Month: December 2015

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Our New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions take on a whole new meaning when you go from a “me” to a “we.” Sure, you can have some personalized goals for the new year, but making tandem resolutions are a benchmark for your relationship and a sure way to make sure you’re both on the same page all year long. Make 2016 your strongest year yet with some of these ideas for both of you to achieve together. Cook Healthy Meals Together of course. Instead of uniting over a take out menu, make healthy choices and share the legwork in the kitchen. Make good use of all that cookware you registered for but haven’t had the time to take out of the box. Make the Most of Your Gym Membership The hardest part about working out is actually going to the gym. While you don’t have to do your squats in unison, help each other get out the door by setting aside time that works for you both to stay in shape all year long. Date Night Carve out some time for …

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NYE Dinner Party Trends

After a season of glittering holiday parties on the town, a New Year’s celebration at home is the perfect way to cap off 2016 and start 2017 with your nearest and dearest. Ahead, PartySlate shares favorite tips for a memorable New Year’s Eve dinner party! Cocktail Pairings Wine pairings are fabulous, but cocktail pairings mean business. Select beverages to pair with each course, and get even more clever by giving the naming rights for them to your party-guests. Even more fun? Mini versions to give guests a taste of different potions that blend beautifully with your salad or main course. Petite Bites Speaking of mini, there are very few things that party-guests love more than tiny bites. Consider a Mosser Glass Mini Cake stand at each place setting with a trio of tiny dinner rolls  and individual soup or mac & cheese served in a mini cocotte by Le Creuset. Wish Balloons Create a bevy of wishes for your guests and tuck them inside balloons before filling them up. Decorate your space with dozens of …

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The Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts When Creating Your Wedding Registry

Here at Zola, we see thousands upon thousands of wedding registries daily, and we’ve started to notice a trend – some are more successful than others. Registering for your wedding can seem like a daunting task, which is why we’ve gathered our top tricks from the most successful registries we’ve encountered, to help you create a wedding registry that’s a winner! 1. DO start earlier rather than later. Oftentimes couples wait to pull the trigger on publishing their wedding registry because they’re worried it’s not quite right. Great news: it doesn’t have to be perfect! With Zola, you can edit your registry at any point. And if someone buys you a gift that you change your mind about, you can virtually exchange it before it ships. Your guests may want to buy you an engagement or shower present, so the sooner you have it up, the better. 2. DON’T be afraid to ask for cash. Planning a dream honeymoon or saving up for a home? These days, it’s totally acceptable to ask for donations towards your …

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Indoor Activities

Despite these extra few weeks of tolerable weather, it’s about to get cold outside. And you know what that means… weekends chock full of indoor activities. Check out our indoor activity schedule for a fun day inside you won’t forget. Breakfast In Bed After hitting the snooze button for as long as you want, breakfast in bed is the perfect morning indoor option. Gourmet pancakes, omelets and coffee without moving too far is the best way to kick off your day of never leaving. 1. Breakfast Tray – $30 2. Straight Juicer – $40 3. Original Stovetop Belgian Waffle Maker – $75 Movie Marathon When you finally relocate to the couch, turn on the classics or check out the new releases section for a full day of entertainment. You’ll need a blanket, some snacks and if you’re lucky, your other half will be generous with their famous foot massaging skills. 1. Cozy Cotton Throw Blanket – $198 2. EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker – $40 3. Flower Tray – $35 Kitchen Cook-Off You’ve been very …

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Cozy Cooking

The cold weather outside is the perfect opportunity to stay inside and make that recipe you were drooling over on Pinterest the other day. Stock up with these essentials so you can be prepared to turn on the oven when inspiration hits. All you need is a little heat for these cozy cooking ideas that will keep the temperature up when you need it most. Modern Classics Rectangular Baker Heat up your taste buds with whatever you’ll cook in this multipurpose bake pan. We’re talking anything from saucy lasagna to roasted veggies to extra gooey brownies. Its ceramic base is highly resistant to thermal shock, which is just what you need this season when the mercury dips. Check out this savory veggie lasagna recipe we love here. Round Cocotte/ Dutch Oven Keep it steamy with 4 quarts of hot homemade stew in this simply perfect cocotte. You can heat, roast and bake your heart out with this one-stop-shop. Lazy Susan Fondue Set Fondue night, anyone? It’s hard to resist the tantalizing tastes of molten chocolate atop your favorite dippers. Try a cheese …

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Niko & Nicola, #ZolaCouple and High School Sweethearts

Niko and Nicola met in high school, survived the distance in college, and are now planning a wedding for the summer of 2016. Read on for these high school sweetheart’s engagement story and pointers on how to plan when you have a demanding career. How did you meet? We met as high school freshmen at the age of 14! We were classmates at Harvard-Westlake. From the time we met, we were instant friends, spending all of our time together until we officially began dating at 16; we have been together ever since! After high school, I went to Cornell University and Niko the The University of Michigan. We successfully navigated four years of long-distance, and are now happy to be under the same roof, inseparable yet again. How did you get engaged? Niko proposed during the week of my Cornell graduation. He was flying from Los Angeles to Ithaca to celebrate with me and my family, and arrived a few days before my family members. I picked him up from the tiny 6-gate airport and he …

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Everything Barware

From Happy Hour to Party Time to Sunday Funday one thing’s for sure – your home needs to be stocked with all the barware essentials. Now that it’s officially time to graduate from red cups, our barware guide has everything you need for a necessary upgrade and a stellar soirée. What is it? Barware consists of everything you could need to serve alcohol to yourself and your guests. Wine glasses, mugs, shot glasses, champagne flutes all fall under this category. Do I need this? Yes! It’s time to retire your party cups and upgrade to glass barware. How many do I need? This depends on how often you like to entertain. Even if it’s usually just the two of you, we suggest at a minimum getting sets of four just in case. Otherwise, 8-12 glasses will have you covered without taking up too much cabinet space. What styles are right for me?  See below for our guide to help you determine what styles work for your entertaining needs. The Beginner Strictly the essentials – wine for two, some …