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Once the holiday decor comes down, things can look a bit bare. It’s nice – in a clean, uncluttered way – but also almost lonely. And in the cold, the flowers aren’t exactly blooming to liven things up that way.
Instead, try taking a just a few simple blooms or branches, separating them out, and let the vases be focal point. I gathered a few tulips in champagne glasses and loved the fresh take. And then I saw this picture and thought the colored vessel was really what January needs.
My way to do it though utilizes things you may already have on hand … things like colored glasses and barware, votive holders, pitchers, even shot glasses. Of course vases and bud vases work too, but get creative and mix things up.
Jewel and fire tones will warm and brighten even the dreariest of days.
Do you think things look empty after the holidays? Or are you thankful for the clean, calm look of the decorations boxed back up?
I just couldn’t help but snap this pic while at an event last night. I love the idea of stemless glasses for entertaining, and so do many people, which is why the Riedel “O” series is such a hit.
But stemless champage glasses do not make enough appearances.
Yes, I realize that the stem is necessary to regulate the tempartature and stop the transfer of body heat to the wine. BUT, who drinks their bubbly that slowly? Not me, and definitely no one I know!
Champagne is for celebrations (which in my book is any day!), and so I can almost guarantee that my glass won’t be in my hands long enough to change the temp.
I really love stemless for parties – fewer spills, fewer breaks – that means less time cleaning, more time enjoying!
What do you think about stemless glasses? Particularly champagne flutes?
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Now that November is here, many thoughts and conversations for the next few weeks will be about Thanksgiving. The food, the family, the traditions, the naps!
There are so many good things that people expect, there often aren’t many surprises on that Thursday. And it’s not just the food on the table, but everything around it too. The decor often evokes fall – reds, oranges, browns, and golds. Beautiful yes, but…
What about a change? When looking through the November Gourmet, this picture above* kept jumping out at me. I love the fresh take of bright turquoise and blues on a Thanksgiving table. Mixed with the warm golds, it still feels a bit autumnal, definitely bountiful, and I love, love, love!
Below are a few accent pieces that would be a welcome addition to any table, and throughly unexpected this November 26.
I have a thing for black – in fact it probably wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say I am obsessed. It would be healthy if I branched out a bit and tried wearing other colors, but I haven’t – and likely won’t. But that is okay. Black is just so versatile, chic and effortless.
And on a table, unexpected! I love black glass and think that it works all year, but is particularly fun on a Halloween table! These dark accents can turn things a bit spooky… and can you imagine some of that awful cobweb stuff around too? How terribly great.
But you don’t need to go overboard. Just one black glass per place setting can still create quite a dramatic effect.
I know, I know it is still October and not even Halloween and people are starting talk about the holidays. Not just “the holidays” which nicely lumps Thanksgiving and Christmas together, but Christmas. I have seen the commercials already and decorations are starting to come out in NYC. As a Thanksgiving baby, I usually take personal offense to this, as if by getting started on Christmas too soon, everyone is skipping right over me. No, not at all self-indulgent!
However, this year, I am going to use this time to get ready. Not ready for presents and decorations, but for the real meaning of the season. The parties!! What? You thought I meant something a bit more precious and sentimental? Well parties are time together with family and friends, just with food and lots of toddies!Here is the question, when you are invited to a party, what do you normally bring: —–A) Nothing —–B) Flowers —–C) Wine
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with options B and C (they are tried-and-true for a reason), its time to step away from your comfort zone a bit.
One of my favorite hostess gifts is the bedside water carafe. They are the perfect addition to bedrooms, guest rooms in particular. And knowing that people often have visitors over the holidays, something like this unexpected thank-you can really be put to use.
There are as many options of these now as there are hosts to give them to – clean or engraved, modern or old fashioned, inexpensive or “many, many thanks”, clear or colored, etc. etc. etc.
What are your favorite hostess gifts? We will be back with more as the holidays approach…