My (Imaginary) Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 13-Header-Design Crush


I’m a planner by nature. As a 10 year old I drew floor plans for fun and throughout school rewrote notes to relax. NERD ALERT! Now I love that planning is a part of running Design Crush, and there’s not much I love more than planning a good dinner party – real or imagined! (You can see Thanksgiving 2012 right here.)














Pomegranate + Blackberry Lemondrop
Spiced Amaretto Apple Cider Kiss
Satsuma and Pomegranate Campari

Oven Baked Camembert with Honey Roasted Figs
Zucchini Chips
Sweet Onion Crack Dip

Colossal Golden Wishbone
DIY Laurel Wreath
Mini Brass Square Candle Houses
Gold Glitter Garland
Solid Brass Coasters
Thanksgiving Banner

Castle Peak Dinnerware
Arrow & Adobe Linen Napkins
Aueux Carving Set
Enchanted Ikat Table Runner
French Paddle
Graphic Pitcher
Industrial Inspired Metal Candle Holders
Mercury Glass Taper Holders
Metallic Print Glassware Set
Rose Gold Flatware
Rose Gold Salad Set
DIY Rosemary Wreath Place Cards

Acorn Squash and Pancetta Soup
Autumn Arugula Salad
Caramelized Coconut Butter Apples
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
Citrus and Herb Roasted Turkey
Herbed Bread and Cherry Cranberry Stuffing
Honey Maple Beer Bread
Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts Slaw
Pumpkin Sage Polenta

Greek Style Pumpkin Pie
Honey & Whiskey Apple Tarts
Maple Pudding Cakes


Holiday Dresses


Cherie Dress – Anthropologie // Dutchess Satin Skater Dress – TOPSHOP // Love Shift Dress – ASOS

It’s that time of year! Plenty of dinners with family, plenty of parties with friends, and plenty of outfits necessary to make the whole season go off without a hitch. I prefer at least one dress that’s super versatile and can be changed up in a big way with the right accessories and footwear, and a maybe a second that’s a statement on its own.



Texture Range Shift – Anthropologie // the Narie – M.M. LaFleur // Well Fancy That Dress – ModCloth



Soutache Swirl Dress – Anthropologie // Leather-Center Studded Dress – Michael Kors // Premium Draw Waist Dress – TOPSHOP



Amalie Dress – Anthropologie // Aurous Anniversary Dress – ModCloth // Apiece Apart Talia Vest Dress – MILLE


Happy Thanksgiving

ART: Dear Hancock’s Thanksgiving Cranberry card

Happy Thanksgiving, America! How are you spending your day? It never feels like Thanksgiving until I’ve watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, so that’s first up. Then later I’ll be heading over to my mom and stepdad’s for a feast (my mom’s sage stuffing is out of this world). I hope whatever you’re doing and wherever you are there’s lots of love, food, and thankfulness all around you.


Dream Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving planning is in full swing! Notes are being made, grocery lists compiled, and the stress is building. We all know there’s no such thing as a stress-free holiday. But all of this got me thinking, if I had a group of fairies or elves or something magical that could cook, this is the sort of Thanksgiving I would like. Nothing terribly fancy, just a lot of good food and good company and a little decor to keep things festive. In other words, my dream Thanksgiving. (Links follow at the end.)








Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Roll – Boulder Locavore
Orange Sweet Potato Baked Chips with Thyme – Cooking Melangery
Cranberry Cream Cheese Crostini – What’s Cooking With Ruthie

Bomb Collins – The Boys’ Club
Autumn Apple Cider & Champagne Sangria – Kiran Tarun
Honeycrisp Bourbon Spiced Cider – Spoon Fork Bacon

Aero Flatware – Crate & Barrel
Hand-Drawn Menus – Chris Silas Neal
Metallic Diamond Napkins – West Elm
DIY Neon Pinecone Placecard Holder – Camille Styles
Sarjaton Glasses – Verket Interior
Blueprint Paper Placemats – West Elm

Parmesan Polenta – GOOP
Clementine Ginger Almond Rice – Tasty Yummies
Spicy Honey Cranberry Sauce – Boulder Locavore
Maple Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts – Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Kale Dressing – Bon Appetit
Nikki’s Sweet Potatoes – 101 Cookbooks
Sweet Tea & Citrus Brined Turkey – Confections of a Foodie Bride

Warm Apple Pie Pots – Roost
Top Secret Chocolate Mousse – French Fridays With Dorie
Sweet Potato Souffles – A Spicy Perspective

DIY Bottle Hurricanes – Apartment Therapy
Give Thanks Banner – House of Earnest
Contemporary Wheat – Create Like Crazy


5 Tips For Setting a Tabletop Feast – A Subtle Revelry
Tips For Autumn Floral Arrangements – A Beautiful Mess
7 Secrets to the Juiciest Thanksgiving Turkey – Design Mom


Happy Weekend

VIA: Design Fetish

The holiday season is officially upon us, are you ready??

01/ definitely picking up this matte lip stain
02/ it’s not too late for a Wild Turkey Cocktail!
03/ maybe I could wear one of these headbands out shopping today?
04/ Joy the Baker has a cookbook coming out!
05/ pumpkin-maple breakfast pudding – YUM
06/ DIY cranberry liqueur
07/ make a DIY George Nelson-inspired slat bench


Happy {Thanksgiving} Weekend.

{Annie Schlechter}

Wishing all of you in the States full bellies, lots of leftovers, many a nap, and a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’ll be taking the rest of the week off for some much needed downtime spent with family and a plethora of desserts.

+ Now you can make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice, because that stuff is ‘spensive.

+ The most adorable fireplace.

+ A Pumpkin Caipirinha, yes please!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Weekend.


+ If your playing Thanksgiving host you mights like these simple printables: a Thanksgiving paper chain + printable napkin rings + gift bags + all of these

+ Love this paper bag turkey for the kids’ table!

+ Hey designers, know what it takes to make a logo super suck?

+ Yet another idea for my paint chip collection.

+ I want to write myself a letter, but am almost too nervous.

+ Quite possibly the best cat calendar I’ve ever seen.

+ Say hello to the Mrs. Shoppe!

+ Genius tutorial on making a modern coffee table out of a wooden pallet.

+ Anxious to try out a modern french tip manicure.

+ Jack Spade’s gift guides are the only ones that made me want to look.

Happy Weekend!


A Thanksgiving Feast.

A mix-n-match smorgasbord of sorts. Basically any of these recipes can be paired together with one another for the Big Turkey Dinner or the day after. Or even a month from next Thursday. (That’s December 25th if you don’t have a calendar handy.) Happy menu planning!

Let’s start with the libations. Because as far as I’m concerned, no holiday is tolerable without a few. (Boozy Mulled Cider, Butterbeer, Maple Concord)

Soup is one of my favorite things to make. I plan to subsist on it all winter long. (Apple Soup, Pumpkin + Peanut Butter Soup, Sour Cream Soup)

Then we’ll move on to some hearty bread, it serves as a nice sopping device for the soup. (Bread Baked with Honey + Cream, Brown Molasses Bread, Parmesan Potato Bread)

Now onto a few traditional things, sweet potatoes for one. (Cookie Crusted Sweet Potatoes, Maple Sweet Potato Casserole, Grilled Sweet Potatoes)

And turkey for two, although these are recipes for leftover turkey since it’s easy enough to roast one. (Curried Turkey Salad, Turkey Cranchiladas, Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash)

And now onto the most important part of the meal. Pumpkin. And dessert. (Mini Pumpkin Pies, Pumpkin Custards, Pumpkin Rice Pudding)