bits of inspiration – #93.

I’m going to be out of town during Halloween this year so I haven’t invested in any festive decorating (save for a lone pumpkin on my mantle). Halloween has always seemed to me like the holiday where you have to just embrace campiness. I mean there can’t possibly be an elegant way to decorate with bats and skeletons right? Well after seeing styleathome.com’s latest post on decorating for a Haute Hallows Eve I may have to reevaluate my stance. They’ve managed to make a chic Halloween dinner party a thing and I’m starting to really wish I were going to be around to celebrate this year. I especially love the simplicity of painting mini pumpkins to transform them into a more sophisticated table-top accessory. Head over to their site to see all the DIY information you need to create this on your own and check out some of my favorite images from the post below.

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turkey day decor from around the web.

This year marks only the second time I’ve been tasked with contributing something to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Following the success* of last year’s pumpkin dinner rolls, I thought I’d stick with the festive breads category but wanted to try something new.

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*note: success = edible, instagramable.

A couple weeks ago I did a little research for festive Thanksgiving bread/rolls and came across this jalapeño cornbread recipe by the most talented person alive, Martha Stewart. You can definitely make this recipe in any regular baking pan but because I happen to care as much (or more) about the presentation as the food itself, I knew I needed these Turkey molds. Unfortunately these are no longer available as part of Martha’s line at Macys BUT after a little perusing of the comments section, I found that you can now buy the same pans at William Sonoma!

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I will be baking turkey-shaped cakes all year-round long to justify this purchase.

One thing that attracted me to this mold was that it felt unexpected in a kind of funny way. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, I think Thanksgiving gets a little left out of the décor cycle. Part of the reason for this might be that turkeys aren’t particularly “cute” in the way that pumpkins or snowflakes or ornaments can be. I work in an area of Massachusetts where wild turkeys can often be seen roaming around in packs and yeah.. not the most beautiful creatures.

I decided to spend a little time looking around on some of my favorite home décor sites and see what was out there in terms of turkey-specific items that you’d actually want to put in your house. I was able to find a handful of items that I think are pretty cute. Enjoy!

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Turkey Pheasant Wreath
One Kings Lane, $95.00 – $195.00


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Turkey Napkin Ring
Crate&Barrel, $4.95/each


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Turkey Napkins
Wayfair, $29.00


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Maple Turkey Carving Board
Crate&Barrel, $24.47


 

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Turkey Salt & Pepper Shaker Set
Wayfair,
$25.95



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Turkey Napkins
Crate&Barrel, $6.95/each


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Turkey Platter
Wayfair, $30.99


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Block Print Turkey Towel
AllModern, $15.95


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*I’m not actually sure if I think this last one is cute or just strange but here it is anyway:
Trot Turkey Candle Holder
CB2, $12.95