A Guide to Holiday Entertaining

Tis’ the season! Here are some of our tips to a stress-free party.

Hint number 1: Plan early! If you are cooking, get your shopping done the weekend before, prep anything you can ahead of time, clean throughout the week so you don’t have to worry about dusting the entire house before your guests arrive – it’s these little things that really can make a big difference the day of.  It’s even more fun if you make lists and check tasks off as you go!

Hand lettered recycled notepad, to do list / Back to school / Do this stuff / Graduation gift

photo via Etsy

Keep it simple.  Stick to an easy menu with a few options for appetizers and drinks.  You don’t have to have a fully stocked bar for every party. Have a good red and white wine, some sparkling cider and you should be good to go.  Not everything has to be handmade either – pick up a party tray from your local grocery store and rearrange everything onto a pretty platter. You don’t have to be miss Martha, just make it look you are.

How to assemble the perfect spring cheese plate!

Photo via Refinery 29

Stock up! We love a good deal, make sure to pick up fun accessories like straws or napkins at the end of season sales, and save them for a special occasion. Keep all of your goodies in a buffet, hutch, or sideboard so it’s easy to pull together right before the party.

Photo via: West Elm

Plan an activity for your guests – it’s a great way to break the ice and can give you just a few more moments if you have some early birds arrive before you are ready.  A photo booth is always fun, or just a simple coffee table book of questions can be a great icebreaker.  Make sure to think of the kiddos too! I like to have a box full of books, quite toys, and coloring books on hand for the littles to stay entertained.

PUT CRAYONS IN MASON JARS

Photo via Hostess with the Mostess

Here’s to a Happy and cheerful season of parties!

Get your Glamp on

August in Seattle is the perfect time to get your camp on.  The Sun is out, the days are long, we can just taste the Smores in the campfire. We put together some of our favorite things to pack for your next trip. Happy Camping!

whimsy and spice Smores Kit ETSY

whimsy and spice smores kit

Whimsy and Spice Smores Kit

aidies hideaway arrow garlands

Aidies Hideaway Felt Arrow Garland

Robin Cottage Wool Pillow

Robin Cottage Wool Pillow

Framework Lantern Anthropoplogie

Anthropologie Frame Work Lantern

Cross bow blanket urbanoutfitters

Urban Outfitters Cross Bow Blanket

Stout Tent

Stout Tent

 You might also enjoy this Glamping Photo Shoot collaboration  we did with Seattle Magazine and Kelly Moore Creative Media a few Summers back – seriously, Straight GLAM.

Sweet Gift Tag Printables

Who doesn’t love a sweet little favor? It is always a nice gesture to send your guests home with something to remember the day. Make it personable with a charming thank you tag in your color scheme.

Take a look at some of our ideas for some inspiration, and don’t forget to print out these free tags!

Use #olivedesignhousetags to show off your creations!

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