Whether you’re hosting “Friendsgiving”, spending a quiet night in with y0ur soon-to-be hubby, or entertaining the in-laws this holiday, we’ve got three ideas to make your Thanksgiving a bit less hectic!
Fabulously Fall Centerpiece
How gourd-geous will this look at the center of your Thanksgiving table? Sarah from Intrigue Designs recommends incorporating texture into your centerpiece with fun elements such as ornamental kale and petite pumpkins. To keep her gourds from rotting, she gives them a quick bleach water bath that ensures their freshness for the life of the arrangement! See more on the blog at KariRider.com.
Pumpkin Spiced Cider
We can’t get enough of this festively-fall cocktail! It’s simple, it’s delicious, and it’s packed with the flavors of the season. Here’s what you’ll need:
Sparkling White Wine (we used a bubbly pino)
Pumpkin Brew (we used a pumpkin ale)
Directions: Chop apples into small slices and drop in the glass. Combine one part each of the sparkling white, pumpkin brew and apple cider. Stir with cinnamon sticks and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Can be served hot or cold! For all of your holiday libation needs, stop in Hair O’ The Dog on Marlboro Avenue in Easton!
Roasted Oysters with Bacon, Spinach, and Gruyere
November is a great time to enjoy local oysters, and this recipe adapted from Food52.com will make the perfect appetizer! A touch of bacon & cheese makes these fruits of the Chesapeake a hit with even the pickiest eaters!
2-3 dozen oysters (shucked on the ½ shell)
6 slices bacon (chopped into bits)
½ cup spinach (chopped)
½ cup Gruyere cheese (grated)
Pre-heat oven to Broil (can also be grilled).
Shuck the oysters so that they are opened but not removed from the shell.
On each half-shelled oyster put a pinch of:
Broil or grill for 3-4 minutes
Sarah and her team at Intrigue Design & Decor really know how to wow us with their styled shoots, and they’ve pulled out all the stops for this one! Check out all the moody autumn inspiration captured by Liz & Ryan Photography:
From Sarah at Intrigue: This whimsical shoot was designed with autumn in mind! The darker tones are balanced with the the refreshing elements of those unexpected warm autumn afternoons that are perfect for an outdoor afternoon reception here on the Eastern Shore.
The bride wears black and her maids in complimenting black gowns. The flowers pop with bright orange accents with a playful pattern wrapping the stems and cascading softly against the dark gowns. The pattern theme is continued for this #madpatternparty with addition of bold pillows, custom vases and a perfect place setting. Each detail comes together with remarkable balance as the patterns compliment each other.
The table is constructed of living moss for a creative and environmentally friendly presentation. The moss is accented by driftwood adding a touch of that coastal Eastern Shore whimsy.
Take one sweet couple, the picturesque views of Oxford and put Laura of Laura’s Focus Photography behind the lens, and you have the lovely sun-soaked engagement session of Tim & Sara!
From Laura of Laura’s Focus Photography: Tim came up with such a creative way to propose to Sara! It was the month of December and in their home was an advent calendar with boxes marked for each day of the week. Tim placed significant items in 4 of the boxes leading up to his proposal. First was an ornament of a santa with an inner tube since these two love to go to the beach. Next was an oyster shell for their new life on the eastern shore and a small frame with a print of the very first picture that Sara and Tim took together. Last was an ornament of a ring and as soon as Sara opened this box, Tim surprised her with an engagement ring and proposal! Both Sara and Tim grew up in the Baltimore area and lived just about 20 minutes from each other but it wasn’t until attending Mount St. Mary’s University that they met. They chose the cute town of Oxford, Maryland for their engagement session to signify their life on the shore. These two are so sweet together and I can’t wait for their wedding next year at the Tidewater Inn!
Photography | Laura’s Focus Photography