We're just starting to reach the calm after the storm of Christmas, and here comes New Year's Eve. If you hosting this event, it can be easy to give in and let it get out of control. But this celebration can be simple and elegant. Here are some tips to ring in your new year with less work.
- Serve small plates: Since most of your party-goers won't be arriving until later in the evening, you don't need to plan a large meal. Make prep and clean up easier on yourself by serving small plates or horderves. Divided serving dishes make it super simple to present small offerings like olives, nuts, cheese and more.
- Utilize serving trays: While we're on the subject, serving trays will be your best friend. With them, you won't clutter up your surfaces with your normal plates. And some designs, like this one with room for ice, are designed to keep your food cold all night — so food is fresh for all parry-goers, no matter what time they show up. Tiered serving trays are also a great investment; these decorative pieces are also super convenient because they allow you to present more options without taking up previous space.
- Use a serving caddy: Keep plates, napkins, flatware and serving pieces all in one area. These awesome caddies make it even easier for guests to help themselves to food. Opt for the disposable plates and flatware, too.
1.) Bamboo Entertaining Set
2.) Serving Caddy
3.) Three Tier Serving Tray
4.) Appetizers on Ice Serving Tray
5.) Divided Serving Dish
Happy Spring! Preparation for your garden should begin with cleaning up the space, eliminating old leaves and and debris, and checking the soil, then let the planting begin! Once your gardening has begun, here are some ideas to make the rest of this season a little bit easier on you and to make your garden space a little more fun!
With February, the month of love, in full swing, now is the time to take stock of your gems and your jewelry storage system (or lack thereof). We've taken some of the guesswork out of the process for you, with promotional (lowest!) pricing on the most popular Jewelry Armoires and boxes by Nathan Direct:
The Hudson Jewelry Tower ($38.99 with free shipping*) is the number one choice for the vanity in the bedroom or bathroom. It boasts a mirror on one side and hanging necklace hooks on the other, with pink felt lined compartments on the interior. Read more
If you want to shop online for Valentine's gifts, start now to avoid costly last minute shipping fees! We've got just the deals for you with these great promotions:
Red Vanilla Glassware: Elegant Glass Sets for both gals and guys! Starting at $35.49 with free shipping.*
Go modern with drinks, and classic for sweets! Set of 6 Samba Martini / Dessert Glasses – $38.99 with free shipping. Read more
Whether you are shopping for your hubby, daughter or mother, we've got you covered with a comprehensive list of Valentine's Day Gifts that includes something for everyone:
For your Wife or Girlfriend:
The Granada 5 Drawer Jewelry Armoire is just one of many beautiful jewelry armoires for the home. Find them available in every style imaginable to match your home decor! Read more
Here's to a Happy, Well-Organized 2014!
Maybe you are hosting tonight's Christmas Eve shindig, or maybe you are hosting the big day tomorrow at your house! Whatever your current hosting plan is, here are some last minute tips to keep you on track and stressing less.
Things you (or your family) can do now to get ready for the party:
Get your Playlist Ready
Set the Table
Set up the Bar and Uncork Wine
Wipe Down the Bathrooms and Replace Toilet Paper and Towels
Looking for a last minute gift that doesn't require shipping? Print one out right at home with these easy, go-to gift giving ideas:
Date Night: Give your spouse a "gift certificate" for a night out without the kids!
Babysitting Voucher: For those hardworking parents you know, a voucher for a few hours of babysitting is likely the best gift you can give them this season.
Donation: For that person that already seems to have everything, a donation to a cause they care about is a great way to go.
Photo Gifts: Many photo-gifts can be ordered online and picked up at your nearest store, it's not too late! Even an unexpected photo in a frame will work!
House Cleaning Service: Who wouldn't love to be treated to a housecleaning service in the new year?
It's never too late to find great last-minute gifts!
Shown: Puerto Azul Jigsaw Frame
Thursday, December 19th is the last day for 3-Day Express shipping! Here are some great items eligible to ship quickly to your home*:
The Clipa Instant Handbag Hanger makes a great gift for moms, grandma's or stocking stuffers! Read more
Whether you are shopping for Dad, hubby, brother or a work buddy, we've got a great selection of unique but useful gifts for the man in your life!
Bring comfort out on the course with you with the Kooler Klub Golfer's Drink Dispenser and Cooler! This fun faux golf club holds 48 ounces of hot or cold beverages, ready for action anytime! Read more
We've got something for every kid of every age in our kids store! Here are some of our top sellers to get you started:
Giddy up with the Princess Rocking Horse! This beautifully designed rocker features elegant, soft pinks and whites, so sweet for the nursery! Read more
Shopping for an eco-conscious pal this year? We've got you covered with six great gifts below, each made from reclaimed or recycled materials. If you don't see what you're looking for here, check out our enviro-friendly products shop!*
Add spunk to any wall with the Steam Punk Barrel Mirror. This beautiful piece of art is made from reclaimed steel drums with a pop of acid blue to highlight your style! $219 with free shipping Read more
These adorable Christmassy birdhouses and feeders from Home Bazaar make wonderful gifts for friends and family! Starting at $39.99 with free shipping! On Sale thru Monday, 12/9.
Our Black Friday Deals are STILL LIVE! Last chance on some of these great Cyber Monday Deals! Don't miss out on great gifts such as the Boomchair Bluetooth Game Chair, Holly Princess Welcome Mat and More!
Give the gifts you, your friends and family will love!
We've made it easy on you with these smart selections:*
24 Bottle Dakota Wine Rack with Display Top- $168 with free shipping! Shop Wooden Mallet Sale. Read more
Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at StacksAndStacks.com! Wishing you a joyful day with friends and family!
Black Friday Deals are rolling out as we speak!
Here are today's best deals*, found at StacksAndStacks.com:
iTouchless Hands-Free Sale
Lumisource Video Game Chair Sale
The iTouchless Robotic Vacuum PRO is a pro at cleaning floors without any help from you! Treat mom to this handy helper this year! $149 with free shipping Read more
Now thru Monday, Wooden Advent Calendars from Home Bazaar are ON SALE, starting at $45.99 with Free Shipping, just in time for December! These are beautiful, classic, keepsake Christmas decorations your family will enjoy for years to come.
The Santa And Tree Advent Calendar features hanging ornaments, one for each day leading up to Christmas for the kids to place on the "tree". Read more
This year, have fun with your Christmas decorations by quietly mixing old pieces in with new. People always ask me "Is your Christmas decor more traditional or more modern?" To that, I say "Both!" Incorporating classics like the Magical Christmas Beverage Server and more modern pieces like the Woodland Reindeer (both shown below) gives your home a cozy feel with a new edge and room to grow every year.
To make it easy, these new collections from Tag offer both classic and contemporary pieces, an easy way to set up your holiday decor scheme with little effort.
Serve up cookies or savory appetizers on the beautiful Snowflakes 3-Tier Glass Stand. Classic snowflakes and colored backgrounds show through the glass plates for an elegant buffet. Read more
Happy Halloween! Have fun and stay safe out there tonight!
Image courtesy of Richard Kelly via Flickr, Creative Commons.
The unofficial holiday season, although at the end of the year, always seems to inspire all things new and fresh. It's the time of year when you find yourself saying "Oh, I'd better get on that!" over and over again. And we all know that there's nothing quite like spending some time to gather new ideas, recipes and inspirations. Pinterest is a great holding tank for all of the things that you want to try. If you are in the mood for fall like we are, check out our Stacks pinterest boards, all of which we have organized and reshuffled, bringing the most seasonally relevant boards to the top: Fall Colors, Fall Decorating, Getting Cozy for Fall and Fall Cooking. It's a great place to start when forming your own boards as we have already collected some of the season's best offerings for you!
Image: Autumn Mist Wall Decor by Yosemite Home Decor
Guest Post by Tiffany Faming
Winter is a great time to revamp your bedroom. Traditionally in the winter you want to go with darker colors and heavier fabrics as opposed to the lighter designs you would use in the summer. Pick out your favorite color or pick a favorite painting and plan your entire room from there. You may want to paint, but you can get by without painting if your room has a neutral color base. As you plan out your room, it helps to have an overall design in mind or at least a basic color you want to go with. Some people will go with traditional deep reds or greens, but a dark purple or grey can also make great colors for your bedroom in the winter.
Image courtesy of MAZZALIARMADI.IT via Flickr (CC by 2.0) Read more
An easy way to give any room a new look is by switching up the lighting scheme. Lamps are well known in the designing world for their ability to breathe new life into a space, so demand for different looks in lighting has been on the rise for some time. Thankfully, lighting designers are stepping up to the challenge with multiple releases every year of the newest and best in lighting.
Here are our favorite picks that don't break the budget this fall:
Elegant with a hint of retro style, the Simple Designs Glass Diamond Shaped Table Lamp is available in six different colors ranging from White to Aqua, allowing you to choose between a pop of color and a simple splash of style. Read more
Stacks and Stacks is ready for fall living, with great guides and ideas for everything from decorating with fall-colors to winterizing the home, or simply getting cozy.
Here's What We Love About Fall:
Cider – Whether you make it yourself or buy it from the store, nothing says autumn like a nice hot mug of cider with a cinnamon stick stirrer, (and the occasional splash of brandy for the grownups.) Read more
It is fall, not January, that marks the beginning of a new year for many of us. Often it is this time of year that we are inspired to do something new in our homes, whether it be to start an organizing project we have been putting off or simply freshen up our decor.
Here are five beautiful fall-inspired home accents to give any room an updated look:
The Trio Collection Rug is a crowd favorite collection, thanks its affordable and high quality attitude. The
>Full Leaf Design Trio Collection Rug features creams, beiges and rusty reds to mimic autumn's natural hues. Read more
With football season officially underway and youth soccer in full swing, my house has that feeling of a sports bar mixed with a locker room (somewhat exciting and at the same time unfortunate). In other words, we've got sports coming out of our ears! If you're not particularly interested in football (or baseball, or hockey, or basketball…) like me, that is all the more reason to create a sanctuary for your sports-loving family members. Call it a man-cave if you want, but I prefer to think of it as the "sports zone" of the house. Here are some fun ways to decorate and even include a bar with no plumbing required.
Nothin' says sports bar like a Football Helmet Neon Sculpture! This fun, bright decor piece is available in favorite team colors. Read more
There are great deals to be found this weekend, especially if you're shopping for home furnishings. Whether you've been looking for that special piece to complete a look in your living room or are ready for a complete room makeover, we've got something for you!
Perfect for the retro or modern styled home, the Bento Club Chair is comfortable and chic. Use it in the living room, study or even as a reading chair in the bedroom. Read more
It's Friday! So uncork your favorite bottle and settle in for the weekend with these fun wine storage finds. From the somewhat-wacky to the truly-unique, these are not your grandma's wine racks.
Pure fun, this Polystone Chef Wine Holder makes a great gift, or a great piece for your buffet at your next gathering. Read more
Dorms come with furniture. Apartments and other off-campus housing options do not. So what to do when you are moving out into your first off-campus digs? Here are some great pieces that maximize space and stay within budget while you create your own first home.
Ideally, your sofa should double as a bed, such as the uniquely modern Mali Combo Chair – Versatile Sofa Chair and Sleeper does! Converts instantly from sofa to sleep surface by folding the sides down. Includes fun color combos and more mature designs as well. Starting at $375 Read more