PlanetBrandee LIVE from New York for the Holidays

title image nov blogIt’s good to be back in NYC! Traveling is always fun, but there comes a weariness one feels when pulled across the road too long and strung along. When you roll over out there and realize it’s not home and never will be. A time when the skyline calls me back and reminds me where I need to be, now and always, flying solo back on the streets of New York City!

That being said, I write to you from a closet I’ve wrangled myself into somehow between a Mongolian lamb scarf and a ski suit. I stumbled into this party, and it was so chaotic, they mistook me for a coat girl! I guess that’s what happens when you don’t prepare for the crazy, sometimes insane world of holiday party planning. But fear not dear readers, I, the girl who gladly does DIY over BUY any day, is here to help you get at least one thing right and ready for your next posh event, whether it’s Thanksgiving or otherwise. And that is, my fine feathered and glossy eyed friends: making your table Pinterest worthy and superfly with DIY!

dining etiquette

Let’s knock it out of the park, by first knowing HOW to set a table, red plastic party cups NOT included! The fabulous etiquette scholar really gives some useful tips on this, be sure to check out the pics here too. If you’ve ever wandered into a posh party and squinted at that tiny fork that you have no clue what it’s for THIS article is for YOU!

BoutinnieresForHollySecondly, there are so many great ways to make guests feel welcome in your space. And listen: if this is in NYC, we all know the BIG restrictions we have on TINY spaces! Did I mention the average in Manhattan is a mere 750 square feet? But here’s a thought: a little warm light via candles,  I snagged some at 3 for a $1, what!, throw on some great tunes and the mood can shift from cramped to cozy in no time flat! Warm up your room with a few throws from Goodwill, and create that nested, welcoming feel. Forgo modern elements, cold hues, stone or metal, and embrace traditional Native American-inspired or red flannel prints with natural woods to stay classically rustic. I found a vintage Pendleton throw like the one pictured here at the Austin Goodwill and at a $9.99 price point, I’ll never let go!

beatdiy-turkey-feather-placecardAnd thirdly, you invited these people into your home. Remember showing someone you love them means you care enough for small details and that their presence truly is wanted and valued in your life. And last I checked, that is something you can’t buy at Black Friday. But a small handwritten note or a customized place setting with a gesture of thanks or love can go a really long way. That is, from most typical letmedialthisin or I’llbetakingselfiesand textinginsteadofshowingthepeoplearoundmeIcare perspectives. Some great inspiration here and here AND here to get you started on not being THAT person.

Lastly, remember that November is a time to give thanks, earnest, heartfelt thanks, not just lip service. Volunteer, give to a food pantry, drop off old winter coats at a local Goodwill, help the needy, and make it not just a seasonal thing too! And for those around you, those who share an honest and trustworthy bond with you, those who fill time and your life with love, and who above all, definitely save you a bit of cranberry sauce when the turkey plate of life has run a little dry. Give thanks. May your hearts be filled with delicious homemade gravy, and above all, true love and earnest, honest friendships this November! Be grateful. Be true. Be real, and share that with all you know, including Goodwill staff and friends! Even if you are alone or working this holiday, give grace to be alive, there’s truly no better time than right now to be present! Now pass the cranberry sauce because the onion cutting ninja is on the loose and I think I see a light at the bottom of this coat pile! Wish me luck!

Be sure to stay tuned for my December blog as I’ll be reporting LIVE from Rockefeller Center’s Tree Lighting as a behind the scenes reporter AND from Radio City Music Halls’ backstage galas! So get ready for the adventure of a holiday season lifetime LIVE from the holly jolly streets of New York City! Join me as my journeys from runway to highway continue to fuel my search for the best food, fun and fashion the world can offer! Till December, see you on the streets! Follow the adventures on Twitter! #planetbrandee #fashion #NYC

Brandee Sanders is a writer, creative lifestyle and thrift enthusiast. Brandee’s work has been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, AOL and Time Out NY. Follow her runway meets the highway adventures and travels @PlanetBrandee 

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