Thanksgiving Traditions: The Great Pie Smash // Thanksgiving Casual Chic Look

1024 683 Brighter BOLD by Cara Newhart

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love snacks, especially dishes with loads of butter and carbs, so Thanksgiving is my favorite. I gain the "holiday 15" every year with no shame because it's almost winter and I'm getting my winter bod in shape. 

  

But seriously, Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday (Christmas is first, because duh). Today I'm breaking down how I styled this Thanksgiving casual look and where you can get it, and also talking about some of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions (which will be way more entertaining than my style advice). The most infamous tradition is the great pie smash, not only am I going to share all about what it is, but I've also included a video so you can get the full effect. 

  

I know you're excited, let's get started.

thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart

Thanksgiving Casual

Casual doesn't mean boring. In fact, casual chic is my favorite style since it usually means comfy but still classy. The trick to a stunning casual look is to put together a [comfy] casual outfit, then accessorize to add interest and dress it up. For my Thanksgiving look, I decided to rock the dress-over-jeans trend which is one of my favorite tends for fall.

   

This trend has been in and out since the 00's, so if you're not a fan, layering a dress over some chic leggings like THESE or THESE is also a great option (you can also see how I style those leggings here or the super lazy version here), which might be an important swap, depending on how much turkey or stuffing you plan to eat. 

  

Print-wise, I'm really loving black-based florals for fall and winter (also here), since they let you rock bright colors and a bold pattern without the light and airy feel. If you're on board, but aren't totally sure what makes up a good fall floral, go check out this post.

  

You can shop this whole look at the bottom of this post.

thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart

Thanksgiving Traditions

Most Thanksgiving family traditions include turkey, stuffing, and maybe an post-dinner game of football. While my family traditions include all of those, there were a couple additional ones that maybe weren't so typical.

   

First, there was the tradition of my grandfather going around the room asking everyone what they were thankful for...which took forever since my family was so huge. It was one of my least favorite parts of Thanksgiving as a kid though now I've grown to appreciate it. My grandpa would always go last and without fail his answer every year would be "I'm thankful for a thankful heart," my cousins would poke at him and say that his answer didn't count and then Thanksgiving dinner  would commence.

    

Other miscellaneous traditions included putting on a Thanksgiving play with all of my cousins and pies being made in giant sheet cake pans since my family was so big and also loved dessert. My cousin and I would plan a pre-dinner dessert heist where we tried to sample desserts without being caught. It took a lot of strategy to sample a perfectly gorgeous pie while limiting the damage and making it look accidental. There is one tradition however, that takes them all: the great pie smash.

thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart

THE GREAT PIE SMASH

Now, to fully understand the pie smash you have to understand my dad. He was a prankster through and through, but not in the normal dad-pranks sort of way. The most famous example was the hamster surprise of 2011, where he proceeded to send a hamster through the drive-thru tube at the bank. The teller, with a shocked face, asked "What's this?" to which my dad replied "He's always wanted to do that."

After getting over the initial shock, the tellers loved the idea since bank tubes are clearly just giant automated hamster tubes, and proceeded to give the little guy a photo shoot before sending him back. Don't worry, no hamsters were harmed in the execution of this prank...although if he was it would have been well-deserved. That little thing was an asshole.

   

Ok, so now on to the pie smash. I don't know when it started but it was a staple. Every year there was an "adults table" and a "kids table" (aka me and all my cousins). My dad, of course, sat at the kids' table. Every year without fail, he would team up with 3-5 cousins and start formulating a plan to smash a pie in someones face. Sometimes it was a wild chase with a struggle, other times it was as simple as him asking "Does that whipped cream smell like cherries to you?" and proceeding to shove the victim's head down into the pie when they went in for a sniff.

   

My favorite pie smash was the time we invited a non-related family over for Thanksgiving dinner (my grandma always invited anyone and everyone that didn't have a place to go), and they were totally unaware of the tradition, so cheers erupted from the kids table when their unsuspecting college-age son was delivered a pie to the face. 

  

For the full effect, here's a video of my brother conducting a pie smash in slo-mo on my middle sister, circa 2013:

   

What's your favorite Thanksgiving memory? What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Leave a comment below, or use #BrighterBold

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thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart
thanksgiving outfit idea | thanksgiving casual look | thanksgiving traditions | fashion blogger | never skip brunch | cara newhart

Brighter BOLD is a movement towards empowering women to bring their boldness to light and turn up the volume on their inner voice. Brighter BOLD launched in 2016 as a space for women looking to become confident in who they are, fearless with their style, and define their unique confidence.

As an influencer, Cara has worked with brands like H&M, Kendra Scott, L’Occitane, Charming Charlie, & Harry’s and has been featured in publications like StyleWatch. Southern-raised and living in Denver, Cara is a tequila-loving vegan who is color & prints obsessed and passionate about helping others build a lived-in live they love.

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