Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Gift Ideas for your Holiday Party Hostess

Most likely you will be heading out to a holiday party or two this season, and chances are you will need a great gift idea for your holiday hostess. Here is a short but sweet round up of some fabulous hostess gift ideas that I know I would be more than pleased to receive!

These collapsible flower vases are one of my favorite ideas! I love them so much I am going to buy one for myself- hey that’s allowed, right?

These wine bottle magnets are a unique idea for a wine aficionado hostess.

Who wouldn’t like gourmet carmel sauces? Can you say YUM?!

Skip the boring bottle of wine and bring these fabulous holiday wine stoppers. I love the bright colors!

So check these hostess gifts out and order now so that when you are heading out to that next holiday party, you will be ready to give your hostess a gift she’ll simply love.

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Leaf Themed Thanksgiving Decor

There are several ways to decorate for Thanksgiving, but today I’m inspired by fall leaves. Really, what says Fall time better than leaves?

Set the tone for your leaf-inspired Thanksgiving with these Fall Tree invitations. Incorporate fall leaves into your Thanksgiving table decor with these lovely place card holders. I couldn’t decide if I likes the classic maple leaf place card holder or the fall leaf tea light holder better, which would make a great favor as well. You can use place card holders {like these great leaf ones from Favors In The City} as place card holders, to identify food on a buffet or dessert table, and also to give away as favors.

I am also in love with this leaf bowl which would make such a statement on your Thanksgiving table. What a bread basket this would make!

Since Thanksgiving is all about, well…giving thanks, be sure to send your guests home with a little token of your appreciation. I recently received these leaf shaped scalloped ornaments from Prismera Design- and wow, what a great favor idea! What I love is the idea of writing a little personal note to your guests right on the ornament itself. They can use this as a tree decoration or even as a bookmark all year long.

You can also send guests home with small treat boxes {I like these woven green ones} filled with candy or mints. Oh- and don’t forget a simple hand written thank you note to show guests you appreciated their presence. Cardstore has a lovely green thank you note I think would be perfect to send. Plus, the green design will carry you through to Christmas time, versatile!

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Modern Holiday Party Invites

I recently received a sample pack of holiday party invites from Minted.com and was simply floored! Honestly, I have seen many invitations and holiday cards over the years, so I wasn’t expecting such fresh and modern designs. Not only were they fabulous to look at… but I found myself holding, flipping, and feeling these cards…thinking “Wow! These are so nice!”

Not only do they have a really modern selection of holiday photo cards, but I love their holiday party invitations. You could plan an entire holiday party theme around one of these invites. Here are a few of my favorites:

Aren’t these holiday invitations just screaming for their own party theme? Don’t be surprised if I create one for each… yes, I love these that much.

If you haven’t before, be sure to check out Minted.com. You will not be sorry!

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Entertaining: Labor Day

Labor Day entertaining is usually an end-of-summer celebration. With warmer weather on it’s way out and cooler days ahead, Labor Day is known as a seasonal transition marker. If you are entertaining this Labor Day, decorate your party space with non traditional color: w h i t e. White is a “fresh and clean” party theme- a great alternative to the traditional red, white, and blue color spread used for Labor day.

Gather white items from around your house to use as party decor. No need to go out and buy all new stuff.

Decor ideas: White paper lanterns, white candles, white plates and napkins, and white linens. Gather bunches of white flowers and display on your tabletops.

Some white flowers are: Lilies, Carnations, Roses, Daisies, Orchids, Hydrangeas and Gardenias

I also love the idea of making lounge space outdoors. You can group patio furniture together or even drag a daybed or small love seat outdoors for your party. To provide a dramatic touch, hang white linens around your seating area. This is a simple way to make a statement with your decor.

photos via BHG

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Holiday Decor Inspiration: Cranberries

With so many different ways to decorate your home for the holiday, I suggest trying to pick something that you love (could be a color, a theme, or an item) and streamline your holiday home decor around it. Your holiday decor will appear more thought-out and really pop. We loved these holiday decor ideas we found at BHG all inspired by cranberries!

Simple Mantle Decor: Fill glass cylinders with fresh cranberries and white candles. Use different height cylinders and candles for interest.

Cranberry garland decor

String cranberries to make a festive garland. Attach to mantle with small hooks.

Outdoor Holiday Decor

Take the cranberry decor outside! Line your porch or front step with cranberries atop fake snow in a glass cylinder or other vase.

Crannberry table decor

Carry on the theme by freezing Cranberries into ice cubes to keep your holiday spirits cold.

Cranberry Wreath

Simple way to make a bold statement! Glue cranberries to a cardboard cut out of your families last initial. {Tip} Many craft stores sell cardboard letters in various sizes that are very affordable.

Cranberry Centerpieces

Cranberry centerpieces: Glue Cranberries to foam spheres of different sizes. Display atop candle holders, vases, or cake stands.

Do you use cranberries as decor? Share with us your tips. Or let us know what other “theme” inspires you!

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Candy Cane Shot Glasses

These Candy Cane Shot Glasses will make a perfect touch to your holiday dinner or get together. Your guests will surely notice these sweet swirled shot glasses and what a festive touch to your bar setting or table top!

Not serving alcohol? Candy Cane Shot Glasses

Hostess Tip:

Serve up some sweet vanilla ice cream in these candy cane shot glasses. Garnish with a miniature candy cane and dollop of whip cream and sprinkles!

Where to buy: Grab your set of 2 ($8.00) at Like Cool {likecool.com}

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