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Spotted: The Prettiest Holiday Décor to Deck Your Halls

It really is the most wonderful time of the year. In fact, if I had it my way, it would be Christmas-time all year-round. The twinkling Christmas lights, the distinct smell of Douglas Fir Pine Christmas trees and...

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Gift Guide: For the Kiddos

Gifts for the kidlets are some of my favorite gifts to give. It's the perfect time to add a little whimsy and color and a good reminder that life's too short to be boring or predictable. I mean, who doesn't need a superhero T with a removable cape? I have two crazy littles of my own and I'm pretty sure between Santa and I, some, if not all, of these gems are going to find a home under our tree.   And for the perfect gift for everyone on your list, check out ...

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Wreath Making Holiday Party

'Tis the season for holidays and we're kicking things off with a pretty, seasonal party filled with cocktails (more on those later!) and hall decking; a.k.a a wreath making soiree as pretty as they come. The ladies of The Every Hostess + Plum Sage Flowers threw a get together perfect for celebrating with your friends and bonus is a pretty green takeaway. See so much...

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25 Days of Holiday Giveaways: $500 Gift Card Today!

'Tis officially the season for giving! For the next 25 days, from now until Christmas, head to our Holiday Giveaway page where every day we will be giving away a new gift from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.!  First up?

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Hostess Essentials for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining

If you're just having a few friends over for a casual dinner, it's no biggie if you forget extra napkins and have to make do with paper towels. But when you've got lots of family coming for a...

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Keeping the Kids Entertained at Holiday Dinners

If children are on your guest list, your chances of hosting a seamless, elegant dinner became just a bit more touch and go. But fret not. With the proper tools and tricks (and a couple glasses of vino) you'll maximize your investment and make sure your return is paid out as full as little kids allow. Above and beyond all, remember this: well fed, rested children that are kept busy equals fun for all and a moment of peace for parents! No idea where to start on the "activity" front? We've...

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Hostess Gift: DIY Cinnamon Roll Kit

Every November, our family makes a huge batch of cinnamon rolls and delivers them to neighbors to freeze for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning. But this year, we're shaking things up a bit. Because these DIY Cinnamon Roll Kits are TOO much goodness, lovely for holiday gifts or hostess gifts alike. With easy to print labels to boot! PS...more hostess and holiday kit ideas below. INGREDIENTS...

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10 Tips for the Thoughtful Hostess

Calling all novice hostesses! I remember (all too clearly!) my crazy, frazzled attempt at hosting my first holiday affair- not an easy feat with my large extended family. If you're new to the holiday dinner game, don't go in blind! Take a peek at our editors' best advice, tips, and tidbits to make sure your first run is a smooth one.

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This Salted Caramel Eggnog Will Get You Through the Holidays

I'm not the biggest fan of Thanksgiving (much to the confusion of everyone around me), but I do L-O-V-E the Holidays. In fact, I say bring on the Christmas carols, the scent of Douglas Fir trees and...

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Merry Christmas! and a Love Shoot

Christmas day just calls for cozy. That warm and fuzzy feeling just seems to go with the season. So while we hope you are spending the day soaking up sweet memories with your nearest and dearest, we just had to share the gorgeous home of Ever Thine Event Planning + Design all decked out for their first holiday at home. Beautifully captured by ...

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Urban Chic Holiday Party Inspiration

What's a party without champagne? For this holiday shindig hosted by 2Chic Events & Design, Chandon was front and center along with a gorgeous spread decorating their new studio space. A Christmas tree, macaron favors and a bellini bar – all amazing ways to celebrate the holidays. Have a look at the imagery captured by...

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Kids Christmas Party

I'm pretty sure that my two big kids would give up their baby sister to attend a holiday party like this one. Filled with Christmas inspired treats (um, how cute are you, Santa Straw Topper?) and a sweet spirit, this inspiration feels a little like something grown-ups and their tiny counterparts would completely love. With adorable pics from Dotson Studios and styling from the FABULOUS...

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Holiday Thin Mint Cookies

A lightly minted palate cleanser is the perfect ending to any holiday meal! These festive bites crafted by One Brass Fox are an ideal balance of sweetness without tasting overly rich. Whether for a cookie swap or family gathering, a plateful of thin mints is sure to delight!

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How to Wrap the Perfect Present

While there are so many different things about this time of year I love, I must say wrapping gifts for my loved ones may trump them all. It's a tradition my family takes very seriously. There may even be a yearly competition between my father and I. I always win obviously (just don't tell him that). And over the years I've picked up a few tricks of the family trade I thought I'd share with you all. Happy Holidays Loves! xoxo, Mandy of...

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10 Tips for Perfect Holiday Cookies

When we first moved into our home and experienced our first holiday in the burbs, I was completely caught off guard by all my crafty and creative neighbors. Adorable little s'mores kitsjars of homemade goodness, and ...

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Home for the Holidays with Rachel Parcell

I've managed to buy a tree early this year (which is a feat in and of itself). But as I type this – it's staring at me all bare and sad in the corner. So decorating is definitely on the agenda tonight and I'm feeling oh so inspired by Rachel Parcell's incredibly chic and classic rendition of holiday decor. Red and white is getting a glamorous makeover with the help of ...

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Top Ten Ingredients For The Perfect Holiday Table

It never fails, whenever my husband and I plan a get together, 9 times out of 10, I'm running around like a madwoman an hour before guests arrive trying to pull everything together. Tips would certainly come in handy at that point. So believe you me, I'm bookmarking this post. It's a little expert advice from Julie Couch Interiors. She's laying out the recipe for a stunning holiday table. From lipstick to a bit of...

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DIY Feather Gift Wrap Adornment

For a boho meets glam approach to gift wrap, we lightly dusted these easy to cut feather gift tags with a bit of gold and the result was everything good in the world. Gracing a neutral hued paper, they sparkle. Gracing a more graphic print, they feel chic. Any way you use them, they are all together gorgeous. Get your gift wrap on with even more ideas in our Holiday Mag!

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Holiday Gift Guide for The Stylish Little Ones

The Queen Bee of color and whimsy, Joy Cho of Oh Joy!,  is stopping by to share what is topping her gift list for those stylish little loves in your life. I mean, a play ice cream truck and a cargo bike? Those two alone would make for a pretty rockin good christmas and then there's the ombre canopy and a twirling dot dress. Consider this a dream collection for any and all kids.

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Free Printable Watercolor Gift Tags

In lieu of the often silly gift tags we see in stores, try your hand at these chic watercolor tags that are an absolute breeze to make. Paired with simple, understated paper - we're envisioning a glossy white or a simple kraft - these tags feel personal, elegant and utterly lovely. See even more inspiration for gifting in our 2014 Holiday Mag. Wrapping paper (we used this...

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