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Holiday Gift Guide 2014 :: For the Hostess

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elegant gold & white thanksgiving table // camille styles

(holiday table by camille styles)

In just a couple weeks holiday parties will be in full swing (can you believe it?!) Whether it’s a family dinner, cocktails with friends or a large holiday party you mustn’t forget to bring a little something for the hostess. Struggling with what to give? Consider items that will resonate with your hostess. In the past I’ve given gifts I know the hostess will love including my favorite tea, cooking spices and dish towels with the hostess’ monogram. It’s always best to give a gift that you would like to receive yourself. If you love it, they should love it too! Here are a variety of hostess gift ideas for the 2014 holidays – you are bound to find one your hostess will love!holiday gift guide 2014 // hostess gift ideas // simplified bee #holiday #gifts

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1. pink himalyan salt // 2. diptyque candle // 3. kate spade ornament // 4. heathered knit throw

5. granite hexagon trivat  // 6. cookbook: honey // 7. ammonite drink coasters

8. mixed succulent wreath // 9. monogrammed dish towels // 10. tom dixon brass tea pot

11. harney & sons english breakfast tea

happy holidays,

cristin

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Read full story By on November 18, 2014 in book, Christmas, Features, food, gift guide, Holiday, holiday decor, monograms, tabletop, Thanksgiving

Fabulous Hostess Gift Ideas for 2013

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As we move into November (can hardly believe it!), our minds quickly shift from spiders, cobwebs and witches to turkey dinner, holiday parties and hanging the stockings with care. Like many of you, the holiday season means large family dinners and cocktail parties with friends. If you’ll be heading to a Thanksgiving feast, Christmas party or holiday open house  in the next few weeks, bringing a thoughtful host or hostess gift is always appreciated. A favorite bottle of wine, homemade baked goods or a lovely bouquet of flowers are tried and true hostess gifts and will certainly be well received. However, if you are running short on time or want to bring something a little different, here are my favorite hostess gift ideas for 2013:

fabulous holiday hostess gifts - simplified bee #hostess #gifts

top to bottom:

pom pom throw (unexpected, yet always a winner) // wine tote (for the host’s fave bottle of champagne or wine)

 monogrammed cheese board (for the entertainer)

 personalized stationary (always well received) //holiday cupcakes (adorable right?!)

anchor bottle opener (for the cocktail party) // dried pomegranate wreath (great alternative to a traditional bouquet)

monogrammed drink coasters (for the host or hostess that has it all)

elephant place-card holders (love & a sneak peek from Nate Berkus’ Holiday Collection for Target due in stores 11/17)

What’s your favorite hostess gift?

Cristin

*some of these links are to affiliates of Simplified Bee, but product picks and opinions are my own!

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Read full story By on November 5, 2013 in Christmas, gift guide, Holiday, monograms, Thanksgiving

GIVEAWAY :: Personalized + Durable Labels by KiDECALS

With summer camps just around the corner, it’s time to start labeling sweaters, backpacks and water bottles. But, I didn’t want to use just any old label. That’s why when the folks at KiDECALS asked if I wanted to try their personalized, durable labels, I jumped at the chance! I selected a fun, colorful chevron pattern and personalized it with our family name & email. This way if items get passed down to other kids in the family, the label doesn’t need to change.

personalized kids labels giveaway @simplifiedbee KiDECALS’ name labels stick to any surface (including clothes) and better yet are waterproof, dishwasher & washing machine safe! With 80+ delightful designs to personalize, there is bound to be a style for everyone! KiDECALS also offers so much more including allergy alert labels (perfect for school lunches), keyboard stickers (fun for teens and to brighten up your laptop!) and chalkboard labels (great for kitchen & playrooms).

kidecals giveaway

 I would love for you to have the chance to try these labels out too! Here’s how to enter to win $21 worth of labels from KiDECALS:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post (provide your email if I don’t have a way to contact you).
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower of Simplified Bee’s BlogTwitterPinterest or Facebook Page.
  • Extra Entry – mention this giveaway in a blog post, Facebook link, tweet or pin an image from this post, then leave a comment letting me know.
  • Please post a separate comment for each extra entry.

Entry period closes at midnight PST on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be announced on the Simplified Bee Facebook page on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Best of luck & happy organizing!

Cristin

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Read full story By on May 15, 2013 in baby and children, back-to-school, Features, Giveaways, monograms, Organization, product review

Shades of Green Bridal Shower Ideas

Recently I hosted a casual bridal shower luncheon for my future sister-in-law who’s a real sweetie with the kindest heart. She loves the color green and that was enough to get my creative juices flowing!  Here are a few images from the event…

bridal+shower+invitation

The invitation sets the mood for a party. I always recommend doing it the old fashion way too… sending a printed invite in the mail. In this digital day and age, receiving an invite in the mail is just more special.  The sweet invitations with the brides’s monogram framed in a leafy wreath were from Minted.

ribbon+tablerunner+green+white

Because the event was casual, we served lunch buffet style. The table was covered in a crisp white table cloth and shades of green ribbon in varying widths ran down the middle to create the table-runner  .

Ranunculus and green Hypericum berry flowersFresh flowers are always a must for an bridal shower event. Providing contrast and a burst of vivid color, I selected fuchsia ranunculus for the centerpieces. The ranunuculus were paired with green hypericum berry flowers and place in a trio of grass green ceramic vases.

boxwood+urn table centerpiece

For more visual interest,  a pair of forest green boxwood balls on top of mini silver urns were placed between the floral arrangements.

green+white bridal shower ideasorchid floral arrangement for bridal showerglittered initials and streamer garlandglitter+letter+initial+garlandFor a personal touch, the engaged couples’ initials hung in the window. I actually made these myself. I downloaded the italic monograms here, cut them out on heavy card stock and added glitter. Well, so much glitter I ran out on the third letter and my hubby was nice enough to run to Michael’s the morning of the party for more glitter. Isn’t that sweet? I have the best hubby.

dessert+table+bridal+showerxoxo dessert

I was too busy being a hostess to snap a shot of the yummy salads we shared, but did manage to capture an image of the beautiful desserts. I think having a variety of mini cakes like this is so fun! We all loved the XOXO detail on the side of the mini cheesecake pictured above.

bee+bridal+shower+favors

No guest should go away without a little gift.  To celebrate my sister-in-law joining the Bisbee family soon, we selected these beautifully packaged organic worker bee balms to remember the afternoon.  It’s a good think my further sister-in-law like bees… it would be hard to become a Bisbee if not!

Happy day!

Cristin

* photo credit: Cristin Priest, Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on March 18, 2013 in DIY, Entertaining, flowers, food, invite, monograms, Parties, Tips/Tricks, Uncategorized