Cleaning Tips, Shortcuts and Tools for Christmas

reg-1352936067-200692.jpgWhether you are hosting friends and family at Christmas or not, it’s a great time to do a quick refresh on your spring or fall cleaning so that the house is sparkly for the big day and the new year! And with just one week away, it’s time to pare down the list to what is necessary and what works fast.

Here are some important tips, shortcuts and our favorite tools for cleaning the house before Christmas.

Tips:

  • Write out all of the cleaning jobs you can think of onto small sticky notes Read more
  • Holiday Party Must-Haves

    Planning a shindig sometime this month? Now is the time to stock up on the best party gear, and we’re not just talking paper plates here. We have selected five timeless pieces that enhance any party whether your guests gather in the kitchen, living room or dining area!

    Dig in!

    3-Bowl Bamboo Entertaining Set
    The 3-Bowl Bamboo Entertaining Set allows you to get creative with dips, sauces and their “vehicles” (bread, crackers, pita, etc). Set up a mini sandwich bar on this cutting board with mustard, mayonnaise and oil/vinegar in the bowls, and a selection of deli meats and tiny slices of artisan breads on the board itself so guests can play with flavors. Read more

    Don’t get Wrapped Up in Gift Wrap this year!

    With black Friday behind us, those presents are starting to pile up in closets, bedrooms and home offices across the country! Get a jump start on wrapping to ease holiday stress just before Christmas. Gift Wrap Organizers are inexpensive and a must-have for year-round organization in the home.

      Here are five of the best:

    Holiday Red With Green Trim Underbed Gift Wrap Organizer
    This Holiday Red With Green Trim Underbed Gift Wrap Organizer takes first prize for its budget-friendly design! Unzip this organizer to store rolls of paper, bows and more in various pockets and divided sections. Read more

    Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorations

    dcenterpiece.jpgThanksgiving is probably the easiest of all holidays when it comes to decorating. No purchase necessary, simply gather things you have around the home, inside and out, for a natural, beautiful display. No need to go overboard like you might on Christmas, just a few touches on the mantel, entryway table and in the dining room are all you need for a cozy, homey feel.

    To make, simply gather any of the materials below or substitute your own. Read more

    Up your Entertaining Game with these Five Party Pieces

    Every year around this time I like to upgrade one piece in my entertaining arsenal. With all of the holiday parties coming up, it’s a great time to take stock of what you as a hostess have, need, or simply need to upgrade.

    Here are our top five, most important serveware helpers, from appliances to furniture, and even something for a little over-the-top fun:

    Wine Cart with Stemware Rack
    A wine rack is a must, but a wine rack with built in glass holders and casters? That’s a bonus. Thankfully the Wine Cart with Stemware Rack has a slim profile and is inexpensive, a great choice for rolling from kitchen to dining room to living room, depending on where you want the guests to flock! Read more

    Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanup!

    Artisan Hand VacuumOnly seven days to go! Get your home in party-ready shape by following our guide below. We have split up the cleaning over seven days so that you can focus on all things fun when the big day comes: family and turkey! The only thing we don’t mention is when to shop as everyone has different ideas about this. My personal favorite is to send my husband to the store with a very detailed list.

    Tonight:

  • Finalize the Menu
  • Confirm with Guests what they are bringing
  • Make the official shopping list
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    Setting Up a Bar – 10 Essentials

    Hotel de Paris Footed Centerpiece BowlPlanning a party this season? Setting up a bar in your home is a quick and easy way to make guests feel at home and comfortable. And most importantly, it allows them to serve themselves which in turn allows you to enjoy yourself! There is no need to go to a lot of trouble or spend a lot of money, simply clear off a surface or add a folding table with cloth, look around the kitchen for items you already have that can be used as serveware for an eclectic vibe, add the beverages and voila! You are ready to entertain!

    Here are our top ten must-haves at your bar this holiday season:

    1. Wine Glass CharmsRead more

    Holiday Storage from Honey Can Do – On Sale for Five Days Only!

    There are just four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year instead of five. Many of us will start setting up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. Take this opportunity to take stock of your holiday storage needs so that you are ready for a quick and easy take-down come January 1st.

    Right now, our complete collection of Honey Can Do home storage (including Christmas decor storage) is on sale! Sale ends November 24th, 2013.

    40
    If you purchase just one thing this Christmas that is storage related, let it be the 40″ Canvas Gift Wrap Organizer. Inexpensive and featuring a sleek underbed-friendly design, this gift wrap organizer has a spot for everything. Read more

    Christmas Decorations, Old and New… from Tag

    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.

    Snowflakes 3-Tier Glass Stand
    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