Thanksgiving Table Settings

While you’re probably not personally hosting Thanksgiving, I’m sure your mom, grandma, aunt, etc. would love your help in the decorating department. Here are some of our favorite looks for the Thanksgiving table…

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01. Festive Centerpieces
Collecting things from around the house and backyard is a great way to tie things together on the table and make it a little more festive. Got some pheasant feathers lying around? I know, we all do. Not quite. But it’s possible that you have some old crafting feathers in a drawer that you never ended up using for anything. Find some old glass bottles and throw a little greenery in there for a seasonal pop of color.

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02. Name Cards
Sometimes a simple ol’ pretty name card will do. Whether it’s handmade with calligraphy or drawn with your cousins – the craftiness will shine through in the best way. Use it as a Wednesday evening project to get the family together, and if you’re someone who has a ton of Thanksgiving guests, to reacquaint yourself with Thursday’s lineup.

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03. Candles
Hit your local Goodwill or antique shop this week and gather interesting shaped candle sticks for a romantic and vintage look. If they’re not in good shape, don’t fret – grab some brass or gold spray paint from Home Depot and spruce them up! You can stick to all white candles or pick a color that fits your general theme.

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04. Menus
To take the sophistication up a notch, menus do just the trick. Pick up some card stock and twine, and have some fun designing your own! Pinterest has all sorts of well-designed inspiration. Wrap them around some pretty linens and you’ll feel like one fancy feline.

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05. If all else fails…just add some pretty things together!
Pumpkins, pine cones, flowers, leaves… whatever! Metallics paired with natural items are in right now, so that’s always a good start. Start mixing and matching, and soon enough you’ll have a perfectly eclectic centerpiece filled with conversation starters!

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G&M’s 1st Birthday!

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Oh my word! It’s been a year?? It seems like just yesterday the two of us were eating burgers and brainstorming ideas for our little gal. We want to thank you all for stopping by day to day to see what we’re up to!

In honor of her big day, we made some birthday sweets — what else is new?

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Spice Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting
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For the cupcakes:
yields 15

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For the frosting:
(note – this recipe was not ideal for artsy piping, a little too runny!)

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream, depending on desired consistency
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

To make:

01. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with a centered rack. Line your muffin tin and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander.

02. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions milk and beating well after each addition.

03. Transfer batter by heaping tablespoonfuls to cups. Bake until golden brown at edges and a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean, about 20 minutes, rotating pans once. Let cakes cool in pans, 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

04. While cupcakes cool, make your frosting. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, zest, cinnamon, and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spoon into a plastic baggie with a cut tip or a piping bag and get frosting!

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After our shoot, we ate a whole lot of snacks and sparkling cider with Reg’s roomies to continue the celebration- more on that later!

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Paper Source Backdrop // Candles, Gold Sprinkles & Cupcake Liners – Stop & Shop (I know, right? So cute!) // Cake Stand – Old, Marshalls

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide // For your guy

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Whether it’s your bf, guy friend or Dad, all men like a little spoiling on VDay (even if they don’t admit it)! It can be as simple as a card and some candy, but if you really want to show him something special, we’ve got you covered!

1 // Flask – Something leathery will always seem romantic on Valentine’s Day, even if it’s a flask. He’ll be happy to show this off to his guy friends and brag that it was from his lady.

2 // Watch – The two tone and sleek face have a 60s feel that he’s bound to love.

3 // Card – This gorgeous letterpressed card is simple without being too sappy (perfect for a guy). While we love to get our hands on amazing letterpressed cards, we’re not above making our own! In fact, that’s usually our game plan. Whether you make a card or buy one, make sure to tell him how much you care about him inside!

4 // Bow Tie – This falls more under the category of a specialty VDay gift, but how could we resist, it’s just so adorable (and red)!

5 // Letter Holder – Home decor & accessories can work for both you and your man, and this romantic letter holder will hopefully spark his interest in writing you love letters!

6 // Candle – It smells like camp fire (Cedar & Sandalwood)…how manly is that! Your candle lit evening will be even more romantic with the aroma of a cozy fire nearby.

7 // Socks – I mean, come on. Smart Wool and argyle? Done deal.

8 // Boxers – Another Valentine’s Day novelty item, but who doesn’t love a little novelty item now and then? Underwear is underwear, and weirdly everyone loves getting new underwear as a present!

9 // Kitchen Spoons – These cute spoons will add some Valentine’s Day color and cheer to their kitchen! They’ll serve as a reminder every time he uses them of how much you love him!

10 // Messenger Bag – Whether they like to admit it or not, every dude needs a practical man bag. This one is the perfect messenger weekender to keep him organized on the go.

The “Guy in your life” Gift Guide

Whether it be a boyfriend, guy friend, or that guy you’ve been texting (a lot), we’ve got you covered. We’ve got a range of gifts for the guy who keeps ya smilin’.

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Cutting Board // This gift might be a selfish one… this handcrafted cherry wood cutting board is so stylish and handy.. you’ll both be using it! Give him this and set a romantic date night where you can both show off your cooking skills.

Wool Sweater // LL Bean’s lifetime warranty makes it a pretty awesome option for a gift. If the materials ever start wearing down, the company fully refunds your purchase, which is a pretty rare and honest quality for a company these days. This crew neck sweater is classic, warm, and chunky – a recipe for love.

Americana Matches // Most people our age have a bundle of miss-matched matches from bars and restaurants they’ve been to. Although these can hold memories and stories, these matches he can keep on display.

Green Moss Candle // So now he has these cool matches and nothing to light! Although I’m sure you’ll be stealing them to light your amazing girly-smelling candles, give him a chance to light something you’ll both like that doesn’t smell like flowers and cookies. {image via}

Swiss Army Knife // Most of the guys in my life carry a Swiss Army knife at all times, and let me tell you…it is CONVENIENT. This one has some character with it’s cool wood paneling, and I think he’ll be pretty excited to realize how handy these are.

The Drunken Botanist // Most of the guys we know are whiskey guys (and we’re cool with that), but let him learn about how that and all sorts of other cocktails are made from plants all over the world. *And then borrow it, because this book sounds awesome!

All Natural Beard Toner // Beards are hot right now, and we LOVE them. Help his beard smell extra nice and feel extra soft with this all natural beard toner.

City Glasses // We have quite a few guys in our lives that have moved all over the country. Let them reminisce with these gorgeous personalized city glasses. These will make anyone feel at home.

Field Notes 3 Pack // This 3 pack has all of the options he’ll ever need! They’re basic looking (not too girly), compact, and with the options for graph, lined and plain pages he’ll have all of this bases covered. *Side note, Christa met Aaron Draplin, the designer and creator behind Field Notes, and he is one bad ass dude. {image via}

Portable Speakers // This blue-tooth speaker is convenient and has some pretty decent sound quality for it’s compact size and low price. We’ve been in far too many group-hang out situations where we’ve said “um.. does anyone have portable speakers??”.. Now someone finally will!

Clash Vinyl // Let me tell you, I have this album on vinyl, and I feel pretty badass every time I listen to it. Additionally, every dude who has ever looked at my collection has said “OMG you have this album?!”.. So in summation, you should buy this for a guy in your life.

JCrew Hat // Basically the hat version of the above crew neck sweater – toasty, classic, and he’ll look very cute in it (in a sexy-kind-of way, not a kitten-kind-of way). *Right now JCrew is offering 30% off with code GIFTNOW