How to Style a Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Are you hosting this year? If so, you may be wondering exactly how to set your table right. Look no further – we’ve got all the steps you need to style a Thanksgiving table right here.

Step #1 – Choose a Color Pallet

Thanksgiving colors are all about burnt orange, red, yellow and brown tones. Try incorporating some of these seasonal colors into your table’s color pallet. Otherwise, keep it simple and go with a white and green color scheme for a more minimalist approach. You can never go wrong with a plain white dinner plate!

Step #2 – Embrace the Season/Holiday

Why not lean into the holiday and add in some turkey/fall/Thanksgiving specific décor? This could be themed napkins, table accents, plate design and more! Check out this Pinterest page for some ideas.

Step #3 – Choose your Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is typically spent sitting around the table enjoying a delicious meal and good company, so it’s important to make a statement with your centerpiece! Here are a few ideas to inspire you to choose the right one for yours. Also, be sure whatever you choose matches your color pallet!

Step #4 – Add Accents

It’s the little things that make a big difference! Tiny accents such as leaves on the table, gold napkin holders, fresh flowers, etc. can truly bring the warmth of the holiday right into your table and brighten up your décor.  

Step #5 – Add Greenery

Adding greenery is always a good idea. Whether it be in your centerpiece, in your napkins holders or even a top your plates, greenery can really “spruce” up your table. Here are a few ideas to help incorporate this into your theme.

Step #6 – Set the Mood

A good table has good ambiance. Keep the lighting low, put on some dinner music and add some candles to your table to help set the tone for the perfect holiday meal.

From the Inlanta Mortgage family to yours, we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Helpful Hacks to Stretch Your Holiday Budget

While the holiday season is a joyous time of year, it can also be a stressful time both emotionally and financially. According to a study completed by the American Research Group, Inc., the average American is expected to spend over $900 on gifts this holiday season alone. If you don’t have $900 already set aside for gifts this season, you’re not alone. That’s why we’re bringing you our top tips to stretch your holiday budget below!

  1. Make a Plan

    First things first – sit down and take a hard look at your finances, how many people you’d like to purchase gifts for, and what your budget will allow. Making and pricing out a list will also help you to stay on track and on budget.

  2. Do your Research

    Have your eye on a specific gift for someone? Don’t jump on the first deal that comes your way. Try comparison shopping online or download a digital coupon app like RetailMeNot for deals and discount codes.

  3. Sign up for Email Alerts

    If you’ve got several favorite stores, make sure you sign up for email alerts to receive news and information on sales and discount offers.

  4. Pay with Cash

    While it’s tempting to charge up your credit card for gifts you think your family and friends will really love, setting a strict budget and taking out the exact amount of cash you plan to spend will help you to avoid that post-holiday debt.

  5. Take Advantage of Credit Promotions

    While we do encourage you to use cash to stay on budget, it may be smart to check into your credit card company incentives and promotions to see if they offer cash rewards or points that will help you earn more. If you do decide to go this route, please remember to use credit responsibly

  6. DIY

    It’s truly the thought that counts, so why not channel your creativity to make your own, personalized gifts for your loved ones? With the robust internet today, you should have no problem finding a number of ideas. Try checking out Pinterest to get you started.

  7. Set a Limit

    There’s no harm in proposing a monetary limit with family and friends to help you stretch your budget on gifts this year. It is likely that they are in the same boat as you are and will welcome the gift limit idea.

So, leave the stress behind this season and use these handy tips to help you stretch your holiday budget. As always, if there’s anything we can do to help, contact us today!

All About VA Loans

To our veterans and active military personnel, we tip our hats to you, and to your sacrifices that make our freedom possible this Veterans Day and every day. As your trusted mortgage advisors, we are committed to making your dream of homeownership possible with our VA loan options.

What is a VA loan?

A VA (Veterans Affairs) mortgage loan is designed specifically for service members, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses, offering excellent benefits that allow eligible VA borrowers to purchase a home with:

  • No money down
  • No PMI* (primary mortgage insurance) required
  • More flexible credit guidelines

What Can You Do with a VA Loan?

A VA loan is similar to any other conventional loan, allowing you to:

  • Purchase a home or condo
  • Build a new home
  • Refinance your current home
  • Make improvements on your current home, such as adding energy efficient features

Who is Eligible^?

In order to be eligible for a VA mortgage loan, veterans and surviving spouses must meet requirements based on available entitlement and years of service. To learn more about our VA mortgage loans, contact your local Inlanta loan officer today.

Finally, to all of those who proudly serve or have served in our US military, we thank you for your service!

*PMI is typically required when purchasing a home with a down payment under 20%, and the payment is added to your monthly mortgage payment.

Inlanta Recognized Best Military Originators

Congratulations to Yvette Clermont, Dave Hartman, Balenda Hetzel, Jim Snyder and Kip Warzon on being recognized as National Mortgage Professional Magazine‘s Best Military Originators!

These outstanding individuals continue to go above and beyond for our veterans and we couldn’t be prouder to have them on our team.

Serving Veterans Daily

At Inlanta, we do VA loans right! We are committed to providing our Veterans with exceptional service. Our team of VA experts are adept at handling situations unique to the military community so our VA clients get the hard-earned benefits they deserve.

What is a VA Mortgage Loan?

A VA mortgage loan is a federally guaranteed mortgage loan for veterans that does not require a down payment or private mortgage insurance. This is an excellent benefit for eligible veterans. Private mortgage insurance is usually required if a down payment of 20% is not provided – with the VA mortgage loan both the down payment and private mortgage insurance requirements are waived for veterans.

If you’re a veteran, active military member or surviving spouse and are interested in learning more about Inlanta’s VA loan program, click here or contact us today to begin your mortgage journey with one of our expert loan officers.

Favorite Fall Recipes

Favorite Fall Recipes

Eat, drink and be merry! Regardless of what’s going on in the world, there’s always one thing we can count on to come through for us this time of year – our favorite fall recipes.

Here are a few of ours along with many others from our Pinterest page.

Follow along with us and feel free to share some of yours as well. Enjoy!

APPETIZERS

Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board

Cranberry Brie Bites

cranberry + cheese + pastry – need we say more?
*get the recipe here*

Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board

We’re originally from Wisconsin, so we know the importance of a good cheese + meat board better than anyone. *get the recipe here*

ENTREES

Pumpkin & Sage Stuffed Shells

Apple Cider Glazed Chicken

The perfect chicken dish for fall. *get the recipe here*

Autumn Minestrone Soup

A hearty soup is good for the soul. *get the recipe here*

Pumpkin & Sage Stuffed Shells

Wholesome, healthy and delicious. *get the recipe here*

Roasted Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup

Essentially, a season in a bowl. *get the recipe here*

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

DESSERTS

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

A must-have on your fall dessert menu. *get the recipe here*

Easy Apple Crisp

Easy to make, easy to gobble up served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. *get the recipe here*

Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

DRINKS

Harvest Punch

The ultimate autumn punch recipe for any fall gathering. *get the recipe here*

Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

Who needs pumpkin spiced lattes when you can have classic, delicious apple cider? *get the recipe here*

What are some of your favorite fall recipes? Share with us! Visit our Facebook page today and comment on our blog. We hope you have a happy fall season with many fall-flavored treats!