Last Minute Halloween Decorations

Most of us are never going to create Martha Stewart worthy Halloween decorations. And while we may all want to spend weeks preparing for a Halloween party, we only have so many hours in a day and your guests would rather have food than decor. But let's be honest, Halloween does give us the opportunity to go a little crazy with the decorations! If you've decided to throw a Halloween party this weekend, here are 6 last-minute decoration ideas to spook up your house:
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3 Things You Need to Know to Talk Like a Sommelier

I freely admit that I know next to nothing about wine, but last fall I had the chance to go on a trip to Napa Valley, the wine-making capital of the United States. Included in my trip was a tasting event, with 30 or so different vineyards touting their wares. I had dozens of sommeliers talking to me about a wine’s notes of chocolate or berry, how rain changes a flavor profile, and why they only used bourbon barrels.
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Setting Your Holiday Table...On the Cheap!

I love throwing big family-style dinners and have grown up significantly in terms of my plating and serving. Right out of college my "Friendsgiving" used just about every bowl, utensil, and cooking instrument that I owned. Anyone on a tight budget knows that serving platters are a luxury, not a necessity, so we're eating right out the pot those potatoes were cooked in! But as I got older I wanted to "fancify" my big family-style dinners and slowly accrued colorful serving bowls, platters, nice glasses and more. I'm still a long way from Martha Stewart but every year my Friendsgiving gets a little more chic. I don't quite have the patience to sit and build my own fall foliage baskets, but that doesn't mean I can come up with a great holiday table on the cheap! Here's how you can do it:
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Find a New Thanksgiving Food Tradition

I know that my Thanksgiving table looks eerily similar to the one that my mom created when I was young, which was in turn a copy of the one her mom used to set. Family recipes, especially Thanksgiving food traditions, are passed down from generation to generation. I, for one, love covering my Thanksgiving sweet potatoes in mini-marshmallows and real Vermont maple syrup. But I have friends that say adding mini-marshmallows to sweet potatoes is practically sacrilegious! Every family has their own Thanksgiving food traditions, but if you're looking to try out something new this Thanksgiving why not take a creative spin on a classic and add some festive flavors to your table!
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