December 11, 2017

Hosting a Simple Holiday Party with Paperless Post

simple holiday party with paperless post champagne thursday boston style bloggerHappy holiday season! This is one of my favorite times of year – the lights, the music, the overall festivity. It’s easy to get caught up in everything, and feel like things need to be extra extra… which leads to exhaustion and burnout. It doesn’t have to be this way! Here are some tips to throw a simple holiday party.

Invitations

simple holiday party with paperless post

Electronic invitations are the easiest and fastest way of spreading the word. You don’t have to sacrifice style when using Paperless Post to send your invitations. There are designer collaborations from well-known designers such as Rifle Paper Co, Kate Spade, and Sugar Paper. There’s an invitation for every style and tone of the party. It’s incredibly easy to use, with step-by-step customization. You can even send yourself a test invitation or schedule it to be sent at a later date. Once the invitation is sent, there is an event dashboard to manage rsvps. You can even send an event reminder or note to the guests (perfect for reaching the group should there be a snowstorm the day of your party!). It could not be easier.

Food

Finger food appetizers are cute, but unless you have a professional kitchen (and sous chefs) at your disposal, it’s a ton of work. Invite people over for a meal, and create large servings for a self-serve buffet. Pop a soup into the crock pot, make a big salad, and slice up a fancy loaf of bread. It’s healthy, hearty, and does not require you to be in the kitchen for days prepping.

Drinks

Set up a drink station, and direct guests to help themselves. Put out a variety of flavored seltzers, and make a batch cocktail. (I highly recommend this cranberry-thyme spritzer.) Complete the set up with some fancy straws, a bucket of ice, and cups. Voila. Before you know it, you’re done.

Activity

Getting together to visit and celebrate the season is a perfectly acceptable reason for a party. If you are feeling the pressure of too much to do at this time of year, you can also incorporate this into your party. Add in a cookie swap element and have guests go home with a variety of baked goods. Another idea can be to have a wrapping party so you and your friends can wrap gifts away from the eyes of the recipients at home. You can chat, have lunch, and get something crossed off of your To Do list.

I hope that these tips helped you to plan a fun yet simple holiday party!

What is your favorite type of holiday party? Do you host, or do you just like to attend others’ parties? Let me know in the comments!

 

This post was made in collaboration with Paperless Post. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Champagne Thursday.

December 1, 2017

Gift of the Day: Something to Read

Books are amazing gifts because there is literally something for everyone. Here are some great titles for gifting. (Bonus points if you find a independently-owned bookstore to buy these at. My favorite choices around Boston are Brookline Booksmith and the Brattle Bookshop.)

Best Sellers

Give the reader in your family some new water-cooler chatter with the newest/hottest titles. My eye is on the new book from Ron Chernow (yeah, the guy whose previous book inspired Lin Manuel Miranda to write Hamilton) that focuses on Ulysses S. Grant.

New Edition of an Old Favorite

they have a favorite book? Try finding a different edition of it! This edition of Alice in Wonderland was illustrated by Salvador Dali, and I’m totally adding it to my own personal wish-list.

Coffee Table Book

This was my favorite category to make picks for. There are so many good ones that I was making googly-eyes at!

Cookbook

I should have eaten lunch before looking at these! I added some of my favs (Deb Perelman can do no wrong, and I’ve been cooking my way through Sara Forte’s newest book), as well as a few that I’ve had my eye on (hello, Cherry Bombe). This category is for all of the people who love to play in the kitchen!

Want to see the other gift guides for this holiday season? They’re all linked here.

November 30, 2017

Gift of the Day: Something to Play

Get off that phone, and play something IRL with a group of friends. It’s not something that I would buy for myself, mostly because I don’t think about it until I’m itching for something interactive to do. Games are fairly inexpensive, with many clocking in under $20 for a game. You can even bundle a few together for a fun “game night” themed gift.

Classic games

The ones you grew up with, the ones that everyone knows – and probably the ones that are well-worn and sitting at your parent’s house!

Silly/new games

Some of these sound hilarious. Mix up the usual lineup with a couple of these options.

Card games

Cards are an endless source of entertainment, if you know how to play. My suggestion would be to gift a beautiful deck of cards with a book on card games so the recipient can learn a few new ones and brush up on old favorites.

Beautifully crafted game

If the gift recipient is a huge fan of a particular game, what about a gorgeous version of this game?

Here is the list of all of the other gift guides for 2017!

November 29, 2017

Gift Guides for 2017

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It’s that time of the year – gift guide season. I love looking at gift guides. They can be repetitive, with the same gift showing up all over the place, but every now and again something truly original pops up.

This year, I’ll be doing something a little bit different with my gift guides. Instead of categorizing them into type of people who will like it, I’ll be focusing on a type of gift. Likely, you already know what type of gift you want to give someone. This type of organization will hopefully help to steer you in the right direction!

If there’s any post to bookmark, it’ll be this one. As I add a new gift guide, I’ll add a link here. Let me know if there’s a type of gift you’re looking for. I would love to help you find that perfect something!

Gift Guides

Something to Play

Something to Read – coming soon

Something Cozy – coming soon

Something Electronic – coming soon

Keep an eye on this space for new daily gift guide links!

November 24, 2017

Best of Black Friday 2017

On Wednesday, I posted some amazing deals that were already popping up online.

Not to be beat, Black Friday is here with some additional amazing deals (and they’re all online so you can stay in your sweatpants and heat up some pie while you get some shopping accomplished). Seriously, idk what is going to be left for Cyber Monday…!

Anthropologie // 30% off sitewide no code needed

ASOS // Take 30% off everything CODE: EPIC30

CB2 // 15% poff and free shipping CODE: SAVE15

DERMASTORE // Save up to 30% Off CODE: FRIDAY

FOLLAIN // 20% off sitewide no code needed

LL BEAN // 20% off sitewide CODE:

LOFT // Save 50% off everything CODE: FRIYAY

LUISAVIAROMA // Take 20% off CODE: BFSUS17

NEED SUPPLY // 20% off Sitewide including all your favorite brands. CODE: SHOP20

I also posted a bunch of deals previously, but because there’s a bunch of clicking to do today, here’s the list again:

ANN TAYLOR // 50% Off Everything CODE: THANKFUL

ALL SAINTS // Up To 40% OFF Everything!

CLUB MONACO // 25% off $150+ / 30% off $250+ / 35% off $400 CODE: SHOPFRIDAY

FRENCH CONNECTION // 40% off everything CODE: FCBF40

J. CREW // Take 40% off everything CODE: THANKU

KIEHL’S // $20 Off $65+ CODE: JINGLE

MADEWELL // Take 25% off everything CODE: DONTSTRESS

MACY’S — Take 20% off CODE: HURRY

NORDSTROM // No code but they’re so easy to do any returns/exchanges

RAY-BAN // UP TO 50% OFF (20% off sitewide)

SAM EDELMAN // 30% Off sitewide CODE: SAMSGIVING

SHOPBOP // Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17 at Shopbop!