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A Twist On Your Traditional Holiday Spread

A Twist On Your Traditional Holiday Spread

When we think of the holidays, thoughts of Spiral Honey Ham, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Assorted Pies come to mind. But have we ever thought about doing something different or out of the ordinary? This year, our team decided to create a holiday menu that can’t be served ‘family-style’ and that swaps the Mashed Potatoes for Asparagus Crostini’s. Are we crazy? Absolutely not. Is it delicious? You know it! Our holiday spread includes Asparagus Crostini’s, Beef Rolls with Soy …

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How to Secret Santa Like a Pro

How to Secret Santa Like a Pro

Ah, Secret Santa! For many of us, we share Secret Santa Gift Exchanges with our family, friends, and even our coworkers. As true fans of Secret Santa, we’ve found ourselves involved in (more so coordinating) several gift exchanges among our various circles. How do we do it and manage all of the other tasks that come with the holiday season? We’ll show you how! Starting with the guidelines is the best way to get everyone involved on the same page. While …

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Unique Holiday Wrapping Ideas You Have To Try

Unique Holiday Wrapping Ideas You Have To Try

“Presentation is everything” when is comes to gift wrapping according to Good Housekeeping’s Caroline Picard. Well Caroline, we agree! Holiday wrapping is admittedly one of our favorite things (yes, really!). Between the bows, accents, embellishments, gift tags, and beautiful gift wrap we just cant get enough! In attempt to share our love of beautifully wrapped gifts, we’ve rounded up six designs that have caught our eye. Traditional Gets an Upgrade with this dramatic bow design by Carolyne Roehm. Elegance is …

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10 Steps to Decorate Your Tree Like a Pro

10 Steps to Decorate Your Tree Like a Pro

Decorating your pre-lit Christmas tree like a pro is easier than you think. We’ve come up with 10 steps that will leave your friends and family thinking that you hired someone to decorate your tree for you! 1. Fluff the branches. 2. Wire your tree topper to the top branches (about 10” from the top). Be creative here by adding feathers, sprays, ribbons and flowers. 3. Decorate filler branches with ribbons, pinecones, picks and/or flowers …

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The Perfect Hostess Gift

The Perfect Hostess Gift

Attending holiday parties this year? Try ditching the traditional, ‘bottle of wine for the hostess’ and pick up something unique instead. Check out our favorites! One – Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking and Feeding Your Friends Cookbook | Two – Monogram Initial Bottle Stoppers | Three – Gold Plated Corkscrew | Four – Caramel Nut Crunch from our local favorite Just Pop In! | Five – The Sandy Apron | Six – Himalayan Salt Mortar and Pestle | Seven – Swarovski Crystal Cocktail …

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Thanksgiving Dessert Bar

Thanksgiving Dessert Bar

If you’re anything like us, you love stepping outside of traditional. We’re always searching for a way to change it up, and this Thanksgiving Dessert Bar was no exception. Now, you may be wondering why anyone would serve ‘just dessert’ on the holiday associated with eating Oven Roasted Turkey, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and Stuffing until you’re literally, “stuffed”. The answer is simple, really. Some people just aren’t chefs! With this in mind, our team set out …

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3 Tips for Serving the Perfect Cheese Tray

3 Tips for Serving the Perfect Cheese Tray

Shop for cheeses based on when and how you are planning to serve them. If your party is in the afternoon or you are serving cheese as an appetizer, make your selection light. Start with a fresh or young cheese, like creamy Italian Burrata (made from mozzarella and cream) or a wrinkly-rind, young goat cheese (goat’s milk has less lactose and is easier for people to digest. The longer it matures the milder the flavor becomes). …

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The Perfect Hostess

The Perfect Hostess

After you have sent the invitations, planned every detail of your party including food, beverage and decorations, the candles are lit, the final touches are in place, music is playing and the last important task is to get yourself party ready. Selecting an outfit days in advance of the party will assure you look your best and keep your stress level at a minimum. Be sure to select something special, shimmering, comfortable and perfectly fitted. …

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Tips to Plan a Quick, Easy and Stylish Al fresco Luncheon

Tips to Plan a Quick, Easy and Stylish Al fresco Luncheon

Let’s get outside every chance we can and since we spend so much time at work every once in awhile we have to break out of the – eat at your desk, fast food drive-up rut. Pull together a quick and easy al fresco luncheon in a few easy steps and your office peeps will love you. Include a statement piece such as this beach inspired vase (from our Seaside party kit) packed with fresh cut …

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Serve up a Coastal Concoction

Serve up a Coastal Concoction

Do you ever have those days when you want to just sit ocean side in a tropical pub with a thirst quenching drink and something fresh to eat from the area?  If you can’t get to the ocean today, try this treat and see if it takes you there. Lobster. . .yum! Yield:  12 servings Ingredients 2 cups lobster Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 1 tbsp snipped chives 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus …

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