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
Enjoy more time with family and keep things simple on Christmas with these meal shortcuts and tips from our kitchens:
Go with the casserole: A large casserole dish can feed 9-12 people with a main course. This can include everything from enchiladas and lasagne to your great Aunt's famous chicken recipe.
Salads as sides: Not only is salad healthier than, say, mashed potatoes, it's much easier to make, leaving your hands free for fun. To really save yourself some time, purchase a pre-made bagged salad that comes complete with toppings and dressing.
No Bake Zone: Read more
Do you have relatives flying in this weekend? Make theirs the coziest zone in the house with these guestroom items:
Plug in the Kalorik Stainless Steel Jug Kettle and you have hot water for tea in a matter of minutes. Best of all, the kettle automatically shuts off once the water is heated for safety. Easy, cord-free pouring. Read more
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
With all of the parties you are attending this time of year, it's important to stock up on great hostess gifts! We all know how much work it takes to host a party, so show your hostess some love with one of these fantastic ideas:
-A beautiful, eco-friendly candle makes a wonderful present for any hostess.
-Aromatherapy oil warmers, like the one shown here, keep her house smelling heavenly year-round.
-A nice bottle of lotion or bath oil for those stressful evenings.
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Whether 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.
Write out all of the cleaning jobs you can think of onto small sticky notes 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
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!
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
Whether your "Game Room" is a room all of its own, or simply a time slot in your family room, there are many ways to bring sanity and civility back to that space. It all starts with a game center, which works to keep games and equipment neat and tidy. Video game organizers make great gifts for kids and teens (while benefiting the grown-ups in the house at the same time).
Read on for our best picks to help you take back your family room!
If you are lucky enough to have a space just for gaming, you will need a place to put the TV (or monitor) as well! Choose from a wall mounted TV contraption or an all in one Centipede Game Storage and TV Stand like this – perfect for the corner of the basement or the kids room. 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.
Break out the China, the Holidays are here! And while you have it out give it a swipe with the Microfiber Cleaning Cloth for China and Crystal (shown). In addition to that, this is a great time of year to assess what you need in terms of China storage. Right now, our entire China Storage line is on sale!
Let's face it: Most of us don't have an entire room in our home to devote just to a home office. In fact, many of us would settle for a desk tucked into the corner of the bedroom just to get a quiet workspace. If this sounds familiar to you, then a wall-mount desk just might be the right tool for your office-at-home. These handy, space efficient desks come in a variety of sizes and with varying accessories so you can choose the amount of storage that suits your needs. From the Evo Wall Mount Desk (shown) to the almost full size Designer Floating Desk, there is something for everyone.
The former features a slim, modern design that includes shelves for printers and even an iPad mount. Read more
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:
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
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!
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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
Thanksgiving 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
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:
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
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
Only 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.
Finalize the Menu
Confirm with Guests what they are bringing
Make the official shopping list
Planning 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 Charms – Read more
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.
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
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
Your holiday guests are traveling miles and miles to see you, why not meet them halfway? That is, with some extra TLC crafted out of things you might just have around your house.
Here are some great tips for stress-free hosting of holiday guests this year:
Scented Candles: A quick, easy update to your decor with a few scented candles placed on the kitchen island or in the bathroom goes a long way toward enhancing the holiday mood for all in the home to enjoy. (Shown: Teton Oak Leaf Wreath with Berries – Copper and Gold, candles not included). Read more
Every year, we bring out our best wine glasses and champagne flutes to use multiple times throughout the holidays. And, almost every year, we break one of those glasses. At least the damage is a friendly reminder to properly store those pieces after the start of the New Year to help them make it through to another year.
Here are some of the best stemware storage cases for short and long term storage of your precious (or semi-precious) glasses:
Perfect for goblets up to 4" wide, the Quilted Microfiber Stemware Storage Holds 12 Wine Glasses of almost any size! The dark brown finish has a Thanksgiving vibe which is perfect since that is usually the first time of the season we pull out our special glassware. Each compartment measures approximately 3.9"W x 4.1"D x 9.75"H. Read more
Liven up your Thanksgiving table with these beautiful dishes by Tag. Your guests will thank you!
Whether you fill it with pumpkin soup or chili, this Pumpkin Soup Tureen has an updated, elegant tan finish. Made of ironstone. Read more