Turkey Day @ The Bungalow & Cyber Monday Sale Favorites

Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI hope you all had a wonderful & happy Thanksgiving! Sincerest apologies for dipping out all week last week, I got completely caught up in a few last minute client projects, along with preparing my own house/table/menu for Thanksgiving, and time just got away from me. As usual, Turkey Day at The Bungalow was a complete whirlwind – I feel like a blinked and it was all over! I decided to start dinner earlier this year, around 1:00, so everyone could be on their merry way before most other people had finished eating. However it didn’t actually work out that way, as we all ended up just eating and drinking longer – ha!

Thanksgiving-Table-Flowers-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAs per my usual, I got so caught up having a good time I barely took any pictures! I did manage to snap a few pics of the table on my iPhone before our guests arrived. Last year our table was set for 12, so in lieu of having a tablecloth custom-made to accommodate the 10 ft. table, I picked up some cheap burlap to achieve a seamless look. This year our table was quite a bit smaller, so I just trimmed down the burlap from last year to fit – I love the subtle texture it brings to the table, allowing the other elements to take center-stage! The flowers were supermarket bunches from Wegmans that I combined and arranged in driftwood hurricanes. And the place settings were a combination of old – my Great Grandmother’s china and vintage Lenox glasses; and new – Pier 1 chargers, Pier 1 napkins, Anthropologie hobnail glasses (similar here & here), Pier 1 napkin rings, Rifle Paper Co. place cards (similar), bamboo flatware, cutlery I picked up on our trip to Bordeaux (similar) and gold leaf plates (similar).

Thanksgiving-too-much-turkey-thai-red-snapper-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBy Saturday we were pretty sick of turkey, so we headed out to one of our favorite Thai restaurants to devour this guy. And seeing as I don’t do Black Friday crowds (way too intimidating), here are a few of my favorite Cyber Monday sales:

  • 6PM • 15% off w/ code 6PMCYBMON113020141535
  • Anthropologie • 20% off sale & free shipping on all orders
  • Asos • 30% off w/ code ILOVEMONDAYS
  • J.Crew •  30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum w/ code MONDAY
  • Piperlime • 30% off sitewide + 40% off markdowns w/ code CYBERSALE

Happy Shopping!

Turkey Day Table Essentials

Burlap by the Yard // White Hobnail Salad Plates // White Beaded Bowls // White Scalloped Dinner Plates //  Green Fleur-de-Lys Tumblers // Emerald Stemware // Hemstitch Napkins //Crate of Pumpkins // Extension Wood Dining Table {under $700}

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I wanted to share a few of my Thanksgiving table essentials with you all. As I mentioned before I love to entertain, so along with Thanksgiving, we also usually host a bunch of other holidays throughout the year.

  • White Dinnerware – As much as I would love to have a different set of china/dinnerware for each holiday, the cost/storage ratio is just completely unrealistic at this point in my life. The colors in my Nonna’s china I inherited (which you can see here along with last year’s Thanksgiving table) compliments the traditional Thanksgiving hues quite nicely, with pops of orange, green and brown. I have the standard 12-person place setting, so for larger gatherings I like to incorporate my everyday white dinnerware into the mix – which includes a collection of plates and bowls with varrying shapes and textures, like this scallop dinner plate, this hobnail salad plate and this beaded bowl.
  • Extending Dining Tables &  Tablecloths – Having an extending dining table is an absolute savior for larger gatherings. Finding extra long tablecloths to fit it (along with the additional one or two folding tables that may need to flank each end) is not so easy. Since I usually alternate place settings with my china and basic white dinnerware, I like to use burlap in place of tablecloths to create one consistent base. This is also WAY cheaper than having something custom made – no hems required (just make sure you air out the burlap the day before!).
  • Simple Decor – Even though I typically serve the entrees from the buffet, I do like to keep a few things on the table so our guests don’t have to constantly get up and down throughout the meal  – glass bottles of water (just bought these and love them), bread, butter, extra gravy and salt & pepper. However once you add all these items plus your dinnerware, stemware, flatware & napkins there’s not a ton of room left. In lieu of giant floral arrangements,  I like to keep things simple with multiples of little pumpkins flower arrangements & pumpkins in varying festive hues.
  • Festive Napkins & Stemware – A few years ago I picked up a ton of green tumblers (similar to these) from Anthropolgie for the cost I would have paid for a fancy flour arrangement. I chose green because not only is it one of our favorite colors, but it coordinates with almost every holiday we host – green & orange for Thanksgiving, green & red for Christmas Eve, green & pink for Easter, it even looks great with my blue & white pottery for summer evening soirees! They are one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Then a year later I was gifted a gorgeous vintage set of wine goblets (similar to these) that match the tumblers perfectly, and I use them both ALL THE TIME! Topped off with festive colored napkins, and you have the perfect amount of Thanksgiving flair without overdoing it.

Turkey Day • What to Wear

Madewell sweater dress {also love this one for under $40 use code ONSAVENOW for an additional 20% off & this one for under $30+free shipping} // Loren Hope earrings // J.Crew Scarf {also love this one for under $20+free shipping} // A.P.C. Andrea Bag // Aquazzura suede booties

We’ve hosted Thanksgiving for the past few years, and one of the things I’ve learned is the ovens fluctuate the temps in kitchen and surrounding rooms pretty drastically throughout the day, so chic-comfy layers are an absolute must! I’m really loving this Madewell turtleneck sweaterdress right now, which can be worn bare-legged or with tights (I’m obsessed with this fleece-lined pair for really cold days!). The orange toned earrings and scarf add the perfect amount of festive flair without overdoing it, and how gorgeous are those green suede Aqauzurra booties?!

Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving? Any tips? Would love to hear from you!

The Holidays • The Casual In-Betweens

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The Holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of the year! I’m pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to color schemes for holiday decorating & the table setting {always adding in a fun twist, of course!}. However as our family continues to grow, we don’t get to see everyone that we’d like to the day-of. Casual “in-between” get-togethers amongst family & friends have become more & more common, which I actually really love – the more parties the better, in my opinion!

I like to switch up the color scheme for such occasions, and right now I’m loving the idea of using powdery whites with different shades of blue and a shiny pops of silver for a festive flair. My entertaining style in general is pretty casual, and for these occasions I especially like to keep things low-key, serving all the food from the buffet. A cozy sweater, gorgeous scalloped plaid skirt, comfy flats and a little bit of bling is perfect for hosting such occasions – and compliments the buffet quite nicely!

How do you handle not being able to see everyone you like to the day-of? I think it’s a lot of pressure to put on one day. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanksgiving @ The Bungalow

Thanksgiving-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI hope you all had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Day dinner at The Bungalow was somewhat of a whirlwind, I feel like I blinked and it was all over! Dinner went off without a hitch, I brined the turkey and cannot recommend the extra step enough (I used this recipe). Although I did flood the kitchen with raw turkey water twice – it was not a pretty scene! Luckily that took place in the morning, so everything was disinfected twice over before our guest’s arrival. Next year I will be using a bucket in place of the turkey brining bag!

As per my usual, I got so caught up having a good time I barely took any pictures – I really need to remember to do this at our upcoming holiday party! I did manage to snap a few pics of the table on my iPhone before our guests arrived. We usually have a decent size crowd, and this year the table was set for 12. In lieu of having a tablecloth custom-made to accommodate the 10 ft. table, I picked up some cheap burlap to achieve a seamless look.

Thanksgiving-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ.jpgThe flowers were supermarket bunches that I combined and arranged in tortoise drinking glasses – I love the repetition of them going down the table!

Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ.jpgAnd the place settings were a combination of old – my Great Grandmother’s china and vintage Lenox glasses; and new – Pier 1 chargers, Pier 1 napkins, Anthropologie hobnail glasses (similar), Pier 1 napkin ringsRifle Paper Co. place cards.

I think a good time was had by all! How was your Thanksgiving?

Turkey Day Attire

Thanksgiving-Outfit-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThanksgiving is a marathon of an event, and as the host I want to make sure I appear chic and feel comfortable throughout the day. Following along with my theme of a traditional Thanksgiving color palette with a twist, I’m thinking this elegant burgundy lace top, comfy army-green corduroys and fun leopard kitten heels would be perfectly unexpected! Of course the orange tone earrings and nail polishadd the perfect amount of classic hues into the mix!

Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita // Lace Top (30% off today!) // Ursa Earrings // Surf Bangles // Clare Vivier Clutch // Midrise Toothpick Corduroys (25% off through 11/24!) // Essie Braziliant Nail Polish // Loeffler Randall Tasmin Classic Pump 

Thanksgiving Recipe Favorites

Thanksgiving-Menu-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignI love finding a little updates to the classic holiday recipes, and learning what others bring to their table time and time again! So as a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you. And I would really LOVE to hear from you, so please share some of your favorites in the comment section below!

1- Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey! We usually have a decent size crowd – around 15 people – so a full size turkey is the way to go. Ina Garten’s Roast Turkey with Truffle Butter is my go-to recipe. It keeps the poultry moist and delicious, while the truffles add a wonderful hint of flavor that our guests can never quite put their finger on!

*Note: Truffle butter can be found in most gourmet food stores – I always pick up mine in Wegmans (I buy the white truffle version) – but if you’re having trouble finding it, you can mix truffle salt with unsalted butter to achieve a similar flavor.

2- My 90-year-old grandmother makes the gravy every year (she rocks!) and I’ve finally learned how to make it on my own – which took years of observation to accomplish (although I wouldn’t dare make it when she’s over!). I don’t have an exact recipe with measurements (will try to take notes this holiday!), but what I can share with you is this incredible recipe for Cranberry Fruit Conserve that will blow your traditional cranberry sauce out of the water – I highly recommend trying it!

3- On to the stuffing, possibly my favorite trimming! Sydney’s Mom’s Chestnut, Sausage and Apple Stuffing is pure perfection, bringing together the gastronomic trinity of tart, savory and sweet. A mixture of velvety roasted chestnuts, tart apples, sweet Italian sausage, chewy dried cranberries, aromatic rosemary, and tarragon – which adds a slight hint of licorice and entirely different dimension to the dish. Everything a proper stuffing should have, in my opinion! I make mine the day before to let the flavors marinate.

4- Growing up, my Italian side of the family not only served the full Thanksgiving spread, but it was proceeded by an entire Italian feast of lasagna, manicotti, beef stuffing, stuffed artichokes and more. Eating two HUGE meals in one day no longer takes place, but we make sure to keep a few Italian recipes in the mix. In lieu of the traditional meat and red sauce lasagna, I make this insanely decadent Butternut Squash version.

5- I’m not a huge fan of mashed potatoes when there are so many other options to be had, but my husband would boycott Thanksgiving if they were not on the table – and I have to admit I even like this buttermilk mashed potatoes recipe. Ricing the potatoes through a food mill creates the most velvety texture, and the buttermilk adds the slightest tang to the rich dish. The recipe even includes a cool trick on how to make the potatoes in advance and keep them warm.

6- Finally, you need to have something green on the table and Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts is it. Of course bacon is loaded on, it is Thanksgiving after all!

In true Thanksgiving fashion most guests bring along a dish or two, so this is only a small clipping of the gluttonous meal!

What’s on your Thanksgiving table? Any new recipes you recommend trying out?

A Colorful Thanksgiving Table

Colorful-Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWith Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I’ve had table settings on my mind. This year I’m really inspired in taking the traditional Thanksgiving color palette and mixing it up with unconventional hues.

When it comes to the holiday’s I tend to be more of a traditionalist, so I certainly couldn’t nix orange all together, but think mint green would be a fun update for a colorful table – and how perfect would those Anthro plates be to go along with?! I’d add lots of natural textures like driftwood hurricanes, a woven fiber table runner and wood bark pedestal stand to balance off the look!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year (or in charge of the table)? If so, what are your plans?

Woven Table Runner // Hemstick Napkin // Lohja Dinner Plate // Dervish Wine Glass // Hobnail Tumbler // Gold Flatware // Washed Linen Tablecloth // Woodbark Pedestal Stand // Diftwood Hurricane