Archive for March, 2011

Finding Gifts for Mom

First, let’s make things clear – there’s no gift that can express the amount of gratitude that mother’s deserve. Not only did they literally bring us into the world, but they also raised us and their job continues relentlessly after we grow up. That’s why finding the right gift for mom’s birthday or Mother’s Day is often a daunting task. But after the initial intimidation factor is gone, we can relax and realize that it’s not about the actual present but rather how much thought we put in it (and a bit about the presentation of course..)

A gift for mom’s house is usually a good idea, as tabletop accessories become the first choice. Make sure they fit into the overall design of the house or kitchen.  A classic glass cake stand or even a wine carafe could be a great addition to your mother’s kitchen.

Other gifts can have a personal element incorporated within them. Decorative picture frames can be designed to include the entire family (whether regular or digital frames – they all work as great gifts). It’s important to notice whether the gift can also serve as a useful addition to the house and not overcrowd a small kitchen counter. Finding a gift is not as hard as it may seem. It’s all about the time you take to think about the gift’s meaning.

Buying New Tabletop Accessories? Look for…Honeysuckle

Every season, there is a new color that is branded the “color of the season.” Almost every industry has its own version but one of the most interesting industries to come out with colors is the interior design industry.

This industry influences the design of many homes, not to mention the accessories that come with it, like a a range of tabletop accessories and other gracious goods for the home. The Pantone Color Institute, issues it’s color of the year for homes. So without further ado, this year’s color of spring is…… Honeysuckle!

Wait. What?

You’re probably thinking to yourself, why is this bright red-pink extravaganza is the color people will paint their homes in? But with its vibrant and playful atmosphere, it appears to be dominating house decor. It is practically everywhere.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute told Seatle’s Hearst newspaper that people should start to “add a lively flair to interior spaces with honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories.” Even barware is influenced by the color. The Pantone Color institute, located in Carlstadt, N.J. usually sets color standards for the fashion and home industries.

Love it or hate it, the hue is everywhere this spring. And design experts say there are many easy ways to incorporate it into your home without breaking the bank.

“Add a lively flair to interior spaces with honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Hosting the Perfect Dinner

Sometimes you want to host people at your house for a meal or even just for drinks. But many people start getting the shivers once they even start to think about how to actually do it. Hosting dinners can be a fun and genuine way to interact with friends. That’s why you should take the extra step and make sure you know how to host a proper dinner party. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out before you start going crazy.

  • Think about the people. Who do you want to be part of the dinner? Are all these people connected somehow? If not, chances are it may get awkward. At least at the beginning of the night. You may need to compromise and invite friends that have something in common.
  • Organize an introduction area. Place some beverage dispensers in the living room and let you friends mingle for about 20 minutes.
  • Make sure your dinner table has all the right tabletop accessories. If this is going to be a buffet style meal, then organize them in a way that’s easy to reach and not too imposing on the entire table.

Make sure to prepare in advance some talking points to keep the conversation going. They should be relevant to the people at the table and not too generalized. Hosting a dinner party means controlling the evening. If done right, it could be a great time.

Customize Your Wedding!

Planning a wedding involves a lot of sacrificing and adjusting your expectations with the location you choose. But there are several ways you can make your wedding shine. Add a personal touch by customizing small details according to your own style, and have your guests get a taste of your own touch. But how do you create a personalized wedding in a predetermined location? It’s simple. Here are a few ideas:

  • Have the bar issue specialty drinks in Dublin Bar Set. You’ll gain the respect of the drinking family members immediately.

  • Place a Crystal 7 Inch Heart Bowl in the middle of the close family members table. You can fill it with nuts, candies or even potpourri. This could later be a gift for mom. Make them feel special by customizing their table!

  • For the other tables, you can place a double 4×6 frame with pictures of the members who will be sitting at that specific table! This is the ultimate tabletop accessory. And they will feel elated when they see you took time to make the table their own. And guess what? They can take the framed pictures as thank-you gifts!

These are only some of the ideas, but if you take a look at how to make your wedding more personal you can come up with many more!