Where are my brave Black Friday shoppers out there?! To take advantage of the sales, you used to have to line up at midnight on Friday AM; but nowadays you can find just as incredible deals online. So kick up your feet, grab a glass of wine, and shop away!
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Black Friday deals below!
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! We are so thankful for each and every one of you this year. Thank you for all of your love and support as we tied the knot and continued to grow The Everyday Hostess. We could not do it without you!
We’re back today with our gift guide for her. Whether you’re shopping for your best friend, sister, mother, daughter, wife, or girlfriend, we’ve got you covered! We’ve gathered 12 of our favorite holiday gifts that we know every gal will love! And be sure to check out some of these on Friday – we hear many of these have some great Black Friday deals!
How is it already Thanksgiving?! This year is just flying by and the holidays are now in full swing! So you know what that means – holiday gift guides! With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, there is no better time to start your Christmas shopping.
We are starting off with our gift guide for the hostess. These are the perfect gifts to give your loved ones who enjoy entertaining or for the host of an upcoming Christmas or NYE party! Be sure to check back over the next few days as we share our gift guides for her, him, the jetsetter, the fitness fiend, and the homeowner (or in our case – the future homeowner!).
Happy almost Thanksgiving! If you’re hosting this year, chances are that you already have your tablescape planned and designed (at least in your head!) and may be looking for that extra flair to give your table a truly festive feel!
I always love using our fine china we received at our wedding as the foundation of our holiday tablescapes and then adding holiday specific items to give it some extra pizzaz! For Thanksgiving, of course, that means lots of “Thankful,” “Grateful,” and “Gather” decor. So i’ve shopped around for us all and gathered my favorite last minute holiday items to add to your Thanksgiving table this week! Enjoy!
Who’s responsible for bringing pie to your Thanksgiving feast this year?! Two hands up from this gal right here!
No Thanksgiving is complete with an apple pie, am I right?! This holiday classic is always one of my favorite dishes and is what keeps me from that second serving of mashed potatoes. My aunt makes the most incredible apple pie, and this year, I’m giving it a swing. The stakes are high, so I’ve been experimenting with tons of different recipes, and have concluded that this Homemade Caramel Apple Pie is by far the gold medalist.
The cinnamon-spiced apples combined with the sweet caramel sauce…yuuu–ummmm! Bake up this holiday favorite, and your family and friends are sure to be talking about it for years to come!
Press one pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish and place onto a large baking sheet.
Place apple slices into large bowl. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Toss to combine.
Pour apple mixture into prepared pie crust.
Drizzle with 1/2 cup of caramel sauce.
Place the second pie crust over the filling (in a lattice shape or simply cut slits to vent the steam). Press edges to seal.
Brush the lattice top with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Place the pie (on the baking sheet) in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350°F and bake for another 45-50 minutes. The pie is done when the crust is golden-brown and a small knife inserted into the pie comes out relatively clean.
Allow the pie to cool before serving. If you would like, drizzle the pie additional caramel sauce.
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For every party, we all want those jaw-dropping uber creative menus that all our guests will be talking about long after the event, don’t we? I always envision my guests oohing and aahing over every dish they taste and just marveling in the originality of it. But let’s be honest. Not every dish we make can be that innovative and unique. Every party and event needs one of our favorite basic no-fail recipes, where we can just kick our feet up and know that it will be a success.
For me, Rice Krispie Treats can be just the ticket! I mean who doesn’t love a good Rice Krispie Treat? They instantly create a sense of nostalgia and remind us of a fun childhood memory. Plus they are an easy festive bite that you can customize to any party.
I recently incorporated them into our Ghoul’s Night Out Halloween Party, and they gave it the perfect spooktacular flare! I dressed them up by dipping them in white chocolate and then rolled them in some fun Halloween sprinkles! I grabbed some orange paper straws to use as sticks and voila! An adorable and festive Rice Krispie Pop perfect for your upcoming party! Change up the sprinkles and straw color, and you’ve got yourself a treat for any birthday party theme or holiday!
Looking to host a spooktacular party this Halloween?! With the help of our dear friends at Swoozies, we’ve got you covered! We hosted the most adorable “Ghoul’s Night Out” party filled with some of our favorite decor and now have all the inspiration you need to host your own ghoulishly good time!
With a black and white color palette and pops of orange, this festive set up was completely outfitted by Swoozies, which is the perfect one stop shop for all your holiday gatherings this year!
But what about for the guest?! Buying the perfect gift and navigating the registry can be just as tricky! There are so many unwritten rules, so we are here to help break down some of those concerns. We are answering some of your biggest questions to help with the gift giving process for all your upcoming weddings. Enjoy!
How do I find their registry?
A link to the wedding registry should be included on the wedding website or their save-the-dates. Still can’t find it? Try Googling the full names of the couple and if they used a larger company for their site, it should pop up. Still can’t find it? Ask their parents or a close friend of theirs!
Should we send the gift in advance or bring it to the wedding?
Send the gift in advance. At the end of the wedding, the couple is usually whisked off and vendors are moving a million miles a second. To save any confusion or hassle moving gifts, just send your gift in the mail either before or after the wedding.
How much should I spend?
The traditional rule is to spend as much as the per-plate cost is. Nowadays, with wedding costs rising, this could be up to $300 a person, which is not always reasonable for every guest. Think about how good of friends you are with the couple. If you’re a distant friend or colleague, consider starting at about $50-$75 a person. If you’re family or really close, usually about $150 a person is nice.
Do we have to stick to the registry?
Yes, please do! The bride and groom put an unbelievable amount of time into crafting the perfect registry with what they would like included in their future home and life together. I know as a guest, it may not feel as personal buying off the registry, but I promise they will appreciate it.
If you’re really close to the bride and groom and know there is something they would absolutely love but didn’t include it in their registry, that’s fine. My best friend actually gave me the most incredible monogrammed napkins I have ever seen – not on our registry – but she knows me well and had them designed to match our china, so needless to say, I was obsessed. But don’t go off the registry simply for the sake of being more creative.
I was invited to a shower and the wedding. Do I bring two gifts?
Yes. It is still appreciated when the guests bring a gift to the shower and also send a wedding gift. The shower gift is usually a bit smaller than the wedding gift though!