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Tory Burch Home is Here! Here Are Our 5 Favorite Pieces

You’ve probably walked in her iconic flats, stashed your essentials in one of her sophisticated handbags, or zipped yourself up in one of her chic party dresses. If this iconic designer fills your closet, it’s time for her to fill the rest of your home, too. That’s right—you can now register for all things Tory Burch Home at Zola (and we’re the only registry where you can do so). Tory Burch Home is inspired by Tory’s lifetime love of home decor and international travel souvenirs. Her biggest inspiration for the line was her mother and the antique ceramics they collected together as a child. From vibrant green dishes to hand-painted glassware and charming cocktail napkins, Tory Burch Home features a range of first home must-haves. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our top five favorites. 1. Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Lettuce Ware Collection Created in collaboration with storied ceramicist Dodie Thayer, these charming pieces bring the elegance of 1960s Palm Beach right to your home. They’re designed for everyday use, so yes, …


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 …


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 …


How To Build The Perfect Cheese Plate

Building the perfect cheese plate isn’t as hard as it seems. You don’t have to know your cheeses, but you do have to know your textures. And colors. And shapes. And countries. And animals. But that’s it, we swear. Now back to the platter – a good mix-and-match philosophy goes a long way: hard, soft, crumbled, cubed, Swiss, goat, creamy, blue… the list goes on. If you stick to only one cheese per category, you’re on your way to the perfect plate. Note: you don’t need to get one from every category, unless you’re hosting your entire extended family’s extended family, in-laws, plus ones and pets, of course. The perfect complement to savory dairy deliciousness is a sweet spreadable jam. But what to pick? Murray’s Pair of the Month Club offers you the perfect cheese and spread pairing without any guesswork. All you have to do is sign for the package. Now that you’ve got your sweet and your savory, grab your favorite crackers and get this party started! Oh, wait. Don’t forget the platter. An inviting …


Party Essentials to Ring in the New Year

The countdown is on! Are you getting ready to celebrate the new year? Whether you’re hosting your own party or attending another, you must have the tools to party right. Metallics are a great way to celebrate in style. We recommend some festive champagne flutes and bright bar accessories like these fun gem coasters. Why not kick it up a notch with your very own champagne sabre? Don’t forget the mood lighting and, of course, a camera to capture all the memories. Check out our must-haves for a perfect New Year’s Eve party below. Shop these New Year’s Eve party essentials: Shiraleah Assorted Toasting Flutes, Set of 6 Menu Champagne Sabre Old Dutch Ice Bucket with Brass Tongs Old Dutch Oblong Tray with Brass Handles Polaroid Z340 Digital Instant Camera + 30pk Molly M Designs Gem Coasters, Set of 4 Bulbrite Outdoor String Light with Incandescent Bulbs Image Credit || (1) This is Photography, (2) Anthropologie

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Tips for a Festive Tabletop

No matter what holiday you celebrate, filling the dinner table with festive decor (and good food!) is a must. But how do you make your tabletop feel fun and unique? Playing with color and texture are just some of today’s tips for a festive tabletop. Bring on the Color The key to making your table bright and playful is including color in your decor. Go holiday classic with red & green or blue & white, or choose one main hue and accent it with neutrals. Opt for White Linens With so much color and pattern, we suggest sticking to white table linens. The simple neutral backdrop will really make your decor pop and avoid overcomplicating your tabletop. Mix & Match Metallics Nothing says holiday celebration like bold metallics. Try gold flatware or a silver menorah for a festive feel. Find all of these products and more holiday hosting essentials in our featured collection on Zola.

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Host the Holidays with the Perfect Bar Cart

With holiday party season in full force, it’s time to up your hosting game. Recipes and table settings are of course a must, but no party is complete without a well-stocked bar cart. An old-school tradition with a modern take, the bar cart is quickly becoming one of our favorite home decor accessories. Wondering what you need to create the ideal bar setup for the holidays? We’ve got you covered. First, start with the essentials. This bar cart from Jonathan Adler is the perfect combination of modern and classic. Add some decanters for your wine and liquors, as well as a set of glasses that are versatile enough for any drink. Of course, you’ll also need a quality set of bar tools for mixing like a pro. Shop Bar Cart Essentials: 1. Jonathan Adler Cheval Bar Cart 2. Waterford Madmen Circon Decanter 3. Lenox Tuscany Classics Teardrop Decanter 4. Rosanna La Cite Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Set of 4 5. Godinger Hammered Bar Tools Set Now it’s time to add some accessories to your bar cart. This wine cooler is a bold …