Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas posted in: Cool Products, Entertaining Essentials

Hear the bells, jingle jingle, ’tis the season to mix-n-mingle! No matter if you are traveling across the country or a mile down the road to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, you will likely want to bring your host a gift to show your appreciation. Here some of our favorite finds for host gifts this season:

Cool Pour

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For the hurried hosts, try Cool Pour. This cool gadget keeps white wine chilled and cools down red wine in minutes,and the twist-stopper feature preserves unfinished wine for later. Plus it has an easy-pour spout prevents drips and spills, and makes serving a breeze. Cheers!

$19.99 | Brookstone

Smiles by the Handful

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Cheddar cheese,caramel, and butter flavored popcorn comes artfully packaged in a special tin designed by San Francisco artist Rex Ray. The tin is exclusive (so there’s a limited number out there) to Neiman Marcus and features a fanciful interpretation of NM’s iconic butterfly.

$50 |Neiman Marcus

Sip in Style

kw kiss napkinWe love these cocktail napkins by Kelly Wearstler!  Give your party scene a unique twist with these luxe napkins feature Kelly’s signature kiss monogram atop a soft, washed linen. Perfect for striking up conversation at any dinner party.

$75 | Kelly Wearstler

Cookies

EM choc cover gingerbread cookie

A delicious twist on classic gingerbread cookies,these cute little confections by Edward Mac are  layered with fine milk chocolate.

Muffin Top


DKA bakery hamper

From the chef who gave the world Cronuts, Dominique Ansel has baked up yet another unique confection, the DKA. It’s a treat equivalent to a caramelized croissant. Flaky with a crispy, caramelized outer shell, served up in a chic full two-dozen hamper ….can you say, “happy holidays”?!

$136 | dominiqueansel

Bring the champagne….candle!


From the moment you illuminate one you will notice why these candles are made from the purest high grade ingredients. The fragrance comes through perfectly, lingering in the air even after the candle has been extinguished. And because of the high quality of the ingredients, the fragrances are pure, clean and refreshing. Once your host burns a Voluspa Candle, they may not want to burn anything else!

$16 | Voluspa Candles

Carry Your Champagne In Style!

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Keep the bubbly chilled–even if your fridge is full–with a Veuve Clicquot “Le Fridge.” A perfect gift for anyone over twenty-one, this reusable retro champagne case keeps your Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label cold for up to two hours.

$55 | select stores nationwide

 

We’d love to know which of these you’d like to give (or receive) this holiday season!  Leave us a comment below!

 

Cheers!

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Slainte! Serve up a Little Conversation this St. Patrick’s Day posted in: Decorating Ideas, Entertaining Essentials, Holiday Decorating, How To, How Tos, Party Ideas

Any St. Patrick’s Day celebration just wouldn’t be complete without raising your glass and making a toast to good health and good friends. Whether you go all out on St. Patty’s Day, or
if you’re lucky to even remember to wear green, here’s a festive way to serve up beverages that’s guaranteed to have your guests’ “Irish” eyes a smilin’.

Create conversion bottles that can double easy décor for your St. Patty’s Day celebration. Use them to serve up your beverage of choice – a signature drink, tonic, or simply chilled water.  I LOVE the ones I found on Bliss Bloom Blog. These festive flasks will have everybody talkin’, and they won’t cost you a pot o’ gold to create.

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All you need are green bottles and a gold glass marker or paint. Simple, easy, and inexpensive. Don’t have any green bottles? You’re luck (and in vogue) – be really “Green” and pick up a few bottles from your local recycling center.  This festive and eco-conscious project is easy to create. Follow  Bliss Bloom Blog’s how-to and in a few simple steps you’ll have an “upcycled beverage service”.

Oh, by the way, if you like what you see, remember to click and share with your friends!

Slainte!

Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

 

 

 

Photo credit: Courtesy of Bliss Bloom Blog

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Rhythm and Booze posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Events, Food and Beverage, Great Products, Uncategorized

Drum up a little fun at your next party with these fun cocktail stirrers. I’m talking about Rhythm and Booze stirrers – swizzle sticks that can be beat.

rhythm & booze stirrers

Mix your drink, garnish and then hit it up with these cool little sticks, and let the jam session begin! A little boom boom, tsk tsk on your hi-hat…err highball as you stir it up. Play percussion while you drink your pomegranate pompom.

At only $10.95 for a set of 8 drumsticks, the price can’t be beat.

So go on, rock out your next party or jazz up happy hour with these fun stirrers!

Cheers!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

 

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Red Carpet Ready Cocktails posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Food and Beverage, Recipes

With only one day til The Academy Awards, we’ve compiled a list of a couple of our favorite Oscar’s inspired cocktails that are both easy to make and extra delicious!

The Moët Golden Glamour (created in 2010 for the Academy Awards as Moët & Chandon is the “exclusive champagne” for the parties). This Celeb-worthy champagne cocktail  can quickly become a favorite for any occasion, but it is very elegant and fitting for an Oscar viewing party. The mix is really pleasant and the flavor combination of passion fruit and vanilla is one that will please any palate.

 Moet Golden Glamour

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Ingredients:
4 oz Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne
1/4 oz
 Navan liqueur
1 1/2 oz Passion Fruit Juice

Method:
Combine all ingredients in a champagne coupe.
Top with fresh sprig of
 mint for garnish.

 

Red Carpet

This cocktail is only around 158 calories per serving – to ensure that you look fab on the red carpet!

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Ingredients:
2 oz Raspberry Cocoa
1 oz POM
1/4 Lemon Juice
½ Packet Sweetener
2 Blackberries
2 Raspberries

Method:
Shake all ingredients and strain. Garnish with berries.

As always, please drink responsibly and be sure to provide your guests with non-alcoholic choices as well.

Have other fab cocktail recipes you’d like to share? Leave us a comment!

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Last Minute Oscar Party Ideas posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Entertainment, Party Ideas

Wanna turn up the fun for this year’s Academy Awards but feel that you’re out of time? It IS possible to throw together a fun and entertaining Oscar night party that your guests will remember – you just need a few tricks! And best of all – these ideas will add some glamour to the evening…without bruising the bank account.

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Dressed up Décor
Purchase inexpensive costume jewelry (or check out what’s in the toy department) to incorporate in your décor. Think oversized cocktail rings for napkin rings, strands of pearls wrapped around the base of candles. Pickup a package of flat-bottom rhinestones and add a little bling to your food station menu item cards, trays and beverage coasters! Use golf card stock or paper to cut out star shapes (of varying sizes), attach the cut outs to fishing line, and hang them from the ceiling. The shining stars will add the perfect glitz to your party. To keep with the theme, create a red carpet for your spread using a red runner on your tabletop. Add gold confetti to give some sparkle to your own lil’ version of Tinsel Town.

Bring out the Bubbly

Champagne is a must for this celeb celebration. Pop the top of a quality golden champagne, dress with a fresh raspberry (for a pop of red), and toast to good friends and good times. You can also opt to serve up a champagne cocktail for the evening. Visit our facebook page today for a few of our fave recipes!

Pop It Like It’s Hot

For food – keep it simple and serve up some easy snacks. Think cupcakes (topped with edible golf flake confetti or a star), and big trend this year – popcorn. Setup a popcorn bar! Provide plain popcorn (buttered and non) and serve in paper top hats. Turn the hats upside down, line with gold paper and fill to the brim. Set out a variety of seasonings and toppings that guests can use to create their own signature gourmet popcorn. Yum!

 Ballots
Guessing the winner is a favorite pastime of Oscar-watchers. Make your awards night party memorable with DIY vote ballots that allow guests to pick their winners. The 
official Oscars site has printable ballots with the nominee names and categories, so your guests can play along with the event as it plays out. To make your ballots standout, stuff them in gold envelopes!

Picture Perfect

Hang a black or gold curtain to create a backdrop area to take photos of you and your besties all dressed to the nines. Set out fun accessories such as boas, costume jewelry big sunglasses….even add an Oscar statuette for some extra fun! Upload all the images of the evening to dropbox so everyone can have a copy of their favorite photos from the evening, or post an album on facebook (with your friends OK of course) and allow people to vote on best dressed – fun!

Regardless of how you decide to watch the Academy Awards this year, remember that what matters most is having fun and of course, feeling fabulous! Enjoy!

Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

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The Oscars: Black Tie Affair Anywhere! posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Entertainment, Events, Food and Beverage, Uncategorized

There are many awards shows today but none compare to The Academy Awards with all their glitz, glamour and of course, gold! From decadently dressed stars to sentimental speeches, the Oscars are a favorite among movie buffs and fashionistas alike. This year, don’t just watch this 85 year old tradition alone in your PJ’s-have a glamourous black tie party with your friends instead!

It’s All in the Invite

Setting the mood for any party starts with the invitation. Show your guests what to expect by incorporating your color theme and any specifics like what to wear or bring. Get them excited with your choice of words and attention to detail.

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Encourage your guests to dress for the occasion! That means suits for the guys and cocktail dresses or evening gowns for the ladies! State in your invitation that you will be giving a “Best Dressed” award to get the excitement going and allow your guests to vote. Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?

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Red Carpet Ready

Whether you live in a million dollar mansion or a quaint little condo, welcome your guests in Hollywood style by having a red carpet at your front door! These can be rented from party supply stores or can of course be purchased if you plan to make your Oscar parties a tradition. If you REALLY want to go all out, hire a professional photographer and have them snap pictures of your guests as they arrive like the paparazzi. This will instantly set the mood and have your friends feeling like they are the true stars of the evening!

And the Winners Are…Red and Gold!

Continue the theme of your invitations throughout the party by adding decorative touches of red and gold everywhere. This color combo is very Hollywood and will instantly transform your home from homely to glamorous. Use red roses for centerpieces and gold place settings and napkins to tie it all together. When paired with inexpensive sparkly fabric and your best china and crystal, the glitzy atmosphere will be sure to impress!

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Now that you’ve wowed your guests with gorgeous invites, decorations and a red carpet, keep the surprises coming with the perfect treats and drinks. Since you want the focus of your Oscars soiree to be on the Oscars themselves, keep your cocktail and drink menu simple with decadent finger foods and a signature drink. And if you really want tokeep the theme going, name the drinks you serve after the evening’s nominees. After all, who wouldn’t want a tall glass of Bradley Cooper? 😉

Here’s one of our favorites that’s both simple to make and gold in color to blend perfectly with the rest of the decor!

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Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 cups pear juice
  • 1 cup cognac
  • 10 lemon rind twists

Preparation

  1. 1. Combine 1/4 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add ginger. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Strain sugar mixture through a fine sieve. Discard solids. Chill sugar mixture 30 minutes or until ready to use.
  2. 2. Fill a large martini shaker half full with ice. Add sugar mixture, juice, and cognac; shake until chilled. Strain 1/2 cup mixture into each of 10 martini glasses. Garnish each serving with 1 lemon twist.
Have other party ideas you’d like to share? Feel free to leave us a comment!

Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

 

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T’s Favorite Things 2012 posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Fashion, Food and Beverage, Great Products, Health & Beauty, Travel, Trends

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner! You may be wondering what unique gifts are out there that would be great for gift giving this year! At Tanja & Co, we are here to help! After researching (shopping!) and reviewing, we’ve selected our favorite gifts to give (and receive) this year!

So Chill


We absolutely adore these Skybar Wine Chill Drops! They allow you to cool your wine one glass at a time without waiting for the entire bottle to chill in the refrigerator! You simply remove the Chill Drop from your freezer, place one in your glass and pour!

$49.50 | Frontgate

Energize


As an event planner, I’m on the road – a lot! I LOVE this Smart Charger – if you have one, you’ll never be out of power again when you’re away from home or during an emergency! This would make a great gift for your friends and family who are always on the go – buy one for them, and one for you!

$29.50 | Frontgate

In the Bag

An everyday carryall that truly fits all of your essentials, the Michelle Tote, in metallic pebbled leather, is stylish and functional. Not only is it beautiful, but it has enough space for magazines, gym clothes or a spare pair of shoes, which make it ideal for work or weekend!

$395 | ToryBurch


Shake it Up!

Relaxed, soothed muscles and soft skin are only a soak away! European Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salt, coconut oil and sweet fragrance combine to leave you relaxed, detoxified and smelling sweet. It only takes a few shakes of these salts to turn bath time into a sweet escape. Choose Dreamsicle, Lime Cooler, or festive White Chocolate Peppermint flavor. Each 8oz. shake serves 2-3 luxurious and beautifying baths.

$13 | Feeling Smitten

Chow Down

For those on your gift-giving list who have furry children, these Harry Barker Toile Food Bowls are sure to make a great choice! They are stylish and durable and pair beautifully with the rest of the Toile Food Storage Collection.

$24 & up | Harry Barker

Just in Case

Design a custom case for your beau of bff using your own photos, colors and graphics. Dress electronics in your personal style, or mask it in your favorite mantra.

Start at $40 http://custom.case-mate.com

Stacked

These ovenproof, stackable, porcelain dishes open all kinds of new possibilities in the kitchen.  As a girl on the go, I truly appreciate the time-saving design – store, cook and serve all in one dish! Less time, Less mess. But the true genius of these pieces is that you can cook several courses at once! Christian Bjørn’s brilliant design allows oven heat to flow freely in all dishes. These chic pieces are workhorses and a must have in one’s kitchen arsenal.

$99 and up | allmodern

Crossed Up

Every girl on the go needs a cross-body bag. Now I love my satchels and totes, but there are times when I need my hands and arms free or my chosen ensemble for the evening calls for a smaller clutch. The cross-body bag is versatile, great for keeping essentials at your fingertips when shopping or at the airport and can double as a clutch for an evening out on the town.

$348 | Saks

Let’s Play Ball

Here’s a toy you can feel extra jolly about buying for your wee tot. Inspire your budding artist or architect with the playable ART Ball,  a set of  interconnected wooden balls joined by specially designed connectors allowing it to be easily manipulated into an endless number of patterns and creative configurations.

From $29.95 | beyond123

Drop It Like It’s Haute

These statement earrings are sure to become a favorite in your BFF’s jewelry box. The embellished drop design features a brass flower and crystal tear drop  suspended from a twinkling, emerald-cut glass stone in a warm amber tone – oh so elegant. The perfect accent for an evening look or as an unexpected accessory to glam up your daytime dress.

$350| ToryBurch

Color Me Happy

A dazzling set that features 16 mini nail colors plus a full-size jewel top coat. This polish set will get you ready  for any occasion with a mix of Sephora by OPI’s bestsellers, trend shades, and basics. It’s an ideal gift or little personal treat for yourself.

$49.50 | Sephora

Heavy Metal (heavy on style that is)

Handspun from aluminum and glazed to obtain the depth and multi-color of dupoini silk. These piece would work great in any number of places in the home.

$100-200 | Beyond Blue Interiors

Brush Up

Apply your makeup with finesse using this pristine, limited edition brush set dipped in a rich, gold finish.These innovative brushes were designed by French designer, Phillipe De Mao, and feature elongated, tapered handles displayed in the included base. Bonus, these will look glamorous on your vanity.

If this gift is for a fashionable girl on the go, I also love the deco dazzle set which comes with a chic black and gold clutch.

$68 | Sephora

Scentillating

One of my longtime personal favorites, Givenchy’s Hot Couture. Like runway fashion, this fragrance is glamorous yet sophisticated. Through sensuality and warmth, Hot Couture creates an elegance that can only be equated with couture fashion. Sweet raspberry nectar, magnolia, and ambered vetiver combine to bewitch us with vibrant, confident, and passionate femininity.

$67 | Ulta

Unleash L’Artiste

Do you believe in magic? Well, if you didn’t  – you will now.  Little artists can create like Picasso – minus the mess!  The Magic Light Paint Palette lights up to match the color of whatever paint you use, but only shows up on the special magic paper. Dip the brush in the color palette, it lights up in the selected color, and “paint” away.

$19.99 | Crayola

All Tied Up


This smart, silk bowtie crisply piped in white, gives it serious graphic appeal. Can we say dapper?

$162 | ahalife

Haute Cocoa

Jacques Torres makes this haute cocoa with real chocolate – never cocoa powder. The result is a thick, rich, creamy hot chocolate bursting with flavor. This combo includes both the Classic and Wicked mixes  – perfect to suit both your naughty and nice moments.

$36 | JacquesTorres

iStylin’

Use this stylus just as you would a real pen within the Studio Basic app—take notes, make maps, draw diagrams—and make your iPad even more indispensible.

$159 | ahalife

Put a Ring on It

From catwalk to sidewalk, this three-stone cocktail ring really rocks! Shimmering stones and a Dorado striped crystal provide the perfect amount of bling to go with just about everything.

$88 | henribendel

Bring it to the Surface

For the techies in your life, you’ll definitely want to consider checking out surface, the latest from Microsoft.  Not only does it have some really great features (including a kickstand!) but it has an amazing design, too!

Connect for Pricing | Microsoft

Pip is Hip

Instead of giving someone the traditional popcorn in a tin, give them something a bit different, such as this Pipcorn Crate!  We love the design of it, and it comes backed with  four family size bags of limited edition holiday flavors!

$88 | Pip Snacks

Touchy Feely

Cult British nail brand Ciaté® brings decadent luxury to your fingertips with its latest in nail art innovation – The Velvet Manicure.  This chic mani is created in a two-step innovative kit. Featuring luxurious crushed velvet, this kit was inspired by excessive layering of exuberant textures, which was featured in fashion shows around the globe. The result? A truly unique, sophisticated, strokeable finish.

$19 | Nordstrom

Down to Business

Ensure that your friends and fam are set to make their best impression. Be armed with plenty of business cards on your next networking venture with this Leather Card Case. The opportunity for a great first impression was never classier!

$35 | Leatherology

Bag It Up!

Make sure your jet set friends travel in style with these  adorable travel essentials. It’s the things that we often do not buy for ourselves that we wonder how we ever traveled without.

$38 | hendribendel

Chic Tieks

Who doesn’t love a good, comfy pair of shoes that are also incredibly stylish? Tieks are designer flats you can fit in your purse and wear all day, every day!  Stylish.  Comfortable.  They are available in a full array of styles and colors. LOVE!

$100 | tikes

Cheers!


Lolita has the most adorable hand-painted stemware with a special recipe on the bottom of each glass!  We love the holiday glasses they have featured!

$24 | Lolita

This Little Piggy went to Business School

Personal finance education needs to start young and this fun piggy bank makes that easy!  The Money Savvy Pig piggy bank has four chambers, one for each of the four money management choices a child should be taught from the time they are small –  SAVE, SPEND, DONATE, and INVEST.

$16.99 | Money Savvy Generation

Let’s Make-Up

We love this perfect petit palette for a chic, on-trend look for your holiday engagements – the Guerlain Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette!!  This is definitely a gift you’ll want to buy two of – one for a friend, and one for you!

$79 | Nordstrom

In Your Face


Love. Love. Love these! Custom one-of-kind bangles. The contours on these chic bracelets are hand-carved  from a photograph you provide to reflect the unique contours of your face  or the face of your love or BFF. These bold bangles are available in a number of haute hues and beg to be worn by the armful!

$350 | Cameo By RUX

Equipped

Snuggly-chic is what your friends and fam will  be when equipped with one of these sumptuous sweaters. Equipment’s line of  cozy cashmere sweater styles are available in an array of happy hues and classic neutrals.

$268+ | Equipment

Make a ‘State’ment

Care for a Florida-shaped flapjack or Texas-sized biscuit? This cast iron art is a functional example of design concept meeting utility. Cast iron skillets shaped like a different state from the Lower 48 (sorry, Hawaii and Alaska). Each skillet also comes with a custom made magnetic hanger that will allow you to display your pans on the wall. Dedicated foodies can create different geographical compositions using the artful pans.

$450+ | Felion Studios

If you have any other great gift ideas, please leave a comment and share with everyone as many of us still have shopping to do.  Also, be sure to check out our favorite things from 2011.  We’d love to know what gifts you plan to give (and would like to receive) this year!

Happy Holidays!

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Celebrating Election Day posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Holiday Decorating

Today is Election Day here in the USA!  At Tanja & Co, we are excited to celebrate our right to vote!  We’ve put together some really great ideas for celebrating election day and wanted to share them with you!

Let Freedrom Ring!

When you think of America, you probably think of Red, White and Blue!  So, be sure to decorate for Election Day with these festive colors!  If your political party has a mascot (think elephants or donkeys), find cute ways to incorporate these into your décor!  And, be sure to fly your American Flag high!

Election Day Treats

Don't Bite My Head Off!

If having guests over to watch the election results come in, serve simple Americana foods!  We love the idea of adding a festive touch with some adorable cake pops from Candy’s Cake Pop’s (pictured above)!  We also have pinned some really cute patriotic treats on our Election Day Pinterest Board!

Celebratory Cocktails

Let's Celebrate!

As adults, we all have the right to vote….and the right to enjoy a nice cocktail too!  At your Election Party, why not serve some delicious festive cocktails?  We’ve pinned some really great recipes for Election Day cocktails here!

All In Favor of Music Say ‘I’!

If your atmosphere and guests are open to music (not advisable for those hosting die-hard information hounds), we suggest fun tunes similar to Party in the USA!  Other great songs would be the National Anthem and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”.  If music isn’t right for your crowd, be sure to tune TVs to your election coverage of choice in every room guests will be in during the evening – because this audience typically doesn’t like to miss one minute of commentary and poll updates.

Regardless of any party affiliation, we can all celebrate this wonderful country we live in, and send out our best wishes for a positive and prosperous future!

Happy Voting!

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Gift Ideas for Your Holiday Hostess! posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Etiquette, Great Products

In less than 3 weeks, many of us will be traveling to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.  No matter if you are traveling across the country or a mile down the road to celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious meal, you will probably want to bring your host or hostess a gift to show your appreciation!

At Tanja & Co., we wanted to make it easy for you find the perfect hostess gift!  Below we have listed some of our favorite hostess gifts to give (they are also gifts we wouldn’t mind receiving!).

A Cheerful Knife for a Cheerful Host


This adorable knife would make such a cool hostess gift (or holiday gift) for the culinary enthusiasts in your life!  It can be used to quickly chop herbs, veggies, and chocolate!

Be Cheesey!

This quirky set of cheese buttons will serve to identify the source of the milk used to make the cheeses displayed on your cheese board. Each animal profile grip anchors into the cheese with three pointed prongs. Guests can then hold the head to keep the cheese block in place for serving. A set of three includes one of each: Cow, Goat and Sheep.

Sip with Style


We think these cocktail napkins make the perfect hostess gift!  We love this “drinks” cocktail napkin set that comes in a Kim Seybert gift box. The assorted napkins include: red wine, champagne, margarita, dirty martini, cosmopolitan, and mojito.

Tea for One


A simply charming single tea service. This chic three-piece stacking set is comprised of a flat bottom, 12 ounce tea pot that perches atop a cup with saucer. A lovely gift for anyone who is passionate about the art of the tea service.

Don’t forget the (Chocolate) Chips


How about bringing these Neiman Marcus chocolate coated potato crisps?  Your host will love these unique chocolates that are a tongue-tingling twist of sweet and savory tastes!  This is sure to be a popular choice this year!

Bring the champagne….candle!


Have you seen the Voluspa Candles?  We love them and know your host will too!  From the moment you illuminate one you will notice why these candles are made from the purest high grade ingredients. The fragrance comes through perfectly, lingering in the air even after the candle has been extinguished. And because of the high quality of the ingredients, the fragrances are pure, clean and refreshing. Once your host burns a Voluspa Candle, they may not want to burn anything else!

Carry Your Champagne In Style!


When traveling to Thanksgiving this year, you’ll be able to travel light yet still chill your bubbly in high-style!  We love this champagne bag!

Mani/Pedi Options

After your holiday get-together, your hostess will love the opportunity to treat herself to a mani/pedi!  We highly recommend OPI’s new James Bond collection and are big fans of the Chanel nail polishes!  Which are your favorites?

We’d love to know which of these you’d like to give (or receive) this holiday season!  Leave us a comment below!   And, if you need are hosting Thanksgiving this year, we’d love to help style your home for the holidays!  Contact us here: http://ow.ly/eFDsT

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Edible Escort Cards posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Events, Food and Beverage, Uncategorized, Weddings

As an event designer, I love to find unexpected ways to use everyday items, and even more am over the moon when I find ways for these items to pull double duty at an event. Lately, I have been crazy about the idea of having edible escort cards. Sure the tent card will suffice, but why not have a nice treat for your guests to enjoy as they arrive to the reception? Or select an item befitting you and your groom that could double as a favor.

Think custom labeled soda in vintage-looking glass bottles, cupcake bites, macaroons or lollipops accented with a personalized flag. Perhaps a jar of honey or a lavender sachet would make the perfect place card and favor combination for your guests. The possibilities are near endless.

My personal top pick – greeting guests with a refreshing beverage upon arrival that also includes the deets on seats for the reception. Not into soda? Opt for a specially blended lemonade for an afternoon outdoor reception luncheon or take this idea uptown using customized champagne minis for an evening dinner affair.

Here are a few other faves I’ve spyed for inspiration.

So, it’s to you Society – do you love this take on the escort card? What are some ideas that you have for items that would make a great presentation?

XOXO,

Photo Credits: 100 layer cake, style me pretty, southern fried paper, vintage confections

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