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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
We own Blonde Designs, an invitation and stationery company.

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thanksgiving menu

After coming out of a new baby fog, I'm ready to start thinking about Thanksgiving. This is the 3rd year I am hosting it in Texas for my family. I think that makes it a tradition now (at least until we get a better offer!). We always have a great time together, however some people (mainly my younger brothers) complain that the meal doesn't always meet their expectations. In an effort to satisfy everyone's Thanksgiving food needs, I sent out a survey to my family asking for their top 3 favorite side dishes and top 3 favorite pies. I thought that this would give me a better idea of how to plan the menu. Little did I know there would be no two answers alike and hardly any overlap. Sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, potatoes lyonnaise and twice-baked potatoes were all ranked #1 by different family members! No wonder someone is always disappointed! Looks like we might be serving 20 side dishes and 15 pies this year...

(photos above from Thanksgiving 2008)

One thing I will definitely be making again this year are these place cards. Each person can write write what they're thankful for on the inside of the card to be read at the table. Download the PDF file above and print on cardstock to make your own. Just cut, fold and add your guests' names.

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I tried the same approach last year, Kristin, with the same results, we all have our own favorite, but most everyone was pleased with just 4 kinds of pie and 3 sides and many,many mashed potatoes. Love the blog. Congrats on baby three. Love and miss you. Debbie

I am thankful for Blonde Design downloads.

11.18 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy

Reminds me of that episode of Friends when Monica hosts Thanksgiving and asks everyone what they like.. she ends up making baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and tator tots.

You are amazing for hosting Thanksgiving dinner having just had a baby. I hope your mom is going to be helping you in the kitchen! (I know she will..)

11.18 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

Your brothers are lucky that I'm not their sister. I read that and thought to myself, "I cleaned my home for you. I cooked for you. And then I will clean my home again for you. Complain and I will kick your collective asses."

11.18 | Unregistered Commentercris

Kristin...I have a better offer! Send the BROTHERS to me for THINLY sliced turkey...no sides, no pies...Happy Thanksgiving to all... Babby

11.19 | Unregistered CommenterBabby

love your blog! and i am too thankful for your download. my 4 year is thankful for his his power drill.

Gotta bookmark this site. Everything here is very impressive and inspiring. I love your wonderful family. I do really enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the good work.


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