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Hostess with the Mostest: Thanksgiving Table Must Haves

Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful for many things – one being cute Thanksgiving tables! According to an HGTV article written by Erica Reitman, the following are MUSTS to create a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving table! The best part of this list is everything is cute AND budget friendly! Reitman explains that most pieces can be found in your home or your local thrift store – SCORE!

  1. Napkin Rings & Linen Napkins

Erica Reitman explains that napkin rings are unique pieces that will make your table stand out above the rest! And, don’t worry – she explains in the article that you do not have to have all matching rings. Variety makes each table special. To go with your napkin rings, throw in some colorful linen napkins. Using linen napkins provide the opportunity to add color to make a table look simple and clean. The possibilities are endless!

2. Unusual Placemats

Placemats are essential – mix and match several kinds of placemats to make your table(s) pop! Reitman recommends using wicker or rattan mats of all shapes and sizes (Easy clean-up). Any left over mats can be used for your buffet or cocktail table to add texture and variety.

3. Unique Objects

Try looking for out-of-the box items to use as your centerpieces. A simple solution is to use pumpkins as a centerpiece to go along with a “fall” theme. If your budget allows, look to your local grocery stores for small pumpkins that will suite your table style. The white pumpkins, pictured below, are gorgeous pieces to add to your table!

4. Accessories 

Accessories can fall under the category of centerpieces as well! Your accessories are just additional pieces to add to your table to complete your Thanksgiving look! Look for accessories that you may have laying around the house to give extra life to your table.

5. Serving Pieces 

At Thanksgiving, there are plates and plates of (yummy) food! Why not throw some cute vintage serving pieces in to show off your hard-work? Personally, I have found that the best place to find these pieces – GRANDMA’S HOUSE. I recommend calling your grandma to see what she has and can lend you to complete your look.

6. Salt and Pepper Shakers

Last, but certainly not least, finish your table off with a few unique salt and pepper shakers. Typically, most tables are set with one salt and pepper shaker. However, try something different this year and add mini shakers to every place setting – sounds like it would be beneficial to everyone!

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https://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/entertaining/thanksgiving-kids-table-ideas

https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/15-stylish-thanksgiving-table-settings-pictures

Festival Fun in the Fall – Entertainment for Everyone!

Excited for the fall season? Looking for fun for the entire family? We got it covered!

On October 27th from 5-8PM, Burlington is hosting a Dark in the Park Festival!

The Dark in the Park Festival will have delicious food trucks, games, and amusement rides- sounds like entertainment for everyone!

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With all the activities, Burlington’s annual Dark in the Park Festival is sure to be a good time for all ages!

…And did we mention the festival will have games?! Life-size, cost-friendly, games will be available to play on Field #1 in the park. As well, carnival games will be hosted by local non-profit groups.

For any youngsters that may want to show off their costumes,  a costume contest for children 12 and younger will be held at 6PM.

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And at the end of night, you can turn your eyes to the sky to see the festival’s annual fireworks- so come out and enjoy the view!

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Plan on attending? Make sure you take a picture and hashtag #119South on your social media!

 

For more details, click the link below.

 

Dark in Park & Fireworks

Mr. B’s Pumpkin Patch!

Looking for a Fantastic Fall Fun time?

Look no further than Graham’s very own Mr. B’s Pumpkin Patch!

It’s a super cute locally owned farm that you can get your pumpkins from this year!

No matter what your family set-up looks like, it is a guaranteed great time – pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and hayrides all galore!

Alamance County is filled with little hidden gems like this and we know you will love every minute you spend there!

Just make sure you snap a picture and hashtag #119South on your social media when you post it!

Get to know Mebane: Visit Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs!

Nothing says Summer like Hot Dogs followed up with Banana Pudding!

Okay, what do you do if it’s a day that is hotter than the sun and your wallet is as dried up as some of the greenery around you?

Easy! Go to Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs right near the corner of 5th Street and Mebane-Oaks Road!

I’ll be honest, I almost don’t want to tell you about this gem because I want to keep it all to myself. That’s how good it is.

You can literally eat for the money you can find in your car seats – just look at this menu and its pricing!

That pricing is beautiful, isn’t it?

The best part is that every single day of the week has a different special – two of those days, hot dogs are only a dollar a piece!

I mean, just look at those things! Aren’t they beautiful?

Like I said, I almost regret telling you about this place – if I ever go and you’re in my booth near the tall statue in the corner, just know you owe me a dog!

DIY Ice Melt!

Winter is here and the snow is coming! Having ice melt on hand can be very useful when you have those random snow days. This DIY project is super easy and safe for your family with using everyday household products you may have hanging around your home. Follow the link below for the recipe!

http://www.twokidsandabudget.com/easy-diy-ice-melt-safe-kids-pets-concrete/

 

Hot Chocolate Fudge Bites!

Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth?! Hot Chocolate is one of the best go to drinks during the holiday season!  With the cold weather, it’s for sure to hit the spot to warm you right up! What if we made our favorite Hot Chocolate drink and turned it into bite size snacks?! Exciting, right?! This is a treat you will definitely want to make for your guest or family this holiday!

 

Hot Chocolate Fudge Recipe

‘Tis the Season

We are giving back in three different ways this holiday season! Our office staff have decided to be Santa’s helpers and spread the gift of giving back to our community!

First, 119 South Apartments has adopted a family to help bring the holiday cheer into their home. While the holidays are time to be joyous and cheerful for a lot of people. Unfortunately, there will be millions of families that will not be able to celebrate the holidays however, if we can make a difference for one family that will be a great achievement. Help us help them make their holiday a memorable one!

Second, it’s no secret. Fighting hunger takes an army! 1 in 6 Americans experience hunger, not necessarily from a scarce source of food but from the prevalence of poverty. 119 South wants to give back this holiday season. We will be running a food drive for the month of November to help our community! You can find our donation station at our Leasing Office ?. Help us make a difference in our community!

 

Last but not lease, stay continued for our third way of giving…

Halloween Family Movie Night!

 

“This is Halloween, This is Halloween.” Halloween movies are starting to make their appearance on our TV’s and Halloween is quickly approaching. Check out some of these great Classic movies to watch with your family this year!

1.Hocus Pocus

2.The Nightmare Before Christmas

3.Hotel Transylvania

4.Casper

5.The Addams Family

6.E.T

7.Haunted Mansion

8.Halloweentown

9.Monster House

10.Little Vampire

11.Coraline

12.It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

13.Dr. Seuss: Halloween is Grinch Night

 

Check out more movie ideas for your Family Halloween Night at http://www.redbookmag.com/life/mom-kids/advice/g534/halloween-movies-families-children/?slide=2

photo by: http://www.raritanboro.org/2017/08/free-outdoor-movie-night-for-the-whole-family/

Happy Fall Days

It’s that time of the year! The crisp cool air has arrived in the mornings and evenings, pumpkin spice everything is in full effect, and hoodie weather is finally here! What better way to enjoy the weather while drinking a cup of coffee when you first wake up or a glass of wine after a long day at work in front of our fireplace at our Clubhouse?!

Our outside color changing fireplace will be sure to have you cozying up next to your loved ones for the fall, and if your anything like me and can’t bear the cold weather we have one inside just for you?. What better way to bring in the fall, right?

“A Balanced Diet is Having a Cupcake in Each Hand”

Thought y’all deserved to treat yourselves to this sweet recipe and post from 203 Yumlington Place! Click HERE to access the blog’s website and original post!

I love cupcakes. Their “snack” size makes me feel like I’m actually good at portion control….until I eat more than 1 (or 2). I’m a firm believer in the saying “you CAN have your cake and eat it too!” It holds true for cupcakes, as well.

What I love even more about cupcakes is their versatility. By that I mean they can be as formal or as casual as you’d like them to be. Cupcakes are perfect for any occasion, whether you are wanting to dress them down for simple breakfasts, lunches, or dinners, or dressing them up a bit for birthday parties, housewarmings, random girls’ nights, weddings, or baby showers.
I recently made these delectable Dark Chocolate Blackberry Cupcakes, and they were thankfully a big hit!

I picked these fresh blackberries up from the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market here in Greensboro!
I’m not a big fruit person. It’s not that I don’t enjoy fruit, I just don’t usually crave it, so I figured the best way to ensure a balanced diet was to toss it in some chocolate and call it a day!

I used one of my paper towels as a straining tool because I purchase fairly thick ones…and also because I didn’t want to go out and purchase cheese cloth! Feel free to just double up on paper towels.

As you can see in some of these photos, this is not the most glamorous recipe to make…but luckily I was always taught not to judge a book by its cover!
This is where the dressing up part comes into the mix! I am a sucker for annoyingly cute cupcake tins. They’re like accessories for your cupcakes–and they also give me an excuse to accessorize something other than myself. I was making these for a couple different occasions, so I wanted to choose an “outfit” that would be appropriate for both!
Rule of thumb for filling your cupcake tins is 2/3 full.
Stripes it was!

 

I used the same icing as I did for “Carl’s Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cake.” There’s not too much to say about this icing except it’s absolutely amazing, and very addicting. It’s definitely impossible to have just one spoonful…
so I’ve heard…
Hey pretties! This is one of my favorite platters, so I try to use it any and every chance I get. You can find the exact one and ones with other patterns at my go-to home decor/entertaining shop, Emily McCarthy Shoppe!

 

 

Just my bestie for the resties! 
One of the occasions I made these treats for was my good friend Natasha‘s birthday. She is so very special to me and is also a big reason, if not the sole reason, I got back into 203YP blogging. When contemplating it, she constantly asked me, “Lindsey, why not?” I never had an answer to that question which ended up being an answer in itself.
Tash is that friend that always reminds you that you’re capable of anything, you never have to settle in your personal or professional life, Starbucks running out of PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes) is really not an emergency, and laughter truly is the best medicine. I’m not sure how we ever have conversations because we are always laughing when we’re together.
Tash, you rock–thanks for being my friend and role model for the past 3 years! Cheers to many more birthdays together!

 

Pictured: my dream kitchen as of late!
Occasion #2 was a kitchen christening! Friends of mine had just renovated theirs, so naturally we had to break it in in style. Morgan and Neill’s HGTV-ready kitchen is just perfect, and they are more than welcome to cook meals for me in it any time.
Dinner was quite delicious to say the least, and dessert was simply just the icing on the (cup)cake–pun very much so intended!

 

So don’t forget, you CAN have your (cup)cake and eat it too!