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How to Throw a Stylish Holiday Cocktail Party in 15 Minutes

One of the things I love most about the holiday season is entertaining friends and family at home but as we all know, hosting can be stressful! From coming up with the perfect menu to executing a beautiful presentation, holiday party planning usually requires a lot of time and energy. I’m a super busy gal so over the years I’ve perfected ways to simplify my holiday party prep tremendously. This season, I’ve teamed up with GODIVA to share some of my foolproof tips for creating a stylish and sophisticated holiday party with minimal prep and no stress!

First things first, …

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Recipe: Cranberry Sparkler Cocktail

One of the reasons I appreciate the holidays so much is that it makes for the perfect excuse to enjoy a good cocktail! 😉 Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or entertaining a guest that dropped by unexpectedly, you should always have ingredients on hand for at least one amazing signature drink that you can whip together at a moment’s notice. I love a sparkling cocktail made with champagne or prosecco for the holidays. A little bit of bubbly always feels festive for the season and this cranberry sparkler couldn’t be easier to make. Lightly sweet and infused with the …

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Celebrating The Spirit of Generosity (Plus a Giveaway!)

The holidays are finally here and, as they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. At the heart of the holiday spirit is the virtue of generosity. It’s truly the season for giving and I’m sure you’ve heard the age old saying, “It’s far better to give than to receive.” I’ve always felt a great joy in giving to others. Whether it’s cooking a meal for my family, helping a friend solve a problem or surprising someone I love with something they casually mentioned they needed, I get a major dose of the warm and fuzzy feels by …

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7 Crunch Time Tips for Last Minute Holiday Entertaining

If you’re hosting for the holidays and in a panic about pulling it all together, here are a seven helpful last-minute entertaining tips to help make the task of playing hostess as stress free as possible!

Serve Your Food Buffet Style
Create a food buffet to encourage you guests to help themselves. This will free you up to spend more time socializing with your guests.

Presentation is a Must
Be sure to have a selection of pretty serving pieces on hand. White porcelain, crystal or silver serveware are always classic. No matter what you are serving, make it beautiful! A …

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A Tartan Inspired Holiday Tablescape

Need some inspiration for a picture perfect holiday tablescape? I teamed up with American Express to create this fun video showing you how I put together a stylish holiday tablescape using pieces that can be purchased from Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma, using gift cards redeemed with American Express Membership Rewards®  points!  I hope this inspires you to find creative and beautiful ways to use Membership Rewards® points this holiday season! Click the video to watch plus get the look below!

Williams-Sonoma: Tartan Tablecloth, Schott Wine Glasses, Aaron Flatware | Pottery Barn: Linen Hemstitch

5 Stylish DIY Party Decor Ideas

VIDEO: 5 Easy & Adorable DIY Party Decor Ideas

Hi guys! I stopped by the Rachael Ray show not long ago to share some super easy and uber stylish DIY party decor ideas. These are fun for all year round but also perfect for holiday entertaining season! Click the video below to watch. And – to make your floral arrangement  more holiday themed, just substitute cranberries for lemons and voilà! Which idea is your favorite?