25 Advent Calendars to Buy or DIY

 

Half of November is gone already, so if you include an advent calendar in your holiday traditions it’s time to start thinking about this year’s. Here are 25 you can buy or DIY – no judgement either way! The Tree Advent Calendar is what we’ll be using to countdown the days in my home this December.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Table & Decor Favorites

 

These pieces all work together to create one incredible table full of glass, metal, and wood with cool undertones. But they also make great additions to whatever you already own because of their neutral simplicity. (Forever my go-to pieces.) Similarly the decor pieces I lean towards are transitional, great for fall and Thanksgiving but just as seasonal as we move into December’s holidays and beyond!

 

Clockwise from top left: Blanco and Tinto Wine Glasses // Set of 3 Gold Serving Spoons // Table Runner // Cinch Acacia Short Salt and Pepper Mills // Arabesque Gold Rimmed Double Old-Fashioned Glass // Baroque Platter // Stoneware Gravy Boat // Set of 3 Nesting Bowls // Acacia Cheese Board // Simply Smooth Wooden Bowl // Oblong Metal Dish // Organico Platter // Stoneware Mug // Terra Cotta Evelyse Plate // Set of 4 Napkins // Gold & Wood Servers // Glass with Gold-Colored Rim // Crinkle Serving Bowl // 20pc Stainless Steel Silverware Set // Low Serving Bowl // Metal Beverage Serving Set // Merci Deep Plate

 

Clockwise from top left: Gold Fern and Berry Wreath // Handthrown Ceramic Taper Candle Holder // Stargazer Glass Bubble Lights // Metal Lantern // Mixed Eucalyptus Wreath // Limelight Glass Tulip Vase // Glass Cloche // Vertical Stripe Doormat // DIY Thanksgiving Floral Centerpiece // Zinc Adjustable Taper Candle Holder // Wooden Taper Candleholder

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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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16 Cozy Throws

Clockwise from top left: Amarante Throw // Amped Fleece Throw Blanket // Covelo Chunky Throw Blanket // Coral Herringbone Oversized Throw

 

Clockwise from top left: Chunky Knit Throw // Geo Tufted Tassel Throw Blanket // Harbor Cotton Mauve Throw Blanket // Midnight Graphic Throw

 

Clockwise from top left: Grey Herringbone Pattern Fringe Throw Blanket // Luxe Chenille Throw // Raised-Design Pleated Blanket // Overlook Throw

 

Clockwise from top left: Soft Throw // Solid Basketweave Throw // Waffled Throw // Sweater Knit Blanket

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Brie 12 Ways

Brie is a perfectly delicious runny cheese of its own right, but when combined with a few other complimentary ingredients it get moved up an entire level. It’s a cheese that can swing sweet or savory and find its way into just about any meal. These twelve recipes look especially tempting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Kintsugi Kit

 

That feeling in your gut when you break something that’s immensely important to you is nearly indescribable. Your stomach clenches, your blood runs cold, your heart breaks a little with it.

But have you head of kintsugi? The ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, which means golden joinery, is all about turning ugly breaks into beautiful fixes. Proposing that repair can make things better than they were when new. You can put it into practice yourself with this kintsugi kit that uses gold dust mixed with an adhesive.

 

 

 

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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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