Stunning Holiday Card Displays

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Creating Stunning Holiday Card Displays

Banisters and fireplace mantels are the traditional go-to’s for holiday card displays. I really wanted to celebrate all the greetings friends and family spent so much time to put together (who mails anything any more?). The displays above use found objects like pallet wood or rough-hewn boards, the sled was a cast-off from a neighbor, greenery from the tree or garland (with the added benefit of scenting the house with eucalyptus, sage and fir). String or ribbon of any kind, from jute to satin make a great base for hanging cards and binder clips from Staples or tiny clothespins from the craft store (or even full-size pins from the hardware store) and voila! Festive displays that you can re-use year after year.

If you’d like to create your own family greeting there is still time to schedule a session and we’ll help you design a holiday card friends and family will cherish- give us a call at 201.610.1199

Thanksgiving to Go: Local Caterers to Make Your T-Day

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Whether you choose to have your entire holiday meal catered or just want to fill in the blanks there are a multitude of wonderful options available for Hoboken and Jersey City Thanksgiving catering. In addition to traditional menu offerings, you can also order special vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items to please everyone at the table. As of this writing not all order deadlines were posted and as these are small businesses, order early to ensure that you don’t miss out!

The Whole Deal

From the turkey to the sides to dessert, all of these restaurants have put their best foot forward to provide a delicious holiday meal.

Anthony David (Hoboken) Turkey and all the trimmings

Antique Bar and Bakery Coal-fired turkey accompanied by herb gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Sides available. Order by Sunday, 11/24 1 PM

Dolce + Salato Prix Fixe dinner in a box serves 4 or 8 people includes turkey plus all the sides (including Italian favorites like broccoli rabe) and dessert Order by Monday 11/18

Hamilton Pork (JC) Smoked turkey from this BBQ mecca and their wonderful sides are also available. Order by Monday 11/25

Hudson Hall – (JC) Order your Goffle Road farm-raised turkey and sides turkey here- as well as sides and desserts. Order by Monday 11/25

Sides & Desserts

Bread + Spoon (JC) Offering “everything but the bird” Bread and Spoon has a menu of traditional holiday sides and desserts as well as vegan and GF options Order by Tuesday, 11/26 5 PM Delivering Wednesday and Thursday to your home.

Vegetarian, Vegan & GF

Busy Bee Organics (JC) Vegan and GF menu items for main courses, sides and yummy desserts

Salt + Seed (JC) Vegan and vegetarian offerings Call 201-554-6373 or email saltandseedeats@gmail.com for menu. Order by Monday 11/18

WHOS Gluten Free (JC) A celiac-safe zone for Thanksgiving pies

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Thanksgiving Prep Checklist

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Busy folks hosting or heading out for Thanksgiving need all the help they can get to prepare for a big (or even small) gathering of family and friends.  Here’s a checklist for getting things lined up so you can spend at least some of your turkey day in pjs. I’ve also created a list of great local places to source the dishes you don’t want to make so you can focus on the ones you do!

Thanksgiving Dinner Prep Checklist

Two Weeks Ahead

  • Make a guest list.
  • Clean out + organize fridge and freezer
  • Make menu and grocery list
  • Purchase turkey legs + make broth and gravy ahead, freeze
  • Prepare casseroles (sweet potatoes, stuffing, etc.) and freeze 

Three Days Ahead

  • Shop for meat and fresh ingredients
  • Begin thawing turkey in refrigerator (use a pan under turkey to catch drips)
  • Make pies and desserts

1 Day Ahead

  • Move frozen casseroles and gravy to fridge to thaw
  • Set table
  • Set buffet area with serving utensils, platters and trivets

Thanksgiving Day

  • Empty dishwasher and take out trash
  • Take casseroles out of fridge to come to room temp
  • Time turkey to be done 1 hour before dinner
  • Remove turkey from oven when done and wrap in foil to keep warm (this is called ‘resting” and gives time for the turkey juices to redistribute)
  • Heat casseroles while turkey rests
  • Take desserts out of fridge to come to room temp and start coffeepot