EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING IS ALL ABOUT PLANNING AHEAD AND KEEPING THINGS SIMPLE.
Thanksgiving is now officially a week away, which means it’s time to get the tabletop ready to avoid last minute stress. Entertaining can be a little overwhelming, so I’ve learned to keep things simple. To come up with the best tablescape, start with basic items that you already own (in this case antique silver flatware and quality wine glasses) and build around them to create the right setting for your Thanksgiving soirée.
Party invitations tend to sneak up on you last minute during the holidays — and unless you’re really organized (or Martha Stewart) you’re stuck buying a last-minute gift at the only store that’s open (the pharmacy) and wrapping it in the car before heading to the party or worse, grabbing that really nice bottle of wine you were saving for a special occasion from the cellar to give to the host… Sound familiar? I’m ashamed to say it happened to me a few too many times.
The good news is that there’s a really easy solution to that problem: the gift pantry — a designated place in your house to keep all your hostess gifts and gift wrapping, ready to grab-and-go at any moment. No more last minute gift runs. Now, I order all my hostess gifts at the start of the season — for every type of person and budget — and shop my own personal gift pantry in the comfort of my home when I need it. Trust me when I say it saves so much time and headache. Here are a few hostess gift ideas that are on my radar this year.
LIMITED-EDITION ART PRINTS FROM EMERGING ARTISTS AROUND THE GLOBE
I feel so inspired when talented bloggers launch creative initiatives, especially when it’s just in time for holiday shopping. Enter Buddy Editions, an online art gallery that features exclusive limited-edition art prints from artists around the globe. The project is the brainchild of blogger and co-founder of Matchbook Magazine, Katie Armour. I’m so impressed by the first collection that features a wide photography, prints, watercolors & paintings. Here are a few of my quick tips for building a gallery wall:
Mix media: photography, paintings, watercolors, etc.