12 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving


For many households, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year, both in terms of the number of guests and the amount of prep work needed. Getting your home ready to host Thanksgiving dinner requires more than tidying up, dusting, vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms.

You’ll need to consider what Thanksgiving recipes you need to prepare, make time to shop for ingredients, plan ahead to thaw and roast your turkey and coordinate who’s bringing what side dishes and fixings. You’ll probably have far more dinner guests than you would for your average dinner party, so you’ll need to plan space for everyone to eat. And, if friends or family members are coming in from out of town, you may need to get the spare bedroom and other areas ready for overnight guests.

Use these 12 tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday a success.

1. Plan Your Menu

Sure, you’ll most likely be serving many of the same holiday staples that everyone enjoys on Thanksgiving – turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing and green bean casserole. But many families like to mix things up with dishes from their specific cultural backgrounds, vegetarian dishes, dishes for family members with allergies and food sensitivities, trendy dishes and so forth. Plan your Thanksgiving dinner menu several weeks in advance so you have an idea of what you’ll be preparing well before the holiday arrives.

2. Write Your Guest List

You may be hosting the usual suspects, just like every year, or you may even decide to extend an invitation to friends, neighbors or others who don’t have anywhere to go for the holiday. Knowing in advance who will be present can help you plan the menu and seating arrangements.

3. Clean Out Your Freezer

You may need some extra freezer space for dishes that can be made ahead of time and frozen for the big day. Go ahead and toss out that old tub of gravy from last year – you’ll soon have a new one to replace it with.

4. Shop Ahead

Assuming you’ve planned your menu well in advance, you can save money on the holiday meal by watching for sales on non-perishable ingredients in the weeks before Thanksgiving. You’ll also be able to stock up on specialty ingredients before they run out.

5. Prepare Make-Ahead Dishes That Can Be Frozen for the Big Day

Shopping ahead and cleaning out your freezer can help take some of the stress out of Thanksgiving Day by giving you the chance to make some of the dishes in advance. Prepared dishes can be popped into your newly cleaned freezer for as long as two months, ready to be pulled out and cooked on Thanksgiving Day.

6. Create a Cooking Schedule

One of the most difficult aspects of cooking any meal is getting everything on the table at the same time. Review your Thanksgiving recipes and create a cooking schedule that breaks down the meal’s culinary challenges day by day and hour by hour. Some dishes, like pies, cakes, and sauces, can be cooked a day or two before Thanksgiving. You’ll need to start prepping other dishes, like the turkey, several days in advance; a large bird needs to be thawed in the refrigerator for about 24 hours per four to five pounds of meat.

7. Figure Out Who’s Bringing What

Delegating some of the cooking to your guests can make hosting Thanksgiving more manageable. Get together with guests to decide who’s bringing what side dishes, desserts and fixings so you can cross those off your list.

8. Taste-Test New Dishes

Are you trying something new this year? Better take the recipe on a test drive before Thanksgiving. Trying out the recipe will let you know whether it’s really any good and will give you valuable insight into how difficult and time-consuming it is to make. You may decide to strike it from the menu after making it once.

9. Plan the Seating Arrangement

If you’re having a fair number of guests this Thanksgiving, seating everyone can be a challenge. Tackle the seating arrangement sooner, rather than later, so everyone has a place to sit.

10. Deep Clean Your Home

It’s a good idea to deep clean your whole home a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, so you can stick to a quick once-over the day before the holiday. If you don’t have time to deep clean your entire house, you should at least deep clean your bathrooms and kitchen.

11. Prepare for Overnight Guests

Are family members or friends coming in from out of town? You’ll need to get guest bedrooms dusted and cleaned up, with fresh bedding on the beds and fresh towels in the bathrooms. Depending on how many guests are staying over, you may need to plan to put some people on couches or air mattresses.

12. Give Your Home a Last Once-Over

The day before Thanksgiving, take the time to give your home a last cleaning before everyone gets there. Dust, sweep or vacuum common areas, tidy up, prepare your kitchen and clean the bathrooms.

Getting your home ready for Thanksgiving is no small chore. But if you follow this step-by-step list, you’ll host a Thanksgiving to remember.

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving

 

We are thankful that we may conduct our business in the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas area, one of the most vibrant and dynamic real estate markets in the nation.

 

We are thankful for an opportunity to assist our neighbors, both those who are old friends and those new to the area.

 

We are grateful to each and every one of our sales associates and staff members, our fellow professionals and valued partners in our success.

 

We are thankful, perhaps most of all, for our many clients who place us in their trust and confidence and offer us the opportunity to represent them in the purchase or sale of their homes.

 

We wish you the very, very best for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays.

 

8 Feast-Worthy Dining Rooms


With winter holidays around the corner, we’re getting in the spirit with some of our favorite dining rooms on the market. No matter the size of your gathering, these dining rooms serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with family and friends.

 

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3625 Ranchero Road | Plano | $6,750,000

 

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2204 Plantation Lane | Plano | $4,300,000

 

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5102 Montclair Drive | Colleyville | $3,450,000

 

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2221 King Fisher Drive | Westlake | $3,250,000

 

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6164 Cove Creek Lane | Frisco | $2,250,000

 

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18716 Wainsborough Lane | Far North Dallas | $1,300,000

 

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8171 San Leandro Drive | Forest Hills | $850,000

 

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2028 Burnside Drive | Allen | $534,900

 

To see more beautiful dining rooms currently on the market, visit Ebby.com.

6 Feast-Worthy Dining Rooms for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what better way to get in the spirit than to round up some of our favorite dining rooms on the market? No matter the size of your gathering, these dining rooms will serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with family and friends.
 
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9226 Hathaway Street | Dallas | $6,600,000

751 Amber Lane | Little Elm | $2,725,000
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4430 Taos Road | Dallas – Bluffview Estates | $3,229,000
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11805 Green Knoll | Dallas – Crestway Forest Estates | $1,595,000
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5306 Glenwick Lane | Dallas | $1,395,000
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5604 Fairfax Drive | Frisco | $975,000
 
To see more beautiful dining rooms currently on the market, visit Ebby.com.

Local Fall Etsy Finds


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There’s no shortage of talented artists and artisans in Dallas, and now, shopping local is easier than ever. Add some festive fall flair to your home this season with these Etsy products made by local sellers.
 
Item: Grateful Sign, $38
Seller: Our Signature Swag
 
This adorable sign is a perfect reminder to hang up in your home this holiday season. Place it above a door or on a wall, or prop it up on a shelf for a classy Thanksgiving (or year-round) sentiment.
 
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Item: White Calligraphy Pumpkin, $17-$20
Seller: Rachel Carl
 
These faux pumpkins with handwritten lettering are a chic and simple alternative to traditional gourds. Pick from sayings like “give thanks” or “hello fall,” or request your own phrase.
 
 
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Item: Thanksgiving Sign, 10×12 for $53, 16×16 for $63
Seller: Six Eleven Co.
 
Celebrate the season with this fun wooden Thanksgiving sign. It’s hand-built using quality wood, hand-painted with warm, orange lettering, and hand-distressed for a perfectly rustic look.
 
 
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Item: Pomegranate Cider Natural Soy Candle, 4 oz. for $11, 8 oz. for $15
Seller: The Tiny Collection
 
This small-batch soy candle blends the scent of warm spices with sweet pomegranate for a tantalizing fall home fragrance. It’s non-toxic and made from all-natural soy wax, a cotton wick, and essential oils.
 

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Item: Halloween Typography Print, prices vary depending on size
Seller: Letter B Studio
 
Add some humor to your Halloween décor with this fun print. Professionally printed on cardstock paper, this durable print can be ordered in 5×7, 8×10, or 11×13. If you’re located in Dallas, message the seller for free shipping!
 
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Item: Thankful Wood Slice Décor, $50
Seller: You Me Happily

Brighten up a tablescape or mantel with this lovely decorated wood slice. Painted with metallic gold modern calligraphy, it’s finished with a matte protective coating to ensure a spot in your home’s décor year after year.
 
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Item: Fall Farmhouse Throw Pillow, $25
Seller: Mugg + Co.

 
Whether your home’s décor is shabby chic, modern, or traditional, this charming printed pillow is a perfect addition to any cozy space. The faux-linen, zippered pillow cover is off-white and measures 18×18 inches. Pro tip: Pillow covers are a great decorating option for those tight on storage space; they fold up and can easily be stored until next year without taking up much room.
 
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Item: Spiced Pinecone & Pear Soy Candle, $20 for 8 oz.
Seller: Turquoise and Lake
 
This 100 percent soy candle smells of clean, crisp pinecone and fresh, juicy pear. Additional notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and sugared cinnamon make this warming scent perfect for fall. The small-batch candle is poured into a mason jar and features a chemical-free WoodWick that will create a slight, soothing crackling sound.
 
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Item: Fall/Autumn Dog Collar, $13.95 to $17.95 (depending on size)
Seller: Coley’s Collars
 
Customize a festive collar for your pooch on Coley’s Collars Etsy shop. Pick your choice of pattern, size, collar width, and buckle color for a one-of-a-kind collar for your furry friend.
 
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Item: Fall Wreath, $95
Seller: Tricia’s Treasures 11
 
Celebrate fall with this beautiful monogrammed grapevine wreath. Each one is handmade with care, so no two are exactly alike.
 
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Item: Velvet Pumpkins with Natural Stems, $50
Seller: Wood Drift Designs
 
Matching your existing décor with the colors of fall can sometimes be tricky. This Etsy seller has the solution to that, with these trendy fabric pumpkins. Available in a variety of colors, the handmade pumpkins have rice at the bottom to keep them upright and beautiful on any table or shelf.

 
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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours


 

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

 

We are thankful – that we may conduct our business in the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas area, one of the most vibrant and dynamic real estate markets in the nation.

 

We are thankful – for an opportunity to assist our neighbors, both those who are old friends and those new to the area.

 

We are grateful – to each and every one of our 1,800 sales associates and staff, our fellow professionals and valued partners in our success.

 

We are thankful – perhaps most of all, for our many clients who place us in their trust and confidence and offer us the opportunity to represent them in the purchase or sale of their homes.

 

We wish you all the very, very best for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays.

7 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning for the big day. Preparing a meal can be stressful regardless of whether it’s for a few friends or a large gathering, so we’ve rounded up seven important tips to help your Thanksgiving meal run smoothly. All these tricks can all be done in advance, leaving you more time to catch your breath between now and when your guests arrive.

 

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1. Take inventory

Make sure you have all of the cookware and kitchen tools needed to cook the menu you have planned. Broke your pie dish? Only have a dessert thermometer? Now is the time to grab the items that will help your meal succeed.

 

2. Make a prep list

Cooking a turkey, side dishes, and dessert can be hard to balance regardless of the size of your kitchen. Figure out in advance what recipes can be made ahead, which ones will take the longest to cook, and what dishes can share the oven space.

 

3. Make ahead and freeze

There are many dishes that can be prepared in advance and will freeze well. Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and sweet potato casserole are all good options to make ahead.

 

4. Thaw the bird

If you have a frozen turkey, make sure you leave ample time to thaw it. The rule of thumb is for every four pounds in weight, the turkey must thaw one day.

 

5. Utilize a cooler

Fridge space is prime real estate during Thanksgiving, but purchasing a cooler can help. Fill one with ice and you now have a space to temporarily store all the random jellies and condiments from your fridge that you can’t seem to part with, leaving you more space in the fridge to stock up on menu essentials.

 

6. Ask for help outside of the kitchen

Try not to overcrowd your kitchen by having guests help with tasks such as serving drinks, hanging coats, and entertaining children. If space allows, set up the drink station away from the kitchen.

 

7. Keep food warm

If the turkey takes too long to cook, don’t fret. Slow cookers, thermoses and microwaves are all great options for keeping dishes warm until you’re ready to enjoy.

8 Feast-Worthy Dining Rooms for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what better way to get in the spirit than to round up some of our favorite dining rooms on the market? No matter the size of your gathering, these dining rooms will serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with family and friends.

 

Dining Rooms2 Savannah Ridge Drive | Frisco – Stonebriar | $1,400,000

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751 Amber Lane | Little Elm | $2,900,000

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5242 Buena Vista Drive | Frisco – Starwood | $2,500,000

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9118 Esplanade Drive | Dallas | $379,000

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1513 Callaway Drive | Plano | $315,000

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8281 St. John’s Drive | Waxahachie | $370,000

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8024 Strathmore Drive | McKinney | $569,900

Happy Thanksgiving


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We are thankful – that we may conduct our business in the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas area, possibly the most vibrant and dynamic real estate market in the nation.

 

We are thankful – for an opportunity to assist our neighbors, both those who are old friends and those new to the area.

 

We are grateful – to each and every one of our 1,700 sales associates and staff, our fellow professionals and valued partners in our success.

 

We are thankful – perhaps most of all, for our many clients who place us in their trust and confidence and offer us the opportunity to represent them in the purchase or sale of their homes.

 

We wish you all the very, very best for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays.

Dallas Thanksgiving Meals to Gobble Up


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Still haven’t planned your Thanksgiving menu? Save yourself a trip to the grocery store and gobble up all that Dallas restaurants have to offer on turkey day.

 

Fearings (inside the Ritz-Carlton)

Lunch: 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dinner: 5 to 8 p.m.

What to expect: Australian lamb chops, tangerine-glazed turkey, tortilla dressing, pecan-chile gravy, pumpkin-gingerbread ice cream cake

 

Highland Park Cafeteria

Lunch: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What to expect: Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green bean casserole, coconut meringue pie

 

The Mansion Restaurant (inside the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek)

Lunch and Dinner: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

What to expect: Free-range turkey, cornbread-sausage stuffing, scallops, filet mignon, mushroom risotto, quince hazelnut macaron, pumpkin cheesecake

Full menu here

 

The Meddlesome Moth

Lunch: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What to expect: Turkey, chestnut stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, capers and pickled onions, grass-fed steak frites, pumpkin bread

 

Nick and Sam’s

Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What to expect: Deviled eggs with Maine lobster, autumn butternut squash bisque with Spanish chorizo, butter and herb-basted turkey, whipped sweet potatoes, grilled asparagus, white chocolate pumpkin mousse

 

Oak

Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to expect: Sunchoke soup, turkey, ham, prime rib, pomme puree, sausage stuffing, pecan tart, pumpkin cheesecake

 

The Second Floor

Lunch: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What to expect: Turkey breast with cranberry relish and gravy, vegetarian lasagna with pumpkin pasta, butternut squash sauce, sushi, soups, pie station

 

Smoke (both Dallas and Plano locations)

Lunch and Dinner: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What to expect: Pit-roasted prime rib roast with cider vinegar, smokehouse ham with Dublin Dr Pepper red-eye gravy, dry-rubbed pork spare ribs, macaroni and cheese, pickled green beans

 

III Forks

Lunch and Dinner: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What to expect: Spice-rubbed holiday turkey, roasted Midwest beef tenderloin, pan-seared flounder

Full menu here