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15 Best Products from Anthropologie's Holiday Collection

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the holiday season is right behind it. This is the perfect time to start getting your gifts together, planning out meals, and adding festive touches to your home. One of our all time favorite spots to gather up holiday gear is good old Anthropologie, your one-stop shop for everything from personalized candles to party dresses.

When it comes to holiday decor, a few choice pieces can go a long way. For example, a pair of gorgeous, handmade candle holders might be a bit of an investment, but will make a big statement (think of them as jewelry for your table). To avoid having your holiday decor just stashed in a box gathering dust in your attic most of the year (or if you have limited storage space), it’s a good idea to go with pieces that can be translated into everyday life. Even something like a monogram ornament (that doubles as a party favor) can be displayed on a desk or incorporated into another personal space in your home.

The holiday table is all about soft lighting, gold and silver touches, and above all, a welcoming, cozy vibe. And as much as we love the traditional red and green color palette, think about expanding to a more modern look with natural materials and pops of toned-down metallic accents. Faux greenery is a great way to add natural-looking touches to your home as well (and it will last forever!).

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10 Best New Holiday Cookbooks Perfect for a Cozy Winter

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Brrrr. It’s getting cold out there! The winter season is all about retreating inside, getting cozy and sharing time with family and friends—especially around the table. Warm soups and stews, delectable desserts, and festive cocktails abound. Because we’re all heading indoors (and putting diets aside until January), it’s also a great time to experiment with some new recipes.

Luckily, a lot of new cookbooks tend to come out during the holiday season, just in time for holiday baking and gift giving. This year’s selection is no exception, with new offerings from fan faves like Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi and Dorie Greenspan, in addition to a few exciting new debut authors who take us around the world with their innovative recipes and creative twists. For a foodie, a cookbook it’s literally a gift that keeps giving, providing inspiration, ideas, and (hopefully) some delicious meals all year round.

Here are 11 amazing new holiday cookbooks to keep you warm all winter long.

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10 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

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Everyone has a favorite dish when it comes to Thanksgiving, and dessert is definitely no exception. This season is all about warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves (all in the name of staying cozy!). Autumn flavors and harvest fruits like pumpkin, apple, and cranberry take center stage at Thanksgiving dinner as family and friends gather together at a beautiful table to celebrate the best that the season has to offer.

If you have a lot of guests, it’s a good idea to set up a dessert table (buffet-style) to show off the sweets and give guests the opportunity to pick and choose their favorites. It’s also the perfect time to display favorite serving pieces, your new pie plate, or the cake stand your Aunt Sally purchased from your registry. When it comes to the dessert table, make sure to have a mix of traditional pies and cakes along with some unexpected treats like individual custards or poached fruit. After a big meal like Thanksgiving, just a bite of something sweet (versus a huge serving of a rich dessert) might be just the thing your guests will want.

Desserts, like many other Thanksgiving recipes, are also ideal to prep ahead of time. Save a chunk of the day before Thanksgiving as your baking time and you’ll definitely ease up on the stress when it comes time to get the cocktail party going and the big meal out on the table.

See more: 10 Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Make Ahead

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10 Thanksgiving Recipes that You Can Make Ahead

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Deep-Dish Apple Pie

Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appetit

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Filling and Assembly

  • 4 pounds Pink Lady or other sweet-tart, firm baking apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • All-purpose flour (for surface)
  • 1½ cups unfiltered apple cider
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Demerara sugar (for sprinkling)

Special Equipment: A 9-inch deep pie dish

Method

Dough

Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in food processor to combine. Add butter and process until largest pieces of butter are pea-size. Transfer to a large bowl.

Combine vinegar and ½ cup ice water in a small bowl and drizzle over flour mixture, mixing with a fork to combine. Mix until shaggy pieces form, then knead in bowl a couple of times with your hands to bring together (dough will look very clumpy, dry, with loose bits). Transfer large clumps of dough to work surface, drizzle 1 Tbsp. ice water over remaining flour mixture in bowl and knead again to bring it together. Place on top of dough on work surface. Working with half of the dough, press into a single mass, incorporating dry bits, then pat down to make a ¾”-thick square. Using a bench scraper or knife, divide dough into 4 pieces. Stack pieces on top of one another, placing any unincorporated dry bits in between layers, and press down to combine. Form dough into a ¾”-thick disk and wrap tightly in plastic. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill at least 2 hours.

Do Ahead: Dough can be made 5 days ahead. Keep chilled, or freeze up to 1 month.

Filling and Assembly

Toss apples with brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cardamom in a large bowl to coat. Let apples sit until they start to release their juices, at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

Let dough sit at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. Working one at a time, roll out disks of dough on a lightly floured surface ⅛” thick. Stack on a parchment-lined baking sheet, separating layers with a sheet of parchment, and chill while you prepare the filling.

Place apple cider in a medium saucepan and scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add pod. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced by two-thirds. Pour off juices that have accumulated in bowl of apples and add to apple cider. Return to a boil and cook until reduced to about ½ cup; remove vanilla pod. Stir cornstarch into 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl to dissolve, then whisk into apple cider. Cook, whisking constantly, until cider mixture is very thick and bubbling, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly, then scrape over apples; toss to coat.

Carefully transfer dough round to pie dish. Lift up edges and allow dough to slump down into dish (if too cold to be pliable, let it warm up slightly first). Press dough firmly against sides and bottom of plate. Trim, leaving about 1″ overhang. Beat egg with 1 tsp. water in a small bowl and brush over edges of dough. Scrape in apple filling, creating a mound in the center; dot filling with butter. Place remaining dough round over filling. Trim edges of top round, leaving a ½” overhang. Fold edge of bottom round up and over; press together to seal. Crimp edge and brush top with remaining egg wash. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and cut a few vents in top. Place pie on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and chill in freezer 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.

Bake pie until crust is deep golden brown and juices are thick and bubbling, 1½–2 hours (yes: 2 hours!). Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool at least 4 hours before serving.

Do Ahead: Pie can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool; store covered with foil at room temperature.

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10 Delicious Instant Pot Recipes for Thanksgiving

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It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with the Instant Pot on multiple levels. It’s a game changer when it comes to weeknight dinners, but it really goes above and beyond the call of duty when the holiday season kicks in. Getting a huge meal ready and on the table is a challenge in and of itself, especially if you’re a newbie at hosting the big event.

Thankfully, there are lots of ways to make the day easier and less stressful. Making the whole dinner a potluck event is one way to take the strain off the hosts—all the guests bring a dish (to avoid repetition, be specific about what you need, be it side or dessert). Another time-saving trick is is to prep as much as you can ahead of time so you’ll be calm and collected (and able to share a cocktail with the group) when guests arrive, versus running around like crazy in the kitchen. And if you’re taking on the majority of the cooking load yourself, make life 100% easier and bring out the Instant Pot to help get all those dishes ready to bring to the table.

This all-in-one gadget is amazing for soups, stews and braised meats, but it also makes short work of any number of Thanksgiving recipes, including fan favorites like mashed potatoes and herb-scented grains. The best part? It will give you more time (and stovetop space) to focus on the other elements of the meal like the turkey or desserts. And the hosts will be able kick back, relax, and join the party! Here are some of our favorite Instant Pot recipes perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

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17 Serving Pieces That Will Make Thanksgiving a Breeze

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It’s that time of year again! The holidays are fast approaching, and family and friends are going to be gathering together to eat, drink and lounge about together (recovering from the festivities). If you’re an engaged or newlywed couple, there’s a chance that you may be hosting at least some of the holiday festivities, if not the big event itself. Either way, it’s definitely a good idea to register for some multi-use serving pieces so you’ll be ready to host any future event that might come your way.

The trick for family-style serving or a buffet set up is to have a range of serving pieces in different shapes and sizes. That means you’ll have a dedicated spot for everything from garlicky green beans and sweet potato casserole to Aunt Sylvia’s famous pecan pie. It’s especially important during a meal where a lot of people may be bringing potluck-style dishes to be ready to decant or re-plate on the fly if you need to (those delicious pumpkin cookies definitely deserve a better display than the crinkled aluminum foil they came in).

It might seem like a lot when you’re registering, but hopefully you’ll use these pieces again and again over the years, whether it’s a wine-and-cheese night with friends or just a cozy evening in with the two of you.

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The 107 Best Registry Items Every Couple Needs

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You’re engaged! It’s time to start looking for your perfect wedding venue and the dress of your dreams, but don’t forget one of the best parts of wedding prep. We’re talking about the registry. Whether you have been living together for ages or are just getting ready to merge homes, your wedding gift list is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your worn-out gear (goodbye, old college dorm room toaster and threadbare comforter). But where to even start?

The whole process can be way overwhelming—especially when your future mother-in-law weighs in with her fave (but totally not your style) china patterns. Like the super-personalized wedding playlist you and your fiancé are currently poring over, your registry should be inspired by your unique style and life together. It’s also the time to think about your #lifegoals together and all the activities you want to share in the coming years.

Luckily, the BRIDES team has tried out hundreds of home products so you don’t have to—and added in their own personal, time-tested favorites to the mix. In the 2018 BRIDES Registry Awards, we highlight some of our all-time beloved classics (there’s a reason why your mom’s dutch oven and stand mixer are still going strong after all these years) in addition to plenty of fun alternatives to the traditional wedding registry list (think cool wireless speakers and a streaming device so you can get your Netflix on post-wedding craziness). A variety of options and price points ensure that you—and your guests—will be happy shoppers.

Love to lounge in bed on Saturday morning? Deck out your cozy spot with the softest sheets, an all-season comforter and chic throw pillows. A rocking party with al fresco cocktails and a killer cheese plate more your thing? Roll out your new bar cart, stocked with all the gear you need (including pretty glasses and a decanter) to entertain like a pro. From the copper pans you’ve always dreamt of to a turbo-charged, hand-held vacuum that makes clean up a breeze, these go-to wedding registry products will make [your new house together feel like a home.

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12 Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes You Have to Try

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As the temperature drops and the air outside gets crisp, it’s time to serve up something something warm and filling for dinner. Enter the Instant Pot. This gadget is one of the top sellers on Amazon, one of the BRIDES Registry Awards winners and can literally do just about anything, from making soups and stews to yogurt and sweet desserts. We hear a lot about how the Instant Pot turns meat into super tender, delicious stews, pot roasts, and other savory meals. But it can totally do the same for all sorts of vegetarian main courses and side dishes.

The beauty of the the Instant Pot is that has a range of different pre-set cooking settings, including both pressure cooking and slow cooking functions. Whether you’re cooking up a chili for a crowd during game day or settling in for a cozy night curled up with your S.O., this must-have cooking tool will make your life so much easier.

Beans are an especially good thing to throw in the Instant Pot for quick cooking—it literally cuts your prep time in half because there’s no need for soaking and simmering for hours on end (if you’ve only ever had beans from a can, you’ll definitely see a difference in flavor and texture if you’re making them from scratch). When it comes to cooking fresh veggies, it’s important to not overcook them so you can preserve their nutritional value and flavor. This is where a good recipe comes in hand!

Because the Instant Pot is a little overwhelming at first, it’s best to follow some instructions that are tailored to all the bells and whistles of the machine. Once you get the hang of it, you can spend rest of the autumn and winter seasons experimenting (preferably with a blanket and Netflix in tow). Here are a few of our favorite vegetarian recipes, just in time for fall.

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15 Cool Vases for Your Home

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Vases are a great way to add color, texture, and interesting shapes to your living space. Whether or not you’re using them to display fresh or faux flowers and branches, or are just showing them off as decorative elements in your home, a good collection of vases are a must-have for your registry.

Stock up on vessels in a range of shapes and sizes so you’ll be prepared for different types of flowers (large branches are going to need a very different kind of container than a bouquet of roses from the corner store). Smaller vases can be clustered on a bookshelf or displayed as part of a centerpiece on a dining room table. Large containers can be used to make bold statement in an entryway or in the corner of a room, whether they’re left empty or filled with faux branches or sculptural faux leaves.

Bud vases are also good to have on hand for decking out a breakfast-in-bed tray or adding some color to unexpected areas like a bathroom shelf. Just make sure that you don’t go overboard with tons of tiny vases that will add to your clutter (unless you have a dedicated storage space to stash them). It’s better to have just a few statement vases that you love and want to use again and again. In general, a vase that’s tapered at the top is more useful than a wide-mouthed one (you’ll need fewer flowers to make the arrangement look polished). A single-stem vase, whether it’s a tiny bud vase or a large scale bottleneck style, will make the flower display that much easier.

Here are a few of our favorites!

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12 Healthy Breakfast Recipes You Have to Try

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The alarm goes off. You hit snooze. You stumble out of bed with only a cup of coffee to get you going and then run out the door without breakfast. Or maybe you grab a big, sugary muffin that keep you full for about about 5 minutes and then you’re left looking around for anything you can eat (usually a donut that someone brought in to work). The 10 am slump is real, people.

And while there’s nothing wrong with a second breakfast every once in a while (or a bottomless Sunday brunch, for that matter), if you’re looking to get healthy and keep your energy sustained for longer periods of time, you’ll want to up the ante in your morning routine.

Breakfast truly is one of the most important meals of the day. The morning is the time that many people are more clear-eyed and productive (it could be that pot of coffee you drank too, but we’re not judging). A good breakfast has the capacity to jump start your day and set the course for healthy choices, while a bad breakfast can set the tone for a day of sugar spikes and crashes.

Healthy fats found in veggies like avocados and protein will keep you from fading before lunch, and you’ll make better choices when you do eat (you’ll definitely be more inclined to think first before you dive into that mac and cheese at the cafeteria). In addition to those healthy fats that will help you feel full for longer, the morning is also a great time to get in a big dose of your fruits and veggies for the day. Smoothies, juices, and acai bowls are all great morning treats (and some of them taste so delicious you’ll forget that they’re good for you).

Here are some of our favorite breakfast recipes perfect for busy couples!

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10 Accent Lamps That Will Make Your Home Feel Super Cozy

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Fall has officially arrived! Now that it’s getting a little chillier and darker earlier, it’s definitely the time to start bringing out all your cozy gear. Soft throws, warm slippers and hot chocolate will help make the transition from sunny days to snowy ones much more appealing. Another way to warm up your space for the fall and winter months? Change out your lighting and bring in some pretty accent lamps to make the space feel extra inviting. If an area is not being used for focused work where you need tons of overhead light (like a kitchen), it’s going to feel a lot more relaxing to have soft lighting spaced out in different areas around the room. That means several different lamps, either table or standing, strategically placed in corners or on side tables.

Switch out the bulbs to softer settings (it’s great to have a three-way system so you can adjust for extra light if you need). Indirect, ambient lighting will help make the overall space feel like a place you’ll want to curl up in. If it’s in your bedroom, softer lighting will help you fall asleep more easily (especially if you keep phone and TV use at bay in the hour or so before bed).

When it comes to the design of the lamps themselves, materials like ceramic, marble and wood are a good bet for a look that’s natural and tactile. Glazed ceramic bases can add some soft color to your decor, while clear glass blends in seamlessly to the environment. Here are a few of our favorite accent lamps to get you started!

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10 Great Cooking Sets for Your Kitchen

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Le Creuset Signature Set

The heat conducting properties of cast iron are the secret to perfectly roasted chicken, savory stews, and tender, seared meats. Heavy duty and built to last a lifetime, this enameled, chip-resistant set includes a classic dutch oven, a saucier, a grill pan and a rectangular baker.

SHOP NOW: Le Creuset, was $970, now $750

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20 Signature Cocktails for Fall Weddings

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It’s that time of year again—the leaves are starting to turn, the air is getting crisp, and it’s time to bring out all those delicious fall flavors (apples! cinnamon!) in baked goods, savory soups and coffee (PSL, anyone?). You’ll be stashing away your summer dresses and bringing out the cozy knits. And your table might even get a makeover with jewel tones and autumn colors taking center stage.

If you happen to be getting married during the fall, it’s likely you’ll be incorporating some of the colors, scents, and traditions of the seasons into your wedding decor and menu. And your signature drink is no exception! Fall cocktails are all about rich flavors; think dark rum paired with sweet apples, bourbon infused with the flavors of nutmeg and vanilla bean, or a cardamon-scented spiked chai.

On the lighter side, sparkly Prosecco, pear, ginger and sage are a match made in heaven. You also can’t go wrong with the aromatic, herbaceous flavor of rosemary in a range of cocktails, from a simple gin and lemon combo to a more involved concoction. And with winter on its way, citrus fruits like grapefruit or orange can be a bright addition to either refreshing bubblies or warming mulled drinks spiced with cinnamon and cloves.

Take a cue from the flavors of the season for your special wedding cocktail (we guarantee that your guests will be happy). Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite ideas for signature cocktails for a fall wedding.

1. Cider and Stormy

Courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

Ingredients:

2 oz. Descendant Apple Cider

2 oz. dark rum

4 oz. Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer Mini

1 lime, halved

Combine apple cider, rum, ginger beer and juice of half of the lime in a cocktail shaker or tall glass and stir until combined. Cut the other half of the lime into wedges and serve in a tall glass over ice.

2. Deep Cranberry Bliss

Courtesy of Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka

Recipe courtesy of William Escalante at The Bygone Restaurant Baltimore

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka

¾ oz. ginger syrup*

¾ oz. Tait Farms spiced apple shrub

½ oz. fresh lime juice

1 dash of apple bitters

Shake and strain into a highball glass. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with dried cranberries and a lime wedge.

*Ginger syrup: Peel and mince ½ pound ginger. Add ginger to 8 cups water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes. Strain and discard ginger. Add 8 cups sugar, stirring to dissolve.

3. The Great Maple Pumpkin

Courtesy of Sugar Island Spiced Rum

Recipe courtesy of Sugar Island Spiced Rum

Ingredients:

1 ½ parts Sugar Island Spiced Rum

1 part Maker’s Mark Bourbon

½ part maple syrup

1 Egg White

1 parts Pedro Ximénez Sherry

1 Spoonful Pumpkin Puree

1 part Cream (or half and half)

Combine all ingredients and dry shake, add ice and shake again; strain in a lowball and garnish with pumpkin spice!

4. Ruffino Jack of Spades

Courtesy of Ruffino Prosecco

Recipe courtesy of Ruffino Prosecco

Ingredients:

2 parts Ruffino Prosecco

1½ parts cognac

¾ parts lemon juice

1 part apple cider

½ part honey syrup (2:1 honey to water)

Apple slice

Shake the cognac, lemon, apple cider, and honey syrup. Strain into a lowball glass with ice and top with Ruffino Prosecco. Garnish with an apple slice.

5. Apples and Bourbon

Courtesy of Maker’s Mark Bourbon

Recipe courtesy of Elad Zvi, Co-Founder of BarLab

Ingredients:

1 ¾ parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon infused with apples*

½ part Aperol

¾ part lemon juice

½ part thyme honey

Dash maple bitters

Thyme sprig and apple slice for garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with thyme sprig and apple slice.

*Infuse bourbon by adding fresh apple slices, with the skins, to Maker’s Mark bourbon. Allow to rest for 1-2 days (to taste). Remove apples and store in refrigerator.

6. Ginger Apple Cooler

Courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

Ingredients:

2 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

1 tsp. Maple Syrup

1 tsp. lemon juice

Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer, to fill

Candied Ginger for garnish

Combine whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice and ice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Serve topped with ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger.

7. Pear in Spirit

Courtesy of Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters

Recipe courtesy of Veronica Riffo at Stateside Seattle

Ingredients:

1 1/2 dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters

1 1/2 oz. House Infused Chai Spice Rum

1 oz. Crimson Pear Juice

1/4 oz. Chai Simple Syrup

1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

1/4 oz. Orgeat

Shake, double-strain, & serve up. Garnish with a dried slice of Chai-spiced pear.

8. Sun Ra

Courtesy of Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça

Recipe courtesy of Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. Novo Fogo Silver

½ oz. Zaya Rum

½ rosemary simple syrup

1 oz. lemon juice

Shake with sprig of rosemary and fine strain over fresh ice. Top with the ½ oz. Zaya Rum. Garnish with rosemary.

9. Bourbon Milk Punch

Courtesy of Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Recipe courtesy of Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Ingredients:

2 cups cream

2 cups whole milk

1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon

¾ cup sifted powdered sugar

½ vanilla bean

Fresh grated nutmeg

In a metal bowel over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk, and bourbon until nice and frothy. Add vanilla bean and strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Place pitcher in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring on occasion. Pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

10. Rum Java Float

Courtesy of Sugar Island Spiced Rum

Recipe courtesy of Sugar Island Spiced Rum

Ingredients:

2 parts Sugar Island Spiced Rum

2 ½ parts Cold Brew Coffee

½ part Orgeat Syrup

Vanilla Ice Cream

Shake rum, orgeat, and coffee together and strain into a highball with ice. Top with a scoop of ice cream.

11. Orange Cinnamon Blossom

Courtesy of Santa Margherita Prosecco

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita Prosecco

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

1/2 lemon

1/2 orange

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 cup sugar

3 whole cloves

3 whole allspice

2 cinnamon sticks

Rinse lemon and orange and thinly slice them, discarding seeds; quarter the orange slices. Put fruit in a 4- to 5-quart pan. Add honey, sugar (use the smaller amount if you prefer drinks on the tart side, the larger if you want a sweeter flavor), cloves and allspice. With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips. Add cinnamon and 2 cups water to pan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes. Pour Prosecco into hot citrus base and heat until steaming, about 8 minutes. Keep warm over low heat. Ladle into heatproof cups or wineglasses.

12. Oh My Pumpkin Pie

Lara Ferroni

Recipe courtesy of Sake One

Ingredients:

3 oz G Joy Saké

3 tbsp pumpkin pie filling

3/4 cup egg nog

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Whipped cream for garnish

Combine in shaker with ice. Top with whipped cream.

13. Ginger Sage Cocktail

Sid Hoeltzell

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita Prosecco

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

Simple Syrup1 cup honey

3 cups water

2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced

1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced

20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)

In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves.

Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.

Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsps of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore and serve.

14. Liquid Smoke

Courtesy of Slow and Low Rye

Recipe courtesy of Slow and Low Rye

Ingredients:

1 1/4 oz Slow and Low Rye

3/4 Coffee Infused Cynar

2 dashes Walnut Bitters

Stir on the rocks, strain, pour in to glass and add a cherry garnish.

15. Diamond District

Courtesy of Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Recipe courtesy of Max Green of Amor y Amargo & Coup

Ingredients:

1 oz. Woodford Reserve Rye

2 oz. Carpano Antica

2 dash of Scrappy’s Lime Bitters

Add all ingredients to the mixing glass, stir and stain into a chilled coup, garnish with a lemon twist.

16. Blood Orange Margarita

Courtesy of Corralejo Tequila

Recipe courtesy of Corralejo Tequila

Ingredients:

2 oz. Corralejo Reposado Tequila

3 oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice

¾ fresh Lime Juice

1 oz. Simple syrup

Rub the rim of an old fashioned glass (or whatever similar vessel you prefer to drink out of) with an edge of a blood orange slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of Koher or Sea Salt to the Rim. Combine a few cubes of ice into a salted glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.

17. Mezcal Mule

Courtesy of Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal

Recipe courtesy of Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal

Ingredients:

2 oz. Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal

1.5 oz. ginger beer

¾ oz. lime juice

¾ oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

Stir to combine, pour over rocks and garnish with lime.

18. Nutty Aunt

Courtesy of SVEDKA Vodka

Recipe courtesy of SVEDKA Vodka

Ingredients:

1 part SVEDKA Cherry

1 part apple juice

¼ part amaretto liqueur

¾ part fresh lemon juice

Dash Angostura bitters

Soda water

Combine ingredients in a large punch bowl over ice. Garnish with star anise, cranberries and orange wheels. Add a splash of soda water when serving.

19. Fall Fling

Andrew Kist

Recipe courtesy of Alex Valencia of La Contenta, NYC

Ingredients:

1 ½ parts Tres Agaves Reposado

5 parts Sangrita*

½ part Lime juice

Grapefruit soda (Squirt or Jarritos)

Build the drink in the glass by first putting the tequila in the glass, then add the Sangrita mix and top off with grapefruit soda; stir ingredients together in highball glass and garnish with grapefruit wheel.

See more: 50 Signature Cocktails for Summer Weddings

20. Casa Noble Buried Treasure

Courtesy of Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

Recipe courtesy of Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

Ingredients:

2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

0.75 oz orange-chamomile simple syrup*

0.5 oz lemon juice

0.25 oz spiced rum

2 dashes bitters

Orange zest

Tarragon sprig

Combine all ingredients, except orange zest and tarragon, into mixing glass and stir.

Strain into glass over ice. Squeeze orange zest; rub around rim and drop into glass.

Garnish with tarragon sprig.

*Orange Chamomile Simple Syrup Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

3 chamomile tea bags

1 orange tea bag

Combine sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves and water begins to boil. Remove from heat; add tea bags. Let steep for 1 hour, then cool.

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10 Amazing Flatware Sets For Your Registry

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Next to plates and glasses, flatware is one of the top essentials you need to set a gorgeous table. And your registry is the time to get stocked up (and maybe throw away those old mismatched forks from your college days).

If you have the space, you might want to consider having two sets of flatware, one for every day (definitely go with a dishwasher-safe version here) and one for dinner parties and special occasions. It’s also totally ok to just have one favorite pattern for everything! In general, entertaining is a much more casual affair than it used to be. While you still might want to invest in an old-school classic like sterling silver (or maybe you have a collection that’s passed down from your mom or grandmother), these days it’s really all about modern pieces that won’t break the bank. And if you want it, you can still get that old-world vibe with styles that are infinitely easier to care for (no hand washing and polishing!).

Another question to ponder: how many place settings should you register for? Think about how you entertain- smaller, more casual cocktail parties or more formal, sit down dinners? It’s a good rule of thumb to have at least eight matching sets so you’ll be ready for whatever comes at you, be it your first time hosting Thanksgiving or a super bowl chili fest.

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7 Delicious Fall Detox Recipes (& the Gear You Need to Make Them)

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Ahh September. Those days of pool-side lounging and rose-drinking have sadly come to an end (at least for a little while; spring break is just around the corner!). We usually think of post-holiday slump in January as the time for a good detox, but those post-Labor day feelings of overindulgence are also very real. We have a tendency to go full steam in those last few weeks of summer, especially with all the big vacations and backyard parties on the books.

The shift in seasons is another great time to talk stock of your lifestyle habits and goals, especially in the months before the holiday season descends. Even if you’re not in literal “back-to-school” mode, September feels like the start of a new year—and what better way to jump start your goals than with a healthy eating overhaul? It’s not hard to get your habits back on track, especially if you have some good kitchen gear and handy recipes to get you inspired. A powerful blender or time-saving prep gadget can make a world of difference when you’re trying out a new eating plan (it definitely makes it more fun!).

Here are 7 detox meals to get fall starting on the right (healthy) foot!

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7 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices for Dealing with Pre-Wedding Stress

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Wedding stress getting you down? It’s all too easy to get caught up in the planning and let your well-being (that usually means your sleep and eating habits) decline when you’re burning the candle at both ends. The other thing that tends to happen when stress levels skyrocket: inflammation kicks in. Ever had a sore neck, a migraine, or other bodily ailment when you’re feeling drained and overextended? Inflammation is our body’s natural response to irritants, whether it’s stress-related or a product of your environment.

Acute inflammation (spraining an ankle or getting a bruise) is totally normal response, albeit painful, that should go away under proper care. But low-level inflammation over a period of time is a little bit more under-the-radar and insidious—and can potentially cause or exacerbate many chronic diseases, from to diabetes to cancer. The good news is that a lot of this type of inflammation can be avoided by making changes in your diet and by steering clear of sugary drinks, processed foods, and other not-so-healthy habits like smoking and excess drinking.

In the days, weeks and months before your big day, it’s a good idea to load up on healthy fruits and veggies that will keep your energy high and your stress levels down. Dark, leafy greens, Omega-3-loaded fish like wild salmon, and low-glycemic, antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries will help your body deal better with whatever is thrown at it (this includes boosting immunity during flu season). And while nutrient-rich foods are great to help with stress and inflammation, there are a few other secret weapons that might just be sitting in your panty. We’re talking herbs and spices. In addition to amping up the flavors in your food (remembering that a little goes a long way), adding some of these powerhouse seasonings to your diet can really help your heath over time.

Here are some of our favorite herbs and spices to reduce inflammation and take your meals—and your health—to the next level.

See more: 6 Foods to Eat When You’re Stressed

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27 Products You Need for the Perfect Bar Cart

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It’s time to get the party started. It’s also time to stop spending $18 per cocktail when you meet up with friends. Invite them over—and put your home bar to use! You don’t even need that many supplies or bottles to mix the perfect drink. Just be sure to round out the hardworking hard liquor with a few favorite accessories so your bar cart is a marriage of the practical and personal, whether you’re hosting a crowd or making mojitos for two.

So what else do you need to turn your bar cart into entertaining central?

Your bar cart is also a spot where you can show off your decorating style. “Make it personal,” says Vanessa Dina, author of The Art of the Bar Cart: Styling & Recipes. “I like to add framed photos, vintage matches, bowls of citrus, and potted herbs or flowers for color.” When it comes to the drinks themselves, Tyson Buhler, beverage director of Death & Co. in NYC, says to simplify things and complete these steps ahead of time: “Make a batch of simple syrup, juice citrus, and decant liquids into decorative bottles for easy pouring,” he says. “When guests arrive, you’ll be all set.”

Think about everything you might need, and then all the things you actually want to display. Some items that are useful for cocktails aren’t super pretty (like that old bottle of coconut rum you got at the airport on the way back from vacation), and might be best left behind cupboard doors. Choose the prettiest or most unusual bottles to keep on display and put the other ones away. If you have a favorite liquor that you like to have on-hand at the end of the day, decant it into a lidded carafe so it’s easy to access.

When it comes to decor items as well, it’s good to be selective about what you put on the cart. It’s a small space, after all, and you’ll want to keep things easy to find. Stash smaller items like bottle openers, wine stoppers, and other useful tools in decorative boxes or bowls. If you have space, you might want to keep some glassware on-hand, but chances are you’ll have more space for for that set of eight champagne flutes in a cupboard where there’s a bit more space. Don’t forget some purely decorative items like a flower in a bud vase, a candle or a vintage objet that you picked up at a flea market.

Stock these spirits on your bar cart

“The vast majority of classic cocktails can be made with just a few bottles,” says Buhler. In addition to the hard stuff, make sure to have on hand ice, bubbly (we love Veuve or Moët), and soda water (LaCroix, anyone?).

Dark: Bourbon, Whiskey, Rum

These essentials are the foundations for classics like the Manhattan, mint julep, and piña colada.

Light: Vodka, Gin, Tequila

For a refreshing cocktail like a citrus-spiked gimlet or margarita, go with one of these tried-and-true liquors.

Sweet and Bitter: Campari, Aperol, St-Germain

These herbaceous varieties are great for guests who like lighter drinks. “You can make an excellent spritz with just Campari, orange zest, and soda water,” Dina says.

To get you started on the bar cart of your dreams, we’ve rounded up everything you’ll need to stock up on!

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Get Inspired by This Couple's Lush, Plant-Filled Loft

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The loft of newlyweds Hilton Carter and Fiona Vismans is both a home and a garden. Overlooking Jones Falls, a stream that runs through Baltimore, the light-filled apartment reflects Hilton’s love of plants (follow him @hiltoncarter). He’’s an artist by day, and Fiona is a dentist with her own practice in the city. Together, they make a cozy home that works for both of them (and it proves that you can never have too many plants).

Fiona: We first met when we were neighbors…

Hilton: She knocked on my door to ask me to turn down my music.

Fiona: Dating your neighbor fast-forwards the relationship. He was at my place, or I was at his. Basically, it was like we were living together.

Hilton: After dating for a year, we moved into a new place together. At that point I was fully into my plant obsession.

Fiona: I had a few plants of my own before I met him, so it wasn’’t too hard to adjust. And he does the heavy lifting when it comes to the watering!

Hilton: Even our wedding was surrounded by plants. We got married this past spring in Tulum, Mexico. Knowing that we could have our ceremony in a jungle made it the perfect choice.

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6 Foods to Eat When You're Stressed

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Ahh, stress. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle of work and life—especially if you have a big life event like, um, a wedding to plan! The first thing that tends to go when you’re burning the candle at both ends is your eating habits. While junk and comfort foods may be totally appealing when you’re on the run (or just wiped out at the end of a crazy day), excess sugar, carbs and dairy are not going to help the situation. In fact, processed foods that are loaded down with tons of salt and calories might feel good in the moment, but will actually make your blood sugar spike (which means an eventual crash) and make anxieties rise —definitely not what you need when wedding planning.

Instead, reach for some superfoods. They don’t have to be rare Amazonian berries or hard-to-find Ayurvedic remedies (although those won’t hurt either!). So many great stress-reducing foods just can be found in the aisles of your grocery store, and they’re super easy to prepare, or even to just pick up on the go. It’s all about just looking out for some key ingredients, and keeping those processed foods (including caffeine) at a minimum. The result? More energy to tackle that to-do list.

Here are some great foods to grab to keep your energy up and your stress levels down when you’re wedding planning.

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12 Products For the Outdoorsy Couple

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Are you the type of couple that has a bucket list filled with adventurous excursions? Hikes in the Himalayas, maybe? Sea kayaking in Baja? Road tripping through all the national parks? Or maybe the two of you love to spend summer evenings on the side of a lake, roasting marshmallows over a fire, and curling up to sleep in a cozy tent. Or perhaps you’re city dwellers that just have a hankering to dip your toes into some outdoor adventures (low key and relaxed, thank you very much).

If you’re a newbie to the outdoor aisle, one of the best times to try out activities and gear is when you’re registering for your wedding. Thankfully, registries these days are more than just fancy china and silver (as much as we do love a pretty table setting). It’s all about how you really want to spend time together. And if that means pitching a tent in the wilderness, then by all means, go for it!

Outdoorsy gear can range from the totally practical (shelter from the elements) to the cutest, highly Instagram-able accessories (fireside panini maker, anyone?). The main thing for a romantic outdoor getaway is to be comfortable and cozy. That means a tent that will keep you warm and dry and fun cooking gear for those nights around the fire. And it’s not just limited to accessories. Consider putting that pair of snowboards or canoe on your registry. Even if it’s more on the pricey side, some of your guests might love to chip for a group gift that’s really reflective of your true loves and interests.

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