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The Art of the Appetizer

November 13, 2014

A holiday hors d’oeuvres party! The very words fill my mind with visions of happy guests, tasty appetizers, jolly conversation, and maybe even some holiday tunes in the background. Best of all, serving appetizers requires a lot less effort than a full-fledged dinner party — what’s not to like? But as anyone who’s prepared appetizers…

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Holly Berry Holiday Tablescape

November 12, 2014

There’s a retro-sweetness to holiday china that we find almost irresistible. Of course, we also love the sleekness of a modern table. And that made us wonder: Is it possible to get the best of both festive worlds in one beautiful setting? After careful consideration, our answer to this Christmas décor conundrum was yes. Definitely….

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How to Decorate Your Front Door

November 12, 2014

It’s natural to want your front entryway to be warm and inviting all year-round, but it’s especially appropriate to evoke that sense of festivity and hospitality around the holidays. Outdoor holiday décor sets the tone of holiday spirit even before you open the front door, so amidst all of the excitement of decorating the Christmas…

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Guest Room Welcome Baskets

November 09, 2014

It’s that time of the year again, when gracious hosts and hostesses ready their homes for invited (and sometimes unexpected) holiday guests. Make your friends and family feel welcome with a simple bouquet of flowers, a bowl of fresh or dried fruit, and a thoughtfully assembled basket of goodies. Even the smallest gestures will go…

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How to Throw a Wreath-Making Party

November 07, 2014 1

Instead of the usual holiday soiree, this year host an artsy party with a purpose. “A wreath-making party is a fun way to gather your friends together during the holidays and be social and creative,” says Bill Parkinson, the owner of William Parkinson Events, an event planning company in Stamford, Connecticut. To pull off a…

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How to Make a Professional-Looking Wreath

November 06, 2014 1

If you only have the budget or time for one DIY item for decorating this holiday season, go with a beautiful wreath. A show-stopping wreath is not only a quintessential holiday decoration, but also looks great on the front door or in the hallway, is easy to dress up, and doesn’t cost much to create. The trick is…

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