Posts Tagged ‘ Entertaining Essentials ’

Chinese New Year Traditions: Year of the Dragon

January 23, 2012    |    By +
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Chinese New Year Traditions: Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year is a time where family members celebrate, reunite, and give thanks.  Each year my family goes to the temple a week before and the day of the New Year to say thank you to the gods for a healthy and prosperous year. We usually arrange dinner on New Year’s Eve and... Read more »


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Guest Guru: Dawn Sandomeno of Party Bluprints

December 6, 2011    |    By +
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Guest Guru: Dawn Sandomeno of Party Bluprints

After serving as a guest judge for our Giftee Awards, Dawn Sandomeno, graciously enough has offered to share her entertaining expertise with us. As one half of the dream team behind Party Bluprints, she and her partner Elizabeth Mascali have been dishing out helpful advice and guides to hosting and throwing the perfect party... Read more »


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Thanksgiving Gifts for the Host

November 18, 2011    |    By +
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Thanksgiving Gifts for the Host

While most holidays involve a gathering a friends and family, no other holiday celebrates the art of entertaining and home cooking more than Thanksgiving. From the small intimate gatherings, to the large scale family reunions, this holiday is all about showing our thanks to the bounty of the season and the people who take... Read more »


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The Ultimate Game Day Recipe

October 24, 2011    |    By +
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The Ultimate Game Day Recipe

In the colder months, in many ways chili is the ultimate “guy” food. Of course chili is loved by all, but you gotta admit guys certainly have more of an affinity towards than others. And what’s not to like? It’s got meat (…or at least I think  most chili should), it’s got serious bold... Read more »


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Giftee Awards Guest Judge: Evite

October 17, 2011    |    By +
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Giftee Awards Guest Judge: Evite

We have gotten some truly stellar folks to join us in our search for the best gifts of 2011. And throughout the 2011 Giftee Awards entry process, we’ll be featuring our partners right here on the Gift Rap Blog. Meet Jamie Molever,  from the most popular internet invitation site – Evite. Jamie is a... Read more »


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An Instant Party Kit for All Occasions

October 14, 2011    |    By +
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An Instant Party Kit for All Occasions

As a Gift Guru, the bar of expectations for gifts and party planning has been set high for my friends and family. Being a natural procrastinator, I’ve learned that to avoid sending gifts late or handling last minute occasions, it’s important to be prepared. My fellow Guru’s and I always like to say it’s... Read more »


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Fall Home Decor Ideas

September 30, 2011    |    By +
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Fall Home Decor Ideas

Summer is finally over. You can feel it in those fleeting moments when the air is crisp. Here are some inspiring decor themes that bring the Autumn inside and make your home a warm harvest all its own. Fall Foliage:  Beautifully shaped leaves don’t just have to exist in the yard to crunch under... Read more »


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Modern Gifts for Rosh Hashanah

September 28, 2011    |    By +
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Modern Gifts for Rosh Hashanah

It might seem a little early to be saying Happy New Year, but tonight starting at sundown marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is New Year’s Day according to the Hebrew calendar and it commemorates the creation of the world as narrated in the Bible. While most families... Read more »


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Giftee Awards Guest Judges: Party Bluprints

September 14, 2011    |    By +
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Giftee Awards Guest Judges: Party Bluprints

We have gotten some truly stellar folks to join us in our search for the best gifts of 2011 and each week, we’ll be featuring one of them right here on the Gift Rap Blog. So, to kick it off we’re so happy to have the fabulous ladies from Party Bluprints as partners! Dawn... Read more »


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Gifting News from Around the Web

July 1, 2011    |    By +
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Gifting News from Around the Web

The Gifts team has been experiencing some “senioritis” all week, with everyone antsy to get outside and enjoy the long holiday weekend. Whether that means fireworks, family cook-outs or just some old fashioned R&R, this 4th of July weekend is going to be one of the best. But before we say Bon Voyage, here... Read more »


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Kathryn D.W.
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.