Hostess Gift Ideas


You can always count on the products at Crate & Barrel sister store – CB2 – to be ultra-contemporary and very affordable, so it’s exciting when they come out with a new collection! Everything in their new line is really very cool, but here are 12 stand-out favorites: • Q Dinnerware ($3.95 – $5.95 per […]

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One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to clean out the kitchen and update our cooking tools & gadgets since a lot of the existing ones filling the drawers & cupboards are circa our wedding registry from 2000… and some how here we are a decade later in 2010! Joseph Joseph has always been […]

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Can you believe that Christmas and New Year’s are right around the corner already?! Along the lines of holiday, I have some fun news to share about a project I worked on earlier this year with Chambord that just recently hit the shelves… this year’s Chambord Holiday Gift Set: […]

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Today’s Cambria Cove Deal of the Day (day 7 of 7!) is this exquisite Royal Jelly Soaps Set by Gianna Rose Atelier. From the website: “Treat your guests royally with these opulent little soaps from Gianna Rose Atelier. Each luxurious bar in the set of 4 is embossed with a bee wearing a crown to […]

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I was browsing the new issue of Real Simple last night and fell in love with these Pool Ball Wine Bottle Stoppers! Pair one of these stoppers with a bottle of wine for a fun holiday gift idea for guys, party hosts/hostesses, or the wine lover that has everything. ($34 each) Also loving how Real […]

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Winner Update 5/28/09: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #301 – Emily, who said, “I adore the little red riding hood lunchbox, as well as the roses calling card case! also, the water bottle with the paris scene is too cute for […]

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Bird motifs have always been great design inspiration…even when it comes to home entertaining! Here’s some proof from cool brands like Danica Studio, Dwell, and Shinzi Katoh… Pictured above and below: Aviary Apron, Placemat, Napkin, Oven Mitt, and Table Runner (all from Danica Studio). I’m also loving these adorable, porcelain Birds of a Feather Napkin […]

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For the first time in my life I’m thinking that toilet plungers and dustpans would actually make for great gifts! This change of view can be  credited solely to Alice Supply Co. – whose fun, hip designs for garden hoses, buckets, brooms, & more just might change the way you look at housework…(at least a […]

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These new Oliver Appetizer Plates from cb2 are so random & fun! I love it when kitchen & dining products step outside the box like this… mixed media black & white hand sketches of little “doodle dudes” with color photos on slim rectangular white plates. Great conversation starters at your next party… or a fun […]

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As a sugar-lover with a soft spot for a good cause, the pairing of these 2 attributes in a venture always seems especially sweet! For example… The Flour Pot – an adorable cookie boutique – has teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand – a foundation working to aid in the fight against childhood cancer – […]

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so  much to everyone that entered! And the randomly selected winner is: Commenter # 235 – Lynn, who said, “I love the cocktail napkins and the drink me flutes What a cute selection they have!” Congrats, Lynn! ***** If you love colorful, clever, and unique entertaining finds, […]

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These Limited Edition Artist Series Glass & Coaster Sets are just plain cool. Not to mention a fabulous, unique gift idea for your favorite people that love one or more of the following: 1. modern art 2. design 3. entertaining 4. neat stuff! Available in 4 different styles, each glass & coaster set comes in […]

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Watch out boring, boxy aprons…there’s a new girl in town! Say hello to Smocks – and to flirty, smart designs for entertaining in style! Smocks is a brand new company created by mother-daughter duo Christopher Ireland – a West coast techie & marketing/brand consultant – and Kelley Culp – a fashion editor & designer living […]

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Even your most refined dinner guests will have a hard time resisting these clever Mustache Napkin Rings! Each laser-cut, clear acrylic ring is fused with a chalkboard mustache that doubles as a placecard. Love it! ($24/set of 4 at Modern Dose)

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You’ll often stumble on the most adorable & unusual items while browsing etsy… for example, these fun blackbird & canary Interspecies Bird Coffee Coasters, which are “upcycled from a preppy boiled wool blazer” and backed in mustard yellow and black felt. Too cute!

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The tag line for Ann Kelle Designs is “Paper to Make You Smile” – and their bright, fun, and oh-so-modern products definitely do just that! Want to bring a little more cheer to your office this year? Check out the new Ann Kelle 18 Month Mousepad Calendar – featuring tear off calendar pages with a […]

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Looking for more reasons to smile these days? Anne Taintor to the rescue! Make someone laugh out loud with one of Anne’s hilarious flasks… or entertain a whole bunch of girlfriends with Anne’s cheeky button pins, which I think would be fabulous as napkin ring embellishments at a milestone birthday party, wedding shower, or girlie […]

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Today over at Simply Stated: Celebrations – get the scoop on all of the deliciously colorful kitchen tools pictured above & more!

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Looking for some alternatives to scented candles and wine? Check out these fun, stylish ideas by Thomas Paul that are priced right and pretty much guaranteed to please! P.S. The online shop that carries these items – Red Stamp – is super cute… I forsee my bank account being in trouble!

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