5 Holiday Entertaining Tips from The Fashionable Hostess

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Hosting the holidays can be incredibly rewarding...and incredibly stressful. Not only are you in charge of feeding your family, friends and those hard-to-please in-laws, but you're expected to serve everything up with a smile (when you'd much rather pull your hair out). Luckily, we spoke with The Fashionable Hostess herself, Amanda... read more

Done in a Day: 10 Festive Thanksgiving Mantels

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Get your mantel in shape for Thanksgiving with these ten festive fireplace ideas: White and wood tones make this mantel look super-simple and easy to recreate. Get the Look Not feeling those traditional Thanksgiving colors? Try incorporating bright hues like yellow and blue instead. Get the Look Hang small tags on... read more

7 Easy Pie Recipes to Master Before the Holidays

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Think hosting the holidays is hard? Try picking a favorite pie recipe. Between traditional pumpkin and sweet caramel apple, choosing one dessert isn't only unfair -- it's impossible. That's why I've rounded up seven crazy-good pie recipes to satisfy any dessert craving (including my favorite bite-sized version!). Mix it up with other Nesties who love... read more

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Side: Quick Spinach Salad

We get it. You're not hosting Thanksgiving dinner, so you volunteered to make a side dish--and then forgot about it...until now. Our easy spinach salad is the perfect solution. Try it out--and let us know what you think! Why we love it: This toss-together salad offers mouthwatering flavors and textures: tart dried cranberries, creamy... read more

Daily Dinner (and Dessert!) Idea: Olive Onion Tart and Crème Brûlée

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Today's daily dinner (and delicious dessert) idea is a meal that allows you to feel good and do good. Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen -- otherwise known as the World Wine Guys -- are donating a portion of the proceeds on sales of their Fire Island Cookbook to charities that serve... read more

Thanksgiving Desserts: 5 Alternatives to Pumpkin Pie

You don't have to eat pumpkin pie just because it's Thanksgiving. Change things up this year by serving a different kind of dessert with the traditional roast turkey and stuffing. Get inspired with five of our favorite sweet endings. Pumpkin Trifle: Don't feel like baking? Buy a loaf of pumpkin bread and follow this... read more

Thanksgiving Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie

Why we like it: It's even easier to make than traditional pumpkin pie. Time: 10 minutes (prep); 1 hr, 15 min (bake) Ingredients: 11 Source: The Food Network Get the recipe read more

5 Tips for Booking Your Thanksgiving Flight

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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, yet thousands of people still haven't nailed down their travel plans yet. A recently-released survey by revealed that 78 percent of people who said they were planning to travel over the holiday still hadn't booked their flights as of October 26. Problem is, a record number of Americans... read more

High-Tech Thanksgiving Turkey-Roasting Help: Will You Use It?

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Confession: I've never roasted a turkey, even for Thanksgiving dinner. My grandmother has always done the honors. She roasted her first turkey when she was 19, and she's insisted on preparing the Thanksgiving bird ever since. But even though she's a turkey-roasting pro, my grandma will tell you that preparing the perfect bird... read more