tied with a ribbon

The holidays are hectic enough. Between getting your home ready for company, preparing a Thanksgiving menu, and finding the perfect gifts to stack up under the tree, it’s no surprise in the moments before leaving for a party, you panic—your surplus gift closet is empty and you’re supposed to be out the door in five minutes. If this is a scenario that seems all too commonplace around the holidays, don’t fret! We’ve made your holiday hostess gift search simple by finding 17 viable gifts, each no further away than the shelves of your local Piggly Wiggly. These Thanksgiving hostess gifts are guaranteed to please every type of hostess. From practical gifts hostesses can use for the occasion, to sweet treats she can enjoy after the festivities are over—these last-minute Thanksgiving hostess gifts are so thoughtful that you may just end up making a stop by the Pig on your way to every holiday party this year.

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Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas from the Hardware Store

Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas from the Hardware Store

Who knew how much fun you can have with Thanksgiving place card ideas when you get creative at home improvement stores!

Thanksgiving decorating can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you can make it a little bit fun with some creativity. Homemade Thanksgiving decorations can be really fun and a great way to get the kids involved. DIY Thanksgiving decorating ideas are endless, but we think a clever approach is to shop the aisles of our local home improvement stores to get some inspiration for great Thanksgiving table décor. Chances are you may have some of these things lying about in your garage or your tool shed. These are also great ways to get the whole family involved in creating your Thanksgiving decor. Give tasks to each person to appeal to their interests. If Dad loves perusing the aisles at the local home improvement list, send him on his way armed with a list of all the things you’ll need. Kids will also love to get in on the action. And, we venture to guess, they’ll love telling guests that they are the talent behind each place card setting.

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7 Thanksgiving Centerpieces You Can’t Kill

7 Thanksgiving Centerpieces You Can’t Kill

You don’t have to have a green thumb this Thanksgiving to have a great table centerpiece.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, we know there’s a never-ending checklist of things to be done: guest rooms to prepare, turkeys to roast (or fry!), visits from relatives to emotionally prepare yourself for, parents and in-laws to please. And while it’s your job to impress the guests with an elegant tablescape, the last thing on your mind is keeping Thanksgiving floral arrangements alive. While they certainly are beautiful (and you know we love nothing more than a well-done arrangement), sometimes a simple, sophisticated centerpiece is just the trick every busy entertainer needs. Let’s face it: table décor is essential to setting your complete holiday picture. Arrangements have a way of making a room feel festive and extra special. It is a holiday, after all. Our solution? Fake a beautiful, bountiful, faux masterpiece this Thanksgiving. Our round-up of no-maintenance centerpieces do not require fresh water, sunlight, or careful tending. Put it on the table and you’re good to go for anywhere from 7 days to the entire season. Plus, most of them only require a few materials and almost no time. Now that’s something to be thankful for.

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Fall at French Broad Crossing

Fall at French Broad Crossing

Take a peek into this idyllic community, where it is easy to lose yourself in nature.

Situated on the French Broad River, among 750 acres of tree-lined forests, French Broad Crossing is a mountain community that leaves you longing to return to mountain living. From the moment you set foot on this property and breathe in the fresh mountain air, or hear the majestic roar of the river below, you realize: this place is special. This is not your typical western North Carolina mountain community. Instead of a golf course, they have vast acres of unspoiled wilderness. Instead of a dress code, they offer the casual comfort of a tight-knit community. Instead of a spa, they offer rustic adventures along the banks of the mighty French Broad, the third oldest river in the world. Exerience for yourself all that this beautiful place has to offer.

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Collective Design: A How-To Guide for Creating an Inspiring Space in Your Home

Collective Design: A How-To Guide for Creating an Inspiring Space in Your Home

Take a look at some of the spaces for inspiration and ideas for creating your own layered look.

When you are trying to create an authentically collected look for a room in your home, it can be hard to know where to start, how to not over-do it, and how to really make the accessories in your home a part of your life story. These Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network members have come together to give their best tips for collecting, layering and building a space over a lifetime. Take a look at some of the spaces for inspiration and ideas for creating your own layered look. They all have a little something to say about giving a room character, and truly making it an extension of your life.

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10 Things You Need to Do Before Houseguests Arrive

10 Things You Need to Do Before Houseguests Arrive

Company’s coming—and they’re spending the night. Here’s how to ensure that friends and family feel welcome in your home.

Preparing for houseguests doesn’t have to be hard, but there are some simple things you can do to make a big impact. The Southern hostess wants her guests to feel welcome from the time they arrive to the time they say their goodbyes. You will want to make a good impression from the moment they step through the door. An impression that your mother would be proud of you for making. During the holiday season, preparing for houseguests can be an after-thought. It is important to make sure you’ve checked these things off your list before they arrive. You’ll need to prepare the room where they will be staying, while also planning for the time they’re with you. The trick is making sure they don’t feel bored but do feel relaxed. You’ll want to make them feel at home, but also taken care of. From a stack of extra blankets to a simple handwritten note, it is easy to make your houseguests’ stay enjoyable.

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Holiday Card Grammar Mistakes

Holiday Card Grammar Mistakes

Ensure that your holiday cards are tall on seasonal greetings and short on grammatical errors this year.

It’s that time of year again! There’s a chill in the air, and Christmas cards are being carefully inscribed, sealed in envelopes, and placed in post boxes across the country. We ink holiday wishes and seasons greetings inside, address our envelopes with a calligraphic flourish, and send off our warmest words to family and friends near and far. In return, we receive a mailbox full of photos and updates from loved ones we haven’t seen in ages. Sending and receiving holiday cards is one of the most beloved traditions of the season, but sometimes the inevitable happens. Our cards are besmirched. What is the culprit? What mars our beautiful tradition? Grammatical errors. Misplaced apostrophes, commas, and misspelled words creep onto our carefully considered cards. But not this year. This year, correct grammar will prevail. This year, we will sidestep mistakes and ensure that our cards are error free. Sharing our love with family and friends without grammatical errors or mistaken meanings is a gift in and of itself.

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Our Favorite Fall Throw Pillows

Our Favorite Fall Throw Pillows

Festive fall pillows to make your couch the coziest.

In the South, fall begins long before our thermometers dip below seventy degrees. As soon as August turns to September, we declare that fall is upon us and begin preparing for the bountiful season of autumn. From hearty fall baking recipes to Halloween festivities, there are plenty of reasons to love the fall season. Fall is also one of our favorite times of year to decorate. With an abundance of natural materials and seasonal harvest, fall brings with it beautiful home décor inspiration. To prepare your best fall décor yet, pull down the fall decorations from your one-hundred-degree attic and cover your home in festive, cheery fall decor. From crisp and colorful wreaths made from foraged fall foliage to doorsteps covered in merry pumpkins, fall’s bounty inspires countless cozy fall decoration ideas. But don’t let your entryway or kitchen outshine your living room – even your couches, loveseats, and armchairs deserve a little fall decoration upgrade. What better (or easier) way to add a pop of autumn to your ottoman than incorporating a few seasonal throw pillows? Put them out in September to make your home welcoming and company-ready in a flash. These cozy and rustic decorative throw pillows are the perfect way to add an easy and homey touch to your living room. Throw pillows for couches can either subtly emulate fall in sophisticated colors, or they can heartily proclaim the season through embroidered pumpkins and beaded fall leaves. We’ve collected our favorite fall pillows from your favorite online retailers to make your fall decorating a fresh, crisp, pumpkin-scented breeze.

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