Posts Tagged ‘ Entertaining Essentials ’

Hostess Gifts for Summer Soirees

July 11, 2013    |    By +
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Summer parties can make any of us feel like we are on an extended summer break. Whether hanging out at someone’s pool during a daytime party or on someone’s deck after a delicious meal, the summer air can fool us into thinking we are kids on summer vacation. With all of the fun that’s... Read more »


Homegating How To: Holly Robinson Peete

January 28, 2013    |    By +
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Aside from the lucky few who scored tickets to the big game in New Orleans, most will be enjoying this year’s Super Bowl with friends in front of the TV. So how do we make the most of game day at home? For some help, we’ve enlisted the talents of Holly Robinson Peete. You... Read more »


What’s In? Mason Is In!

January 23, 2013    |    By +
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What’s In? Mason Is In!

The Gifts: Aladdin’s Spring 2013 Drinkware Line Up (available in stores April/May) The Scoop: Aladdin recently showcased some of the Spring 2013 products. The “Americana” trend is white hot and these beverage holders are kinda like the “comfort food” of drinkware. Here are two must-haves: The Original Insulated Mason Tumbler has such a retro,... Read more »


One Last Thing! 6 Things to do Before the End of Summer.

August 31, 2012    |    By +
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One Last Thing! 6 Things to do Before the End of Summer.

Our days of summer fun in the sun are numbered, but that’s not stopping us from enjoying every last minute that we have left. Here are a few things that the Gifts.com Gift Gurus want to do before the cool air sends us indoors for the winter. Tell us: What do you want to... Read more »


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How to Create a Super Fun Summer Sleepover

July 11, 2012    |    By +
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How to Create a Super Fun Summer Sleepover

Sleepover parties were a childhood favorite of mine. I loved staying up late with my girlfriends gossiping about the latest teen heart throbs and doing head-to-toe makeovers. When throwing a sleepover party it’s always fun to have a central theme such as “Spa”, “Candy” or even “Camping”. When picking a theme focus on the... Read more »


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4th of July: Guru Style

June 29, 2012    |    By +
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4th of July: Guru Style

We take celebrating our nation’s independence seriously and like to make it seriously fun even when we’re off the clock! So we wanted to share with our loyal readers some of our favorite things about the 4th (fireworks and Declaration of Independence and products that make them even better. I think we all agree... Read more »


Staycations: Summer Trend Report

June 20, 2012    |    By +
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Staycations: Summer Trend Report

The summer solstice is this week and that means that it’s time to update our wardrobes, decor, and gift selections to reflect the warm weather and sunshine! To honor this transition, our editors are taking you on a tour of what’s “hot” for summer in their areas of expertise. After thumbing through all of... Read more »


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Casual Passover

April 6, 2012    |    By +
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Casual Passover

Pace yourself… Passover is an 8 day marathon, no sprinting allowed.! If you are headed to a Passover Seder, you can never go wrong with a tried and true Hostess gift like a pretty Seder plate or something else for the home . But Passover isn’t just about the first night Seder – it... Read more »


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Guest Guru: Elizabeth Mascali

April 5, 2012    |    By +
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Guest Guru: Elizabeth Mascali

Elizabeth Mascali talks Easter entertaining. Elizabeth and her partner Dawn Sandomeno, co-founders and and owners of Party Bluprints and authors of Plan to Party, are lifestyle and entertaining experts who live by the philosophy that entertaining in your home can enrich your life. Thank you for contributing Elizabeth! When it comes to Easter Entertaining,... Read more »


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Oscar Night Entertaining

February 24, 2012    |    By +
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Oscar Night Entertaining

Lights! Camera! Action! The 84th Annual Academy Awards Want to host your own Oscars party? We can help. Make the party look effortless and inspired by “Best Picture” nominees: War Horse, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life, The Descendants, The Help, The Artist, Moneyball, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Before serving your... Read more »


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Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at Gifts.com. In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.