Thanksgiving Chutney and Stuffing Recipes You Can’t Help But Gobble Up

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Thanksgiving is only two weeks away — can you believe it? We’ve been busy pinning our favorite recipes and decorating tips to prepare for one of our all time favorite holidays. Thank goodness for these amazing Thanksgiving chutney and stuffing recipes from Nicole Chapman of Simply Catering — they’re classic, delicious sides that can compliment any Thanksgiving table! 

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PS: Don’t forget to check out Camp Makery’s top Thanksgiving tabletop styling tips, here.

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Cranberry Apple Chutney

2 Cups Fresh Cranberries
2 Cups Sugar
3 Tablespoons Water or More as Needed
1 Large Granny Smith Apple – peeled, cored and chopped
1 Celery Stalk, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Grated Orange Zest
1 Tablespoon of Local Honey
½ Cup Fresh Orange Juice
1 Cup Golden Raisins
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 Pinch Salt, or to taste

1. Place the cranberries, sugar, and water in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook until all the cranberries have popped, 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Stir in the apple, celery, orange zest, orange juice, raisins, honey, cloves, and salt, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the celery is tender and the sauce is reduced, about 35 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan, and let the chutney stand to thicken, about 15 minutes. Best served warm.

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Oyster Stuffing

1 ½ Loaves of Bread (your choice! we recommend whole wheat)
6 oz Oysters, rinsed and chopped
12 oz Chicken Broth
½ White Onion, peeled and diced
6-8 Celery Stalks, washed and diced
2 Tablespoons of Butter
12 Leaves of Sage, fresh and chopped
2 Eggs
1/8 Teaspoon of Salt and Pepper

1. Lay out the bread to dry on sheet pans the day before preparing dressing.

2. The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. Next, bring chicken broth to a boil, add chopped celery, onion, and butter to broth. Reduce heat to low.

4. Break up the dried bread into bite size pieces. After the celery and onion in the broth are tender, pour over dried bread pieces in a bowl.

5. Add chopped oysters, sage, eggs, salt and pepper to the bread mix. Mix all together until completely moist. Pour into non-stick casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. When dressing is cooked through, remove foil, and broil for 5 minutes to let the top brown up nicely.

Enjoy!

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Chic Style for Adult and Kids’ Thanksgiving Table Decor

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Voila — it’s finished! Your Thanksgiving table is a visual masterpiece of garlands, candles and perfectly pressed table linens. When you’ve put this much work into your Thanksgiving table decor, you don’t want to let the kids’ table become an afterthought of plastic tablecloths and utensils. After reading your questions from our last Pottery Barn Live event, it’s clear that this is a common issue: How do you mesh adult and kids’ Thanksgiving tables?

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We love how Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut incorporated a single design style (with some of our favorite fall pieces) into her adult and kids’ Thanksgiving table decor for this year. It’s simple, chic and best of all — practical.

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Take a look at her tips + more photos from Becky Kimball on the Pottery Barn Kids’ blog!

Instant Bedroom Refresh with Julie Blanner of Coordinately Yours

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Sometimes the smallest change can make the biggest difference. That’s what we love about this bedroom refresh from Julie Blanner of Coordinately Yours. Armed with a soft new throw and one of our favorite brass accent lamps, Julie gave her bedroom a mini-refresh without spending too much time (or money!). The cozy throw and warm light are perfect for the cold winter nights to come!

See Julie’s adorable new bedroom here:

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5 Dream Thanksgiving Table Decorating Tips from Camp Makery

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The holidays are here! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so we’re starting to design, dream and draw up our plans to decorate the perfect Thanksgiving table.

Luckily, our friends at Camp Makery have come up with a stunning solution: an elegant fall table using some of our favorite Thanksgiving decor.

Flowers: Juli Vaughn
Styling + Concept: Ashley Pepitone + Camp Makery
Photography: Haley Sheffield
Recipes + Food: Simply Catering

Pottery Barn featured favorites: Feather Stoneware Plates, Wishbone Napkin Rings, Harvest Hunter Plaid Table Runner, Lady Amhurst Feathers, Emma Serve Bowl

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Get inspired by their amazing Thanksgiving table PLUS get stylist Ashley Pepitone’s top 5 Thanksgiving table decorating tips:

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Candles, candles and more candles. “Even if you don’t have a formal dining room and are hosting at your kitchen table, candles always make a meal feel special,” Ashley says.

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Make it personal. “Place cards are not only pretty and functional, but they add a personal touch for your guests. Think outside the box — here we used gold leafed mini pumpkins and tied satin ribbon to their stems after adding names to the ribbon with a gold paint pen.”

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Prepare for last minute guests. “For extra seating, consider using an upholstered bench if you have one, rather than folding chairs or mismatched chairs from another room. It will look more intentional and you can fit more people on a bench.”

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Give guests everything they’ll need. “I like to have each place setting done with everything they will need for the meal, from salad plates and soup bowls to dinner plates, wine glasses and water goblets.”

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Make a statement. “ I decorated this table with one big statement arrangement in the center of the table. It will take up space, but I think it is worth having a beautiful floral arrangement on the table for guests’ arrival.”

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PS: Need to save on space, but still want flowers? We love how floral designer Juli Vaughn decorated the space above the table, too. “If you have a chandelier, add some greenery and berries to it with floral wire and you will have beautiful décor even when there is no room on the table,” Ashley says.

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Amazing Autumn Centerpieces from Tulipina

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Text and styling by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Autumn exudes an amazing variety of colorful and textural plants and flowers — the possibilities for the perfect autumn centerpiece are just limitless!

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For this inspirational shoot, I wanted to show the different simple ways one can take advantage of all the beauty that autumn offers using some of my favorite vessels from Pottery Barn: the Vintage Wood Footed Bowl, Voluminous Vases and Recycled Glass Vases.

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Using these simple and lovely glass vases in different sizes and shapes and this beautiful wooden pedestal, I came up with a few centerpieces that can adorn an autumn table for any occasion — from an escort card table for a wedding, to everyday entertaining.

Here, I used dahlia, amaryllis, ilex, pepper, privette, raspberry and artichoke.

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I simply grouped my flowers in a single variety and took advantage of their beauty in their individual vases clustered next to each other.

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This wooden pedestal is so lovely that I decided to create a full floral arrangement in it. It’s pretty shallow, so I placed a wooden bowl on top of it and then created an arrangement inside the bowl using a floral frog. I think this makes for a lovely centerpiece or statement piece for pretty much any occasion — don’t you?

Here, I used garden rose, spray rose, ranunculus, poppy, iresine plant (the red leaves), carnation, eucalyptus, nodding abutilon, dusky bells, fuchsia, and firethorn berries.

What’s your favorite autumn centerpiece?

Our Most Spooktacular Tips, Tricks & Treats for Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! We’re starting off our day with our most SPOOKTACULAR tips, tricks and treats for one of our favorite holidays. Get the scoop on how to make your Halloween full of ghostly spirit! Whether it’s an amazing DIY Evil Lab bar from Honestly Yum, or a delicious “bloody” tomato soup from Two of a Kind — you can find it all here. 

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1. Halloween Gone Mad: Black, Silver and Green Halloween Decorating Ideas
2. Honestly Yum: Evil Drink Lab
3. The Dragon Flagon: Our Favorite Halloween Cocktail Recipe
4. 10 Tips for Setting Up a Candy Bar
4. Witches’ Brew: A Halloween Bar from Sweets & Celebrations
5. Interview with a Stylist: Get the Scoop on our Medieval Halloween Party
6. A Different Kind of Trick or Treat: Bloody Tomato Soup and Focaccia Fingers
7. How to Throw a Mad Scientist Halloween Party
8. Spooky & Chic Halloween Perfection

Halloween Gone Mad: Black, Silver and Green Halloween Decorating Ideas

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This month, the uber-talented Karson Butler Events and Laura Hooper Calligraphy teamed up to host a Halloween-inspired calligraphy workshop at Karson Butler’s beautiful studio in Washington DC. We love their unique Halloween decorating ideas!

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The playful decorations (including our Mercury Pumpkins and Periodic Cocktail Platter) go beyond the standard orange and black palette. “Our color palette included blacks, silvers and green,” says Emily Butler. “We wanted to steer clear of traditional orange and do something a bit different.”

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The best part about the mercury pumpkins they used? They work well all season long — Thanksgiving, almost up until Christmas! “We’re already planning an autumnal look of mixed metallics for our Thanksgiving table,” Emily says.

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Stunning flowers and greenery from Victoria Clausen Florals, mixed with some strategically placed dry ice and beakers add the perfect finishing touch.

Take a look at all of the photos + get more tips + learn how to sign up for a calligraphy class yourself on Glitter Guide!

Vendor Credits
Event Planning & Design- Karson Butler Events
Calligraphy- Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Photography- Sweet Tea Photography
Floral – Victoria Clausen Floral
Wine – ONEHOPE Wine
Decor – Pottery Barn
Small Beakers, Purple Apothecary Bottles- Karson Butler Events
Rentals - Party Rental, LTD
Linens- DC Rental
Periodic TableTotebagsCoasters – Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Pies – Pie Sisters