Gift Guide: for the Sunshine Lover

A margarita sounds heavenly – poolside? Even better.  Here are some sun-shiny gifts to keep that dream alive. Enjoy!

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1.  Shop Bob, Raleigh Weekender Bag

2. Shop Ruche, Feline Sunglasses in Tortoise by AJ Morgan

3. Mod Cloth, Dazzling Dame Necklace

4.  Rifle Paper Co., Flamingo Art Print

5.  Anthropologie, Gleaming Isla Candle

6.  Urban Outfitters, Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Camera

7.  Terrain, Elder Flower and Rose Presse

8.  Anthropologie, Hand Painted Wanderlust Globe

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Gift Guide: For the Homebody

For all the Homebodies out there, here are some stylish gifts to spruce up anyone’s abode.  We are super in love with no. 5 – Curated Coffee and vinyl pairings from Turntable Kitchen – so fun!

For the home body

1. Amazon.com, “Humans of New York”

2. Urban Outfitters, Plum & Bow Gold Fox Pillow

3.  Urban Outfitters, Gold Vanity Box

4.  Anthropologie, Capri Blue Jar Candle

5. Turntable Kitchen, Coffee and Vinyl Pairing

6.  Serena & Lily, Backgammon Set

7.  Crate & Barrel, Finn Mug

8.  Serena & Lily, Sofia Throw

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Little Lady

Oh what fun gift giving can be!

We are putting together some of our favorite things for everyone on your list.  Can we just take a minute and awe over these sweet and girly gifts for that little lady in your life? Take a peek at our pretty picks, they are so sweet, you may even find someone else on your list to share with!

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1.  Amazon.com, Frida Kahlo Paperdolls

2. Gap, Christmas Deer Sweater

3.  Anthropologie, Fox Family

4. Rifle Paper CO, Little Women

5. Terrain, Bird Bingo

6. Serena & Lily, Oef Pink Crown

7.  Serena & Lily, Easy Peasy Mexi Booties

8.  Land of Nod, Floral Teepee

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!

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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!