Halloween Etiquette: Tanja Lynn’s Top Tips to Avoid a Sticky Situation posted in: Etiquette, Halloween, Holidays, Uncategorized

Ding Dong! Are you ready for the mob of monsters expected to ring your bell on Hallows Eve? On October 31st, kids from coast to coast will get all dressed up to…well walk in the dark, talk to strangers, and get free candy. But it’s all in good fun.

As an Etiquette Consultant, I see this annual night of costumed celebration and candy, as a perfect time to reinforce manners, civility and neighborly conduct with our families. As
a home host, the focus is a safe environment (and sweet treats, of course), and as a wrangler of the little ghouls and goblins, the primary role is to make sure that trick-or-treaters are safe and respectful.

Posh Petal with edit

 

Here are my top tips to everyone has a Happy Halloween:

  1. 1. Know the Code.
    1. Lights On – Open for Business! An “on” porch light, well-lit home, and lit decorations are all signals that the home is accepting trick-or-treaters.
    2. Lights Out – sorry, we’re closed. If the porch light is off, the outside is not lit or all lights are off, simply move along to the next home.
    3. When a participating home runs out of candy, turn off the lights. You’re now closed.
  1. 2.    Ring the doorbell or knock once. Homeowners are expecting you. If after 30 seconds to a minute no one comes to the door, move on. They may unable to come to the door at the moment.
  2. 3.    Light it up and clear it out.Make sure that your drive and walkway is well-lit and free of trip hazards. Secure and mark items such as such as: electrical cords or sprinkler heads that could trip costumed visitors.
  1. 4. Use your magic words. When someone comes to the door, say “Trick or Treat.” Follow-up with a “Thank You” and “Happy Halloween”. And if someone makes a comment or ask about your costume, be sure to politely respond.
  2. 5. To Be or Not To Be….Alone. If your child/children will be joining friends in another neighborhood to trick-or-treat, make sure that there is an adult chaperon. If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without a chaperone, have a talk with them about appropriate behavior – discussing safety and respect.
  1. 6. Be respectful of people’s property. Walk along lit paths. Don’t run. Do not discard of candy wrappers on anyone’s lawn.
  1. 7. Don’t be a greedy grabber. While one treat per visitor is customary, if someone invites you to take another – this is fine, but don’t grab five. If a bowl of candy has been left on the porch, help yourself to only one piece, or one treat bag.
  1. 8. Stay on the Path. Keep to streets, drives, walkways and paths. Don’t take short cuts through lawns or flowerbeds.  Not only could you damage the landscaping, you could hurt yourself.
  2. 9. Be respectful of the time. Most cities schedule times for trick-or-treating (check the local news stations, fire department or town/neighborhood’s facebook page). Abide by the set times, and as a general rule, don’t trick-or-treat 9PM.
  3. 10. Don’t Double-Dip.  Visit a house only once. No matter how delicious the goodies, if you have been there before, you should not go again.

Bonus Tips
A few other guidelines to commonly asked questions.

How old is too old to Trick-or-Treat?  There really is not an official cut-off age for Halloween. By natural evolution trick-or-treaters make their last round between the ages of 12 and 14 years old. However, there may be times when a child a few year beyond this age is taking the littles candy seeking. If they are in costume, give them candy too. They just want to celebrate the spirit of the holiday for one last time. Be a good sport and give to all in costume.

I don’t want to hand out candy, but don’t’ want to be labeled the neighborhood grouch. First of all, it isn’t a crime to refrain from participating in trick-or-treat festivities. Secondly, you have a few options:

  1. In the instance that you will be home, but simply prefer not to answer the door. I recommend turning off most interior lights, but be sure to leave the front walk and porch well lit. Leave a bowl of candy on a pedestal at the front door along with a note. Retreat to the family room or den for a quiet evening with a movie, book or glass of wine.
  2. Plan to have dinner out during this time. In this case, all lights should be out when you leave our home.
  3. Put your car in the garage, pull the blinds, and kill the lights to make your “no candy here” intentions clear.

 

Have you ever found yourself in a sticky situation yourself on Halloween? Sounds below with your comments.

 

On a sugar-high,

Tanja & Co. Events & Etiquette

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Don’t let the Grinch Steal Your Christmas – My 12 Tips of Christmas Sanity posted in: Uncategorized

While there is a special magic that comes with the holidays, there can is also stress, loneliness and the wintertime blues that often lurk around like the Grinch trying to steal your Christmas every chance he gets. To help you keep the magic of Christmas alive on the inside and out this season.  To keep all thing merry and bright for the holidays, here are my…

12 Tips of Christmas Sanity:

1.     Keep it Tight
Figure out who and what are most important to you and put your attention there. What is most important to you in your life? Once you determine what that is, make these people and things your priority, and let the other things fall in line behind  your true priority.

2. Pick Five to Thrive
The “to do” list is a mile long – Shocker!, OK, let’s get this hard reality out of the way now, you will never get to all of them in a day, and it’s highly likely that come Christmas Day there will still be things left undone. So rather than staring at this monumental task list over your third cup of coffee until you’re too geeked up to think straight, pick your top five items on the list. Now make these your focus for the day, and put the big list out of sight. Amazing, but tried and true – cutting the list down into something that is humanly possible to accomplish is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. And if you have time after you complete these five, great – knock out a more. The next morning – rinse and repeat.

3. Treat Yourself
Take time out for you. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, this is truth people. In order to make it through the holiday season with aplomb, be sure make time for yourself. Luxuriate in a quiet bath, schedule a mani/pedi, take a walk, hit the treadmill for 20, take in a game, enjoy a decadent dessert – the point is to do what you want, something that makes you fell good for a predetermined time.  Taking this time help to keep you centered and in a place where you are better prepared to handle those trying moments when you need a little Christmas magic to get through – you know like  the moment when you’re about to lose all composure and serve someone the bird, and I don’t mean turkey. Trust me – this is key.

4. Disconnect to Reconnect
Be it baking with the kids (building gingerbread houses or decorating cookies) spending a quiet evening with your love, enjoying a long-standing family tradition or creating new ones, playing board games with the fam, helping your parents with their preparations or signing up to wrap presents with your folks from church or a local civic group, put the cell phone and iPad away and enjoy good old fashioned in person fun and conversation. Reminder: These are the moments that make the special memories.

5. Create a Holiday Happenings and Happiness Blueprint
As an event planner, we virtually live days in the future long before they come to pass – walking through events in our minds from start to finish, determining who and what we need, and when and we need it to create just the right touch and to ensure a smooth event. A similar concept has proven to be very beneficial in my private life as well. Spending a little time in the quiet before the dashing and dancing begins, make a holiday list, and check it twice. Personally, I like to write notes out on a calendar for an easy “at a glance” way to stay on track, but choose whatever format works best for you. Include your commitments and be sure to account for the “me time” (refer to NO. 3 above), any gifts you need to take along with you, holiday meals (when, where, what you’re responsible for, what can be made ahead of time, and attach a shopping list), time to wrap gifts, cook, etc. (the actual prep time you need to make it all happen), and even line out attire which can be a big stress on the evening of (anyone feel me, ladies?) when you may likely be tight on time. Writing these things out at the start can really save you time and stress and help you to avoid a mid-holiday meltdown.

6. Spend Time with a Favorite Furry Friend
Even a few minutes spent in the company of a favorite furbaby can be a real stress-buster. A little play or a good cuddle can really melt away stress or put a rough day in the rearview. They can do this in mere minutes, without saying a word, just by being who they are  – our furry friends have a kind of magical power in this way.

7. To Thine Own Self Be True
Don’t allow yourself to become a victim of “what you should do”, but rather honor your authentic self. Celebrate in a way that genuinely fills your heart and the hearts of your family with the joy of the season. If feel strongly that you want to keep the holidays low-key and intimate this year, foregoing all the parties to slow down and spend quality time with your inner circle – then by all means, to thine own self be true.

8. Don’t Over-Commit.
The holiday season is a time notorious for taxing the even the most zealous of persons. While it’s a lovely thought to be able to spend time with everyone we care about and enjoy over the holidays, more often than not it simple isn’t feasible. But with hopes of Christmas magic on our side, we over-commit, rushing here and there trying to please everyone, often more focused on checking off all gathering and stops, stressed as we race against the clock. This truthfully isn’t fair to anyone – the season is just a blur of stress and you feel guilty about not spending enough time with anyone, and no one really gets to enjoy your best. Better to decline some invitations and ask friends to get together after the holidays to enjoy quality time together.

9. Be Present
When you make a commitment to someone or something, fully give your time, talent and attention to them/it. Don’t take other calls or constantly be texting with others people while you are to be spending time with the person in front of you or working on a project.

10. Consciously Count Your Blessings
I don’t mean to sound trite, but this is important. Create a habit to begin each day by saying at least three things you are thankful for. It helps put things in perspective, remind us of all that we do have, and studies have proven that people who follow this practice are generally happier people overall.

11. Let it Go
So you didn’t get around to hand-making personalized gift tags for every present under the tree or folding houseguest’s towels into tiny little reindeer – let it go. I repeat: Let. It. Go. If you don’t broadcast it, no one’s even going to know what wasn’t checked off your grand list. Heck, most won’t couldn’t recall two days later half of the details of what actual did exist. But what people will remember is how you made them feel when you were together. The important thing to remember that people want to spend time quality time with you. Don’t sweat the small stuff

12. Not All Things are Equal
Statistics show that one fourth of the U.S. population suffers from depression during the holiday season, that is 1 in 4 people. While this is unfortunate news, the good that we can take away from it is this- the realization that so many people suffer from this depression will hopefully bring some sort of comfort knowing that you are not alone in this feeling. And this feeling

For some reason, it seems like a lot of break-ups happen around the holidays (ever heard the term Turkey Dump?) and the ache in our heart for loved ones who left us far too soon can at times overtake even the happiest of us.  At a time when there’s such a focus on togetherness and celebration, it makes perfect sense how loss and loneliness can be overwhelming at this time for the year. For anyone apart in any way from a significant other or loved ones, this can pour salt in very fresh wounds.  While there’s no “quick tip” to fix this one, I can offer what helps and guides me, and hope that that it may bring you some solace during tough moments.

  • If you feel alone –well, you are not alone.
  • Realize that the holidays may not bring about the merriment and joy for everyone you know as it does for you and your family. And while it is fine to spread good cheer, do careful not to come on too strong, forcing your feelings on everyone you meet.
  • When my heart ache for loved ones lost to consuming levels, I don’t fight it. When in an appropriate place, I embrace my feelings, and am somehow thankful for them – for they remind me of just how much and true I have loved and been loved, and of the great blessing and power in relationships. Then, I think back to special times shared (and yes, often through tears-stained eyes), lessons learned from the special someone, and send up love and thanks for having been blessed to have had them in my life….even if wasn’t nearly long enough.
  • Open my heart and home to those who may not have loved ones nearby during the holidays. I am thankful for a family who has always had an open door and open arms for friends who weren’t able to be with their loved ones for the holidays. Knowing that you can be such a blessing to someone else is a wonderful feeling, and we were blessed in return. And adding in a new flavor to the ix can be a really good thing for all.
  • And if would prefer to skip December altogether, if all the merriment and holiday hoopla makes you want to hurl mistletoe at everyone you meet, then I offer this: Find your kind.  Being in the company of others who understand your feelings is often enough to begin to lift our spirits.

I hope these tips are helpful, and that even one of them can help to make your season a little brighter. Do you have other tips that help you get through? Please tell us in a comment below.

Oh and ’tis the season of caring and sharing, so we’d love it if you would share news of us, our posts and services with your friends!

 

Happy Holidays,

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

 

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Forget Me Not posted in: Holidays, Uncategorized

Hi Society!

Today is Forget-Me-Not Day, a day to remember family, friends, and loved ones….and let them know that you are thinking of them.

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Not that we ever need an excuse, but this day of recognition serves as a great, gentle reminder to turn our attention to those who mean the most to us. So take this opportunity to get in touch with friends and family, especially those loved ones we haven’t seen in a while. After all, isn’t it one of the most wonderful feelings – to know you are loved and are being thought of?

Call a friend, write someone a handwritten note, meet in person – what’s important is simply to be in touch. Need a little inspiration, here are some ideas  of ways to celebrate family and friends:

  • Surprise someone with a fun balloon bouquet
  • Send an to your email address book to say, I appreciate you and are glad you are in my life.
  • Send  flowers
  • Have lunch or dinner with Mom or grandma
  • Deliver a sweet treat to a neighbor
  • Thank military personnel for their service
  • Bake cookies for your local law enforcement or fire department
  • Give Forget Me Not flower seed packets to family and friends. This is very popular. The seed packets are very inexpensive and easy to mail.
  • Phone people you haven’t seen in a while and share something that you appreciate about them, and even wish them a happy National Forget Me Not Day….they’ll get the message.

Do you have other ideas of ways you can celebrate others today? Then share your ideas below in a comment.

Oh and as always, we invite and encourage you to share this message with your friends and social circle!

XO,

The Tanja & Co. Team

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Much Ado about May posted in: Inspiration, Society News, Uncategorized

April Showers Bloom many reasons to celebrate in May. I don’t know about you, but with the frigid, frozen days of winter behind us (hopefully) it’s time to bask in days of sunshine and clear skies! Some of the recognition holidays in May are an entire month long, offering much opportunity to celebrate.

hello may

Two relationship-centered May holidays are Date Your Mate Month and National Recommitment Month.  Marriage and dating relationships thrive when properly cared for and fostered. One of the best things we can do to nurture our love relationship is to play together. Here’s a great article about the importance of time spent dating your mate. And because these relationships are an important part of our well-being, it’s natural that our recommitment to our health and well-being include goals – as a couple but also as individuals. Check out this post for more on recommitment to your goals. Take time to figure out what you want as a couple and what you need as an individual.

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Since the 80s, May has also been recognized as National Photography Month, so break out the camera – capture moments of play and document times spent focusing on recommitment to your goals. It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. A national survey revealed that photography is one of our most powerful connections to our shared memories, emotions and self-expression. The findings reported that 83% of people use photos to connect with past memories. These visual memories are great reminders of those things that truly make our souls happy… the things that nourish our spirit, mind and body, and the people whose love and support encourage us to continue on and empower us to be all that we can be – to truly thrive in this life! k majakey cool selfie shot

And May is just getting your warmed up with reasons to celebrate. Several foods are also honored in May. It’s National Barbecue Month, National Hamburger Month, National Salad Month, and National Candy Month. And these month long celebrations are only a start, there are many other days of celebration in May ranging from long recognized days of honor to more recent and light-hearted days of fun recognition. Mother’s Day, Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo, National Macaroon Day and Memorial Day to name a few.  There’s a party excuse for most every day.

Don’t worry about keeping it all straight – connect with us on facebook or with me on Twitter, to be sure you’re in the know when it comes to excuses to party and reason to celebrate!

Need a little inspiration of ways to celebrate and what to photograph this month? Here’s a few to get you thinking:

  • Enjoy a picnic in the park with your sweetheart
  • Take a bike ride
  • Plan a play date at home – put on your favorite album or playlist, open a bottle of wine, prepare a meal together – but before dessert, take a spin to “your song” in the living room.
  • No special someone to speak of? Take a look in the mirror – see that special person staring back at you? Give them a little love and attention. Take a quiet walk or hike with your camera and/or journal. Spend time refocusing on what it is that you really want or need – then go for it!
  • Look for special foodie events, festivals and capture a little food porn.
  • Submit images for a photography exhibit
  • Host a cooking contest or photography exhibition of your own
  • Dust of your camera and take a photo a day for the entire month

Whatever you do, make time for play with your special love, and allow yourself to live fully in these moments (deadlines, work and home repairs will be there tomorrow)! What other ideas do you have for celebrating this this bloomingly beautiful spring month?

 

Wishing you an inspiring day and entire Month of May!

Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

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Pay It Forward posted in: Inspiration, Society News, Uncategorized

 

Today is Pay it Forward Day. While the day of recognition focuses on raising awareness of the concept of selfless giving for just one day a year, everyday can be Pay it Forward Day by being aware of the needs of others around us in the world and considering how our talents, resources and heart may be a blessing to others. Even the simplest considerations and acts of kindness can help anyone feel a little better. Always keep in mind that even the smallest gesture could make someone’s day. Here are a few ways ideas of how you can pay it forward:

Buy someone’s latte. At your local coffee shop, pay for someone else’s cup of coffee when you buy your own.

Send a Card. Write notes of appreciation to friends, family members, coworkers or neighbors, telling them why they are important to you.

 pink thank you card

 

Help out at home. Look around your own home to see what needs to be done – do an extra chore or two. It WILL be appreciated – guaranteed!  And it may make such a differnece so someone you love, you may be encouraged to make it a habit.

Give the gift of books. Have books you’re no longer reading? Donate them to a library, or sell them to a used bookstore and donate the cash to an organization that sponsors reading programs.

Feed someone. When at lunch, buy an extra meal for a homeless person. This is not only kind, it’s also healthier and more constructive than just giving them money.

Share a sweet treat. Buy some cookies at your favorite bakery and ask the clerk to leave them out for other customers to enjoy.

 

Pay someone’s way. In line to pay for a toll or train ticket? Pay for the person behind you, too.

 

Make a Donation. Donate usable clothing and health & personal care products to a local shelter or charity.  Someone else will really appreciate the items you can’t use, and your donation will support vital community programs.

 

Be a voice for those without a voice. Contact your local animal shelter or rescue organization to find out which supplies they need most, and then donate them.

 

Help someone in need. Run an errand for someone, keep the kids for a friend, or visit an elderly neighbor who isn’t able to get out.

 

Share your favorite things. Buy two of something and give one away. If you love it, chances are someone else will, too.

 

Volunteer. Contact a local hospital or community organization to see how you can volunteer your services.

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Hold the door. Be aware of those coming through the door behind you. Look for people who are carrying things and may need extra help.

 

Let someone go first in line. When you’re in line at the grocery store with a full cart, allow someone with just a few items to go ahead of you.

 

Save a life. Donate blood, can’t be manufactured; it has to be donated – a true gift.

 

Be a courteous driver. Make the highway safer, and reduce your stress level, by letting other drivers merge in front of you.

 

 

Care for those who are sick. Deliver a meal and an easy read or movie to a sick friend or neighbor to enjoy while they recuperate.

 

Go Global. Make a contribution to a global charitable organization or reach out by email or phone to learn how else you may become involved in a worthy world-wide mission.

 

Your generosity will make someone’s day a little better. What other ideas so you have to add to the list?

 

And by the way, if you like and agree with what you see, share it with a friend!

 

XO,

 

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Stocking Swag – Cool holiday stocking stuffer finds posted in: Uncategorized

Still have stockings to fill? Here’s a  list of some of my favorite stocking stuffer ideas for this year!

Stocking Swag - Stocking Stuffer Ideas

1. Tech Accessories

The Power CurlMini – a must-have. This brilliant find keeps your power cords from becoming a jumbled mess. This is convenience and an anger management tool wrapped in one.

$9.99| quirky.com

2. 3-in-1 Nail Art Pens

A three-in-one kit that includes a brush, a fine-point tip for dots and designs, and mini gems for final sparkling touches. Great to keep in your handbag for a quick party stair or to conceal a mangled mani.

$12.50| spoonsisters.com

 

3. Hot Wheels Ballistiks

An effortless transformer that changes from ball to rolling vehicle when you throw it to the ground.
$7 each| toysrus.com.

 

4. Krazy Straw

Order any word or name. Well, almost any: There’s a five-letter limit….sorry, Charlie J
$3| krazystraws.com

5. Sweet Treats
Candy is always a sweet surprise in anyone’s stocking! I love the candy knot ring and peppermint eyeglasses from papabubbleny!

$5.50+ | papabubbleny.com

6. Cupcake Bath Bombs
A throwback item from a past The Party Maven’s 2011 Favorite Things list, these are still a huge hits with friends and fam!

$10 | For the skinny

7. Sparkle & Pop by Jouer Cosmetics

Surprises inside this cracker include bubbles, makeup, and a cocktail ring.

$12 | jouercosmetics.com.

 

8. Play More Notepad

The back of each sheet is printed like a sports ball; crumple up a draft and kick/pitch/shoot it into the recycling bin.

$8 | fatbraintoys.com.

 

9. BooBoo Kisses

Remember when mommy used to kiss your boo boo and make it all better?
Treat your minor cuts, scrapes and scratches with the incredible healing power of a designer bandage, the Boo Boo Kisses Lip Shaped Band Aids.

$.4.95| baronbob.com

 

10. Paddle Ball With Your Own Design

These paddles offer hand-eye and color coordination. Kids decorate them (name, picture of a flower, hands-off warning to the little brother) before bouncing away.

$13| giggle.com

 

XOXO,

Tanja & Co. Events & Etiquette

 

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T’s Favorite Things 2013 posted in: Fashion, Great Products, Holidays, Trends, Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe yet another year has gone by and the Christmas holidays are upon us. Many of you have been so kind to send personal thank you notes for my Favorite Things list and I have enjoyed calls and messages sharing with me how your friends have loved some of the gifts from the list that you have given. I’m back again with ideas and inspiration for your inner Santa Claus. After much research (shopping!) and review, here are my favorite gifts to give (and receive) this year!

Golden Handcuffs

Modeled after nineteenth-century French lace, this romantic cuff exudes elegance with an edge. This versatile piece can go from office to evening or off-duty to black tie effortlessly. Amp up the appeal and cuff each wrist. Beverly Hills-based Bonnie Star designs offers handmade pieces that are incredibly versatile. This covetable yet affordable this brand is a favorite amongst A-listers and discerning fashion-forward women.

bonnie star golden cuff

$495 | ahalife

 

Rack ‘Em Up

The perfect gift for a pool shark! This personalized billiards set is beautiful and seeing your name all over the table will surely get in your opponent’s head.

personalized pool ball set

$290 | Horchow

Small Scale
Introducing music early has been proven to boost a child’s development which is why we love the idea of this classic baby grand piano. Made for small hands and big sounds, this pint-sized toy is the perfect training ground for any budding musician.

Not only is it great-looking, just the right size for tiny fingers to find the right notes, get ready – you may just have the next Mozart on your hands.

giggle piano

$80-$150 | giggle

 

Sitting Pretty

The famous coffee house style dining chair is an icon and is still regarded as the most successful industrial product in the world (interesting discovery during my “research”).  This staid seat has a unique twist in its design – a stylish knot on one of the front legs. This is a case when being bent out of shape is a good thing.

bentwood chair with knot$2,180 | switchmodern

Stowaway

The stylish Folio for your iPhone 5/5s carrying friends has a few tricks up its sleeves to keep your cords….and nerves from getting all knotted up. Behind its wallet door (another cool feature) it a hidden cord wrapper that keeps earbuds organized. And right next to this ingenious feature is a storage compartment for small stuff like breath mints or anvil. This multi-functional beauty does it all without bulking up your pockets.

folio case 2

$39.99 | quirky

Time Out

 

This Maison Martin Margiela gives time a hard-hitting edge with this cuff bracelet. The watch-like silhouette will work best worn solo with everyday looks. avant-garde design makes you take time out to appreciate it’s showstopping beauty.

martin margiela cuff watch

$590 | saks

 

Jacques Torres new Bean to Bar line, Jacques has taken cocoa bean from the Dominican Republic roasted them, conched, and molded them into this deliciously creamy milk chocolate bar.

jacques torres bean to bar

$7 | mrchocolate

Tool Trolley
This adorable little garage on wheels has everything your lil’ handyman (or handywoman!) needs. A 2-in-1 wooden cart and work bench, this eco-friendly toy is packed with loads of fun magnetic play tools to build and create with—so their imaginations can run wild for hours.

tool trolley $90 | giggle

 

Dessert You Can Bathe In

Enjoy the feeling of relaxation, as you unwind while enjoying two of life’s loveliest pleasures. Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a warm, fragranced bath while these softly scented Crème Brule bath salts work to melt away the stresses of the day. Before you slip under the sheets, lather yourself in the delightful soufflé body crème. Just the thought sounds delicious!

laura mercier creme brule$48 |bloomingdales

 

Get the Drop on Glamour

These Swarovski crystal, brass and glass chandelier earrings would make the perfect embellishments for ears to don at evening affairs . Add these colorful gems to neutral toned frocks to turn the volume on your style up a notch put a little extra WOW in your evening wardrobe.

chandelier-earrings-anton-heunis

$255 | shopethica

The chefs in your life will enjoy these new culinary oils from WholeVine Products. Unlike your ordinary cooking oils, these raw oils are cold-pressed from fresh harvest of wine grape seeds according to variety shortly after the juice is removed, left to settle and then bottled, unrefined and unfiltered like fine wine, for a deeper natural essence. Nothing is ever added. You can choose your favorite grapeseed oil by variety of grape as you would a wine, as each has a distinguishable varietal character. PS: This company just added gluten-free varietal grape skin and seed flours that I’m anxious to try.

whole vine oils

$25 | wholevine

 

Undercover

 

How adorable is this Lug’s “Undercover Bear” travel blanket set?! The ultra plush blanket stores neatly inside the included zipper pouch which also inflates into a pillow. Great for the jet-setting wee tots in your life. It has a great price point and for only a few dollars more you can have the set monogrammed.

undercover bear blanket set

$30 | horchow

Worth Your Salt

These unique sampler sets are a great way to explore exotic new tastes and spice up your next meal. Interesting flavors such as smoked chipotle, Bloody Mary, French lavender, vintage merlot infused, and almond cardamom are sure to add enticing aromas to anyone’s kitchen. Displayed in an American made wooden base, the sets include a bamboo salt spoon and reference card that offers suggestions on which salts go with which dishes, making it easy for a novice cook to create perfect flavor combinations.

spice lab salt tubes

$24.9+ | spicelab

! Mirror!

Add a touch of Jazz Age glamour to your home with this stylish mirrored tray. An elegant way to display fine spirits at your next cocktail party or would make a lovely addition to a vanity or in your boudoir.

west elm mirror tray

$89 | westelm

Put on the Map

This stunning map necklace from Three Jane NY is the “It” gift of the season! You pick the address, and they engrave it onto a 14K gold plate, marking your sentimental location with a tiny diamond accent. Be sure to order this one soon….so as to have sufficient time for personalization and delivery by the holiday.

map-custom-4T

$175 | threejaneny


Manicured Mitts

Sprinkle some fun onto your manicure and create your customized nail look with this great Ciaté collection. A mix of mini paint pots, glitter sprinkles, sequins, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts and few hidden surprises are prettily packaged in this gift set.

ciate manicure set

$58 | bloomingdales

 

Sock it to Me

Etiquette Clothiers Socks – the name totally caught my eye and caused me to take a closer look. This brand focus on the basics – and more importantly doing them right. Not your average socks, these slubby socks are expertly crafted using the finest materials. Available in vibrant colors and patterns like mango polkadot (pictured), your feet have never looked so good.

etiquette clothing socks

 

 $24 | zady

 

Kiehl-ed Over

Since 1851’s the Kiehl’s brand Creme de Corps products have been cult favorites. Rich in all-day hydration, the line is ideal for luxuriously pampering dry skin. They’ve put together a great holiday set that offers an entire collection of their famed Creme de Corps, Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, Ultra Facial Cream, Lip Balm and more.

kiehls

$65 | bloomingdales

 

 

Amazing Lace

One part sweet, one part seduction, and totally feminine. This boudoir-inspired bed jacket trimmed in eyelash lace is straight pinup sexy. The feather patterned eyelash lace robe has elegantly fluttered sleeves and a decadent silky sash to cinch the waist. A gift that’s sure to lure a smile (and that’s not all it’s likely to entice) to the faces of both the giver and the receiver.

Nevaeh Bed Jacket

$202 | nevaehintimates

 

FitBit

This little device monitors your activity to provide you with real-time feedback on steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs, and some even track your sleep levels. It wirelessly uploads your data to Fitbit.com so you can gain deeper insight into your fitness and sleep levels with free online graphs and charts. The website also offers features of opportunity to connect with friends to share and compete on fitness goals, join the Fitbit community for advice and encouragement and even way to earn fitness badges to mark your accomplishments. A great gift option for friends and family who like to make every step in life count.

fitbit

$59.95+ | fitbit


Laser Distance Measurer

Whether a pro or a diehard do-it-yourselfer, the Bosch digital distance measurer is a great tool usable for all types for projects. This device uses precision laser-measuring technology to provide precise measurement of length, area and volume. The continuous-length mode automatically adjusts measurements when walking off distances, and this measurer features an ergonomic grip for comfort. This is one of my favorite tools and sure to become a staple in your handyman’s arsenal.

bosch digital laser measurer

$89+ | homedepot

 

Mophie

Power and protection for the iPhone. This is a gadget that I now do not know how I lived without! As an event planner, days are often long and regularly require a lot of phone communications that run well beyond my phone’s battery life making my mophie a real life saver. These sophisticated cases stand the test of effective protection (I speak from personal experience – mine has fallen onto wooden staircases, tile floors, you name it…) and provide up to 100% extra battery with the flip of a switch.

mophie

$89+ | mophie

 

Self-Watering Planter

These chic planters by Lechuza are simply fabulously by me. They are cleverly designed with a water-recycling system that automatically irrigates your plants for up to 12 weeks! Being one who travels regularly on an ever-changing schedule…..and not a green thumb to begin with– this is an ingenious find!

lechusa planter

$17+  | lechusa

 

Opus Wine Gift Set

Give the gift of serving a perfect bottle every time and anytime with this wine service set. Aerate, preserve, chill, filter, and drink excellence with this wine and spirits enhancers kit.

nm opus wine gift set

$60 | neimanmarcus

A Shoe in

Let your inner tomboy shine in these fun metallic oxfords. Accented with cap toes and perforated detailing, don these with cute ankle pants paired with a button down and blazer for that borrowed-from-the-boys look we love.

 

cole haan oxfords

$198| colehaan

A “Touch” of Beauty

TOCCA, named for the Italian word for “touch” is the maker of unique products for the sophisticated traveler. I love their luxurious lotions – feels like satin on your skin. They come in distinctive and exquisite scents like Cleopatra (my personal favorite) with fresh notes of grapefruit and cucumber, Stella and Brigitte.  These covetable indulgences leaving a touch of luxe on your skin and mystery lingering in the air.

tocca cleopatra

$15 | beauty

 

Pampered Pooch

What do you get the pooch who has everything? Well, maybe just a little bit more! Harry Barker has a ton of great gift items. Their holiday baskets (also a toy store) include as assortment of fun toys – squeaky, durable, and eco-friendly, chew toy. These gift sets are available in two sizes for your favorite little or large furbaby —a guaranteed pup pleaser! Extra: I also love adding in a tin of their peanut butter treats (a great option when you will be visiting with friends and fam with multiple fuzzy friends).

harry barker dog toy set

$68 setHarryBarker

 

Jet-Set

Something as important as your personal information, passport and important documents deserve proper protection. Luggage tags, passport cover and travel envelope – all are essentials no one should be without. Whether a frequent flyer or making a first trip, these travel accessories are the ideal way to keep one organized and ensured information properly protected at all times. Leatherology offers stylish, quality items that will last many miles and having such luxurious travel essential means you’ll be less likely to misplace your passport while exploring a foreign country.

leatherology travel ccessories

$13+ | leatherology

 

Tagg Pet Tracker

Now you can see where Fido is 24/7 with the Tagg™ pet tracking system. This lightweight GPS tracker easily attaches to your furbaby’s collar and allows you to monitor your pet’s location and activity (now you can for sure know whether he is getting enough exercise) all from your computer or smartphone. With the help of Tagg Location Tracking you are now in control of finding your pet. Set parameters for Tagg and it will alert you via text and email if your pet gets outside of their “homezone” and pinpoint their whereabouts on the Tagg map so you can bring your lil’ wanderer safely home.

Tagg-Pet-Texts-GPS-Pet-Tracking-4

$100+ | pettracker (very reasonable monthly service fee of $7.95 is required over and above the cost of the unit).

 

Grape Expectations

Bugey Cerdon Methode Ancestrale, an obscure sparkling wine that is hard not to love. Loaded with ripe red berry aromas and flavors, it is a slightly sweet red with pleasant bubbles, and low-alcohol making it an appropriate for all kinds of occasions.  It goes great with Traditional Thanksgiving fare, and makes a refreshing aperitif for even the most sweltering weather – an ideal all year ‘round party wine.

 

bugey cerdon

 $16.95 | whwc

Lil’ Charmer

Paloma Picassa’s dot charms provide the perfect pop of captivating color. Wear a single charm or slip multiple gems on a chain for effortless elegance. This design is definitely one to add to the timeless Tiffany go to for occasions for years to come.

tiffany dot charm pp

$300+ | tiffany


Well Wishes Flutes

Whatever the occasion, these contemporary flutes stand ready to help you celebrate. Each glass is inscribed with a different sentiment: Health, Prosperity, Happiness, Love, Peace, and Friendship.

well wishes flutes

$85 | neimanmarcus

Prim and Popular

These little ballet flats give some of my best stilettos a run for their money in the compliment department.  Luxe patent leather accented with a tonal grosgrain bow looped through the polished logo on the vamp of these stylish slip-ons garners the attention of guys and girls alike. And the rich red hue makes these Salvatore Ferragamo flats an irresistible classic staple.

ferragamo flats

$450 | shopbop

Old Hollywood Glamour

This train case says globetrotting glamour. Taking its cue from Hollywood’s glitz, this stylish case is crafted in pale faux pale gold leather with a black satin interior, this ultra-luxe makeup bag features cleverly designed compartments to keep all your products safe and organized. A double zipper allows for easy access.

bobbi brown train case

$220 | neimanmarcus

 

The Perfect Bath

Secret expose: Luxuriating in a bubble bath is one of my favorite indulgences. There’s not much that can improve upon a relaxing soak in the tub, unless it’s the addition of this delightful bath caddy. Ready to hold a good book, a candle and a glass of wine (or if you’re like me….a little bubbly to compliment your bubbles), having a bathtime butler begs your lucky recipient to lounge back, relax and enjoy some me time. Aaaaaaaahhhhhh…….

bath caddy

$44 | give simple

Party Rocker Sounds System

This little machine can turn any room into a dance club. With the flip of a switch, it streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth® device and can project fun, colorful light patterns onto walls and ceilings that can be set to pulsate with your music. Best of all? Its wireless capability means you can DJ from the dance floor –  keep your device by your side, adjusting settings and mixes to the energy of the crowd.

party rocker sounds system

 $199 | brookstone

 

Spotter

A multipurpose sensor that keeps you updated on what’s going on at home—from anywhere. Monitor motion, sound, light, temperature, and humidity all from your mobile device. Use Spotter as a veritable extension of your senses, for anything from baby monitoring to washer/dryer notifications or perfecting your wine cellar; the possibilities are endless.

spotter

$49 | quirky

 

Sleeping Beautifully

This beauty sleep companion helps maintain your skin’s youthful appearance and fight wrinkles with your eyes closed. The Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase’s mechanism of action involves the release of copper ions to the skin’s surface via Cupron®  copper technology for textiles. When the skin is in contact with the copper oxide fibers, copper ions are liberated into the moisture found in its upper layers. Copper ions released into this moisture support skin’s natural self-renewal mechanism and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In a nutshell, it’s like putting a night moisturizer on your skin.

Illuminage beauty pillow

$60 | bergdorfgoodman

 

Gatsby-Worthy Cocktail party

Inspired by the ancient art of handmade Florentine papers, these Juliska Firenze collection cocktail plates feature a marbleized pattern of swirling gold and platinum. The petite portion servers add a bit of mystique to entertaining and a festive backdrop for small bites. From fresh figs and prosciutto to rustic breads and cheeses, our swirling palette of real gold and platinum tones offers a festive backdrop for small bites.

juliska cocktail plates

$148 | juliska

 

Nimbus

Smart technology that lets you key an eye on what’s important to you. Besides being a cool looking geek gear, this gadget is a highly customizable dashboard that tracks what’s important to you. Personalize each of the four gauges to keep an array of info up-to-date and available at a glance….right from your mobile. Syncing in real time, Nimbus can monitor your commute traffic, weather, calendar, even you email volume and social media network activity. It even works with Fitbit and more.

nimbus personal dashboard

$129 | quirky

 

Keep it together

Anyone else feel the fastest way to tie a knot is to drop a charger in your bag, wait 30 seconds and remove? Well, Houston, we have a solution! You need a PowerCurl Mini in your life. It’s perfect for Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter. Simply slide your adapter into the center and wrap your USB cord around it. Flip down the silicone cover to keep those cords firmly in place, and you’re good to go. And the price is a steal – you cannot afford to be without!

power curl cord wrap

$9.99 | quirky

The Conscientious Workaholic

Sivan Health and FitnessFitness Chair with Built-In Exercise Ball- how cool is this?!  Stretch, sit, or spin on this four-wheeled fitness chair that includes a built-in exercise ball. As a seat, the ergonomic design encourages you to sit upright, improving posture. But what’s really cool is that it doubles as a fitness tool. You can use the ball to stretch your muscles and perform a number of workouts that increase circulation, improve balance and strengthen the core. Also worthy of mention is that due to the fact that two of its four wheels lock increasing the chair’s mobility making it eligible for car insurance in some states.

sivan chair

$95 | Amazon

 

Hand in the Cookie Jar

This jar is like couture for your countertop. A beautiful storage piece adds a lovely look to kitchen decor and is perfect for everything from cookies to sugar cubes. The glass body offers a preview of the tasty goodness in store. The lid is hand-painted with the signature Mackenzie-Childs Parchment Checks™ and topped with an elegant-colored glass knob. You’ll find yourself inventing uses just to incorporate the subtle splash of checks into every room. I’m obsessed!

mc cookie jar

$52 | mackenz-childs

Whether you go away for a day or a month long holiday, you should always enjoy something that makes you feel special. Little luxuries like lingerie and shoe bags are ideal for protecting your best lingerie from being snagged by your stilettos. Soft, lightweight, foldable travel bags are perfect for properly keeping your unmentionables and favorite footwear during your travels.

personalized bags travel bags

$14.95+ | personalizationmall

 

Have you discovered any cool new products or have other great ideas? Please share below in a comment!

 

Happy shopping!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

 

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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!

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Primp Your Pumpkin: Virtuoso of the Vine posted in: Decorating Ideas, Halloween, Holiday Decorating, Holidays, How To, How Tos, Uncategorized

Here’s another costuming idea for your autumn-themed home adornment. Meet Vincent, Virtuoso on the Vine. This squash has swagger!  He has a cultivated appreciation of artistic excellence – a connoisseur of objets d’art.

 

Virtuoso on the Vine

 

To create this artiste, you’ll need:

 

virtuoso supplies

Items:

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 2-3 large black beads
  • 1 beret (fascinator or child’s doll clothing fashion)
  • 1 piece black felt
  • Mustache stencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White paint pen

 

Directions:

  1. Mark (or place by sight) the features – eyes, nose, mustache
  2. Glue on eyes
  3. Draw on nose, or use another bead, etc. I used a small bat sticker to complement my bat wing beret fascinator.
  4. Trace stencil onto felt
  5. Cut out felt mustache then adhere to pumpkin using glue
  6. Affix your topper

And you’re done!

He would be perfect company to the the candy dish in your gallery and is perfectly suited for the drawing room. This Virtuoso is also quite popular with the pretty pepons – paired together they make quite the IT couple to greet guests in your entryway. For our “Gourd”geous Gourd how-to, click here.

 

 "Gourd"geous and Virtuoso on the Vine

 

If you have other thoughts for creative fashions for your pumpkins, please share in a comment below. And if you have photos of your festive fruits, we welcome you to share them with us on our facebook page.

 

xo,

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When it comes to decorating for fall, pumpkins are an essential of any October ornamentation. For a non-traditional take on displaying these fall fruits, I forego the drimmel  for dress up. I like to primp my pumpkins – styling them by painting on pretty patterns, wrapping in ribbon and tricking them out with trendy toppers. A few fun accessories and one pair of fabulous lashes, and this Gorgeous little gourd took on a personality all her own.

gourdgeous gourd

Creating this gourdgeous little girl is quite easy. Here’s how to costume your very own pretty little pumpkin:

 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pumpkin (color of choice)
  • 2 large beads
  • 1 set fashion lashes
  • 1 lips decal (or you may paint on a pretty pout if you so choose)
  • 1 festive fascinator
  • Glue
  • Crafting wire (Optional)
  • Marker (Optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Mark your features (if you wish – or do as I do and “eyeball it”
  2. Glue on lashes
  3. Affix “eyes” with glue (you may start with the eyes if you prefer, though I found it easier to place the lashes first rather than try to work them around the bead”
  4. Paste or paint on the perfect pout.
  5. Position and place topper – if needed, wrap the pumpkin stem with crafting wire and then attach the fascinator to the wire.

 

Voila! This fashionable little fruit is primped and ready accessorize your candy station or to pose as part of your festive centerpiece.

 

Do you have other ideas for prettying up your pumpkins? Please leave in a comment below and share your pictures with us on our facebook page.

 

xo,

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

 

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