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Worthy Links: 21.11.14

Worthy Links: 7 Classic Thanksgiving Classics with a Twist — on @SavvyHome

I’ve got food on the brain these days. Which is perfectly acceptable given that Thanksgiving is around the corner and nobody goes on a juice cleanse in November anyway, right? Case in point—I’m the girl who ordered bocconcini flatbread, butternut squash agnolotti AND fried chicken with a healthy dose of red wine at dinner last Saturday and while watching my girlfriends obediently pick at their white tuna, rapini and salad (editor’s note: we went to Balsam Inn and it was all really delicious)…  So I’m filling up my Pinterest with carb-mania: spaghetti squash fritters, persimmon crepes, cauliflower brie gratin and this celery root purée…

While you’re gearing up for Thanksgiving, set the table with this tabletop, two ways; find the perfect gift to bring your host, gear up for the perfect soirée and shop these pre-Black-Friday sales.

WORTHY SALES

Stock up on winter essentials at Club Monaco with the code OOHSALE. Get an extra 30% off sale items and 50% off clearance items like my favorite sweater, a gorgeous coat, a cute shirtdress, a holiday skirt and calf hair pumps.

J.Crew is jumping on the early sale train with 30% off winter picks and extra 30% off sale items with code SHOPNOW. Great news: their gift guide is filled with discounted picks!

Get 20% off top picks on Madewell with code YOURGIFT. True to form, their git guide is also filled with discounted goodies like this brushweave cocoon coat and this flannel plaid shirt.

C.Wonder is offering 30% off everything during their Friends & Family sale. Time for some Holiday shopping! Here are a few of my favorite C.Wonder holiday picks.

Get your home ready for the Holidays with West Elm! Get 20% off bedding, rugs, pillows and throws.

 

WORTHY LINKS

My talented friend Amy is now selling her beautiful Instagram prints exclusively on Design Darling. I’m torn between the cabana and the pineapple (I’ll just get both).

Forget Kourtney and Klhoe take the Hamptons, I’ll be following #WelcomeToTheShmamptons.

It’s freezing over here. Anybody else want to escape to Tortuga Bay right about now?

12 things you definitely own if you’re never home (this is me to a T).

This winter pasta salad is getting a test-run this weekend!

I loved touring Tamra’s #swoonworthy SoHo loft.

7 classic Thanksgiving classic with a twist!

How everyone should view gift giving.

Creating the perfect cheese board.

This clever carb-infused life hack.

Let’s all get to the happy spot.

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Thanksgiving Tabletop, Two Ways

Thanksgiving Tabletop, Two Ways — on @SavvyHome

EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING IS ALL ABOUT PLANNING AHEAD AND KEEPING THINGS SIMPLE.

Thanksgiving is now officially a week away, which means it’s time to get the tabletop ready to avoid last minute stress. Entertaining can be a little overwhelming, so I’ve learned to keep things simple. To come up with the best tablescape, start with basic items that you already own (in this case antique silver flatware and quality wine glasses) and build around them to create the right setting for your Thanksgiving soirée.

 

Centrepieces can be as simple as pillar candles nestled in a long magnolia garland—or vintage sterling silver candlesticks and seasonal harvest pickings. If you’re budget conscious, search for vintage and antique finds. You’ll be surprised what you can dig up. Once you have your tabletop concept, follow Martha Stewart‘s tips below to be ready come the big day. To shop the Thanksgiving tabletops, just click on the + signs on the graphic above.

 

ONE WEEK AHEAD

Decide how to set your holiday table and label your serving dishes one week before

Note dishes that your guests are bringing to avoid a shortage of room on your table, or a lack of platters

Lay out all of your place settings to ensure that you have ample plates, utensils, and linens

Press your tablecloth and linens beforehand, and set them on the table until the big day

 

MORE ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS

Image via Jewels of New York.

Gab Loves: A Holiday Soirée

Gab Loves: Holiday Soirée — on @SavvyHome

Cooper & Ella generously offered to gift me this effortless white Addison top below, and I can’t wait to wear it at a holiday soirée this year, paired with leather pants, a bold red lip, a statement pump and these to-die-for ear jackets. The detailing is so gorgeous—there’s a slip in the back too, making it just a little bit sexier. If I was going out I’d wear it with a warm cocoon coat, buffalo check scarf and wool hat. If I was entertaining at home, I’d accessorize my apartment with furry extra seating, a new coffee table book and cool slate place cards for the table.

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30 Hostess Gift Ideas for All your Holiday Parties

30 Hostess Gift Ideas — Holiday Gift Guides on @SavvyHome

NEVER SHOP FOR A HOSTESS GIFT LAST-MINUTE AGAIN

Party invitations tend to sneak up on you last minute during the holidays — and unless you’re really organized (or Martha Stewart) you’re stuck buying a last-minute gift at the only store that’s open (the pharmacy) and wrapping it in the car before heading to the party or worse, grabbing that really nice bottle of wine you were saving for a special occasion from the cellar to give to the host… Sound familiar? I’m ashamed to say it happened to me a few too many times.

The good news is that there’s a really easy solution to that problem: the gift pantry — a designated place in your house to keep all your hostess gifts and gift wrapping, ready to grab-and-go at any moment. No more last minute gift runs. Now, I order all my hostess gifts at the start of the season — for every type of person and budget — and shop my own personal gift pantry in the comfort of my home when I need it. Trust me when I say it saves so much time and headache. Here are a few hostess gift ideas that are on my radar this year.


 

 A FEW MORE IDEAS…

Even more gift ideas on the Savvy Home Shop & Pinterest.

Image: Photography and food styling by Diana Yen. Additional prop styling Sarah Storms for Lonny Magazine.

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