Forget the PSL, it’s all about the CAC! Cranberry Apple Cider is easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 qt. sparkling apple cider
- 1 qt. unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- Sparkling water to taste
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cup diced red apple cubes
- Cinnamon sticks
- In a large pitcher or carafe, combine equal parts sparkling apple cider and cranberry juice.
- Add in the honey and stir until completely mixed.
- Pour a small amount of sparkling water over the cider.
- Top with diced apple cubes and fresh cranberries.
- Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
- Serve over ice.
Comment below to tell us your favorite holiday drink!
Extra sparkle, extra lace, extra luxe. Once Upon A Party is our shop curated especially for the party girl on your gifting list. This collection in our gift guide combines our Real Obsessed™ collection with more sparkle, lace and shine to make every girl feel like royalty.
Let’s face it – the holiday season is stressful. We’re embarking on a month of non-stop holiday adventures and family gatherings, and the last thing we want on our plate (other than a tenth scoop of mashed potatoes) is another party to plan, right? Still, in a time when we have the MOST to do, it’s nice to sit down and relax, preferably with friends who totally get what you’re feeling. That’s why we’re huge fans of Thanksgiving’s BFF, Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is great because there’s no pressure to make every detail perfect – you can play with your decor & food and still throw a beautiful gathering for your closest pals (who, honestly, are like a second family).
In the spirit of giving thanks for all of the people who we can spill our deepest, darkest secrets to & who make us laugh uncontrollably, we’re showing you how to host an easy Friendsgiving dinner. Preparation for this get together doesn’t need to be difficult; a few DIY decorations really set the mood. Send out invites to your friends (we recommend a potluck dinner to keep things as simple as possible) & get the party started. Check out our Friendsgiving Guide below for our favorite tips, tricks & an easy dessert recipe to complete your Friendsgiving menu.
Set The Table
- For a quick & festive tablecloth you already have on-hand, drape large blanket scarves over the table. Any spills can be removed in the wash! We like this one: Plaid Blanket Scarf.
- Don’t be afraid to mix & match dishes. Check out your nearest thrift store to find pieces that are mismatched but still work together. Stick to a similar color family.
- Cut brown paper down for DIY placemats for a no-hassle cleanup & a rustic feel. You can even use brown paper bags!
Remember Why You’re Gathering
- Yes, one of Friendsgiving’s main pros is the amazing food & drink spread, but take a minute to remember the real reason you’re hanging out around the table. On each placemat, prompt guests to write down what they’re thankful for & talk about it before digging in.
Pumpkin Serving Bowl
- Find a huge pumpkin and a bowl that is just a bit smaller in size.
- Cut the top off the pumpkin & scoop out the insides.
- Place the large bowl inside the pumpkin to serve drinks, mocktails & more.
Gourd-geous Votive Candles
- Choose different sizes and colors of gourds or small pumpkins.
- Using a pumpkin carving knife, cut small circles out of the tops of each.
- Scoop out the insides.
- Put votive candles of varying sizes in each pumpkin.
Simple Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkin “Pie”
- 3 TBSP butter
- 1 package marshmallows (10.5 oz)
- 1 box Rice Krispie cereal (18 oz), with 2 c set aside
- 1/2 c pumpkin
- 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the better.
- Add marshmallows and melt, stirring occasionally.
- Once the marshmallow mixture is melted, combine 2/3 c of marshmallow with 2 c cereal and mix together.
- Add 1/2 c pumpkin & pumpkin spice to remaining marshmallow mixture in the pan and combine.
- Press the cereal/marshamallow mixture around the outside of a springform pan to create the “crust”.
- Remove the pumpkin/marshmallow mixture from heat and, after a few moments, mix in the rest of the cereal in the box.
- Press pumpkin/marshmallow/cereal mixture into the center of the “pie”.
- Cover & let cool completely before cutting.
Do you have any tips for throwing a Friendsgiving party? Let us know in the comments & show us how you’re celebrating on Instagram.
Real thankful. REALgiving! Keep the thanks going and celebrate by bringing together all your friends for a REALgiving meal. Tips and deliciousness below!
LET FRIENDS BE THE FOCUS
FRIENDS are what make REALgiving special… don’t blow your budget on centerpieces or fancy foods! Pick fresh flowers, get a few simple candles and focus on the love.
GET DOWN TO BUSINESS: FOOD!
If cooking by yourself feels overwhelming, make your REALgiving last all day and cook with your friends.
ROASTED CARROTS RECIPE
These carrots are gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and sure to be a fave for any foodie.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 2 pounds of carrots, peeled
- 1/4 cup apricot preserves
- 2 tbs. honey
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 1 tbs. butter, melted
- 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Place carrots side-by-side on a greased cookie sheet.
- In a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Using a basting brush, brush all carrots evenly with mixture.
- Bake carrots for 35-45 minutes, stirring halfway.
- Garnish with salt and pepper to taste.
BEST-EVER STUFFING RECIPE
No THANKS, REAL or FRIENDSgiving is complete without stuffing! This easy recipe only needs a few ingredients to pack in the flavor.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 loaf of day-old white bread
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups celery
- 2 1/2 cups yellow onions
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1 tbs. thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Tear bread into 1-inch pieces.
- Place bread pieces on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
- Melt butter over medium-high heat, then add in and brown the celery, garlic and onions.
- Add spices then transfer to a large bowl and combine the mixture with bread crumbs.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together chicken broth and eggs.
- Fold broth and egg mixture into the bread and mix thoroughly.
- Transfer the stuffing into a casserole dish.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
DON’T FORGET DESSERT
Cookie swaps aren’t just for Christmas! If you’re not quite ready for pumpkin pie, REALgiving is a great opportunity to bake and exchange your favorite cookies.
Any more must-know REALgiving recipes or tips? Comment below and tell us!
Everyday #AEOSTYLE requires functional clothing that still looks and feels authentic to your unique look. When comfort & style collide, we end up with great pieces like the AEO Waxed Workwear Jacket in our closets – this rugged and durable jacket is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe during colder temps thanks to a warm flannel lining. Menswear blogger & photographer John Phlip from The Risky Jackal wore the Waxed Workwear Jacket out & about this season. Check out John’s full look below, and if you want to see more of his past #AEOSTYLE give his post a look here.
Meet John: “I’m John Philp, a Chicago-based photographer, model and blogger interested in bringing you all things menswear, travel & more! At it’s core, Risky Jackal is an online extension of things that interest me the most: men’s style, travel, fitness, food + drink and music. It’s a little corner of the internet that can I can call home for the time being. I’ve found the best way to grow as a photographer/blogger/human is to constantly expose myself to new people, foreign places and comically uncomfortable situations.”
What Inspired Saul’s Look: “The Waxed Workwear Jacket is a tough and versatile Jacket, and perfect for the upcoming fall & winter. The rugged waxed cotton is durable and will be able to take a beating in the Chicago winter! An added detail I love is the plaid flannel lining on the inside of the jacket – it’s so soft and makes the jacket that much warmer. The Washed Black jacket goes with almost everything in my closet, and will for sure be a staple this season. I styled it with black jeans, desert boots. Since the jacket is such a great insulating layer, a gray or navy sweater underneath keeps it clean & simple and provides enough warmth.”
Show us how you style our Waxed Workwear Jacket with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery. Plus, check out @aeomenswear for more men’s style inspiration.