31
Dec

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Champagne (or sparkling wine, if it’s made anywhere outside the French region) is synonymous with celebrating. From popping a bottle to celebrate an engagement to ringing in the new year, there’s never a shortage of reasons to toast during the holiday season! To help you find the perfect choice for each of your events, we’ve rounded up some of the best bubbly for every budget. Raise those glasses!

 

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Bubbly Buyer’s Guide:

1. Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Francis Ford Coppola Winery ($19)
2. ONEHOPE California Brut Sparkling Wine, ONEHOPE Winery ($18.99)
3. Cuvée Rosé, Laurent-Perrier
4. La Marca Prosecco, Wine-Searcher  ($13)
5. Brut Rosé, Mumm Napa ($24)
6. Korbel Natural ($13.99)
7. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label ($54.99)
8. Brut Accolades, Segura Viudas

07
Dec

Our in-house style maven, Ivori, has curated a few perfect pieces for gifting this year. No matter who’s on your holiday list, you’ll find everything from the whimsical stocking stuffer to the over-the-top indulgence.

 

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Ivori’s Holiday Gift Guide starting clockwise from the top left corner.
 

The Norah Mae Right Box $75 at The Mrs. Box
 

The Orbit Key Finder $29.99 at H Butler
 

The Jackie O slipper $21.95 at Sole Savers
 

Lollia Poetic License Boxed Candle $34 at Anthropologie
 

Tory Burch Logo & Heart Key Fob $55 at Shop Bop
 

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch $95 at Rebecca Minkoff
 

Personalized Leather Charger Roll Up $49 at Mark and Graham
 

Bamboo Classic Candle Set $70 at Nest Fragrances
 

24K Gold Champagne Bears $150 at Sugarfina
 

Rose Gold Happy Plugs in-Ear Headphones $34.99 at Nordstrom

30
Nov

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Hi loves,

 

The holidays are here. The wreaths are going up, and the sales have begun. If this is no ordinary season for you and you’re planning your Thanksgiving wedding, Christmas wedding, or New Year’s Eve wedding, keep reading this post is for you.

 

Here are some of my best tips for scheduling a wedding around a holiday to avoid additional costs, extra guilt, and add in extra fun.

 

Give your guest plenty of time to plan. Send your save-the-date as soon as possible to give guests time to make travel arrangements in this busier and more expensive travel season. You will also want to give early notice before guests book their vacations and time off from work.

 

Prepare to lose a few invitees. Some are likely to decline your invite than your traditional summer wedding. Prior commitments, family obligations, and company events, are hard to cancel. Giving ample time to plan and not being too sensitive to declines should soften the blow.

 

Anticipate more plus-ones. How do you break the news to your friends that they cannot bring a guest?
Visitors will probably want to spend their holiday time with family, kids, and partners so expect an increase in demands for a plus-one. No matter what you decide, be sure to have your answer ready to avoid the drama.

 

Dare to go festive with your decor and take advantage of the holiday spirit. Whether it’s peace on earth for the winter holidays or glitz and glam for New Year’s Eve–go for it. Think cranberry signature cocktails for Christmas, and party blowers to bring in the new year. You don’t have to go overboard with a theme, but a few touches can make all the difference for holiday-lovers.

 

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Incorporate seasonal foliage and food. Anytime you can go seasonal for food and flowers you will save some cash. You can choose some festive, seasonal options and nobody will be the wiser that you did it for budget reasons.

 

Allow for higher costs from vendors. Holiday weddings can often equate to higher cost time for providers. Vendors, especially venue pay staff more to work on typical holidays. You can either allow for it in your budget or consider cost-saving options like morning/brunch weddings or cheaper days like Fridays or Sundays.

 

Plan for a late wedding on New Year’s Eve. If everything wraps up by 10 pm, guests may be tempted to leave for another party. You can avoid this dilemma by planning all the activities of your night leading up to the countdown to midnight. Carefully plan out your dances, speeches, and dinner courses so that guests are engaged the whole time.

 

We would love to plan your holiday wedding this season. Contact us here for your free consultation.
xoxo,
Ivori

23
Nov

Picture from Randi Garrett Design

Picture from Randi Garrett Design


 

Hi, loves! Entertaining for the holidays can be so fun with all the different creative ideas out there, but it can get a little stressful too. After all, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holidays of the year.

 

If the hosting baton has been passed to you, I have a few last minute tips to make your Thanksgiving the best ever.

 

Buffet is the way. Interactive food stations are the perfect solution to this big family meal. A buffet is fun and easy to pull together. If you can, go with white porcelain serving dishes. It’s amazing how the colorful food ingredients pop against the white. The best thing about the muted dishes is that the brands don’t have to match. To add height and dimension turn a bowl upside down and rest the serving platter on top.

 

Don’t skip your fruits and veggies. If you’re looking for beautiful décor but don’t want to break the bank, stop by the farmers’ market or your local grocery store. Seasonal fruit and vegetables make the best Thanksgiving tablescapes. Try gourds, apples, pomegranates, cabbages, or pumpkins. The produce with add an array of color and a layered look to your table.

 

Turn on the lights. When planning wedding receptions for my clients, one of the most important elements of the room is lighting. Entertaining at home shouldn’t be any different. Select white tapered candles if you want a classic and timeless look. Or, opt for rich burgundy or chocolate brown tapers for a more romantic edge. Here’s a bonus tip: Avoid scented candles. The aroma can overpower the smells from the kitchen.

 

DIY at the B.A.R. Set up a self-serve bar for your guest. Stock up on one or two spirits, but provide a variety of mixers. Sodas, diet sodas, tonics, bitters, and juices will satisfy most palettes. Chop up garnishes before guests arrive, and you will be good to go. Now, you can focus on your guests, and they can focus on their glass. Please drink responsibly.

 

After the party is the after-party. So the party doesn’t end with dinner. Stop by your local big box store and pick up some traditional board games, cards, and dominoes. These classic fun games are ideal for after-dinner entertainment, and they are perfect for all ages.

 

Hope you enjoy these tips and have a happy Thanksgiving.

 

xoxo,
 

Ivori