4 Hostess Gift Ideas

Flowers or wine are a nice thought, but imagine the look of delight when you bring your hostess a gift she can use throughout the holiday season! Art Van Furniture’s Wonderland Holiday Collection offers unique pieces that are sure to please. Here are four items that will make you the favorite guest at the next event:

A copper-plated stainless steel ice bucket will be a welcome and useful gift. Dress it up by placing a potted succulent inside. Your hostess can set it out for display, or use it immediately to enhance the gathering!

Celebrate your host with a holiday toast—and a pair of these wine glasses by kate spade new york. Pair with a nice bottle of wine or put a bow on the stem and present them alone.

A holiday accent is always a fun gift to receive, and these winter reindeer are dressed to impress. Gift your hostess one, two or all three, and watch the smile light up her face.

The farmhouse trend has made birdcages super chic, and this handcrafted holiday decoration would be a wonderful hostess gift. A perfect accent for a kitchen or entryway, the rustic touch is quaint and festive.

3 Thanksgiving Centerpieces You’ll Love For a Long Time

Flowers are a nice touch to the Thanksgiving, but they don’t last forever. Instead, why not invest in a piece you can use from year to year, creating a traditional look that will become a family favorite. Here are three centerpiece options – and they all ship for free.

A potted pumpkin and gourd topiary with colorful maple leaves adds height to your table, and would look beautiful flanked by candles or all by itself.

This beautiful rustic lantern is filled with fall foliage and the LED lights will make it shine. Use one on a small table or three to create a show-stopping display.

A wreath may be a great accent on your door, but it also makes a great statement on your dining table. Place a pillar candle in the center, for an easy way to dress up the table.

How to Host a Friendsgiving

What’s better than Thanksgiving dinner? How about two Thanksgiving dinners!! Family gatherings are important and traditional, but a growing trend is hosting a Friendsgiving, a special Thanksgiving-style dinner with your favorite friends.

Hold it before Thanksgiving to create a trial run for the big day, or after to make the most of leftovers or serve something completely different.

Here are some things to consider before hosting your Friendsgiving:

Consider potluck. Friendsgiving is the perfect time to hold a potluck, making it easier than Thanksgiving because no one person will be in charge of the entire meal. Assign specific dishes or a category, such as veggies or dessert. Or be bold and enjoy whatever dishes show up in hand.

Set a theme. Another dinner-planning idea is to choose a theme and have guests bring something that fits. For example, set a theme of Italian, Chinese farm-to-table or even deep-fried. This could be a nice break from your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Make sure to accommodate special diets. Check in with friends and see if anyone has food allergies or intolerances, or follows a special diet, such as vegan or Paleo. Then make sure you have enough on your menu to fill them up.

Think about drinks. If you are serving alcohol, plan how you’ll stock your bar. You can make it easy and serve just wine or beer. Or create a special cocktail for the day, such as a special martini or mixed drinks. Or set out what guests will need for the most common drinks.

Decide if you want a special décor. Thanksgiving dinner usually includes a special holiday tablescape with a centerpiece, place settings, napkins and place cards. Friendsgiving, however, can be as festive or casual as you wish.

Do you hold Friendsgiving? Share you favorite tips in the comments below!

Five Quick Holiday Updates

Creating a festive setting in your home doesn’t have to involve a complete redo of your rooms. It can be as easy as adding a new accent or accessory. Take a look at these five simple additions that will get you (and your home) into the holiday spirit.


Throw Pillows

Nothing could be easier than tossing a few seasonal pillows onto your sofa, sectional or easy chair. Choose something that coordinates with your décor and create instant holiday cheer.



Wrap your chandelier, wall art or windows with garland and you will transform your room into a winter wonderland. Add bows for a quick pop of color.


Faux Fur

Bring instant warmth to a room with faux fur. Drape a blanket at the foot of your bed to bring a sense of richness. Or use a blanket or pillow on your living room sofa for the feeling of a luxe lodge.



Swap out your lamps or everyday candles for something with a little bit of bling. Silver candlesticks signal that something special is happening. Or add a lantern for the feel of a cozy cabin.


Drape red plaid runners on your dining room table and instantly get into the holiday spirit. This classic look goes perfectly with farmhouse style, giving your room a heartwarming traditional feel.

Dress Up Your Dinnerware for the Holidays

You could go out and invest in new dinnerware for the holidays. Gorgeous designs that are perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are festive and fun. But you can also easily dress up your existing dinnerware with some easy and inexpensive details that will give you the same result.

Here are five ways to dress up your existing dishes and make them shine for the season:


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1. Use Chargers. Classic white plates look chic and elegant when you place them on a charger. Choose luxurious silver or gold for a classic look. Or brighten up the table with jewel tones, such as ruby, emerald or sapphire. We love this snowflake charger craft idea. You’ll be surprised at the impact a charger can make, and it can happen in a snap.


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2. Purchase New Salad Plates. Instead of investing in an entire set of china, why not purchase salad plates that you layer atop your everyday dinner dish? The single piece won’t cost a lot, and the top plate is the star of the setting. Choose something for the holiday or season, and it will look like you went all out.


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3. Add the Details. Little things can make a big impact, and your choice of napkins and napkin rings can set the tone. Instead of classic white napkins, choose a bold color or pattern. Or stick with white and let the ring take center stage. Here are some fun ideas we found on Pinterest. You could even go simple, and tie a sprig of evergreen with twine or ribbon.


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4. Roll Out the Table Runner. Add flair by using a dramatic table runner. Not only does it introduce a theme; a runner allows the natural beauty of your table show through. You’ll find a wide assortment of options designed for your specific holiday, or head to the fabric store and purchase a piece of velvet, satin or even faux fur. You could also use a beautiful plaid blanket; the contrasting texture will create a warm, festive setting.


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5. Think About Place Mats. Place mats offer another design opportunity, and they help protect your table. Choose a color that enhances your holiday décor, or personalize a set of your own with this fun burlap place mat craft project.

We’d love to see how you create a festive tables design for the holidays. Post your photos in the comments below!