Design to Dish: Roasted Garlic Brisket

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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins in just two weeks! I’ve always, always wanted to celebrate Hanukkah. I’m a fan of pretty much any and every holiday, especially one with beautiful, sparkly decorations, glowing candlelight, and incredibly delicious food.

Speaking of delicious food, this slow-cooked garlic brisket is a long-time family favorite and would be perfect for Hanukkah dinner. The recipe was given to my mom decades ago by a woman at church, and we’ve made it ever since when we need something a little more special than our usual pot roast. It is simple to make and tastes fantastic, as all good recipes should. Happy Hanukkah!

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DIY: Three Easy Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas

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Here’s the thing: I’m not so great at wrapping presents. Those pesky corners never lay flat for me and for the life of me, I cannot tie the perfect bow. So, out of necessity, I make sure to add some flair to my simply wrapped gifts. Here are my three favorite ways to easily turn a so-so wrapping job into something much, much better.

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DIY: Modern Paper-Tree Garland

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum… Holiday decorating is in full swing! We love Christmas décor but usually try to keep things modern and simple. This DIY paper-tree garland is easy to make and would be fun project to work on with the kiddos!

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Ideas (In Under 10 Minutes!)

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, friends! We’re down to the wire and if you’re scrambling for time, don’t panic. We have six super-simple ideas that will guarantee a beautiful (and stress-free!) Thanksgiving celebration in under ten minutes, flat.

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Wedding Inspiration: 8 Cozy Ways to Use Faux Fur

There’s nothing more cozy than snuggling up with a faux-fur throw on a cold winter day. But faux fur isn’t just for your house (or closet) anymore, there are some really fun ways to incorporate it into your wedding day! From glam to rustic, adding a furry touch can warm up a frosty winter wedding. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

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How To: Throw the Perfect Holiday Party in Five Easy Steps

The holiday season means plenty of gatherings, parties, and hosting duties, all of which can certainly get a little overwhelming. Organization is always key to ensuring a stress-free event. To help you stay on top of things and handle everything with grace, I’ve laid out five easy steps for hosting the perfect holiday party.

This metallic-tinged tablescape inspired me to create some coordinating party elements below.

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My Thanksgiving Table: Lynn Knipe

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Lynn Knipe of Griffinbell Paper Co.
Where you’re based: Encinitas, CA
How long you’ve been with Minted: 4 years
My favorite thing about the holidays is… the festive get-togethers with friends and family.
This year, I’m thankful for… my family—my husband, our two kids, four cats, and one dog.
Stuffing—love it or loathe it? Stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving dish—I even have it for breakfast the following morning!
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving unless… I make one healthy, low-fat side dish that no one eats!

Here’s a little glimpse into my Southern California home and kitchen (a.k.a. Thanksgiving central!) and what I’ve got cooked up for the holiday this year.  —Lynn

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Maker Nights: Holiday Pin Boards at The Little Owl in NYC

We held our second Makers Night at The Little Owl – The Venue in New York City last week. Our project du jour was similar to our last Makers Night at the Goat Farm in Atlanta, where we made inspiration boards with Minted frames and fabric, but this one was geared toward making the boards for displaying incoming holiday cards.

We had over 40 crafters on hand and they took the styling of the boards very seriously!

Photo: Charlie Juliet Photography

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What I’m Thankful For: Jackie Mangiolino

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Jackie Mangiolino of Sincerely, Jackie
Where you’re based: Bellmore, New York
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since November 2009 (5 years!)
My favorite thing about the holidays is… the smells! Cookies baking, fresh pine trees, Christmas ham, and cinnamon in the fireplace. The smells bring me back to childhood.
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving unless… there’s a mini-crisis. One year my mother-in-law had a knife accident and almost lost a toe; another year my dad’s boat almost sank; and another year, there *shudder* wasn’t enough turkey. There’s always something totally unexpected that happens and makes for great future stories.
Stuffing—love it or loathe it? I love it. What’s not to love?!

Thanksgiving, to me, has always been a holiday representing gratitude and coming together. Growing up, my grandparents would host a feast for the entire family, which was no small feat with all four of their children and 12 of their grandchildren. My grandfather started the meal by saying a few words of thanks, and he would always get choked up when he thanked our troops and service men and women. It was a simple but powerful sentiment that reminded us all of just how free and fortunate we really were.

My grandparents no longer host Thanksgiving dinner, but my husband and I deeply cherish the tradition and meaning behind the holiday. For years my husband and I would dream of having a home where we could host Thanksgiving and bring our families together. Well, that year has come and this week my husband and I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 30 people in our new home! Our hearts are filled with immense gratitude, and we cannot wait to begin our own tradition of giving thanks.  —Jackie

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Printable “How to Holiday” List

The holidays are definitely a busy time of making, eating, and going places. Instead of trying to remember everything on your to-do list off the top of your head, let’s make things official (and a little more fun!) with a fill-in list. A “How to Holiday” list, to be exact, ready for you to print and hang up. Grab the download below.

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fill-in holiday list

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