Holiday Gift Guide: For the Health Enthusiast

Nowadays it seems like there are so many different fitness plans, diets, and easy ways to get fresh, beautiful ingredients to help fuel our bodies.  Chances are, there’s a health enthusiast on your list this season (or maybe it’s you!), and we’ve got some gift ideas to help keep them fit through the holidays.

 

First, our all-time, favorite, go-to cookbooks.  These recipes are made for athletes, with wholesome, nutritious ingredients to fuel your lifestyle.  Plus, we’ll take ALL the health tips we can get from Olympic athlete, Shalane Flanagan!

“Run Fast Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon

“Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all that new recipe inspiration, they’ll need lots of storage to make meals throughout the week.  Might as well make it pretty!

ModCloth

 

 

This past year, our family has become so in love with drying fresh fruits and vegetables.  It’s a great way to make your produce last  so much longer, and is perfect for healthy snacking on-the-go!

Available at Kohl’s

 

 

I have yet to meet a health enthusiast who doesn’t want to put avocado on just about everything.  They’re creamy, nutritious, delicious, and apparently make for an adorable throw pillow.

Urban Outfitters

 

 

A necessary part of any healthy routine is taking the time to relax and recover.  A stylish floor pillow is the perfect place to meditate, stretch, and recuperate.

World Market

 

 

Having a vegetable garden is wonderful if you have the space.  Realistically, many of us living in the city don’t.  I love that this heirloom seed kit is such an easy, compact way to be able to grow your own ingredients- vegetable garden, or not!

Williams Sonoma

 

 

I really believe that plants are some of the best ways to decorate a home.  This book can help show you which ones you’ll want for your own healthy home!

Available at Amazon

 

 

Every week, our local farmer’s market is always the best place to go to find fresh, seasonal items.  This bag from The Little Market will help them bring some those healthy ingredients in style, and give back to the artisans in Bangladesh who created it.

The Little Market

 

 

Of course they’ll need somewhere to put all those fresh fruits and veggies when they get home.  A two-tiered bowl for their table will hold it all!

Lulu and Georgia

 

 

What other health-inspired gifts will be you gifting this year?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Happy holidays!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess

‘Tis the season for lots of holiday get-togethers!  If you’re planning on celebrating at someone’s house, it’s always a sweet idea to bring a little something for your gracious host or hostess.  A nice bottle of wine or a homemade dish are always appreciated, but we’ve found a few other unique ideas that we think they’d love.  

P.S.  Stock up on a few so that you have something to bring to any last-minute party!

 

You can never have too many festive linens, right?  We would toast to these towels any day!

Anthropologie

 

Kate Spade New York

 

 

The Little Market is a wonderful company to browse through for gifts that give back.  This box of hand-painted Moroccan cups is not only a perfect hostess gift, but every purchase even helps empower artisans in Chabi Chic, Morocco.

The Little Market

 

 

Going to a holiday cookie party?  Why not bring your treats in a jar that shows your host how grateful you are to be there!

Wisteria

 

 

In our family, every Christmas Eve has a delicious antipasto spread.  We’d love to bring one on a monogrammed board for our wonderful host!

Anthropologie

 

 

Sometimes going with the tried and true simple candle or set of soaps is just the ticket.  Try mixing it up with one that looks just as beautiful as it smells!

Anthropologie

 

World Market

 

 

Whatever you decide to bring to your holiday party, remember that your hostess is just happy to have you!  Enjoy your celebrations, and please feel free to share your favorite ideas in the comments.  Happy holidays!

 

P.S. For more ideas, check out one of our previous hostess gift guides

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Party Host

The start of November marks the beginning of this wonderful holiday season for all hosts, hostesses, and party-goers!  Soon, we’ll be celebrating the holidays with family, friends, and (surely), lots of good food and drink.  

Dinner parties, happy hours, and holiday gatherings are right around the corner.  We want to make sure that as those invites start rolling in, you don’t have to worry about showing up empty-handed.  

A nice bottle of wine or a beautiful flower arrangement will always be a beautiful way to thank your host for their hospitality.  But, sometimes you may want to switch it up and bring something a bit more unique.  

Tip: Stock up on a few different host gifts to stash in your closet for any last-minute events that pop up, and save yourself the sweat!

 

I love this personalized recipe board as a thoughtful gift for a special friend or family member.  Maybe they have a favorite recipe that you could share, or perhaps you could have one made from an old family recipe passed down through the generations.  Just send the image of the recipe over to be personalized directly onto the board for that extra-special, handwritten touch!

Frontgate

 

For a more simple, modern take on this idea, mixed material cheese boards are a great option.  Marble, slate, wood- you name it, and it’s out there!

West Elm

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

Obviously, we LOVE everything Kate Spade.  And, we love their products even more to give as gifts because of how cute and clever everything always is.  This apron would make a fun, playful gift for your host.  Plus, the inside flap has all your measurement equivalents written down as a bonus little cheat-sheet!  

Kate Spade

 

Does your host have a favorite cocktail or drink that they’re always ordering at happy hour?  This cocktail shaker is perfect for foolproof recipes without having to look them up each time!

Sur La Table

 

A decanter for their finer liquors is always a nice gift, and this one is both festive and practical with numbered glasses for your guests to tell theirs apart.

Pottery Barn

 

Maybe your host prefers a nice bottle of wine?  This Clef du Vin helps to “age” your bottle of wine by one year for each second that it is submerged in a glass.  Plus, it even comes with a travel size version!

Frontgate

 

I love a nice warm cup of tea after dinner, and I bet your host would love this single-serve teapot and mug that they can use to treat themselves to nice cup in style.

Anthropologie

 

Sometimes I feel like there can never be enough coasters floating around at parties.  Any host would love to add a few more around their home as the drinks start being poured!  I love the simplicity of marble, but a beautiful gold leaf adds a unique twist here.

Crate & Barrel

 

Candle holders and napkin rings are a tried and true staple of host gifts, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!  A funky, modern pair of candle holders are perfect for the contemporary host, while napkin ring cuffs adorned with a sweet saying may be best for the more traditional one.  

Urban Outfitters

 

 

The Bella Cottage

 

What are some of your favorite host or hostess gifts to give?  Have you ever received one that really stood out?  Let us know your favorite ideas in the comments!  

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Pop, Sparkle, and Fizz into the New Year!

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party tomorrow night?  Need a few more decor ideas to really take your party to the next level?  We’ve got you covered!  We’ve pulled some of our favorite New Year’s Eve party ideas, and we’re sure you can pull them together ASAP.  

Cotton-candy on your cocktail?  Polaroid shots hanging from balloons?  Just a little inspiration to get your party planning kickstarted!  

Oriental Trading

 

 

Oh Happy Day

 

 

Etsy

 

 

 

 

Lauren Conrad

 

 

 

 

Balloon Time

 

 

Happy New Year to you and yours!  We’d love to see your party pictures, or hear your favorite ideas.

Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE HOST

Every year, we put together lists of our favorite gift items for the season- and this year, we are SO excited with what we’ve found!

One of the first people you may find on your list are hostess gifts for those holiday parties that will surely begin before you know it.  We even like to keep a few in our closet, just in case you find yourself at a party last minute.  One thing you definitely don’t want to do is show up empty handed, and what host wouldn’t LOVE any of these gifts?!

 

These disco ball drink cups might just be my favorite item on the list.  What a fun, festive way to treat your guests- with their favorite holiday cocktail hidden inside!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Marble is classic, neutral, and sure to coordinate with any decor your host has.  Add a unique touch with an initial!

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

 

You’ve probably caught on by now how much we love Anthropologie’s funky finds, and this serving set is no exception.  We love how unique the handles are!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Kouboo has come out with tons of beautiful new items, and these hand-woven rattan place mats are so gorgeous, we couldn’t decide which color we liked best!  Which one is your favorite?

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite gifts to ever receive was a box full of my friends’ and family’s favorite recipes.  Whether you fill it with your own recipes, or leave the cards open for your host to fill, this is sure to be a huge hit for the host who loves to cook, or a great gift for a new couple!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RawSpiceBar was generous enough to send us a pack of spices to test out, and when they arrived we were delighted to see that they were Oktoberfest themed- how fun (not to mention, absolutely delicious)!  This is such a fun, special way to gift your host with monthly spices and new recipes for them to try.  Pair your RawSpiceBar subscription with cute little spice jars like the ones below- it’s the gift that will keep on giving!

RawSpiceBar

RawSpiceBar

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

We’ve all been to parties where maybe we don’t know the host all that well, but would still like to bring something nice, other than your typical bottle of wine or flowers.  This sweet little porcelain tray from Jonathan Adler is the perfect gift, without breaking the bank.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

When all else fails, you can NEVER go wrong with festive cocktail napkins!  These ones can even be reused after the holidays…score!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

What was your favorite hostess gift to give (or receive)?  We’d love to hear some more unique ideas!

Hosting an Impromptu Oscar Party

Just realize the Academy Awards are Sunday night?  Call a few of your friends and host an easy, fun, and festive Oscars party with these great ideas!  I can just see cosmos in those Hollywood glasses, can’t you?  Have fun and enjoy the Oscars!

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

 

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

 

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Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

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Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

Birthday Express

Birthday Express

 

 

Sweet Boutique via Sweet Designs

Sweet Boutique via Sweet Designs

 

 

Do you have a favorite award show snack you love to host with?  Share your ideas!

 

 

5 Creative Ways to Ring In the New Year

If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, why not have a fun theme for you and your guests to celebrate with?  Whether you are going for a full party theme, or just fun ideas for decorations and treats, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite New Year’s Eve inspirations.  Here are some of my favorite ideas to ring in 2016!

 

Wild Masquerade

Masquerades are a classic for New Year’s, but we love this idea of an animal theme!  Have your guests come as their favorite animal, or have a centerpiece full with masks for them to choose from.  Either way, this is sure to be a fun celebration!

Design Toscano via Wayfair

Design Toscano via Wayfair

 

Meemo Party Accessories

Clivia Brandao featured via Meemo Party Accessories

 

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

 

Decades Dinner

Glam up your average decades party with a disco ball piñata to drop at midnight and some vintage party hats!

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad

 

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad

 

Studio DIY

Studio DIY

 

My Sister's Crazy!

My Sister’s Crazy!

 

 

Ball Drop Bash

Bring the ball drop to you with ball-inspired decor and treats!  A classic, but such a cute and easy DIY.

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

Honey & Fitz

Honey & Fitz

 

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

 

 

Starry Night

If you are just looking for some decorative accents, look no further!  Adding festive cocktail stirrers, toothpicks, and garland will line your home with stars and sparkles to twinkle all night long.

Confetti Pop

Confetti Pop

Confetti Pop

Confetti Pop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everything Fabulous

 

Celebrations

Celebrations

 

 

A Sweet Celebration

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to indulge in some sweet treats before all of those New Year’s resolutions start!  Add sweet touches to your drinks and desserts for the full effect.

The French Confection Co

The French Confection Co

 

Laura's Little Party

Laura’s Little Party

 

Cooking Books

Cooking Books

 

Hostess With the Mostess

Hostess With the Mostess

 

What’s your favorite New Year’s Eve idea?  We wish you a very happy and healthy 2016!

Our Most Unique Bachelorette Party Ideas

We’ve all seen the wild and crazy bachelorette parties (if not been a part of one), but do they ALL have to be like that?

Denise Truscello, WireImage (USA Today)

Denise Truscello, WireImage (USA Today)

Of course not!!!  While a night out on the town may be fun for some brides, there are certainly others who might prefer a different activity to kick off their wedding with their closest girlfriends.  We’ve compiled some of our favorite “out-of-the-box” bachelorette party ideas for those ladies who might want something a little less traditional!

 

“Build a Book”

What a GREAT idea from Cosmo:  Buy a scrapbook with removable pages, and mail a page to each bridesmaid to decorate and fill with pictures.  If the bridesmaids were all local, this could be a fun get-together idea to get to know each other and bond over a bottle of wine and some crafts!  Any bride would be so touched to receive such a thoughtful gift from her best friends during her bachelorette party.

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

 

Scavenger Hunt

Who says bachelorette parties have to be at the hottest night club?  Planning a scavenger hunt could be just as fun to plan as it will be to play!  Get creative and come up with some awesome prizes!

Meet The B's

Meet The B’s

 

Sweat it Out!

For a sporty bride, taking a dance class together may be better than a crazy night at the bar.  Bonding over a new experience like going rock climbing or taking a salsa class might be just the thing to tap into your bride’s athletic interests.  Not to mention, a dance class might be perfect for everyone to learn some new moves before the wedding!  You could even try a class with a fun theme, like Burlesque or Dirty Dancing!

Dance Follies

Dance Follies

 

Bridal Guide

Bridal Guide

 

Slumber Party… The “Grown Up” Way

Let’s face it, having an old school slumber party is pretty “been there, done that”.  That being said, I think every girl could argue that good drinks, good food, and good friends are all you need for the perfect party.  So, why not try a new “grown up” spin on the classic sleepover, and throw a weekend getaway at a local ski lodge or beach house?  Complete with sweet treats, yummy cocktails, and an old fashioned movie night!

Green Wedding Shoes

Green Wedding Shoes

 

Green Wedding Shoes

Green Wedding Shoes

 

Do you have any unique bachelorette parties that you’d love to attend?  Share your ideas with us!

 

Holiday Gift Guide, Day 6: For the Life of the Party

It seems there is always that friend or family member that’s the first to invite everyone over to watch the game, or to crack open the bottle of wine.  How about something that pays homage to their party spirit!

 

Whether it be a wire sculpture or a game to add to their collection, here are some fun ideas to nurture their party spirit!

Wire Script Sculpture, Anthropologie

Wire Script Sculpture, Anthropologie

 

Toulouse Dartboard Set, Jonathan Adler

Toulouse Dartboard Set, Jonathan Adler

 

Bond Poker Set, Ralph Lauren Home

Bond Poker Set, Ralph Lauren Home

 

And keep a few sets of these napkins and place mats on hand for hostess gifts to those impromptu parties put on by your Life of the Party!

Margarita Cocktail Napkins, Jonathan Adler

Margarita Cocktail Napkins, Jonathan Adler

 

Food For Thought Placemat, Kate Spade

Food For Thought Placemat, Kate Spade

 

Behind every Life of the Party is a frustrated party planner waiting to be unleashed.  Help them out with this Reviving the Art of the Hostess Book!!

Dinner Diaries: Reviving The Art Of The Hostess, Anthropologie

Dinner Diaries: Reviving The Art Of The Hostess, Anthropologie

 

And who wouldn’t love this Cake Dome on their party table.  I just may have to pick up one myself!

Victorian Cake Dome, Wisteria

Victorian Cake Dome, Wisteria

 

Here’s a new twist on wine tags – uniquely colored and engraved glasses, or just write your name across the “chalkboard”!  Maybe just a fun Martini glass?  These are so colorful!

Say the Word Colored Flutes, Kate Spade (engravings read: clink, fizz, cheers, pop)

Say the Word Colored Flutes, Kate Spade (engravings read: clink, fizz, cheers, pop)

Mosaic Chalk Martini Glass (Set of 2), Golden Hill Studio (Available via Wayfair)

Mosaic Chalk Martini Glass (Set of 2), Golden Hill Studio (Available via Wayfair)

 Chalk It Up Stemless Wine Glasses Set of 4 , Classic Hostess

Chalk It Up Stemless Wine Glasses Set of 4 , Classic Hostess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve checked off the Life of the Party on your list. Check in tomorrow for Day 7 of our Holiday Gift Guide, For the Fitness Fanatic!

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Holiday Gift Guide, Day 1: For the Host (All Under $25!)

Today is day 1 of our 7-Day Holiday Gift Guide, and it’s dedicated to the “Host”.  This one is so much fun to write because I have received so many hostess gifts over the years – some useful, some fun, and some really unique.  Here are a few (all under $25) that any host would love to receive.

 

Yes, we all have a cheese board, but I love this one because it’s slate and can be used as a “board” to let your guests know what’s being served.  I’ve also used it to put breads or cookies or anything containing nuts, to alert any of my guests that may have a food allergy!

Park Slope Slate Cheeseboard & Chalk, Dot & Bo

Park Slope Slate Cheeseboard & Chalk, Dot & Bo- $16.99

 

Just saw this and couldn’t resist.  Red or white?  Bring one of each!

Elf Pants Wine Bag, Pottery Barn

Elf Pants Wine Bag, Pottery Barn- $15

 

Hands down, this is the best grater EVER!  I use it for everything.  Add some Himalayan Salt cubes, some cinnamon sticks, or nutmeg pods, and I guarantee your host will love it!

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater, Available on Amazon

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater, Available on Amazon- $12.60

 

Last week, I was in San Diego visiting my daughter Jillian, and we stopped in this little store that sold the yummiest scented sugars.  They had everything from spices, to citrus, to herbal!  I wanted one of everything.  This is a great DIY project- just put it in a pretty jar and and you have a true one-of-a-kind gift.

Scented Sugars, PS by Dila- DIY

Scented Sugars, PS by Dila- DIY

 

I love a unique take on a boring kitchen item, and this is both practical and cute.  I love the corks!!  Makes filling them a snap!

Holiday Village Salt & Pepper Shakers, Anthropologie

Holiday Village Salt & Pepper Shakers, Anthropologie- $14.00

 

As you know, I’m Italian!  There is not a piece of bread that goes on my table where there isn’t some garlic and olive oil.  I love this garlic grater plate- no extra mess… just peel your garlic, grate, and serve all in the same place.  If you want to really impress your host, add some slivers of garlic, peppercorns, basil, whole allspice, and fennel seed to that bottle of olive oil!  Yum!!

Garlic Grater and Oil Dipping Dish by Donna and Randall Rollins, Uncommon Goods- $15.00

Garlic Grater and Oil Dipping Dish by Donna and Randall Rollins, Uncommon Goods- $15.00

 

Yes, we all love to give and get candles, but let’s face it, they’re all pretty much the same.  These remind me a little of a Russian Matryoshka nesting doll. They are as pretty to look at unlit as they are when they are burning.

Animal Doll Candles, West Elm

Animal Doll Candles, West Elm- $16-22

 

This cocktail shaker is screaming “pick me up”, and isn’t that what you’re supposed to do with a cocktail shaker??

Telescope Cocktail Shaker, Pottery Barn- $22.99

Telescope Cocktail Shaker, Pottery Barn- $22.99

 

I was introduced to the Corkcicle by Christian, my soon to be son-in-law.  It’s such a great idea and it really works!

Corkcicle Air, RedEnvelope $17.99

Corkcicle Air, RedEnvelope $17.99

 

How great is this!?  Chill your drink without watering it down!  Perfect for the scotch lover on your list, too!

Whiskey Wedge, Corckcicle- $16.95

Whiskey Wedge, Corckcicle- $16.95

 

 

Check out tomorrow’s blog for Holiday Gift Guide, Day 2: Gifts for the Gardener!

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