Top 10 Home Bar Essentials

Top 10 Home Bar Essentials

Summer seems to be the time of year that many of our young friends are setting up new homes and beginning their adult lives, including entering the wonderful world of home entertaining. Not surprisingly, inspired by the amazing bar carts showcased on Pinterest, one of the questions we are most often asked is what are the 10 essentials for the home bar? We recently discovered this great home bar essentials guide by one of our favorite gift merchants, A Gift Personalized (yes, the very same company we turn to for bridesmaid gifts & groomsmen gifts.) Continue Reading →

How to Get Ready to Party >> 5 Home Entertaining Essentials

How to Get Ready to Party >> 5 Home Entertaining Essentials

This morning we were inspired by an article we stumbled upon an article on PopSugar addressing how to get ready to party and what exactly guests notice in your home.  All of us who entertain at all know that one of the most stressful aspects of home entertaining, whether you are hosting a dinner party or your child's first birthday party, is getting your house in shape for your guests.  Yes, you do need to clean but focus your time and efforts on making your bathrooms and kitchen spotless. Otherwise, shut the doors to rooms your guests do not need access to.  As for the rest, we sorta agree there are generally just a handful of things your guests will notice about your home.  No one will say – wow she so needs a new sofa or her carpet really deserves a cleaning.  Your home decor is almost irrelevant so long as the rooms your guests see are tidied up and lack clutter.  You can transform any room from drab to fab by implementing a few of these simple home entertaining essentials.

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Cocktails On the Go Party Favor Flasks

Cocktails on the go party favor flasks

Cocktails On the Go Party Favor Flasks

Ladies – is this not a “funtastic” way to combine cocktail hour and your party favors.  We are obsessed.  You are going to serve cocktails in some type of drink ware  anyway so why not serve them in these adorable re-usable flasks that can now double as your party favor.  #toocute  How perfect are these Cocktails On the Go party favor flasks for your next ladies night cocktail hour or bachelorette party.  Plus they are available in different designs.  Just fill them with your favorite cocktail or mock cocktail recipe and display them in a lovely personalized party tub or antiqued copper tub like the one in the featured image.  They are actually easier to handle than holding a traditional cocktail glass and your guests will not have to worry about inadvertent spills.  You can even offer an awesome straw, if you like. Be sure to remind your guests that the party favor flasks are theirs to keep and use over and over again.  Serve refills from a vintage chic punch bowl with handy funnels available for refilling the flasks. And think of all the glasses you will now not have to wash! Continue Reading →

Entertaining Essentials 15% OFF at Zinc Door | Holiday Gifts | Hostess Gifts

Entertaining Essentials on Sale at Zinc Door

Peak party throwing season is upon us! Don't miss your chance to receive 15% off home entertaining essentials at Zinc Door, 12/16 – 1/14, with promo code ENTERTAIN. Beautiful serving sets, sparkling glassware, elegant table linens … everything you need to entertain with style. Perfect for holiday gifts and hostess gifts, too.

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Unique Entertaining & Hostess Wedding Gifts

Hostess and Entertaining Wedding Gifts

Essex Silver Sweetener Bowls |Blenheim Napkin Rings and Placecard Holders |Essex Silver Creamer | Mint Julep Cups

One of my favorite couples is finally getting married.  Shannon and Joe have been together for 7 years.  I have had the honor of watching their relationship grow from smitten on their first date to a loving, supportive, and still smitten mature couple.  As is the custom today, their wedding announcement indicated that they were registered at the usual stores.  I spent way too long searching for the perfect present.  Finally I narrowed it down to the vacuum cleaner, the knife set, or a generic glass vase.  But rather than clicking “buy” I turned off the computer.  I wanted to gift this  amazing couple something special — something memorable.  Yes, I went rogue but I don't think anyone is complaining.

So the next time I tackled this gifting project, I went directly to Layla Grayce's selection of elegant and unique wedding gifts. I knew exactly what I was looking for — something elegant and classic, something the couple would use over and over again throughout their years together as they entertained family and friends.  I wanted a gift that would add that little extra to their table yet would be something they would never buy for themselves and something that I would want to immediately add to Party Idea {Pros} Classic Elegance party package.

Hostess & Entertaining Wedding Gifts: White Ceramic Cake Plates

White Footed Square Cake Stand | Pedestal Cake Plate | Ceramic White Cake Plates With Green Ribbon

In addition to the above feature pieces, I also fell in love will all three of these white ceramic cake plates.

In the end I chose the Essex Silver Sweetener Bowls because of their versatility.  These petite silver-plated brass bowls had that perfect touch of personality I was looking for.  I loved the fact that this set of six bowls could not only be filled with sweeteners for coffee and tea  but could also be filled with flowers, candy, and trinkets for a beautiful table display.  With so many options I hope my friends will come to treasure these little bowls and the memories they help create.
This is my wish for Shannon and Joe
May you celebrate life fully and always.

Party Hearty!

One Kings Lane Day of Kitchen Sale

One Kings Lane Day of Kitchen Sale

Shop everything you need from kitchen tools to cookbooks to furnishing to help create both the perfect meal and perfect ambiance.for enjoying a simple or special meal. Eating has never been this easy or fun!

The One Kings Lane Day of Kitchen sale is here just in time for summer entertaining! This is one of the best sales of the year because of the variety of high quality kitchen items One Kings Lane offers! Below are some of my favorite sales they are hosting. Remember, One Kings Lane sales only last 72 hours so when you see an item you love you should definitely buy it! This Day Of Kitchen sale is live from today-4/26. Let me know what you wind up getting to make your space ready for spring and summer!

 The Spring Table Sale at One Kings Lane

The Spring Table Sale at One Kings Lane

Set a table that blooms with these light, bright entertaining necessities. Full of floral dishes, playfully printed table linens, and vibrant flatware, we’ve got something to freshen up every spring soiree.

Composed Counter Sale at One Kings Lane

From cookware inherited for your first apartment to the bone white china on your wedding registry, a fully-equipped kitchen is a highly-personal thing of beauty. For those missing a few key pieces, we've created a collection of kitchen essentials, perfect for function, family, and entertaining.

Entertaining Essentials Sale at One Kings Lane
Warm days and balmy nights — this season is just made for entertaining. Whether you're planning a casual alfresco brunch or an elaborate outdoor party, these colorful wine glasses, tumblers, coasters and cake stands make every occasion stylish and chic.

The Eat-In Kitchen Sale at One Kings Lane

The eat-in kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. It’s where friends and family gather, meals are prepped and served, and memories are made. We selected our favorite kitchen and dining finds, from furniture to table linens, so you can create your own freshly-styled, functional eat-in kitchen.

Party Hearty!