Hosting the Perfect Thanksgiving From Decor to Cleanup

Hosting the Perfect Thanksgiving: From Decor to Cleanup

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, togetherness, and of course, a delicious feast. Whether you’re a seasoned host or preparing to host your first Thanksgiving gathering, there are several key aspects to consider.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through every step of the process, from decorating your home and planning the menu to setting the table, preparing the perfect turkey, and handling the post-Thanksgiving cleanup.

Thanksgiving Decor and Themes

a. Seasonal Decor

When it comes to setting the Thanksgiving mood, seasonal decor is essential. Here are some ideas to infuse your home with the spirit of fall:

  • Pumpkin Parade: Use pumpkins and gourds of various sizes and colors as table centerpieces or to adorn your porch.
  • Fall Foliage: Collect colorful leaves and branches from your yard or a local park to create charming garlands and wreaths.
  • Candlelit Warmth: Place scented candles in autumnal hues throughout your home to add a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

b. Thanksgiving Themes

Choosing a theme can make your Thanksgiving gathering even more memorable. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Harvest Feast: Embrace the abundance of the season with a harvest-themed gathering, featuring rustic decor and a focus on seasonal produce.
  • Pilgrim’s Progress: Transport your guests back in time with a Pilgrim-inspired theme, complete with traditional dishes and period-appropriate table settings.
  • Global Fusion: Explore the world of flavors by incorporating international dishes and decor from various cultures into your Thanksgiving celebration.

Menu Planning

a. Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Menu

Selecting the right menu is crucial to your Thanksgiving success. Consider these factors:

  • Traditional Delights: Sticking to classic dishes like roasted turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce can create a sense of nostalgia and comfort.
  • Creative Twist: Introducing unique and creative menu items, such as a gourmet macaroni and cheese or fusion-inspired side dishes, can add excitement and surprise to your meal.

b. Dietary Restrictions

Accommodating dietary restrictions is a thoughtful way to ensure all your guests can enjoy the feast:

  • Vegetarian and Vegan Options: Include meatless dishes like roasted vegetable platters, vegetarian stuffing, and vegan gravy to cater to plant-based diets.
  • Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly Choices: Label dishes that are gluten-free or allergy-friendly, and be mindful of cross-contamination during food preparation.

c. Preparing a Cooking Schedule

To avoid a last-minute kitchen frenzy, create a cooking schedule:

  • Countdown to Thanksgiving: Plan your cooking tasks for the days leading up to Thanksgiving, including what can be made in advance and what needs to be prepared on the day.
  • The Big Day: Outline a step-by-step guide for the day of Thanksgiving, specifying cooking times and temperatures, and designate helpers to assist with various tasks.

Setting the Table

a. Table Decorations

Elevate your Thanksgiving table with these decorative ideas:

  • Nature’s Bounty: Incorporate elements from nature, such as pinecones, acorns, and autumn leaves, into your centerpieces and table settings.
  • Personalized Place Cards: Create custom place cards for each guest to add a personal touch to your table.

b. Tableware and Serveware

Choosing the right tableware sets the tone for your Thanksgiving dinner:

  • Formal Elegance: Use fine china, crystal glasses, and silverware for a formal dinner.
  • Casual Charm: Opt for durable and stylish options for a more relaxed atmosphere.

c. Seating Arrangements

Strategically arranging your guests can enhance the social dynamics:

  • Mix and Mingle: Seat guests with similar interests or family connections together to encourage conversation.
  • Kid-Friendly Zone: Create a designated area for children with activities and age-appropriate seating.

Cooking and Food Preparation

a. Turkey Tips

The centerpiece of your Thanksgiving feast requires special attention:

  • Choosing the Right Turkey: Consider factors like size, fresh vs. frozen, and organic vs. conventional.
  • Brining and Roasting: Learn the secrets to achieving a juicy and flavorful turkey through brining and roasting techniques.

b. Side Dishes and Accompaniments

Complete your meal with mouthwatering side dishes:

  • Stuffing Secrets: Discover tips for making the perfect stuffing, whether you prefer it inside or outside the turkey.
  • Mashed Potato Perfection: Learn how to whip up creamy mashed potatoes, and explore variations like garlic mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole.

c. Dessert Selection

End your Thanksgiving feast on a sweet note:

  • Pie Paradise: Offer a variety of pies, such as pumpkin, pecan, and apple, along with whipped cream and ice cream options.
  • Alternative Desserts: Consider serving non-traditional desserts like cheesecake, bread pudding, or a dessert bar with assorted treats.

Post-Thanksgiving Cleanup

a. Cleaning and Dishwashing Strategies

Efficiently tackle the post-feast cleanup:

  • Divide and Conquer: Enlist the help of family and friends to handle different aspects of cleaning, from washing dishes to clearing the table.
  • Use the Dishwasher Wisely: Load the dishwasher strategically to maximize space and ensure a thorough cleaning.

b. Leftover Storage

Don’t let those delicious leftovers go to waste:

  • Safe Storage: Properly store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.
  • Repurpose Leftovers: Get creative with leftover recipes, like turkey sandwiches, soups, or turkey pot pie.

By following these tips and guidelines, you can host a Thanksgiving gathering that’s not only memorable but also stress-free. From the decor to the cleanup, each aspect plays a crucial role in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your guests to enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 5 Strategies for Thriving at Networking Events

Rise and Connect: Top 5 Strategies for Thriving at Networking Events

Are you ready to make the most out of your next networking event? Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the networking scene, mastering the art of connecting with others can significantly impact your personal and professional growth. 

In this guide, we present the top five strategies that will help you not only survive but thrive at networking events, leaving a lasting impression on everyone you meet.

1. Be Prepared and Set Clear Goals

Before attending any networking event, it’s essential to be well-prepared. Research the event, its attendees, and potential speakers or influencers you’d like to connect with. 

Set clear and achievable goals for the event, such as making a certain number of meaningful connections or learning about specific opportunities. 

By setting these goals, you’ll have a focus and direction, making your networking experience more purposeful.

2. Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

Your elevator pitch is your chance to make a memorable first impression. Craft a concise, engaging, and authentic introduction that communicates who you are, what you do, and what you’re passionate about. 

Practice delivering your elevator pitch beforehand, so it feels natural and conversational. A well-crafted pitch will captivate your audience and open the doors for meaningful conversations.

3. Be a Genuine Listener

One of the most crucial yet overlooked networking skills is active listening. When engaging in conversations, focus on the person you’re speaking with, and show genuine interest in what they have to say. 

Avoid interrupting and instead, ask thoughtful questions that encourage them to share more about themselves. Listening attentively will not only help you build a stronger connection but also provide valuable insights that you can use later in your follow-ups.

4. Follow Up and Stay in Touch

Networking doesn’t end when the event is over. After meeting new people, be sure to follow up within a day or two. Send personalized emails, connecting on LinkedIn, or even a handwritten note to express your appreciation for their time and insights. 

When staying in touch, make an effort to add value to the relationship. Share relevant articles or resources, congratulate them on their achievements, or invite them to industry events. 

Consistent and meaningful follow-ups will solidify your connections and keep you top of mind.

5. Be a Connector and Give Back

Networking is not just about what you can gain; it’s also about what you can contribute. Be open to helping others by connecting them with relevant contacts, resources, or opportunities. 

Actively seek ways to provide value to your new connections without expecting anything in return. This selfless approach will not only strengthen your existing connections but also expand your network as people appreciate and reciprocate your kindness.

Final Thoughts

Networking is an ongoing process, and the more you practice these strategies, the more successful you’ll be in building a strong and valuable network of professional relationships.

So go ahead, rise and connect to unlock endless possibilities for personal and professional growth!

Chemo Care Donate a Gift of Hydration

Chemo Care: Donate the Gift of Hydration

Chemo Care Donate a Gift of Hydration

Have you heard about our team community service project Called Chemo care? 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we have a goal to donate over 500 Chemo Care packages for patients undergoing cancer treatments.

Did you know that chemo, radiation and other treatments cause extreme and sometimes painful dryness? Each Chemo Care Package, includes products that will lift their spirits and provide much needed hydration for their lips, hands and body.  

This campaign is very important, so we are asking local business owners and friends to partner with us to reach our goal. 100% of your donation will go to the gift sets and is tax-deductible! Feel free to forward to your network of colleagues, friends and family.

 Each package costs $25.  

Our first 500 donations will be given to Inova Schar Cancer Institute who provides services to 500 patients per week.  Accepting donations via Venmo, Paypal or check.

Together we can make a difference to each of these cancer patients.

October Virtual Pampering Tutorial with Mary Beth Dulin

Do you want $100 FREE MK in October?

October Virtual Pampering Tutorial with Mary Beth Dulin

Hey skin care & beauty lover,

  • Are you running low on your MK products?
  • Do you want to try something new?
  • Do you need a FULL overhaul of skincare or makeup?
  • Do you want to try before you buy?

THIS is the perfect time for you to book your virtual pampering session! It’s so easy:

1. Select a date with a 30 minute time slot

2. Invite 4-6 friends ( 4x must attend to qualify )

3. MB sends out free samples to everyone

4. We wash our face together on zoom

5. YOU GO SHOPPING!! Pick out $100 free

Mary Kay October Specials

Check out the availability below. All times are 7pm or 8pm and take 30 minutes.

Book your date by 10/1 and get a free PINK clay mask as a thank you gift from me.

Life is a party and you are all invited! Let’s party on zoom together ❤️

Virtual Pampering Tutorial with Mary Beth Dulin
Pink Hugs, MB

Party with Me Triple Credit Party Reward Program - MBDulin

Party with Me: Triple Credit Party Reward Program

Party with Me Triple Credit Party Reward Program - MBDulin

Who would love their products at 1/2 price and FREE!? anyone??

I LOOOVEEEE to spoil those who share me with their friends with 1/2 price and free products for doing so.

This has never been an easier time to “host” a party. Virtual options, in person options, or a combo/hybrid option are all available.

My in person appts take about an hour, my virtual appts take about 30 minutes. Who doesn’t have 30 min – 1 hour for pampering time, some fun with girlfriends, and earning free and 1/2 price items.

I’m looking for 10 ladies in May and 10 ladies in June to host virtual or in person get-togethers and benefit from ALLLLLL these rewards. Is this you???

Happy Mothers Day from Mary Beth Dulin

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mothers Day from Mary Beth Dulin

Moms make life beautiful! Wishing a happy Mother’s Day to every woman who has shared her kind, nurturing spirit. #MKBeautifulMoments

I love how we can all be “moms” to each other by being great friends to one another. So many of the same qualities are shared between mothers and trusted friends. Selflessness, inspiration, motivational, unconditional love, and nurturing.

Today is the perfect day to text or call someone with these qualities, maybe your mother, and tell them you are thinking of them #happymothersday

It's Teacher Appreciation Week - Mary Beth Dulin

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

The influence of a great teacher can never be erased. #MKBeautifulMoments

Tag a teacher here that may need some extra pampering to celebrate their hard work. I will send some free samples in the mail for some #MKselfcare #freesamples

Who was your favorite teacher?

Did you have one that sticks out in your mind as a truly influential person?

I have 2: First is my 4th grade teacher who hosted a dessert event during school, I just thought that was the best thing EVER!!! Looking back, I was so excited about it because of my love of food. Later I went to culinary school to become a pastry chef.

My second was my High School History teacher. He made the class US government so interesting and understandable to my HS brain. I learned so much and continue to have interest to this day in politics and government.

Tell me about your favorite teachers.

…and if you are a teacher, THANK YOU!! I know these last 2 years have been harder than most.

Let’s not forget those small thank you gifts.

It's Teacher Appreciation Week - Mary Beth Dulin


Out with the Old In with the NEW!!! Gold evaluations purchases and Skin Care Treatments

Come and enjoy a fun night out and two ways to raise money for Zaching Against Cancer. 
We will be offering Gold evaluations/purchases and Skin Care Treatments featuring hydrating eye patches and charcoal masks.
We can raise a lot of money for Zaching Against Cancer through these programs!!

When: Thursday, March 10th, 2022, 6:30pm at the Hub Spot in Columbia, MD




PLEASE NOTE: It is easy to forget and not gather and pack your items for the event, if you would like an evening text reminder, please text owner Tara Carbo at 443-677-2114 to get on the reminder list.

How to Participate?Step 1- Gather your old, broken or unwanted gold, silver or platinum items and RSVPStep 2- Bring your baggie of items to the eventStep 3- Watch as your items are evaluated and weighed (free service)Step 4- Decide if you would like to sell all, some or none of them, knowing that you get to KEEP ALL OF YOUR MONEY!
Step 5- Enjoy complimentary pampering while mingling and weighing gold. If you love any of the products, 25% of all orders will be donated to Zaching Against Cancer

RSVP to your beauty consultant for each and all events you want to attend

Zaching Against Cancer

You Are Invited – Don’t Miss Out on March’s Events!!

Hello Beautiful and Happy (Almost) Spring!! 

Everyone is ready for warmer weather, right??

It’s your LUCKY month! March has FIVE Tuesdays, which means FIVE opportunities to come hang out with me for a little mid-week girlfriend time and pampering.

I am SO excited to share the newest additions to our Clinical Solutions Line, and showcase all of our beautiful new lip shades! We even have a night designed just for the teens in your life to set them up for a lifetime of skincare success! 

Make sure to mark down our new time *7pm* for Beauty Sleep Sunday and HydraSession Happiness Thursdays!

RSVP to your beauty consultant for each and all events you want to attend

Mary Beth Dulin March Events Calendar
ShamRock Your Skin! Mary Beth Dulin Events, Tuesday March 1st, 8PM
Lucky Night - Mary Beth Dulin Events, Tuesday March 8th
March Madness Teen Night - Mary Beth Dulin Events, Tuesday March 15th, 8pm
Lucky Lips - Mary Kay Products | Mary Beth Dulin Events, Tuesday March 22, 8PM
The Eyes of March, Glam Slam - Mary Beth Dulin Events, Tuesday March 29th, 8PM
February Featured Products at MBDulin

February Special Deals!

February Deals at MBDulin

Hello Beautiful!! Please enjoy these new exclusive offers I have for you! I hope you have an extra special Valentine’s Day – You can treat yourself or a loved one with the items below!


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February Special Deals at MBDulin

Receive one half-price item of your choice with each $50 purchase this month (see this month’s half-price items below). No limits!! Purchase $50 at regular price, and choose ONE half-price item. Purchase $100 at regular price, and choose TWO half-price items. Purchase $150, THREE half-price items, and so on! No limits!

February Featured Products at MBDulin
Each month we will have different items featured!


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Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask
Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask
$12 with 50% Off! (Original pricing $24.00)

activated charcoal mask

The activated charcoal mask acts as a magnet to help unclog pores and immediately reduce shine. 79% of men AND women confirmed that “skin looks clearer” after use.


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White Tea & Citrus Satin Lips Set
White Tea & Citrus Satin Lips Set .3 oz. each – $11 with 50% Off!
(Original pricing $22.00)

White Tea & Citrus Satin Lips Set

The White Tea & Citrus Satin Lips Set sends your pout on a path to paradise for a spa-like treatment anytime, anywhere. Formulated with nourishing shea butter and the fresh flavor of white tea & citrus, these products leave dry, chapped lips behind, delivering moisturizing bliss in two easy steps. Your oasis awaits.


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True Dimensions Lipstick
True Dimensions Lipstick
$9 with 50% Off! (original pricing $18.00)

True Dimensions Lipstick - MBDulin February Specials
Intensely moisturizing. Exquisitely smoothing. It’s like a color-infused fountain of youth for your lips.

  • Instantly drenches lips in moisture and locks it in for endless comfort.
  • Infused with advanced skin care ingredients, the formula smooths the appearance of fine lines and helps lips look fuller.
  • Just a push of the clear, click-button top releases pure, radiant color from its ultrastylish case.
  • Available in 20 beautiful shades!


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Mary Kay Body Care Collection in Apple & Almond or Berry & Vanilla.
Mary Kay Body Care Collection in Apple & Almond or Berry & Vanilla.
$7 with %50 off! (original pricing $14 ea)

Mary Kay Body Care Collection
Body Lotion: Soak up the goodness your skin deserves with a fragrant body lotion in an irresistible scent. The easily spreadable formula wraps skin in a layer of love — and hydration — Keep a tube of this instant pick-me-up in your bag or on your counter for a body care moment whenever you need it.
Available Scents: Apple & Almond or Berry & Vanilla

Shower Gel: Treat you can enjoy every day. For the perfect pick-me-up after a long day or late night, give yourself a moment of bliss with this Scented Shower Gel. Enjoy a fragrant, bubbly blend with this foamy body care product.
Available Scents: Apple & Almond or Berry & Vanilla


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TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream
TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream
$21 with 50% off! (original pricing $42.00)

peptide eye cream

This advanced peptide eye cream targets visible deep lines, dark circles, bags and upper eyelid droop. This undereye cream increases skin moisture for 12 hours and targets crepiness and dry skin. A sculpted metal applicator tip massages your skin, helping to stimulate the undereye area.

  • Targets deep lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • Targets undereye bags, puffiness and dark circles.
  • Targets crepiness and dry skin.
  • Increases skin moisture for 12 hours.
  • Features a unique liquid crystal delivery system that helps enhance effectiveness.
  • Contains the benefits of the Volu-Firm Complex.


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Bella Belara Eau de Parfum
Bella Belara Eau de Parfum
$19 with 50% Off! (original pricing $38.00)

Bella Belara Eau de Parfum
More than a fragrance, Bella Belara Eau de Parfum is an exuberant floral fruity scent that evokes a beautiful feeling.

  • Top notes include Nectarine and Apricot.
  • Middle notes include Rose Petals and Jasmine.
  • Bottom notes include Blonde Woods and Cool Moss.


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See the links below for more product specific information
Naturally Skin Care:
TimeWise Miracle Set 3D:
Bio-Cellulose Mask:
Charcoal Mask:
Microderm+ Set:
Clear Proof:
Repair Set:



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Mary Beth Dulin

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