13 Unique Rehearsal Dinner Ideas to Kick Off Your Wedding

When you’re busy planning away for your big day, it’s easy to leave those pesky little details — like the rehearsal dinner — to the very last minute. But contrary to popular belief, your rehearsal dinner doesn’t have to be another extravagant affair to be fun. It’s all about rocking a stylish rehearsal dinner dress and enjoying a meal with your family and bridal party to usher in the wedding festivities. Whether you’re catering to a large crowd of extended family in town or keeping it intimate with just the wedding party, these cool (and totally attainable) rehearsal dinner ideas below will be the perfect way to kick off your wedding weekend.

1. Seaside Dining: Set up a makeshift picnic on the beach with a few essentials: cozy pillows, a wood pallet for the table and plenty of good eats and booze. It’s the perfect way to relax with your loved ones before the big day. You can also throw in a beach bonfire to keep the party going. (via Two Birds Photography / Style Me Pretty)

2. Mexican Fiesta: Create a colorful, fun look with a gorgeous Mexico-inspired display like this one. All you’ll need is a Mexican blanket, plenty of florals + cacti and a few candles spread about. You can do a taco bar or small bites like mini enchiladas and taquitos for the grub. Just be sure to whip up a big batch of margaritas. (via 100 Layer Cake / Wild Whim Design + Photography)

3. Vineyard Setting: Throw a rehearsal dinner that’s still super elegant by keeping it casual and small with your closest family members and friends. An evening in the garden or vineyard sounds idyllic — especially if you’re already at the vineyard for the wedding! (via Style Me Pretty / Melanie Duerkopp)

4. Pizza Party: Who doesn’t love pizza? This idea is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and it doesn’t get any easier to plan. Elevate the look a bit with stylish serveware and cute pizza trays. (via Style Me Pretty / Onelove Photography)

5. Wine and Cheese: Wine, cheese and charcuterie are another no-fail concept. Set out an endless array of options so guests can graze while chatting about the upcoming nuptials. (via Apartment 34)

6. Backyard Gathering: For a more laid-back option, set up a cute backyard picnic. Blankets and pillows can work as seating on the grass. To really set the tone, add tiki lamps or string lights. (via We Are Scout)

7. Beach Clambake: If you’re at a seaside location, a clambake is the way to go to serve the masses. Have it catered or assign a family member to prep a few big batches of seafood, then enjoy with everyone alfresco (preferably on the beach). (via Inside Weddings)

8. Park Picnic: Reserve a spot at your local park for an affordable way to host your rehearsal dinner crowd. Have fun with the decor by enlisting vintage pieces — like a cool canoe for a giant cooler — so guests can serve themselves. (via Martha Stewart)

9. Seafood Cocktails: A light, refreshing dinner can be just the thing before a busy, busy day. Serve up fresh oysters with an array of sauces for a cute seafood bar. Pair with a well-stocked wine bar + some bread and cheese spreads, and you’re good to go! (via Brides)

10. Rooftop Dinner: Go with a more urban vibe with a casual dinner on the rooftop of your own building or at a downtown restaurant. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors if you’re having a summer wedding in the city. (via Offbeat + Inspired)

11. BBQ Dinner: Serve up some delicious BBQ for the ultimate summer rehearsal dinner. We love the idea of a casual backyard gathering complete with BBQ classics, a cozy fire pit and delicious s’mores for dessert. (via Wedding Chicks)

12. Beer Tasting: Set up a beer tasting for an entertaining activity that will pave the way for your big day. Use black construction paper and chalk to write out the different options, then simply make sure there are enough tasting glasses or cups for everyone. Don’t forget a few beer-friendly eats to round out the night. (via Martha Stewart)

13. Fondue Party: Everyone in the family will enjoy this favorite group-style dining idea. Whether you go to a restaurant or set up a selection of cheese and chocolate fondues, it’s a stylish way to get the party started. (via Always Festive)

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Treat Your Friends And Family To Fondue Night

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This Electric Grill With Hot Pot Brings The Party

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Creating a unique wedding starts with handmade details. As more brides-to-be start to plan their wedding without pandemic in mind, we tapped Etsy’s trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, for ways in which 2022 weddings are changing as a result.

“With so much uncertainty over the last few years, couples are ready to go all-out with their wedding celebrations – whether that means embracing a vibrant and cheerful color palette, turning up the glamour with regency aesthetics, or incorporating bold and playful bows,” says Johnson.

Read on for more wedding style advice, including curated selects from Etsy Design Award finalists and winners in the wedding category (selected by fashion icon Jenna Lyons of J.Crew fame) for beautiful ways to make your wedding your way.

Separates

A splurge dress you can only wear once? Not so practical for today’s brides. Instead brides are searching for separates or mini bridal dresses that they can repurpose for other special occasions .

Check out this year’s Wedding Category Etsy Design Award winner Rowen Bodysuit & Bianca Skirt by Fern & Moon. ($1542)

Mood-Boosting Color

Black and white are classic wedding colors but this year – after a downer of a couple two – couples are embracing color in a big way. “Dopamine dressing has been a top trend this year, and many couples are adapting mood-boosting moments throughout their big days as a way to inject pops of joy and show off their personalities,” says Johnson.

Add a pop of joy with the Rainbow Confetti Veil by award-finalist whichgoose. ($28+)

Regency Period Details

Blame it on Bridgerton but Regencycore — a style inspired by the 1800s elite — is continuing to influence bridal style, from dresses to accessories and everything in between. “Inspired by a sense of escapism, this trend is all about fairytale opulence, elegance, timeless romance, and vintage-inspired luxury,” says Johnson. On Etsy, there has been an 184 percent increase in searches for bridal gloves*, a 96 percent increase in searches for puff sleeve wedding dresses*, and a 64 percent increase in searches for pearl veils*.

Go for the elegance of gold with this Gold Floral Wedding Tiara by award-finalist lialibely. ($263+)

Personalization

Many couples are taking notes from the micro wedding trend and leaning into personalized details that represent their style for a more intimate celebration – at every budget. “More than ever, couples are doubling down on celebrations that reflect their personal style and, more importantly, what matters most to them – whether that means hosting an over-the-top soiree or an intimate ceremony with just their closest friends and family,” says Johnson. Etsy has seen a 10 percent increase in searches for custom or personalized wedding items in the last three months*.

Check out this Custom Handwriting Wedding Dress Label by finalist memorythreadco. ($57+)

Want a more personalized ring on your finger?

Check out this Kite Moss Agate Engagement Ring by award-finalist hiddenspacejewelry. ($1900+)

Bold Bows

Bows ebb and flow in the wedding department but are now back in a modern way. "After nearly two years of laid-back dressing, couples are ready to embrace glamorous and over-the-top styles once again," says Johnson. "While certainly not new to the wedding scene, bows are a welcomed re-emerging trend that adds a touch of playfulness, femininity, and glamour to both bridal attire and wedding day decor."

Etsy star seller Stansberry has some elegant hair bows if you're feeling fancy. ($44)

60s Throwback

Brides are taking cues from mid-century weddings that were less conformist (think Audrey Hepburn’s 1969 bridal mini). “One of my favorite emerging trends this year is the return of ‘60s style,” says Johnson. “This transformative decade tossed out all of the traditional wedding rules and allowed brides to express their style with mini dresses, flared sleeves, and shorter veils.” Think outside the wedding box and try something non-traditional for your big day.

Check out this Lennox Floral Embroidered Topper by Etsy seller lavoilerose ($195+)

DIY Details

Creative pursuits soared during the pandemic, and many are now applying their newfound skills to their nuptials, like making their own guest books or adding a DIY touch to their wedding party gifts. “Those who still might prefer to buy over DIY are turning to the pros to add an ultra-special – yet still affordable – handmade touch to their weddings, particularly for larger or more time-intensive items like seating charts or invitations,” says Johnson. In fact, there has been a 40 percent increase in searches on Etsy for colorful save the dates or invitations in the last three months*.

Check out this Customizable Watercolor Crest Digital Invitation Suite by finalist sheffieldhouse ($34+)

Pearls

The pearlcore trend can be spotted on everything from wedding jewelry to veils and decor.

Check out these DIY Jane Earrings by finalist emmakatzkabridal.

Pet Attire

Including your pet in the wedding party has been a trend for a few years now but accessorizing your pet in something like this Pet WeddingSilk Robe by finalist maisonpetglam is one we'll just go ahead and say I Do!

*In the last three months, compared to the same time the previous year

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"How are you?" "I'm good." A lot of conversations stop there, but more often than not, we aren't actually good. There's so much happening in all of our lives that it's important to make friends you can be vulnerable with — and that you can be that friend for others. But starting deep conversations in any of your relationships can be harder than it sounds. Keep scrolling for five questions to ask your friends to let them know how much you care.

Have You Had A Good Cry Lately? What About?

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It's pretty easy to cry when we're feeling upset or if we're experiencing an influx of love or joy — tears are the emotion that can't be kept in. And with so much happening around the world, it's extra easy to feel overwhelmed right now. Asking a question like this acknowledges that we're all feeling something and it gives your friend the space to express their emotions without feeling bad about it.

What Are You Dreaming About Right Now?

Be someone who helps your friends dream big and reach for their craziest goals. There's nothing like hearing someone talk about something they're passionate about, and when you have a deep-rooted love for that person, it's even more fun to hear. Plus, if they answer with their actual dreams from last night, then you can have a good laugh too.

How Is Your Soul?

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There are certain things that affect us on a very deep level, and while our bodies might be okay, our souls may have taken a beating recently! Asking about your friend's soul or heart will let them talk about how the details and nuances of their emotions. This is a great question for people who feel things deeply, even if it's not exclusive to them.

How Did [Insert Event] Make You Feel?

If you know the ins and outs of your friend's life, there's a good chance you know if something in particular has affected them. Whether it's trouble with their partner, their parents, or they were really hit hard by something on the news, don't be afraid to ask them how they're feeling (when it's appropriate, of course). Asking them about a particular event or conversation will help them focus more than if you just ask how they're feeling in general.

There's A Lot Going On In The World, How Are You Handling Everything?

It's okay if you're not handling things well, and right off the bat, this question will let your friend know that it's okay if they're overwhelmed. Since everyone handles things differently, this is also a good way to check up on someone without making assumptions about how they're feeling.

What's Something That's Made You Smile In The Last Few Days?

There are two reasons this can be a great question. First, allowing your friend to focus on a positive story will allow them take note of something beautiful around them, no matter how small it is. Second, asking for a recent example will remind them to look for the good since they'll have to sift through the good and the bad to give you an answer. It'll boost their mood, especially if they've had a rough week.

You've Seemed A Little Off Lately, Is Everything Okay?

We've all changed in the last two and a half years, but if you've picked up that your friend seems extra sad recently, you can ask them what's going on. It'll show that you're attentive and allow them to talk about something they're dealing with if they don't feel comfortable bringing it up.

What Did You Think About [Insert Entertainment Program]

Maybe your friend has been recovering from a loss and was impacted by the pilot of The Last of Us, or they're super excited about a new job opportunity and finally got around to watching The Bold Type. Either way, if your friend loves stories and resonates deeply with fictional characters, this could be a great way to help them work through both positive and negative emotions.

What's Something That Impacted You Last Week?

The great thing about a question like this is that it lets your friend decide whether they want to talk about, something difficult or positive. Or both!

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You’ve planned everything for your wedding to a tee. Your color palette has come together in a way you never imagined. The food truck you always wanted is booked and your DIY table centerpieces look like a million bucks. What’s left to think about? Table numbers and escort cards. Some brides choose not to have seating arrangements, but if that’s your thing, we want to give you a variety of ideas — one of which is bound to go with your theme. From origami to bundles of lavender and little trinkets your guests can take home with them, here’s 13 ways to help your guests find their seat.

Lavender Bundles

Choosing one of your favorite scents to package and give to your guests is a very personal touch that we love. If you’re a fan of lavender, you can tie it in throughout the rest of the floral arrangements to bring everything together. (via The Lane)

Key Escort Card

This escort card is very theme specific and can really showcase your antique style. These keys are more than just vintage trinkets, though. They’re bottle openers! Booya. (via Al Gawlik / The Knot)

Old Book Moss Garden

Who woulda thought a book could take the place of a terrarium or a pot? This little moss garden is super creative and doesn’t just act as a table number — it’s a conversation-starting centerpiece as well. (via Emmaline Bride)

Potted Succulent Escort Card

Succulents have been trending for a while now, and we’re pretty sure they’re here to stay. That being said, giving each guest a succulent with their name on it is fabulous! Friends and family will remember your big day every time they look at this plant at home. (via She Wanders / Tulle and Chantilly)

Tagged Mini Pumpkins

We’re going to state the obvious and say this is perfect for a fall or Thanksgiving wedding. Heck, even if it’s spring, people go crazy over mini pumpkins. The quick poem is a nice touch as well, for a fun way to give directions to your guests. (via Emily Wren Photography / The Knot)

Origami Escort Cards

Our biggest tip for doing origami is to give yourself a lot of time to get it done (if you’re DIY-ing it). This is one of those projects that looks really good once it’s done, but getting to the finish line can be extremely time consuming. (via My Wedding)

Potted Plants

Super rustic with a slight boho feel, these potted plants are adorable. Paired with an outdoor or summer wedding, we think these would be an absolute showstopper. Plus, you can always give the plants away at the end of the night. (via Lavender and Twine / Style Me Pretty)

Miniature Tequila Bottle Escort Cards

Talk about starting the party off right. Greeting guests with miniature tequila (or any booze) bottles really sets the tone for your reception and will likely get everyone in the party mood. Trust us: This is a good thing. (via Amber Gress / Ruffled Blog)

Champagne Flute Escort Cards

Incorporating your signature drink into your escort cards checks two boxes at once — they give your guests a cocktail and tell them where to sit. Done and done. This is what elegance looks like, BTW. (via Vue Photography / June Bug Weddings)

Rustic Clothes Pin Board

We’re digging this for two reasons. One, this particular style accentuates the theme of this wedding, which is a woods-y, rustic feel. Two, it can almost double as a piece of art. This is one of the first things guests will see when they walk in the door, and we think it’s an eye-catcher. (via Barrie Anne Photography / One Wed)

Mossy Table Numbers

These are big and bold, but the character of the vintage book brings it together so the number doesn’t look out of place or random. A few flowers and some votives with this, and voila! (via A Brit & A Blonde / Style Me Pretty)

Backless Clothes Pin Board

This is a similar concept to number 10, but instead of being backed by a chalk board, it’s open air. Little details like the hearts on the clothes pins and sprigs of green show how different brides can interpret what is, generally, the same idea. (via Studiokel Photography / Junebug Weddings)

Wine Bottle Table Numbers

We had to include a wine bottle centerpiece/table number, because of how much we love it. We really love how this bride painted her bottles gold sans label and utilized the cork to hold the table number. Crafty. (via Dan Stewart / June Bug Weddings)

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Meeting up with someone for the first time can feel a lot like a first date. You're a little bit nervous, and you hope that you like them and that they like you. When you don't know someone very well, it's easy to rely on questions like "What do you do?" or "How was your weekend?" but it's always a good idea to have a few questions in your back pocket that go deeper. Not only will it help you get to know one another on a deeper level, but there's a good chance you'll have more fun talking too.

Just like you and your old friends have shared interests, you'll have a lot to talk about if you can find things that you have in common (like movies or favorite foods) with your new friends. These 35 thought-provoking questions are specific, fun, and will help start your friendship off on the right foot. Plus, if you find out you both love scary movies or Thai food, you can meet up somewhere different next time!

  • What's a childhood memory that makes you smile?
  • Are you working on any hobbies that you're excited about?
  • What's your favorite food?
  • What country would you visit if you could teleport?
  • What's a topic that you could give an unprompted PowerPoint presentation on?
  • What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
  • What's your favorite way to spend a weekend?
  • What's your ideal vacation destination?
  • How do you relax?
  • What did you like best about your favorite subject in school?
  • What's your favorite time of day?
  • If you could jump into any TV show, what would you pick?
  • If you were a season, which one would you be?
  • If you had a superpower, what would it be?
  • What are your top three "no skip" songs?
  • Is there a book or movie that's left a lasting impact on you?
  • What's your go-to coffee or tea order?
  • What's your favorite color?
  • What's the best part of your job?
  • Do you have a favorite dessert?
  • What's your favorite band or artist right now?
  • What's your biggest pet peeve?
  • If you could live in another decade, which one would you pick?
  • What dessert will you never get tired of?
  • What's your love language?
  • If you could pick any song to be your life's theme song what would you pick?
  • What's your go-to breakfast?
  • If you could only wear one color for a week, what would you pick?
  • Are you an aquarium, museum, or planetarium person?
  • Have you formed any core memories recently?
  • What's the first thing you do when you get off work?
  • If you could come up with any candle scent, what would you create?
  • What's something new you learned this week?
  • What would you put in a time capsule?
  • What's the funniest dream you've ever had?

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Okay, so the worst has happened: It's cold outside, AND you're hungrier than ever. You love a good turkey sandwich as much as the next person, but you're craving something more comforting. This is where a warm, cozy dinner comes in. Incorporate some new flavors into your meal rotation by checking out these mouth-watering winter meals. Make them for a crowd, or save the leftovers for a delicious lunch. Allow this guide to be your answer to cozy winter dinnersfor the season.

What should I make for dinner when it's cold?

When it comes to colder temperatures, you’ll want to prepare a warm, hearty meal for dinner. That will warm you up in no time.

What's a good lazy dinner?

Soups, pastas, sandwiches and tacos are all great options when you don’t really feel like cooking dinner.

What should you eat on winter days?

Soups, roasted vegetables, baked potatoes and stews are perfect for a winter meal. Ensuring you still get fruits and vegetables in your winter diet will make you feel invincible!

What should I make for dinner in January?

Make some of the tasty recipes we’ve listed! From chili, pot pie, and mac and cheese, to ramen, chicken, and stir fry, you won’t be left uninspired for any of your January mealtimes.

What not to eat in winter?

Cold dairy products, raw fruits and veggies, and fried foods may leave you feeling yucky this winter. Avoid these groups to combat sickness and feel your best!

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

This meat-free meal is perfect for a cold winter night. Add quinoa, black beans, bell pepper, onions, and crushed tomatoes for a flavorful base and warm spices and jalapeno for just the right amount of kick. (via Feel Good Foodie)

Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie 

Let your slow cooker do all the hard work. This This Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping takes only a few minutes to put together and is the perfect meal to enjoy on a chill night. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Mashed Potatoes

These easy-to-make mashed potatoes will become your new go-to side dish for the winter. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry

Cook flank steak in a homemade teriyaki sauce, along with broccoli, onion, and sweet red bell pepper for the perfect winter meal. It only takes about 30 minutes! (via Feel Good Foodie)

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Another 30-minute meal, this lemon ricotta pasta is super versatile. Add easy grilled chicken or salmon, red pepper flakes for a little more heat, and/or sundried tomatoes. (via Barley & Sage)

​Chicken Tetrazzini

Creamy béchamel sauce makes this tender chicken and pasta dish with crumb topping so tasty and comforting. Make this casserole dish in under an hour or freeze for the week! (via Culinary Hill)

Apple Cider Braised Chicken Thighs

This dish is assembled in just one pot or skillet, so you don't have to worry about the dishes. Pair with mashed potatoes or roasted veggies for a complete dinner! (via Cozy Cravings)

Slow-Cooker Mac + Cheese

Load up your slow cooker with pasta, cheeses, butter, milk, and spices, and a few hours later, you'll be in comfort-food heaven. (via Brit + Co)

Vegan “Cheesy” Bread With Chickpea Curry Dip

These comforting, “cheesy" bread pockets will warm you right up, along with the spiced curry dip. (via Brit + Co)

Mini Slow-Cooker Lamb Tacos

Beer-drenched lamb is only improved by a tomatillo-apple salsa. (via Fiestas: Tidbits, Margaritas & More; photo via Isabella Martinez-Funcke)

Shepherd's Pie

A quick and easy dinner has never tasted better. Shepherd's Pie piles on all the veggies, potatoes and meat to warm you up. (via Salt & Lavender)

Instant Pot Paleo Beef Stew

Immerse yourself in the deep, warm flavors of this paleo pot roast stew. (via The Endless Meal)

Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie

Pot pie is the gift that keeps on giving. Prep this delicious comfort meal for leftovers you can enjoy all week. (via Cozy Cravings)

Lemon Chicken Piccata

This dish looks impressive, but it's seriously simple to make for date night and casual weeknights alike. (via Damn Delicious)

Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

The only thing better than chicken parmesan or baked ziti is not having to decide between the two. This is comfort food at its finest. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Sesame Chicken Potstickers

These potstickers provide a fun group activity. Gather up your friends and make it a DIY dumpling party. (via Damn Delicious)

Classic Italian Meatballs

It's a delicate balance to make a meatball that's both tender and holds together while cooking, but this recipe does it. Make sure you use extra-soft bread in your meat mixture — it's the secret ingredient! (via Recipe Tin Eats)

Vegan Potato Leek Soup

All you need is 10 ingredients and about 30 minutes to whip up this healthy, easy soup for a winter dinner that's sure to keep you satisfied. (via Two Spoons)

Homemade Spicy Ramen with Tofu

If you're looking for something to soothe that winter cold, this ramen is savory, spicy, and as comforting as a warm blanket. (via Pinch of Yum)

Garlic Sriracha Chicken

Garlic, sesame, and sriracha team up to make a powerful marinade and a zippy flavor profile. (via Rasa Malaysia)

Asian Salmon in Foil

After cooking lots of holiday fare, stepping back into the kitchen might feel a little daunting. Fortunately, this yummy, easy dinner comes together in about 30 minutes. (via Damn Delicious)

Spicy Vegan Lentil Soup

When you're looking for a little feel-good food, this vegan soup really hits the spot. It's comforting, hearty, and completely guilt-free. (via Cookie + Kate)

30-Minute Indian Butter Chicken

Make sure you have plenty of fresh naan on hand for this dish. You'll want to soak up every last drop of the creamy tomato sauce. It's that good. (via Averie Cooks)

Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup

Roasted veggies are a welcome change of pace when you've been indulging a little too much. This dish is definitely not lacking in the flavor department, and you'll love the garnish of fresh scallions and nuts for an added crunch. (via Show Me The Yummy)

White Chicken Chili

There's nothing like a hearty soup on a cold winter night. A little cream cheese and puréed cannellini beans are the secret to this seriously creamy chili. (via Cooking Classy)

Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

This stir-fry comes together in 20 minutes, and it's insanely tasty. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion, if you have those on hand. It doesn't get better (or easier) than that. (via Damn Delicious)

One-Pan Apricot and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast With Roasted Potatoes

This meal is firing on all cylinders. It's sweet, savory and creamy — AND it all happens in one pan, so you can get through cleanup faster. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Chicken Enchiladas

Mix things up with some Mexican fiesta influence. Enchiladas are classic comfort food. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Pesto Bolognese Lasagna

This is the yummiest way to eat greens when you need a healthy boost. This version of the traditional Italian soup is filled with leeks, peas, kale, and zucchini. And then… it's topped off with a flavorful basil pesto. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Rainbow Vegetarian Pad Thai With Peanuts and Basil

This classic takeout favorite gets a healthy makeover with brown rice noodles, fresh veggies, and handfuls of fresh herbs. (via Pinch of Yum)

Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

This soup recipe is just a comfort meal in a bowl. You'll get a hearty bite full of curry spices, sweet squash and crunchy kale. (via Two Spoons)

BBQ Chicken Naan Pizza

It may be too cold to grill outdoors, but you can still get your fill of sweet-tangy-spicy barbecue with this flatbread pizza. (via Bowl of Delicious)

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