Charleston – Bread and Butter Plate
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How To | 5 Tips to Host the Holidays without the Headache
If you’ve ever played host for the holidays, you know that while it is always fun to bring family and friends together, it can also come with its own headaches. Getting the house decorated and ready, preparing a menu and cooking the food, and the looming cleanup chores can be enough to overwhelm even the most experienced host. Luckily we can help with these 5 Tips to Host the Holidays without the Headache!
1. Decorate early (or quickly)
If you know you are hosting a holiday celebration at your house, you’ll want it to look as festive as possible! But holiday decorating can be a big task that takes a lot of time. If possible, start early so you don’t feel rushed. But if time is not on your side and you need to get the house ready within a tight schedule, just focus on a few key items to set the mood. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, focus on your table settings and decor. If it’s Christmas, just make sure to get the tree up and hang some stockings. Once a few main elements are in place, you can relax and only add more décor if you have the time.
2. Delegate duties
Trying to do it all is a good way to get yourself overwhelmed. Be sure to delegate what you can and don’t try to take on every responsibility by yourself. Take your most daunting task and ask someone for help. From decorating, to cooking, or just putting the plan in place, your friends and family will likely be eager to lend a helping hand wherever they can.
3. Hire professionals
Don’t overlook the possibility of hiring professionals for certain aspects of the party planning process. You may not want to splurge on an event planner for a family holiday, but you can certainly hire out for stages of the process. Hire someone to come deep-clean your house, contract a caterer for dinner, and have rental linens and tableware delivered to your house to cut down on setup as well as cleanup.
4. Think ahead
Even if you love planning and hosting events, cleaning up can be one of the biggest hassles. Think ahead during the planning process to save yourself some of the post-party stress. If you are hosting a meal, plan early and rent your dishware, flatware, and glassware. You can coordinate a perfectly festive look and you get to skip doing the dishes entirely. Table linens and napkins can also be rented in small quantities, so you can take laundry off your to-do list. Opening presents can also cause a big mess, so put trash bins or bags out around the room before everyone starts ripping into the wrapping. You can also put a receptacle nearby for reusable gift bags.
5. Make space for kids
Keep the kids busy and reduce your stress by having a space specially prepared for your younger guests. Load up a child-sized table with games and activities to entertain them until dinnertime. Then when it’s time to serve up the food, help them clear the table, throw on a table linen and drop some place settings. They will enjoy having their own space for play and for mealtime and cleanup will be much simpler without those surprise messes throughout the whole house.
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Looks We Love | Halloween
Depending on the type of Halloween celebration you are planning, your decor may vary from spooky to cutesy — or may even evolve into something else entirely with a themed party. Check out the photos above for some of our favorite Halloween looks for this year.
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Color Story | Something Blue in the Reception
Still need your “something blue”? It doesn’t have to be something you carry or wear – incorporate it into your reception decor! From cornflower to navy, blue can be a striking wedding color to showcase on your reception tables, cocktail tables, or bar. It meshes well with many different styles, so don’t be afraid to experiment until you find a look you love! Check out the photos above for some ideas on how to put “something blue” into your reception.
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How To | Throw a Co-Ed Baby Shower
Everyone loves to celebrate a little one on the way, so there’s no reason to restrict a baby shower guest list to women only! Co-ed baby showers are becoming more popular these days, but how do you evolve the décor and activities to match? It can still be challenging to plan a baby shower that isn’t over-the-top cutesy and girly, especially if you are expecting a little girl. Check out the tips below for some ideas on how to throw a co-ed baby shower that everyone will enjoy.
When choosing decor, remember that while you are celebrating the arrival of a baby, this particular party is for the adults, and it is for men as well as women. Instead of decorating it in line with how you would a kid’s birthday party, think more along the lines of a wedding. Keep the décor classy instead of cutesy. If you still want to stick with traditional pink or blue color schemes, try just toning down the bright nursery colors to more “adult” versions, like burgundy or navy. You can also add a masculine edge to softer color palettes by incorporating metallic hues, like copper and gunmetal silver.
When thinking about a menu, keep in mind that the guys at your party probably won’t be satisfied with finger foods alone. If your shower is going to be around a meal time, be sure to offer a main course that will please everyone. Look into catering options or see if you can commission a couple friends and family to help cook up big batches of food.
In most cases, the key to making sure the guys have a good time is to serve some good drinks. Try to have enough beer, wine, and maybe one or two cocktail ingredients on hand, plus a selection of non-alcoholic beverage options for any moms-to-be, designated drivers, and non-drinkers. Stock juice and soda for some refreshing mocktails, and of course the staples like water, tea and lemonade.
Traditional baby shower games may be on their way out of style in general, but especially with a co-ed crowd. Activities are always a plus, but keep it simple and don’t try to force the “fun.” Provide some casual lawn games and if you still want to have a big group activity, think about games that are easy to participate in and not too cheesy, like trivia or fill-in-the-blanks.
With a co-ed baby shower, it’s important to put the focus on the dad-to-be as well as the mom. This means you should open all your gifts together, so make sure to have seating set up for the both of you. Ask a friend to sit nearby and take notes for your thank you cards. Having another person on hand to help bring gifts to mom and dad and stash all the unwrapped goodies will do wonders in making sure gifts don’t get lost or accidently tossed in the trash.
Everyone probably has enough mini bottles of bubbles, and the guys at your shower likely won’t appreciate a bottle of nail polish as a favor. If you are going to give out favors to your guests, make sure it is something functional that both men and women can appreciate. Baked goods, mini bottles of alcohol, custom BBQ spice rubs, or even lottery scratcher tickets can be simple and inexpensive favors that won’t go immediately in the junk drawer.
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Color Story | Pumpkin-Inspired Color Palettes
With fall officially underway, get ready to see pumpkins everywhere! From the jumbo orange jack-o-lanterns to the smaller white varieties, and even some with shades of green or blue, pumpkins offer much more color inspiration than you might think. Check out the photos above for some of our favorite Pumpkin-Inspired Color Palettes.
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Looks We Love | Mix and Match Runners
Runners offer a unique opportunity to introduce many different colors, patterns, and textures to your table. Create contrast by layering runners and getting creative with your combinations!
Mix and Match: Colors
While combining complementary colors isn’t exactly a new idea, try pairing a brightly colored runner with a more neutral linen, or mix two bright hues in the center of your tables for a bold statement. Layered napkins can add to the dual-toned look as well.
Mix and Match: Patterns
Don’t be intimidated by patterns, or by combining them! Either with another patterned linen, or with a coordinating solid color, providing a contrast can help emphasize the pattern you choose.
Mix and Match: Textures
More than just the material, you can create texture with the way you style a runner on your table. A ruched or ruffled runner brings dimension as well as texture to a table, while a contrasting solid or flat runner can either help it stand out, or tone it down.
When is comes to creating contrast with a mix-and-match style, the best way to find the right look for your event is to experiment with your options and get creative! So don’t be afraid to come into any of our showrooms to see our entire selection and to try different looks until you find the one you love.
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Color Story | Rosé All Day
Rosé wines are a treasure trove of color inspiration! With hues ranging from blush to mauve, every color on the rosé spectrum deserves to have its time in the spotlight. Check out the photos above for some ideas on how to incorporate colors inspired by everyone’s favorite pink wine!
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