Weekending | A Few Snaps from Thanksgiving

I hope that everybody had a great holiday weekend! I’m still kind of tapped out over here a.k.a. the creative flow has left my body. I think I’m still in recovery mode! Hosting Thanksgiving two years in a row is no joke. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though! 🙂 Let’s kick off the week with a good ‘ol weekending post with a few snaps from Thanksgiving.

My holiday weekend began last Wednesday when my parents arrived. They came a day early so my mom could help me prepare and cook most of the side dishes for Thursday. We finished practically everything, which made the next day a heck of a lot easier.

Thursday was the big day! Even though I had cooked for and hosted Thanksgiving twice before, this was the first time that I did it for my side of the family. So, I felt both prepared and nervous at the same time. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone! Luckily, that wasn’t the case and it was the perfect family day.

Farmhouse-Inspired Thanksgiving Table 2017

Check out last week’s post for details about this year’s Thanksgiving table. It was my favorite!

Since I don’t mention my family a whole lot on here, here’s a little refresher. I’m the youngest of three, the oldest being my sister Kristy and then my brother Gary. My mom and dad also were here (duh), as well as my sister’s boyfriend, Matt.

A Few Snaps from Thanksgiving karly & garyA Few Snaps from Thanksgiving ryan & momA Few Snaps from Thanksgiving kristy & matt
I was happy to also snag a couple pictures of Ryan and I – and Finn, of course – since I never was able to in past years of hosting. Ignore the the random way I decided to style my hair for the day … one more week until my hair appointment!

A Few Snaps from Thanksgiving ryan & karlyA Few Snaps from ThanksgivingA Few Snaps from Thanksgiving anderson family photo
We talked, we laughed, WE ATE. It was everything that Thanksgiving Day is supposed to be! I’m rarely able to have my whole family at our house, so it meant a lot to both me and Ryan and it’s a day that I’ll cherish.

It’s clear to see that Finn had the most taxing day out of anyone. Being a doggy host is hard work, ha!

A Few Snaps from Thanksgiving finley
Since Ryan had to head right back to work the following day, I spent the rest of the weekend catching up, online shopping, and getting started on Christmas decorating. I’m nowhere near finished, but I hope to be by the end of the week in time for December 1st! Our Christmas cards also are addressed and all ready to send out – any bloggers want to exchange cards this year? Hit me up!

That’s all from me today! We finished a fun house project before the holiday that I’m excited to share (hint: it involves SHIPLAP!), so watch for that coming Wednesday!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Did you travel? Stay home? Score any good shopping deals?

Linking up with Biana.

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  1. 11.29.17

    I love how happy and carefree everyone looks, that’s the cutest picture of the three of you! Your tablescape is goals. I’m so glad you had a great Thanksgiving! Also, I’m totally down for exchanging cards!

    • 11.30.17

      Awe, thank you! I hope that you had a special holiday, too (which I obviously already know that you did! 🙂 ) And, YAY! Let’s exchange addresses!

  2. 11.28.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    So special to have your whole family at the house! Your setup looks gorgeous and it sounds like an amazing day!

  3. 11.28.17
    Pamela said:

    Congrats to you for hosting two years in a row! I can only imagine how exhausting and crazy that must be. Your table looked amazing though!! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • 11.28.17

      Thanks, girlfriend! It is definitely exhausting, but so much fun. I still plan to take the next couple years off, though – haha!

  4. 11.27.17
    A said:

    You should totally frame that photo of you, your husband and your dog! And your mom is adorable, so nice she was able to help you get everything ready.

    • 11.28.17

      My mom isn’t too happy with me about sharing that photo, lol! I just thought it was too funny with her and Ryan. And, thank you! I just might have to take your advice on that.

  5. 11.27.17
    Jessica said:

    It looks like you had a great time! I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I had such relaxing weekend!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  6. 11.27.17
    Monica L said:

    How fun! Looks like a great time!

  7. 11.27.17

    Looks like you guys had such a nice Thanksgiving! I look forward to hosting one of these years! Your family is the cutest! I can’t believe you already got your holiday cards sent out! We still have yet to take our family photos lol!

    • 11.28.17

      We did, thank you! I’m sure you would be an amazing host in that gorgeous home of yours. Oh, I’m still waiting until next week to actually mail out our cards, but I at least got a jump start by getting them all addressed. I’m old school and still opt to hand write everything instead of labels. 🙂

  8. 11.27.17

    You guys all look so cute as does your table! SO impressed you hosted!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  9. 11.27.17

    How exciting you got to host for your side of the family! Throwing a complete Thanksgiving meal is a ton of work, but always so worth it! Loving your tablescape, so pretty <3

    Green Fashionista

  10. 11.27.17

    Hosting any holiday is no joke, so major kudos to you for hosting two years in a row! That’s awesome that you and your mom got all the cooking done the day before, I find that always helps the next day to go that much more smoothly! And hooray for having your Christmas cards ready to be sent out!

    • 11.28.17

      It was such a huge help – and really fun! – to have my mom around to help me this year. We rarely ever get that time together, let alone get to help each other in the kitchen. So glad to have my Christmas cards ready to go – one less thing to worry about!

  11. 11.27.17

    Such cute family photos! And girl your hair looks beautiful! (Although I totally know how amazing it feels after getting your hair done!)

  12. 11.27.17
    Caroline said:

    Wonderful photos! Your table looks beautiful and I am glad that you had a fun time with your family. I would love to exchange cards with you too! 🙂

    • 11.28.17

      Thank you! I hope that you had a nice holiday as well. If you want to exchange cards, just shoot me your address! 🙂

  13. 11.27.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    We had such a wonderful time in your beautiful home for Thanksgiving, the real blessing was all of us being together! It could not have been a better day, thanks to you and Ryan. Love seeing all the pics (except for me of course!)

    • 11.28.17

      I think that’s the cutest picture of you and Ryan, I don’t know why you don’t like it! It was so special for us to have all of you here for the day.

  14. 11.27.17
    Biana Perez said:

    You did a wonderful job hosting your family!! I love seeing photos of them with you guys and I know you can’t wait for your hair appt, but your hair looks great girl!! Happy Monday! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

    • 11.28.17

      Thanks, girlfriend! Of course, the only person missing from all the photos is my dad because he was the one taking all of them – go figure! Haha I’m SO annoying about my hair right now, that should get better after next week. 🙂