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From Raleigh with Love: Your Holiday Pie Guide


Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try out the local bakeries that you've been meaning to check out! The shops we picked are some of our favorites in Raleigh and Durham. They have all have a well-rounded selection of locally made seasonal pies, rolls, gluten-free options, and pastries for this Thanksgiving.


Guglhupf Bakery: This is the perfect place to get a traditional apple streusel tart or apple or cherry strudel for your holiday spread. Make sure to place your order by Sunday, Nov 22nd at 6pm to ensure availability!

Boulted Bread: They've got the bases covered with apple pie, sweet potato pie, spoonbread, brioche rolls, and an assorted pastry package to get Thanksgiving morning started right. Use this order form to reserve yours.

"Pie makes everybody happy."

- Laurie Halse Anderson

lucettegrace : They were a must for us to include on this menu because they are catering to the gluten free crowd too with their chocolate almond torte. They're also offering pumpkin cake, pecan pie, and a Thanksgiving Brunch Box option. Order by Friday November 20th!

Groovy Duck Bakery: They have an extensive special menu with seven different pie offerings including-- apple, pecan, french silk, cherry berry, pumpkin mousse, and traditional pumpkin or sweet potato. Not to mention, Cinderella pumpkin bread, yeast rolls, pumpkin cheesecake, and seriously so much more. They recommend getting your order in asap!

Scratch Bakery: They're mixing it up with Shaved Brussel Sprout and Bacon Crostata, Coconut Caramel Cream Pie, and Sweet Potato Biscuits. Check it out their full menu and order by November 22nd.

Thanksgiving Celebrations in Disguise

Thanksgiving Celebrations in Disguise

We thought we would let you in on a little secret, other countries celebrate their own versions of Thanksgiving too. They may not happen during November, but there are many vibrant, culturally rich harvest celebrations happening the world over. The Papilia team hand-picked five harvest festivals for you to check out. Who knows... these could be a great conversation starter around your dinner table this Thanksgiving.

HOMOWO Festival

Ghana | August 31st- September 2nd, 2015

HOMOWO Festival is the Harvest Festival celebrated by the Ga people from the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Traditional priests sow millet in May and upon sowing the millet, the priests proclaim a thirty-day ban on drumming throughout the land.

Oral tradition says that severe famine broke out among the people during their migration to present day Accra. When their hunger ended and with great joy they "hooted at hunger" and this is the meaning of HOMOWO.

UK Harvest Festival

United Kingdom | Dates Vary

In Britain, a successful harvest is celebrated by singing, praying, and decorating the churches throughout the country with food and fruit baskets. This is a tradition that has been celebrated since pagan times. They are traditionally held on the Sunday closest to the Harvest Moon. Some churches will use this time to teach school children and community members about the harvest process, and farming fruits and vegetables.

Tết Trung Thu

Vietnam | September 27th, 2015

Tết Trung Thu, as it is known in Vietnam, or the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival as we refer to it in America, is a wonderful, ancient (we mean ancient, it dates back 15-20,000 years) festival that revolves around children. It is one of the two most popular Vietnamese holidays.

Tết Trung Thu is like a combination of our Halloween and Thanksgiving. Children parade on the streets while singing and carrying colorful lanterns of different sizes.

It is said that originally, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival came about as a way for parents to make up for lost time with their children after harvest season. It was held under the full moon, which represents fullness and prosperity of life.

Sukkot or "Feast of Booths"

Israel | September 27th- October 4th, 2015

Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. The festival is marked by several distinct traditions. One, which follows the commandment to dwell in booths literally, is to erect a sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut. Sukkot (the plural of sukkah) are traditionally used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining, and even for sleeping.

This festival also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of the month of Tishrei.


India and Worldwide | November 11, 2015

Diwali is a contraction of the word Deephavali and means 'row of lights' in Sanskrit. The festival originated as a harvest festival. It is India's biggest and most important holiday of the entire year. Historically Diwali marks the end of the harvest season each year and takes place in either October or November. It is widely celebrated and there are many different traditions depending on where you are in the world. One common tradition is to place small clay oil lamps (or diyas) on the outside of homes, shops and offices throughout the five-day affair to celebrate.

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5 Simple Steps to Hosting a Fabulous Friendsgiving

5 Simple Steps to Hosting a Fabulous Friendsgiving


Friends and family, get ready! You may or may not be feel it yet, but the holiday season is here. Friendsgiving is a fun way to embrace the spirit with people you care about no matter where you are in the world. The Papilia team is here to give you some history about Friendsgiving along with simple tips to hosting your own.

What is Friendsgiving? Friendsgiving is a growing trend among the Millennial generation who are unable to make it home to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family. Other people tend to host a Thanksgiving-like feast in addition to celebrating Thanksgiving with their family.

Friendsgiving should be a fun event instead of a laborious one. We have five simple tips to help you host your own Friendgiving based on our own experiences.

  1. Consider your space + create a manageable guest list: Be realistic about the amount of people you can comfortably fit into your home, and create a guest list that aligns with your estimation.

  2. Plan ahead: People tend to book their vacations in advance. Send out an invite as early as October, and another reminder 10 days before the date you have selected so you know who will be attending. The number of people attending will determine the quantity of food you need to provide. Friendsgiving is typically hosted on Thanksgiving Day or before.

  3. Develop a menu + decide whether you will/will not be delegating responsibilities: Keep your menu simple to avoid stress. Take the time to decide how much of the cooking you would like to do or if hosting a potluck is the best way to go.

  4. Buy ingredients ahead of time: No one ever enjoys shopping for items amidst the holiday rush. Buy non perishable ingredients at least one week ahead and non perishable ingredients four days in advance.

  5. Have fun: You decided to host Friendsgiving to have a good time with your friends. Make a play list, think of games you typically like to play, and most importantly, don't forget to laugh.