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Chic Take-Home Boxes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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After spending the time to prepare your Thanksgiving meal and setting a fabulous table, make sure you give your guest's take-home containers that show the same amount of care and thought.

I love sending guests home with leftovers -- I love taking home leftovers even more. It's a great reminder of how delicious the meal (and company) was. The packaging is a great opportunity to reflect the experience as well.

I have discovered some chic and handy boxes that will send off friends and family with a delicious snack for later and make eating leftovers a stylish event in and of itself...

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This Martha Stewart slice of pie box is a beautiful way to send guests home with dessert -- it's also a good way to label your leftover pies.

1 This Martha Stewart slice of pie box is a beautiful way to send guests home with dessert -- it's also a good way to label your leftover pies.

This cookie box has a handy divider to help keep different flavors of cookies or other items such as tea separate from one another.

2 This cookie box has a handy divider to help keep different flavors of cookies or other items such as tea separate from one another.

I love this idea of wrapping up cookies -- the stickers are such a beautiful touch as well. If you do not have stickers with a design on it, just simply buy blank stickers and write your own message on them.

3 I love this idea of wrapping up cookies -- the stickers are such a beautiful touch as well. If you do not have stickers with a design on it, just simply buy blank stickers and write your own message on them.

Using a long mailing tube is a fabulous way to stack cookies without worrying that they will break. Here the tube is wrapped with a Christmas paper, but you can customize your own with whatever design or pattern you woud like.

4 Using a long mailing tube is a fabulous way to stack cookies without worrying that they will break. Here the tube is wrapped with a Christmas paper, but you can customize your own with whatever design or pattern you woud like.

Using Chinese take-out boxes is a great way to divide different side dishes to send your guests home with.

5 Using Chinese take-out boxes is a great way to divide different side dishes to send your guests home with.

Here is a photograph from Alexis Stewart's blog -- these cupcakes are sitting in a playful and fun Martha Stewart box from Macy's.

6 Here is a photograph from Alexis Stewart's blog -- these cupcakes are sitting in a playful and fun Martha Stewart box from Macy's.

Alexis made cookies and wrapped them in a gift box -- a great way to have some treats already prepared to give friends and family (this photograph was taken from Alexis' blog).

7 Alexis made cookies and wrapped them in a gift box -- a great way to have some treats already prepared to give friends and family (this photograph was taken from Alexis' blog).

The Container Store also has these boxes -- the smaller one is perfect to line with some tissue paper and pile in some leftover desserts like cookies or cupcakes.

8 The Container Store also has these boxes -- the smaller one is perfect to line with some tissue paper and pile in some leftover desserts like cookies or cupcakes.

I love this bright red takeout box from The Container Store -- it is a durable way to pack up leftovers from Thanksgiving.

9 I love this bright red takeout box from The Container Store -- it is a durable way to pack up leftovers from Thanksgiving.

Here are some handy boxes from The Container Store -- the see-through window is just like a professional bakery box.

10 Here are some handy boxes from The Container Store -- the see-through window is just like a professional bakery box.

Here are a few simple yet durable take-home boxes from Papermart.

11 Here are a few simple yet durable take-home boxes from Papermart.

On the Papermart website you can order these bakery boxes -- perfect to send friends and family home with cake, pie, or other desserts.

12 On the Papermart website you can order these bakery boxes -- perfect to send friends and family home with cake, pie, or other desserts.

From Papersource, here is a beautiful Chinese takeout box.

13 From Papersource, here is a beautiful Chinese takeout box.

This Kraft Coffee Bag from The Container Store would also be perfect to store holiday nuts and berries.

14 This Kraft Coffee Bag from The Container Store would also be perfect to store holiday nuts and berries.

Here is a view of the outside of the boxes.

15 Here is a view of the outside of the boxes.

I love this box from Nashville Wraps -- Alexis did a beautiful job with the presentation.

16 I love this box from Nashville Wraps -- Alexis did a beautiful job with the presentation.

For my birthday last year, Alexis made me eclairs -- she also delivered them in boxes with my initials on them.

17 For my birthday last year, Alexis made me eclairs -- she also delivered them in boxes with my initials on them.

You can purchase different colored Chinese takeout cartons from The Container Store.

18 You can purchase different colored Chinese takeout cartons from The Container Store.

This Euro Design Wine Carry Box from Papermart is a gorgeous box to put a bottle of wine in for your guests.

19 This Euro Design Wine Carry Box from Papermart is a gorgeous box to put a bottle of wine in for your guests.

If you have several wine bottles to send people home with, then these Container Store wine carriers are perfect for the job. The see-through window also makes it easy to see which wine is in specific cases.

20 If you have several wine bottles to send people home with, then these Container Store wine carriers are perfect for the job. The see-through window also makes it easy to see which wine is in specific cases.

This is a beautiful Birch Veneer Wine Bottle Cylinder from The Container Store -- it's perfect to send home with guests but it could also be a fabulous way to bring wine to an event.

21 This is a beautiful Birch Veneer Wine Bottle Cylinder from The Container Store -- it's perfect to send home with guests but it could also be a fabulous way to bring wine to an event.

Simple and reliable cookie tins will never go out of fashion. Line these tins from The Container Store with some tissue paper and your desserts won't break during travel.

22 Simple and reliable cookie tins will never go out of fashion. Line these tins from The Container Store with some tissue paper and your desserts won't break during travel.

This is the perfect tissue paper to use in dessert tins (like the one pictured before). From The Container Store, this Golden Damask Tissue has an elegant print.

23 This is the perfect tissue paper to use in dessert tins (like the one pictured before). From The Container Store, this Golden Damask Tissue has an elegant print.

Other beautiful tissue paper you can use to pack away holiday desserts is this paper tissue from Kate's Paperie.

24 Other beautiful tissue paper you can use to pack away holiday desserts is this paper tissue from Kate's Paperie.

I love this Mesh tissue Paper from Kate's Paperie. It's such a chic way to pack up cookies and other small desserts.

25 I love this Mesh tissue Paper from Kate's Paperie. It's such a chic way to pack up cookies and other small desserts.

To make the inside of dessert take-home boxes for your guests a bit more chic, add these lace paper circles from Kate's Paperie under the desserts.

26 To make the inside of dessert take-home boxes for your guests a bit more chic, add these lace paper circles from Kate's Paperie under the desserts.

Top off your take-home leftovers' box with a silky elegant ribbon (This brown ribbon is from Kate's Paperie).

27 Top off your take-home leftovers' box with a silky elegant ribbon (This brown ribbon is from Kate's Paperie).

Win a Martha Stewart Collection Forest Grove Turkey Platter

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Selecting special tabletop pieces for Thanksgiving makes your holiday meal that much more special.

That's why I am giving away 5 Martha Stewart Collection Forest Grove Turkey Platters from Macys.

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For a chance to win one of the platters, leave me a comment on this post, along with your name and a valid email-address. All comments must be received by 3 PM EST today, Tuesday, November 16. We'll choose five commenters at random to win these prizes.

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Getting Your Silver Ready for Thanksgiving

Making Room for Guests This Thanksgiving

Making Room For Guests For This Thanksgiving

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The holidays are definitely a hectic time -- especially if you are the host. Get ready for this Thanksgiving by planning ahead and organize your entryway, closets, mudroom, kitchen and guest room. With less clutter and a few simple organizational tips you won't feel overwhelmed -- Senior Home Editor Anthony Santelli shows readers in this year's November issue how to prep for guests, now it's actually time to get to it!

When guests arrive they will either come in through the front door or your mudroom. Organize either your foyer closet or mudroom to be ready for the impending loads of coats, scarves, boots, gloves, hats and umbrellas. Here are a few useful ideas to help organize your entry way...

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This entry way has a a Double Hang Closet Rod ($9.99 from The Container Store) -- it provides the perfect extra space to hang double the amount of coats your closet usually can store. Extra hooks on the door come in handy for hand-bags and hanging scarves.

1 This entry way has a a Double Hang Closet Rod ($9.99 from The Container Store) -- it provides the perfect extra space to hang double the amount of coats your closet usually can store. Extra hooks on the door come in handy for hand-bags and hanging scarves.

Organize your personal gloves and scarves in drawers or storeage boxes so they are out of the way when guests arrive, that way your belongings won't get mixed in with theirs.

2 Organize your personal gloves and scarves in drawers or storeage boxes so they are out of the way when guests arrive, that way your belongings won't get mixed in with theirs.

Wherever you keep your maintenance closet, be sure to organize it properly before guests arrive -- that way, when you need supplies to clean up an accident everything will be easy to get to.

3 Wherever you keep your maintenance closet, be sure to organize it properly before guests arrive -- that way, when you need supplies to clean up an accident everything will be easy to get to.

Keep wires organized so they do not get wet near any entryways.

4 Keep wires organized so they do not get wet near any entryways.

I love these rolling bins, they are perfect to go under an entryway bench and they are easy to rinse out and clean -- so putting shoes and boots in them would be a wonderful idea!

5 I love these rolling bins, they are perfect to go under an entryway bench and they are easy to rinse out and clean -- so putting shoes and boots in them would be a wonderful idea!

These bins are perfect for linen closets or foyer closets (bins for scarves, gloves, etc.). The labels are simple to change so they are not perminant. You can find great bins like these at Home Depot in the Martha Stewart line.

6 These bins are perfect for linen closets or foyer closets (bins for scarves, gloves, etc.). The labels are simple to change so they are not perminant. You can find great bins like these at Home Depot in the Martha Stewart line.

Get dry umbrellas out the way by putting them on door hooks.

7 Get dry umbrellas out the way by putting them on door hooks.

I love the different layers of shelving at the bottom of the closet, you can store so much!

8 I love the different layers of shelving at the bottom of the closet, you can store so much!

If you don't have a boot tray handy, just use an old baking sheet to put wet boots on.

9 If you don't have a boot tray handy, just use an old baking sheet to put wet boots on.

Make an average boot tray beautiful by adding some white rocks to the bottom.

10 Make an average boot tray beautiful by adding some white rocks to the bottom.

This rack is perfect to dry hats, scarves and gloves on.

11 This rack is perfect to dry hats, scarves and gloves on.

Here's a great product from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot -- it's the perfect bench to put in a mudroom, and the bins below are great for storing items.

12 Here's a great product from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot -- it's the perfect bench to put in a mudroom, and the bins below are great for storing items.

This is the perfect bin to use for storage, they will slide into the compartments in the bench pictured before.

13 This is the perfect bin to use for storage, they will slide into the compartments in the bench pictured before.

This Commercial Grade Garment Rack from Bed Bath and Beyond is the perfect addition to a mudroom when you are expecting many visitors.

14 This Commercial Grade Garment Rack from Bed Bath and Beyond is the perfect addition to a mudroom when you are expecting many visitors.

The Container Store has Command Adhesive Brushed Nickel Hooks -- very useful to have on the back of closet doors to hang handbags, scarves and other accessories.

15 The Container Store has Command Adhesive Brushed Nickel Hooks -- very useful to have on the back of closet doors to hang handbags, scarves and other accessories.

Here is a helpful and simple check list for you to follow for your guests' bedroom:

  • Allot adequate closet and drawer space & provide hangers.
  • Have a full-length mirror in the bedroom.
  • Having a working alarm clock in the bedroom.
  • Invest in a few small touches in the room, such as bottled water, chocolate or fresh flowers.
  • If able to, provide a sitting area with a pillow and throw, an adjacent table, and a good adjustable-brightness lamp in the room your guests will be staying in.
  • Provide extra blankets for temperature control in the bedroom.
  • Provide reading material, including several magazines and a daily newspaper.
  • Stock enough towels, washcloths and hand towels for all guests.
  • Stock up on toilet paper and other necessities and make sure they know where to locate extras.

Having everything your visitors will need already in their reach will allow them the freedom to enjoy the wonderful visit that you are providing. Here are some other great ideas to include in your guests' bathroom...

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Having plenty of towel racks will keep wet towels off the floor and your guests will have dry towels the next time they take a shower.

1 Having plenty of towel racks will keep wet towels off the floor and your guests will have dry towels the next time they take a shower.

Having a few every day toiletries in sight in your guests' bathroom will help them come time to shower and get dressed. I love these stacked cubes used as shelves and the clear jars are perfect for cotton balls and swabs.

2 Having a few every day toiletries in sight in your guests' bathroom will help them come time to shower and get dressed. I love these stacked cubes used as shelves and the clear jars are perfect for cotton balls and swabs.

Buying a few clear, empty bottles and labeling them according to what you fill them will is perfect for a guest bathroom. You can always keep them filled for the next guest that visits.

3 Buying a few clear, empty bottles and labeling them according to what you fill them will is perfect for a guest bathroom. You can always keep them filled for the next guest that visits.

This hair dryer is similar to the ones you may see in hotels -- adding one to your guest bathroom will come in handy!

4 This hair dryer is similar to the ones you may see in hotels -- adding one to your guest bathroom will come in handy!

I love this idea of different color tags on towels, everyone will know which towel is theirs.

5 I love this idea of different color tags on towels, everyone will know which towel is theirs.

Take a clear umbrella stand and turn it into a tube to hold toiletpaper.

6 Take a clear umbrella stand and turn it into a tube to hold toiletpaper.

Again, these bottles were bought empty and items like aloe, lotion and hairspray were poured in to provide guests with the bathroom essentials.

7 Again, these bottles were bought empty and items like aloe, lotion and hairspray were poured in to provide guests with the bathroom essentials.

From The Container Store, these Clear Droplet Bath Accessories are perfect for a guest bathroom. You can keep soap dispensers filled and extra toothbrushes available.

8 From The Container Store, these Clear Droplet Bath Accessories are perfect for a guest bathroom. You can keep soap dispensers filled and extra toothbrushes available.

These Nalgene Wide-Mouthed Leakproof Bottles from The Container Store are great to fill with shampoo and conditioner for guest bathrooms.

9 These Nalgene Wide-Mouthed Leakproof Bottles from The Container Store are great to fill with shampoo and conditioner for guest bathrooms.

Prepare for your company and the guaranteed of leftovers by organizing your kitchen so that you have plenty of space to store food. Its also a good idea to get your cabinets and drawers in tip-top shape, giving you easy access to platters, bowls, knives and other cooking accessories.

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This is the dream refrigerator! The Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond, Martha Stewart Collection For Macy's, and Snapware have some wonderful storeage pieces for your refrigerator -- like clear leftover containers, soda holders, wine racks, and shelf risers.

1 This is the dream refrigerator! The Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond, Martha Stewart Collection For Macy's, and Snapware have some wonderful storeage pieces for your refrigerator -- like clear leftover containers, soda holders, wine racks, and shelf risers.

A simple and easy way to label glasses during a cocktail hour or after your Thanksgiving feast -- it will also help you from doing more dishes and running out of drinking glasses.

2 A simple and easy way to label glasses during a cocktail hour or after your Thanksgiving feast -- it will also help you from doing more dishes and running out of drinking glasses.

These clear containers are perfect for dried foods -- you can see easily what is in them and they are easy to stack.

3 These clear containers are perfect for dried foods -- you can see easily what is in them and they are easy to stack.

Having a rack to organize pots' and pans' lids will save you a lot of time from digging through your cabinets when you are cooking.

4 Having a rack to organize pots' and pans' lids will save you a lot of time from digging through your cabinets when you are cooking.

Having a no-slip drawer will help you keep sharp items organized and easy to get to. They will also let you keep dangerous items out of reach from younger houseguests.

5 Having a no-slip drawer will help you keep sharp items organized and easy to get to. They will also let you keep dangerous items out of reach from younger houseguests.

This is a wonderful way to organize your recipes! Slide them into a clear protectant and clip them in a binder -- you won't have to worry about spilling over your recipes.

6 This is a wonderful way to organize your recipes! Slide them into a clear protectant and clip them in a binder -- you won't have to worry about spilling over your recipes.

Just like the pots' and pans' lids, this is a great way to organize cutting boards and platters. Why stack platters and have to dig through them when you need them right away -- instead keep them stacked on their sides.

7 Just like the pots' and pans' lids, this is a great way to organize cutting boards and platters. Why stack platters and have to dig through them when you need them right away -- instead keep them stacked on their sides.

If you do not have a wired rack to stack glasses, you can use a simple tray instead.

8 If you do not have a wired rack to stack glasses, you can use a simple tray instead.

With all of your Thanksgiving leftovers, be sure to store them properly. These freezer bags allow you to label and mark the date of when you put them in your freezer.

9 With all of your Thanksgiving leftovers, be sure to store them properly. These freezer bags allow you to label and mark the date of when you put them in your freezer.

Keep your cleaning supplies below the sink and away from the food! These door hooks are perfect to help organize your kitchen's cleaning cabinet.

10 Keep your cleaning supplies below the sink and away from the food! These door hooks are perfect to help organize your kitchen's cleaning cabinet.

Make taking home leftovers for your guests playful by placing them in Chinese take-out boxes (containerstore.com).

11 Make taking home leftovers for your guests playful by placing them in Chinese take-out boxes (containerstore.com).

From the Martha Stewart Collection, this 16-piece Food Storage Container set ($29.99) is a perfect way to keep leftovers in your refrigerator (the airtight containers keeps your food fresh).

12 From the Martha Stewart Collection, this 16-piece Food Storage Container set ($29.99) is a perfect way to keep leftovers in your refrigerator (the airtight containers keeps your food fresh).

I love this spice rack -- it's easy to keep your spices organized while cooking for the holidays.

13 I love this spice rack -- it's easy to keep your spices organized while cooking for the holidays.

In addition to organizing your kitchen cabinets and closets -- having folding chairs and tables in your home is essential if you are going to be the host for many people. Below are a few tables that would be perfect to use for the children to eat at, they would even be great places to arrange desserts or beverages. The folding chairs are also important, you don't want to have uncomfortable plastic chairs for your guests -- take a look at these gorgeous and comfortable pieces of furniture...

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This Target Bamboo Folding Chair has a elegant look, unlike plastic folding chairs.

1 This Target Bamboo Folding Chair has a elegant look, unlike plastic folding chairs.

I love this Louis Folding Chair from Ballard Designs.

2 I love this Louis Folding Chair from Ballard Designs.

Another Ballard Designs folding chair that has two beautiful colors pictured above.

3 Another Ballard Designs folding chair that has two beautiful colors pictured above.

Ikea's Terje Folding Chair is simple and just what you will want to have in case you need more chairs.

4 Ikea's Terje Folding Chair is simple and just what you will want to have in case you need more chairs.

This is a really unique design for a folding chair -- Ikea's Arvinn Folding Chair.

5 This is a really unique design for a folding chair -- Ikea's Arvinn Folding Chair.

Yes, this is a folding chair! It looks like it could be part of a dining room set. From homedecorators.com -- a Cherry Lattice Folding Chair.

6 Yes, this is a folding chair! It looks like it could be part of a dining room set. From homedecorators.com -- a Cherry Lattice Folding Chair.

This folding table from Bed Bath and Beyond would be perfect for the childrens' table for Thanksgiving dinner.

7 This folding table from Bed Bath and Beyond would be perfect for the childrens' table for Thanksgiving dinner.

Here is a great table from Bed Bath and Beyond to put against a living room or dining room wall to arrange desserts on.

8 Here is a great table from Bed Bath and Beyond to put against a living room or dining room wall to arrange desserts on.

This folding table from the Home Decorators Collection is a great size to stack wine or water glasses on and place different beverages on as well.

9 This folding table from the Home Decorators Collection is a great size to stack wine or water glasses on and place different beverages on as well.