Choose Your Own Adventure: Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

 

For the past six years our Thanksgiving coverage has always included You’re Invited, a post featuring a menu, tabletop, and decor that made up my idea of the perfect holiday setup for that November. This year things are changing up, and I really hope you enjoy it as much as you’ve liked the turkey posts of the past! I’ll still be sharing Thanksgiving tabletop and decor ideas in a later post, but this one is for those of you missing bits of a menu, inspiration for what to take to the potluck you’ve been invited to, or ultimately planning an entire meal if you’re playing host next Thursday. (I like to call it Choose Your Own Adventure after the popular book series.) Follow the prompts to create your own perfect meal – my suggestions are based on 10 to 12 dinner guests so adjust accordingly!

 

Row 1: Apple Cider Punch with Bourbon // Autumn Gin & Tonic // Belgian Beer Sangria   Row 2: Pomegranate and Lemon Rosé Spritzers // Rosemary Paloma // Spiced Pineapple Rum Toddies

 

Row 1: Baked Goat Cheese Balls // Blackberry Cucumber Caprese Skewers // Charred Corn Sweet Pepper Crostini   Row 2: Cranberry Salsa // Feta Spinach Stuffed French Bread // Fried Brussels sprouts with Lemon-Chive Dipping Sauce   Row 3: Gruyere, Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Bites // Mini Cheese Ball Truffles // Pumpkin Queso

 

Row 1: Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Breast // Citrus Tea-Glazed Roasted Turkey // Grilled Spatchcock Turkey with Maple Butter + Apple Cider Brine   Row 2: Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey // Sausage, Cherry, and Sage Stuffed Turkey Breast // Smoked Turkey

 

Classic Southern Gravy // Make Ahead White Wine Gravy // Perfect Gravy Without the Bird

 

Row 1: Butternut Squash and Wild Mushroom Stuffing // Caramelized Onion Stuffing // Ciabatta and Sausage Stuffing   Row 2: Classic Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing // Gluten-Free Sage Chestnut Stuffing // Healthy Sausage, Fennel, and Cranberry Stuffing

 

Row 1: Broccoli Apple Salad with Yogurt Dressing // Brown Rice Salad with Carrots, Feta, and Pine Nuts // Kale Salad with Cranberry Cinnamon Vinaigrette   Row 2: Lemon Sea Salt Arugula Salad // Matchstick Apple and Celery Salad // Wilted Cabbage Salad

 

Row 1: Buttery Dinner Rolls // Garlic Bread “Cinnamon” Rolls // Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls   Row 2: Honey Pumpkin Dinner Rolls // No Knead Artisan Bread // No Yeast Dinner Rolls

 

Row 1: Hasselback Potato & Shallot Gratin // Mashed Potatoes with Saffron Garlic Butter // Polish Dill Potatoes   Row 2: Pumpkin Potato Gratin with Brie // Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs // Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

 

Row 1: Blueberry Applesauce // Cinnamon Spice Baked Apples // Easy Maple Apple Cranberry Sauce   Row 2: Instant Pot Apple Cider Apple Sauce // Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish // Tangerine-Port Cranberry Sauce

 

Row 1: Balsamic Broccolini & Mushrooms // Broccoli Mash with Garlic and Parmesan // Caramelized Brussels Sprouts   Row 2: Cauliflower Puree with Sautéed Mushrooms // Grilled Zucchini with Chili and Mint // Healthier Green Bean and Pepper Veggie Casserole   Row 3: Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary Maple Balsamic // Rosemary Roasted Beets // Sticky Miso and Tahini Aubergine Wedges

 

Row 1: Apple-Cinnamon Pie with Lattice Crust // Biscoff Cheesecake // Brown Butter Maple Chess Pie   Row 2: Chocolate Peppermint Upside Down Dessert // Cranberry Tart // Easy Tiramisu   Row 3: Hazelnut Pumpkin Tart // No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie (V) // Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Pecan Streusel & Bourbon Cream Sauce

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What Are You Wearing to Thanksgiving?

Zebra Textured Sweater

Because it’s only two weeks from yesterday if you live in the States and will be celebrating. Thanksgiving legitimately snuck up on me this year, which is unfortunate since it’s the holiday I host. I have no clue what I’ll be wearing either – most likely something from my closet that I add to. Maybe that’s your plan as well? A roomy shirt or sweater so you don’t have to suck it in, or a sweet dress that will transition well to all of those holiday parties next month, or just adding a great piece of jewelry to an outfit you already own to mix things up. All fine plans of action.

 

Addie Blouse (more colors available) // Allegory Textured Jumpsuit

 

Blouse with Ties // Calistoga Tunic Dress

 

Cleat Necklace // Cut Out Top with Ruched Shoulder Detail

 

Dahlia Wrap Dress // Denim Shirt Dress

 

Funnel Neck Sweater // Gabrielle Linen Midi Wrap Dress

 

Gracie Embroidered Peasant Dress // Hand Earrings

 

High Waisted Mini Check Culottes // Turtleneck Sweater Dress (other colors available)

 

Long Open Front Cardi // Long Sleeve Belted Sweater Dress

 

Short Shirred Sleeve Dress // Striped Square Neck Blouse

 

Tailored Wool A-Line Dress // Wrap Top

 

Midi Sweater-Dress // Sculpted Button Back Dress

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20 Halloween Cocktails

Whether you’re having a spirited party this weekend and are on the hunt for a few signature drinks or just want some autumnal libations to unwind with at the end of the day, you’re sure to find more than a few with potential below. Cheers!

 

Apple Cider Margarita // Apple Cider Mojito

 

Autumn Apple Bourbon Fizz // Autumn Gin & Tonic with Apple & Blackberry

 

Blueberry, Dark Cherry, and Calvados Cocktail // Dark and Stormy in the Pumpkin Patch

 

Dark Matter Cocktail // Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash

 

Frankenpunch // Haunted Graveyard Cocktail

 

Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail // Red Apple Cider Sangria

 

Smoke and Bramble Cocktail // Spiced Plum, Fig & Kombucha Cocktail

 

Spiked Pumpkin Pie Punch // Spooky Halloween Batch Cocktails

 

Tamarind Apple Cider Fall Margarita // The Whiskey Jack

 

Vanilla Bean Fall Punch // Witches Brew Cocktail

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It’s Pumpkin Decorating Time

Have you carved your jack o’ lanterns already or are you waiting for the weekend? Ours probably won’t be done until a few days before Halloween, and I suspect they’ll be old school with faces. If that’s not your plan – maybe you’re looking for something a little more outside the box – check out these clever ideas for decorating your gourds!

 

DIY Block Printing Inspired Pumpkins by Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Halloween Candy Bowl Pumpkin by Martha Stewart

 

DIY Lettered Pumpkin by Lisa Troy

 

DIY Macrame Pumpkin Planter by A Kailo Chic Life

 

DIY Mini Playhouse Pumpkins by A Beautiful Mess

 

DIY No-Carve Terrazzo Inspired-Pumpkins by Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY No-Carve Painted Pumpkins by Think Make Share

 

DIY Yayoi Kusama Inspired Pumpkin by Handmade Charlotte

 

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins by The House That Lars Built

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Spring Inspiration

Mandi Nelson // Roasted Mixed Potatoes with Spring Herbs and Burrata // Our Food Stories // Dinara Mirtalipova // Valencia Glass Set // Magnolia Tree Print

 

Tall Hunter Boots // Orange Almond Cake with Orange Blossom Buttercream // Cavallo Linen Duvet Cover // Beehive Birdhouse // Meadows // Moscato Strawberries

 

Ira Heuvelman // Peach Hibiscus Rose Iced Tea with Fresh Mint // Robin’s Egg Carrot Cake Donuts // Moxi Suede Roller Skates // Shilashon // Yulia Longo

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Everything Grows with Love

 

If you follow Design Crush on Instagram you may have noticed our on-going quote project, where I’ve hand-written one a day for the past several years. Quotes are something that I’ve collected, first written in a journal and then on Pinterest board, since junior high school because when someone is able to capture a thought or feeling that I haven’t been able to put into words myself I like to hang onto it.

 

 

If you’re also into the smart words of others, you’re likely to enjoy Everything Grows with Love as much as me. This squat little book from Workman Publishing is edited by the co-founders and creative directors of Flow Magazine, Irene Smit and Astrid Van der Hulst. If you’re not familiar with the wonderful-ness that is Flow, it’s a magazine that celebrates creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures.

 

 

Similarly, the pages of Everything Grows with Love are full of hand-lettered and illustrated graphics by twenty contributing artists covering musings on life, love, and friendship. The affirmations, motivational sayings, and quotes will remind you to appreciate the small moments, be present, think happy, and appreciate the people around you.

 

 

Valentine’s Day is known for being *the* day for romantic love, but it’s also the perfect day for reminding others just how much they mean to you. Everything Grows with Love makes a great little gift or alternative to a traditional card. It’s a book you’ll want to keep around and return to whenever you need a smile or a bit of inspiration in your day.

 

 

Take out your favorite pages to frame or hang on the fridge. Mail one off to your long distance BFF. Or play Secret Saint Valentine and drop a few copies in the mailboxes of unsuspecting neighbors. Everything Grows with Love is just one of those gift that’s good to have handy for birthdays, engagements, or just someone who just needs a little pick me up.

 

 

This post sponsored by Workman Publishing. All words and opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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36 Valentine’s Day Goodies

Heart Pin + Post // Cashmere Eye Mask // Heart Sparkler // Golden Heart Napkins

 

Hearts Glazed Stoneware Mug Set of 2 // DIY Bath Salts // Kisses Boxers // Be Your Own Valentine Print

 

Capiz Heart Wall Hanging // Valentine Lip Plates // Love is Always the Answer Silkscreen Print // Heart Ravioli Stamp

 

Smiling Heart Plates // I Like You Like I Like My Coffee Mug // Printable Paintbrush Valentines // Foil Heart Sleep Tee

 

Printable Texty Valentines // Lucite Love Studs // Velvet Lips Throw Pillow // White Marble Heart Cheese Board

 

Kocostar Rose Lip Mask // Amor Brooch // Boca Mug Lips // Heartbeat Necklace So In Love

 

Heart of Hearts Necklace + Earrings Set // Puffy Lips Stickers // Giant Heart Confetti // Open-Hearted Scarf

 

Embroidered Legging Set // High Neck Lace Sweatshirt // Hoya Heart & Ezra Planter // Tootsie Pop Cherry Valentines

 

DIY Heart Sleeve Sweatshirt // DIY XOXO Banner // DIY Pipe Cleaner Valentine’s Day Wreath // DIY Painted Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

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28 Valentine’s Day Cards

I Guess // Optical Valentine // Rev Me Up // Valentine’s Heart

 

Meowentine // Keyhole // Hey There Lover // Just Want to Like You Forever

 

Uncomfortable Convos // Completely in Love // Valentine’s Day Pattern // Heart Eyes

 

Cold Black Heart // Commercial Holidays // Moon and Stars // Te Amo Mucho

 

Life with You is Egg-cellent // You and Me Forever and Ever // King of My Heart // Please Be Mine Valentine

 

Matches // I Love Life with You // Hottest One // Heart Boom

 

I Like Like You // Valentine’s Day Picnic // Valentine’s Day Foliage // Oh, Hi Valentine

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36 Pieces of Underthings

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but whether you want to be sexy for yourself for someone else is your own business. I’m just here to supply some of the ammo with 36 pieces of beautiful lingerie that are appropriate for both business time and Business Time.

 

Sheer Mesh Bodysuit // Annette Lace Triangle Bra // Arabella Underwire Bra

 

Be Mine Applique Underwire Bra // Clara Tanga // Can’t Be Tamed Soft Bra

 

Clo Intimo Racerback Bra // Dream of Me High Waisted Undie // Else Rumi Bodysuit

 

Golden Coast Underwire Bra // High Waist Black Lace Underwear // Jamie Undie

 

Lace Bodysuit // Lace Bralette // Lou Lou Heart Hipster

 

Lace Trim Racer Back Bralette // Mandee Mesh Molded Cup Bralette // Lula Underwire Bra

 

My Only Sunshine Applique Bralette // Mesh Hipster // Nina Laser-Cut Lace-Back Thong

 

Noemi Illusion Bra // Pink Velour Mississippi Bra // Please Me High-Neck Bralette

 

Plunging Underwire Bra // Sadie Fil Coupé Cotton Pajama Set // Rose Embroidered Kimono Robe

 

Serena Applique Bra // Showstopper Boyshort Briefs // Saha Strappy Seamless Bra

 

Smooth Bikini // The Deep-V Bralette // To the Limit Shortie

 

Valencia Lace Longline Bra // Whisper Crop Bra // Vixen High-Waisted Hipster

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