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How to Make An Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

We peruse Pinterest with the furrowed brow and unshakeable cynicism of one ungifted at arts and crafts. Truly, we’ve hot-glued our fingers together more times than we can count on those sticky digits. Plus, who has time to experiment with handcrafting wrapping paper or blending teas when the holidays come around? Not us.

And yet … those personal touches are what make the season so special. Luckily, our friends suggested this simple centerpiece (they really get us) to give our Thanksgiving table a homemade but modern touch. In seven short steps, we made a masterpiece.


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Cranberry Chutney Recipe and Our Day-After-TDay Turkey Sandwich | What’s Cooking

Cranberry Chutney recipe from Nordstrom.

Try our recipe for Cranberry Chutney this season at your holiday table. Our take on this traditional side gets spiced up with ginger and a little cayenne pepper. Orange juice lends a citrus note and the tart cranberries get a slightly savory kick with sweet, caramelized onions. You can make and keep this chutney in the refrigerator for up to seven days, which means there’s no excuse to reach for a can of cranberry sauce.

This easy chutney is also perfect to slather on a turkey sandwich the day after a Thanksgiving feast. We’ll show you how we do it at Ruscello and our Marketplace Café.

Cranberry Turkey Sandwich from Nordstrom.

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I’m Thankful for…

Thanksgiving may be one of our favorite indulgent, no-calorie-counting days, but it is also the best time to give thanks to all the special people in our lives. In celebration of Turkey Day, The Thread asked seven designers—Lela Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Michelle Smith of Milly, Melinda Maria and Patricia Nash—to dish about what they’re thankful for and what they can’t wait to eat.

Whether she’s picking apples with daughter Rosey or dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, Lela takes on life with a nonchalant elegance.

Lela Rose says:
I’m thankful for… “The life I have lived thus far. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have a family I love and adore, and I get to do something creative and fulfilling for work.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “We are in Mexico for Thanksgiving and will not be having our traditional meal. What I will miss most is the boule de neige cake that my aunt makes. It is DIVINE!”

This Filipino designer has been wowing brides with her couture creations since launching her label in 1996. We especially ♥ her Bliss collection.

Monique Lhuillier says:
I am thankful for… “My family, friends and loving what I do every day!! The gift of creating special and beautiful pieces that make women feel special is so rewarding.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am heading down to Mexico for a few days with my family, and I am looking forward to having the freshest fish tacos and guacamole. Olé!”

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Thanksgiving Feast, Flea Market Style

If your taste in décor runs eclectic, these mix-and-match table toppers will give your holiday happening a festive, vintage flavor that doesn’t scream ‘Pilgrim.’


Turkey delight: Equal parts ornamental and functional, this 11″ dinner plate mixes it up for dining or display. Seletti Hybrid Porcelain Dinner Plate

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