Month: January 2016

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Super Bowl Party Guide

It doesn’t matter if you’re in it for the game or just sticking around for the commercials/Beyonce, a Super Bowl party is really all about good old-fashioned fun and a nasty hangover on Monday. We have all your entertaining needs to throw a Super Bowl soiree to remember. Rectangular Three Tier Bar Cart While your guests are busy fixating on the score, bring the refreshments to them with this versatile bar cart stocked with all the essentials. They’ll thank you later for being an accommodating (and stylish) host who knows how to throw a legendary party. Square Ottoman Our Super Bowl party pro tip is to always have more seating than you think you’ll need. Stragglers, plus-ones and next door neighbors tend to make guest appearances for kick off so be prepared with this comfy ottoman. Its rustic vibe goes well with the football festivities and you can store it easily under your coffee table after the party. Bermuda Chip and Dip Tray A football party isn’t complete without an impressive snack display. Carved from a single piece …

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Five Wedding Gift Trends for the Modern Couple

Lucky for you, 2016 is all about letting your personality shine, especially when it comes to weddings and your registry. The constraints of convention are no longer—just because your mom did it, doesn’t mean you have to. Couples are choosing gifts that fit into their lifestyle, whether they’re “traditional” or not. So, skip the fine china. Here are five wedding gift trends you should consider for your registry: It’s All About the Experience: If the idea of bringing one more thing into your home has you wanting to forego your registry entirely, consider adding experiences to your wish list. From cooking classes to wine tastings, couples are registering for unique ways to spend time together. Build Your Art Collection: Why not play curator of your space and encourage guests to help build your dream gallery wall? And while you’re at it, register for a gift card for custom framing, so your new artwork is wall-ready by the time you get back from your honeymoon. Upgrade Your Essentials: We’re willing to bet that you already have a blender, but it might …

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Registering for Now and Later: Registry Tips

Registering for now and later is a best practice that you, your mother and mother-in-law can all agree on. No one wants think of their wedding registry as a missed opportunity later in life. While many couples are opting out of registering for new china patterns, there are some items that you will need in the future that you can’t possibly see yourself needing today. You want your wedding registry to feel timeless, after all that is the point of asking your nearest and dearest to get you set up for the future. So when it comes to the big ticket regulars, stick with trusted name brands. Think: Cuisinart, KitchenAid and Le Crueset. Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer Cuisinart designs multi-purpose products that get the job done, making them a wedding registry essential you will use now and later. This hand mixer makes everyday recipes a cinch and has minimal cleanup, too. Professional 600 Series 6 Qt. Stand Mixer This Kitchenaid stands the test of time and is a necessity when you need to start cooking for the holidays. …

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Toast Meets World and Finn’s Wedding

It’s official – @ToastMeetsWorld and @FriendsOfFinn are finally married and we couldn’t be happier for the doggy duo. From the Bride’s Marchesa couture gown to her Maid of Honor’s meltdown right before the ceremony, we have all the juicy details from the night to remember. The dashing dogs were outfitted to the nines for the New York City stylish affair. Even Toast’s Godfather, Barney’s Simon Doonan looked dapper in leather fringe as he walked the stunning bride down the aisle. Toast’s Marchesa couture was complemented with London Jewelers diamonds for a look that glistened the entire night. The bridesmaids were all pretty in pink – cashmere, that is – perfect for the winter weather outside. The groom was equally as charming in a tuxedo with a matching top hat for the ultimate in doggy style. Over 300 guests including friends, family and dogs alike came to watch the couple say their “I dos.” Such a big turnout means for even more blessings as a portion of the proceeds from Toast and Finn’s wedding registry benefited National Mill …

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Going Green

With New Year’s Resolutions still fresh on our minds, we are committed to going green. From the food we eat to the decor we choose, we love incorporating some nature into our busy schedules and cramped starter homes. Duo Herb Pot Grow your own herbs for the perfect finishing touch to all of your home cooking. Start with a few seeds, some natural light and watch them sprout before your eyes from this stone double planter. Field of Flowers Party Plate, Set of 4 These salad plates will blend right in to the leafy first course that sits atop them for an inspired  table setting reminiscent of an enchanted garden. If going green in 2016 is on your to-do list, you and your guests will be able to check that off before you even get to your main course. 2-Piece Pedestals Set Show off your prized succulent arrangements on this charming pedestal set that reminds us of our favorite vacation spot in the Southwest. A well-travelled look without ever leaving your home is our kind of style, too. Regular Blooms …

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Fresh Start: Linens and Towels

You’ve noticed some fraying, pilling and fading on your essentials, think: linens and towels. And hey, there’s no use being in denial any longer because the new year is the perfect reason for a fresh start, especially when it comes to your basics. Do I have to?  Yes! And there is no better time than right now to get a fresh start. Even if my pieces aren’t that bad? Especially if your pieces aren’t “that bad” because the longer you wait, the worse they will get. How do I make sure I buy pieces that last?  We have you covered there. We’ve highlighted our favorite, long-lasting pieces that you’ll love to begin and end each day with for years to come. Linens: Luxe Duvet Cover A perfectly crisp duvet cover is a new year’s essential. Made from 480 thread count sateen for a buttery smooth feel, this duvet cover will make it hard to get out of bed in the morning. Percale 4-Piece Sheet Set Otherwise known as the bedding equivalent of the perfect cotton tee because these sheets are …

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Registry Top Picks: Nest

Our not-so-traditional wedding registry picks continue with one of our favorite brands, Nest. Nest reinvents unloved but important home products like the thermostat and your security system. So instead of registering for dishwasher unsafe, special-occasion-only chopsticks or the tried-and-true waffle maker even though you both are gluten-free, take a look at Nest’s everyday essentials and thank us later. Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation This innovative thermostat saves you money and is great for the environment so for us, we’re already sold. But if you need additional convincing, check out its sleek design that fits in perfectly with any tastefully decorated abode. What’s more? Its smart technology adapts accordingly to whatever your desired temperature and home needs are. You can always check and see how much energy you’re using so there are never any surprises. The Nest thermostat also has a “green” setting so you can save even more energy and in turn, more money. By far, our favorite part of this thermostat is that you can change the temperature right from your phone. So next …