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 Photo: Courtesy of Debi Lilly
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5 Spots for Last-Minute Thanksgiving Shopping, From a Party-Planning Pro

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Photo: Courtesy of Debi Lilly

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As the founder of A Perfect Event, party-planning pro Debi Lilly is used to putting events together quickly and expertly (she didn't call her firm "A Perfect Event" for nada. This woman has the magic touch.) So, Thanksgiving is three days away, but don't panic. We asked Lilly for her top suggestions on local spots to hit up right before the holiday. Here are her picks for giving your tabletop a touch of gobble-gobble glam.


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BBJ Linens

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This is Lilly's go-to linens vendor for Thanksgiving. "No need to run around sourcing a new tablecloth and napkins for your massive dining table," she says. "Just click [through BBJ's website] to choose from dozens of stunning autumnal cloths, and get them delivered right to your door." She also loves the company's runners and charger plates. Photo: via BBJ Linen

Julius Meinl Coffee House

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Don't feel like baking pies? Get thee to this European-style spot on Southport. "Meinl's handpainted Austrian sweets are mini works of art," Lilly says. The bakery stocks gluten- free chocolate sweets, miniature fruit tarts, and bags of what she calls "the world's best coffee to brew up at home." Photo: via Julius Meinl

A Perfect Event

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Lilly owns this totally charming boutique in Lakeview. She suggests popping in pronto to get "your gorgeous Thanksgiving tabletop florals and decor." Also, check out APerfectEvent.com to download Thanksgiving trivia games, free place cards, and more festive tropes. Photo: via a Perfect Event

Floriole Cafe & Bakery

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This Lincoln Park bakery has "the prettiest Thanksgiving sides—like, ever," Lilly says. She particularly recommends the butternut squash with vinegar and roasted onions; roasted brussels sprouts with bacon; and apple-celery-root salad with pickled squash and hazelnut vinaigrette. Photo: via Floriole Cafe and Bakery

Sur La Table

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Lilly is "obsessed with Sur La Table's mercury-glass pumpkins, pumpkin Staub soup pot for oven and table presentation, mini-white-pumpkin cocottes, and so much more for a lovely, thoughtful table." Photo: via Sur La Table

BBJ Linens

This is Lilly's go-to linens vendor for Thanksgiving. "No need to run around sourcing a new tablecloth and napkins for your massive dining table," she says. "Just click [through BBJ's website] to choose from dozens of stunning autumnal cloths, and get them delivered right to your door." She also loves the company's runners and charger plates. Photo: via BBJ Linen

Julius Meinl Coffee House

Don't feel like baking pies? Get thee to this European-style spot on Southport. "Meinl's handpainted Austrian sweets are mini works of art," Lilly says. The bakery stocks gluten- free chocolate sweets, miniature fruit tarts, and bags of what she calls "the world's best coffee to brew up at home." Photo: via Julius Meinl

A Perfect Event

Lilly owns this totally charming boutique in Lakeview. She suggests popping in pronto to get "your gorgeous Thanksgiving tabletop florals and decor." Also, check out APerfectEvent.com to download Thanksgiving trivia games, free place cards, and more festive tropes. Photo: via a Perfect Event

Floriole Cafe & Bakery

This Lincoln Park bakery has "the prettiest Thanksgiving sides—like, ever," Lilly says. She particularly recommends the butternut squash with vinegar and roasted onions; roasted brussels sprouts with bacon; and apple-celery-root salad with pickled squash and hazelnut vinaigrette. Photo: via Floriole Cafe and Bakery

Sur La Table

Lilly is "obsessed with Sur La Table's mercury-glass pumpkins, pumpkin Staub soup pot for oven and table presentation, mini-white-pumpkin cocottes, and so much more for a lovely, thoughtful table." Photo: via Sur La Table