Posts tagged: Holidays

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: For the Hostess

December 12, 2014 Decorating
Hostess Gifts

If you’re attending a flurry of holiday parties this season, don’t forget to pickup a little something to show your appreciation to the hostess! When it comes to giving a great hostess gift, I prefer to bring a stylish yet useful keepsake for the home. Something the person likely wouldn’t buy for themselves but would use often and that reminds them of me every time they use it. Her …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 10 Gifts that Give Back

December 12, 2014 Gift Guides
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

The holidays are all about the spirit of giving which is why I loved curating this gift guide of products that give back by donating proceeds to worthy causes. If you have someone in your life that has everything, or is difficult to shop for, a gift that gives back is especially perfect because everyone can appreciate something that helps others!

1. 100 Good Deeds Bracelet: Proceeds supp …

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A Peek Inside My Home for the Holidays with Balsam Hill

December 5, 2014 Decorating
Nicole Gibbons Holiday Decor

During the holidays when I was growing up both my mom and grandma went over-the-top with their Christmas decorations. We’re talking little Christmas villages, santa figurines, garlands up the staircase, twinkling lights indoors and out, and of course, the most beautiful Christmas tree ever. Having grown up with an appreciation for creating a beautiful and festive holiday atmosphere, dec …

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Giving Thanks

November 27, 2014 Notes from Nicole
Giving Thanks

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope you have a beautiful day filled with lots of food, booze, family, friends, love and special memories! I also realize that Thanksgiving and the holidays in general may not be an easy time for everyone, especially if you are alone, away from your family or missing loved ones that are no longer here. But just remember …

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Thanksgiving Wine Picks from a Master Sommelier

November 25, 2014 Entertaining Essentials
Thanksgiving Wine

During the holidays we spend so much time obsessing over menus and food prep but let’s be real people, the holidays are also an excuse for indulgent alcohol consumption! Aside from good food, I look forward to wine, wine and more wine on Thanksgiving! If you’re stumped on what wine to pair with your Thanksgiving meal, I’ve asked Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier and owner of Chicago’s …

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Holiday Table Inspiration

November 24, 2014 Entertaining Essentials
Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas Intro

When you’re spending hours in the kitchen preparing a huge holiday meal, my philosophy is to simplify your table setting as much as possible. I prefer a more casually elegant setting when I’m entertaining at home which to me feels much more inviting and unstuffy. I put this table setting together last year for an editorial and thought I’d revisit it with these never-seen-before outtake …

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