This is the last Sunday Favorites post before Thanksgiving! So much fun to be had this week, I can’t wait to enjoy the holiday with my family! We’re keeping things very mellow and low-key this year. Most of my family will be here, except Brendan and Lyndsie, and Kai and Cait. They are spending Thanksgiving with their wife/GF’s family. But my cousin Maggie and her family of 4 will all be joining us!
We’re doing a big menu full of yummy food, but no turkey this year! Instead, we will have Maggie’s husband Tom – the grill master – grilling things up. The boys all want to grill a roast or something (who knows…it’s going to be interesting), so we’re doing that this year. I said I’d make all the sides and desserts, and Mom and Asher are doing the apps. It will be fun and a much easier day of cooking for me. Making all my family favorites. I’m thinking of a cookie pie, molten pie, and maybe some butter cookies too. Delicious. Delicious.
For drinks, I’m thinking I’ll bring back my Mr. Grinch cocktail. It’s basically a spicy Moscow Mule, so the family loves it.
That’ll be Thanksgiving, then we’ll be onto Christmas festivities. Decking the halls, baking all the cookies, and watching every last Christmas movie we can find. Excited for some new Hallmark originals! Miracle on 34th Street will be first though, it’s my Thanksgiving night tradition.
How will you be spending your Thanksgiving? I love hearing about your holiday plans!
If you’re still needing to plan your menus, make sure to check our 2023 Thanksgiving menu. It’s the quick and easy menu we all need this year! Or scroll through the most popular Thanksgiving recipes and side dishes.
One more thing I wanted to share here, yesterday was National Adoption Day. As most of you know adoption is very near and dear to our hearts. I can’t imagine life without my little brother Oslo. I would love your support in helping ACF, Advocates for Children and Families. ACF is a 30+ year nonprofit adoption support organization.
ACF+ supports medically complex infants. They are in need of not only monetary support to help the families they work with, but they are always looking for prospective adoptive parents for these infants.
Please consider a donation to ACF+ as all donations up to $25,000 will be matched. You can do this by texting ADOPT to 707070
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That’s all for this week – lots of holiday excitement, talk, movie-watching, and decorating.
Have the best Thanksgiving!
1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
wanting…everything within the Ralph Lauren Polo Bear Shop. I’ve been contemplating a RL Polo Bear hoodie for weeks. It’s so cheesy, but oh so cute. I love the Polo Bear Wool-Blend Knit Hoodie and Polo Bear Fleece Hoodie the most. So cute and festive for the season.
dreaming of going…. What a pretty property! I know Creighton is dying to visit Mexico City.
loving…Thanksgiving nail ideas. These are all so cute. My favorites are the Glitter Tips, Rosewood Stardust, Holiday Collection, Torties for Shorties, Chrome Ornaments, and Dark Brown. Can’t wait to start seeing Christmas nails!
gifting…Vintage Bookshelf Edition Games of Clue, Monopoly, and Candy Land board games. I think I shared these last week, but I ordered these for Oslo (but also myself) for Christmas. Thinking they’ll be fun for the whole family!
wanting… this cozy Woven Cozy Throw Blanket. This would make a cute hostess gift too.
everything in my cart (beauty)…all the best winter body care.
This Sheer Hair Bow Barrette is so cute!
watching…Christmas movies. Yes, I caved in and we’re starting a couple of days early. I’m looking forward to old and new holiday classics. What are your favorites? I love all the classics. The Santa Cause movies, The Grinch, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, and all the new Hallmark movies too!
shopping…holiday ribbon – for my cookie boxes, gifts, and crafts!
watching… and .
everything in my cart (high)…this Victoria Beckham embroidered ribbed wool sweater. And from Reformation, this Garrett Cashmere Cropped Turtleneck. Both would be great for everyday wear. I’m also very into the new The Row glossed-leather shoulder bag. And lastly, this Loro Piana Cashmere Baseball Cap. Not needed, but so cute.
And this Green & White Essential Bathroom Set is a fancy, cute gift. A good home splurge!
shopping…Christmas tree stands. Sharing a few below. Some are super fancy and pretty, but others are simple. This Amazon find is my favorite and the one I usually use, but my tree is not as big as my parents. They use something more like this. In my search, I saw this pretty wooden star stand too, but it’s definitely a splurge.
watching…Mean Girls. Not until January 12th however. Looking forward to the remake. So fun! Love this trailer.
2. Easy dinner to make this week.
3. Every single cute gingerbread house kit.
4. Christmas Cookie Request!
I’m planning our 2023 Christmas cookie box and brainstorming all the Christmas treats to come. I’ve never asked you all what cookies/holiday sweets you’d most love to see. So this year I am asking!
What Christmas cookies/treats should I share?
I’m traveling in early December, so I want to make sure to have all my cookies for our 2023 box ready to go! I’m so excited, I’m really looking forward to hearing your ideas and sharing a few of my own. Magical holiday things are brewing in my brain!
5. Williams-Sonoma, December 8th + Snif Sale!
A reminder that we’re having our last Williams-Sonoma store event in New York City on Friday, December 8th at 6 pm EST at their magical Columbus Circle location.
We’ll be hosting yet another giveaway for 3 winners, plus we’ll also have a giveaway for 10 large Gingerbread Smash candles. There’ll also be yummy cocktails and appetizers for a festive, cozy night of fun, photos, signing, and more. I’m truly looking forward to this event and can not wait to see many of you there!
Because this is a special event, tickets are super limited, you can snag yours here. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Our Gingerbread Smash candle is 30% off this week!
The Snif team is giving us a code for Cyber Week! It’s their first-ever Black Friday sale! You can use the code TIEGHAN30 for 30% off both Pumpkin Smash and Gingerbread Smash today through Tuesday, November 28th.
6. Thanksgiving tips for this week.
Cooking Tip: If you’re still planning your menu, make things easy and have every guest/family member pick a side to bring so everyone has a dish they love and are excited about on the table. Don’t feel like you have to stick to certain dishes just to keep with tradition, only make the dishes you and your guests REALLY love!
Cooking Tip: Once your menu is set, spend time this week prepping as much as you can ahead of time. Bake cookies and pies, make your gravy, start the side, prepare salad dressings/seasoning blends and keep in glass jars. Make a pitcher cocktail, and stock up on grocery and drink mixers.
Cooking Tip: Before you head to the grocery store this week, put every ingredient you need on a shopping list.
Entertaining Tip: Use Kraft Paper Placemats for easy cleanup, guests can write what they’re thankful for on them. Alternatively, have place cards made for each guest. Ask them a question like, what are you most looking forward to this holiday season? Have fun with the questions, they can be great conversation starters!
Or try this for a smaller crowd. Really such a sweet idea!
Cooking Tip: Don’t be afraid of using store-bought items to make your life easier (puff pastry, pie crusts, etc). Puff pastry and pre-made pie dough are my go-to this time of year. And I’ve heard Trader Joe’s has amazing appetizer options for you all too!
Hosting Tip: Ask everyone to bring their own containers for taking home leftovers, or buy an affordable set of to-go containers for people to take home.
Cooking Tip: Instead of making individual cocktails, make a big batch or a punch for guests to enjoy. This will save time and money! These are all my favorite Thanksgiving cocktails. And this is my favorite Thanksgiving punch!
Entertaining Tip: For the kids, have a table set aside for them with coloring books, games, and kid-friendly appetizers while they wait for dinner. I ordered these vintage board games.
Cooking Tip: Use crockpots, Instapots, Airfryers, toaster ovens, and all your kitchen appliances to maximize oven space and be efficient with your time!
Hosting Tip: Set the table the night before or even a few days before, it’s one less thing to worry about on the day of, and that way you can focus on the food and enjoying your day
Hosting Tip: Start Thanksgiving Day with a clean slate. Head out for a morning walk, empty your dishwasher and your kitchen trash can. Go the extra mile by lining your bins with extra garbage bags. That way, you won’t have to hunt down a fresh bag when the garbage starts to pile up.
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
…even more tips.
hop top picks from Food52’s sale.…
..so cozy. Love these cute towns.
…I want to watch them all.
..try these faux options.
…Trader Joe’s to the rescue.
…booking my trip.
8. Holiday sales.
the Ralph Lauren Pjs I love
a few early stocking stuffers
H&M’s best cozy sweaters
Madewell black Friday sale
the J.Crew sale
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.
Thursday: Our 2023 Thanksgiving Menu and Guide
Saturday: Fireside Cranberry Cider Margarita