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Simple Entertaining: Overnight Guests

During the holiday season, many of us find ourselves entertaining guests overnight. Whether it be relatives who have traveled in order to stay with you, or a friend passing through looking for a place simply to rest their head, here are a few simple tips that can help you make their stay more comfortable.

  • One easy thing you can do that will have your guests wanting to return is to make their sleep more comfortable. You may not have the same budget as a luxury hotel, but investing in a couple extra pillows and a really comfortable blanket will leave guests in a sweet slumber. By leaving an extra blanket in their room, your guests can fell just as warm and snugly as they desire.
  • If you are one of those households that have 3 remotes just to turn on the TV, Satellite, Tivo, etc. your guests will most likely be completely lost and intimated to turn anything on. If your guests’ room has a TV, confusing alarm clock, or other complicated electronics…putting together a simple electronics “manual” would be very thoughtful. You can do as little as type a few instruction up and leave it in their room or as much as putting together a small “how-to” binder (like pictured here). This tip is also good for babysitters and house sitters!
  • If your guests will be staying a long period of time, putting together a quick schedule might be helpful. Let them know when you are busy working (and/or attending other obligations) and when you will be home. This will enable them to feel comfortable making their own plans. You can even put together a little “suggestion” list of things for them to do or places to visit if they are not familiar with your area.
  • Make a guests truly feel welcomed by putting together a small care kit for them. Include some sample sized toiletries, extra tooth brush, aspirin, and anything you know they love. For example, a special tea they drink or their favorite coffee creamer for the mornings.

These are just a few simple and thoughtful ideas to help you be a fabulous hostess to your overnight guests. Making them feel comfortable is key…. and of course enjoy their company!

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Simple Centerpieces Make a Bold Statement!

If you are still looking for some Table Top inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast, check out how simple it can be! You can turn ordinary pumpkins into simple and modern table top decor that will surely impress.

Your table centerpieces can be as simple as gathering a few pumpkins. Group them together to make a bold statement. You can also display them on cake stands to give the arrangement height (which also gives you more table room for your food). For a modern statement, spray paint your entire pumpkin white, stem and all. The folks from Dwell Studio point out that this modern idea won’t draw away from the colors of your beautiful dinner! {We love that!} Or mix it up and create more of an interest like the above table top from domino Magazine. And if the real-deal isn’t for you, we are also loving these Pumpkin Candles from Pottery Barn.

Hostess Tip: Don’t stress, when you make things simple, you tend produce fabulous results!
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Fresh Take on Formal Seating


For your next formal affair, you may want to reconsider those overdone white chair covers. You know the ones, with the giant chiffon bow? I have put together a few pictures on fresh ways you can decorate you chair backs. One simple piece of fabric can do the trick, cutting down on the “fluff” and also your expenses.

Go to your local fabric store and select a color to match your party’s theme. Buy several yards and cut them into strips using fabric scissors. Tie them in a bow or knot (my personal favorite) and you have chair decor for cents each place setting.

Hostess Tip: Matching your color perfectly outweighs finding the perfect type of fabric. Guests will notice color before texture.

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Polka Dot Parties!

This year when you find yourself planning you child’s birthday party, stop stressing and simply think…Polka Dots! This fun and colorful pattern is a hot trend right now, and in good reason. Polka Dots are versatile, allowing you to be as creative (or basic) with the color selection as you dare. With this simple theme you will be able to create an impressive and thoughtful party in a snap! Just start thinking in circles, and you’ll soon realize what I mean when I say, Polka Dots are SIMPLE!

My Tips- Choose 2 colors and go at it! Above: Hot Pink & Lime

All items above can be found at Polka Dot Market!

Head on over to Sally’s Polka Dot Birthday Blog to get great tips on throwing that perfect polka-dotted-party! She has all the tips, ideas, and goods!

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Halloween Spirits

Sure Halloween is about kiddos in cute costumes and loads of sugary sweets….. but adults can have fun too! This Halloween serve a spooky themed wine and let your guests get a kick out of the fun and ghostly labels. If you are going to be a guest this Halloween, a bottle of Halloween-themed wine would make for a fabulous hostess gift to bring along.

Buy online at Vampire Vineyards or at your local Cost Plus World Market (along with a variety of other Halloween wines).

Vampire Merlot

*Instead of your typical wine glass charms, try placing one of those toy spider rings your kids get around each glass stem. So fun!

*Serve simple appetizers and use these “toxic” food picks to label them. Find online at Martha Stewart Crafts.

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