Packing Up the Party

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Plate ProtectorWith Thanksgiving and Christmas behind us, and New Year’s Eve just a day away, it’s time to think about packing up the party. Here are our best tools and tips on storage for all of your party gear:

Keep Linens Wrinkle-Free (and ready to go for your next get-together): For tablecloths that you will be bringing out again at Easter and those summer soirees, mount a tension shower curtain rod at the back of the pantry to hang tablecloths from, thus avoiding wrinkle-issues. Read more

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Get Your Party Gear Ready!

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Table Top Wine HolderMaybe you are hosting tonight’s Christmas Eve shindig, or maybe you are hosting the big day tomorrow at your house! Whatever your current hosting plan is, here are some last minute tips to keep you on track and stressing less.

Things you (or your family) can do now to get ready for the party:

  • Get your Playlist Ready
  • Set the Table
  • Set up the Bar and Uncork Wine
  • Wipe Down the Bathrooms and Replace Toilet Paper and Towels
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    Last Minute Gifts from the Heart (and the printer)

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    Puerto Azul Jigsaw FrameLooking for a last minute gift that doesn’t require shipping? Print one out right at home with these easy, go-to gift giving ideas:

  • Date Night: Give your spouse a “gift certificate” for a night out without the kids!
  • Babysitting Voucher: For those hardworking parents you know, a voucher for a few hours of babysitting is likely the best gift you can give them this season.
  • Donation: For that person that already seems to have everything, a donation to a cause they care about is a great way to go.
  • Photo Gifts: Many photo-gifts can be ordered online and picked up at your nearest store, it’s not too late! Even an unexpected photo in a frame will work!
  • House Cleaning Service: Who wouldn’t love to be treated to a housecleaning service in the new year?

  • It’s never too late to find great last-minute gifts!

    Shown: Puerto Azul Jigsaw Frame

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    Christmas Dinner Meal Shortcuts

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    Vintage Flatware SetEnjoy more time with family and keep things simple on Christmas with these meal shortcuts and tips from our kitchens:

  • Go with the casserole: A large casserole dish can feed 9-12 people with a main course. This can include everything from enchiladas and lasagne to your great Aunt’s famous chicken recipe.
  • Salads as sides: Not only is salad healthier than, say, mashed potatoes, it’s much easier to make, leaving your hands free for fun. To really save yourself some time, purchase a pre-made bagged salad that comes complete with toppings and dressing.
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    Something for the Hostess…

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    128805.jpgWith all of the parties you are attending this time of year, it’s important to stock up on great hostess gifts! We all know how much work it takes to host a party, so show your hostess some love with one of these fantastic ideas:

    Good Scents:
    -A beautiful, eco-friendly candle makes a wonderful present for any hostess.
    Aromatherapy oil warmers, like the one shown here, keep her house smelling heavenly year-round.
    -A nice bottle of lotion or bath oil for those stressful evenings.

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