Archive for November, 2010

Holiday Christmas Party

A girlfriend of mine recently hosted a makeup party featuring “Smashbox Cosmetics” and it was so much fun…for us girls, of course. Her sister-in-law is friends with a vendor and is able to sell the popular products at a discounted price. Naturally, we go crazy. I’m not sure if it’s because we love the line so much, or if it’s because each item comes with the promise of making one of our complexes disappear temporarily. She also invited a couple friends that are sisters to set up a small table with some of the beautiful jewelry they sell. You can only imagine what makeup, jewelry, wine and appetizers will do to a group of girls on a Friday night.

I was visiting the Smashbox saleswoman not too long ago and she proposed that I host a makeup party in the next few months. I thought it would be a great idea to host it in early January, so long as she invited a few of her friends that are purse and jewelry vendors. She agreed. It’s the perfect post-holiday stress reliever and any of you could plan a similar gathering using this cosmetic line or any other favorite you and friends might have. You could even make it solely purses, shoes or jewelry, obviously depending on the like interests your guests have.

As far as appetizers go, I suggest easy foods like cheese and crackers, chicken salad with tortilla chips, veggies and dip, or tiny burgers. For drinks, you can do wine or margaritas. It’s simple and entertaining with the right group of friends.

Use disposable tableware (such as any of our Floral Party Collections) to avoid a pile of dishes at the end of the night. You might also want to use Acrylic Wine Glasses and Wine Holder Plates to avoid any broken glasses that could disrupt the evening.

Shop, drink, and enjoy.

Happy Holidays, ladies!

Christmas Gift Exchange

Secret Santa, White Elephant Parties, or any tip of gift exchange is always huge during the holiday season when it comes to large companies and/or families. Getting the perfect gift is always such a headache, especially if you don’t know the recipient well enough to read his/her mind. White Elephant Parties are obviously a little bit different, but in any case still stressful because no one wants to be that person that brought the horrible “unwanted” gift.

I grew up in a pretty large family. Once you knew Santa wasn’t real, you joined the Secret Santa crowd. Now that we’re all older, we continue doing our annual gift exchange to keep up with tradition. We make dinner, eat together and unwrap gifts at the end of the night. It’s great family time and it’s always fun to see what your Secret Santa selected as the perfect gift for you.

Like I said before, though, these gift exchanges don’t always take place with family so it’s always nice to have some general ideas that would be fit for a male or a female. One of my all time favorites is a “Movie Night Gift Basket,” hand-made of course. Grab a few classic movies-romance, comedy, action, thriller-some popcorn, chocolate bars, malt balls, gummy bears (or worms) and a bottle of wine (if it is age appropriate) or soft drinks. If you feel really crazy, you can throw in a couple gift certificates for a trip to the movie theater. Pick up a basket at your local arts and crafts store (they’re fairly inexpensive) and arrange everything neatly, maybe decorate the bottom with streamers in seasonal colors. Complete the package with a basket cello bag and tie it with a nice ribbon.

If you know the recipient’s favorite cinematic adventures, you can tailor it to their taste, of course. Maybe make it a whole theme and throw in the copy of the book (if there is one) and a few odds and ends. You can rarely go wrong with this package. Try it this holiday season! :-)

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