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Holiday Gift Guide 2015 :: For the Hostess

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chic thanksgiving table setting

image via sarah sherman samuel

My head has been down as I’ve been focusing on the One Room Challenge, so I’m a little behind the eight ball in terms of holiday planning! I can’t believe that in just a few days the holiday season will be in full swing and so will the family dinners and holiday parties. When attending one of these holiday soirees it’s always a good thing to bring a little something for the hostess. When considering hostess gifts, it’s best to give a gift that you would like to receive yourself. If you love it, they will too! Here’s a few of my favorite hostess gift ideas for the 2015 holidays – and I know you’ll find one your hostess will love!

holiday gift guide 2015 // hostess gift ideas // via @simplifiedbee

1 black & white vase // 2 mini carmel apples // 3 backgammon set // 4 hand-painted water bottle// 5 marble & wood serving board // 6 pendleton blanket // 7 wire ornaments // 8 peony & blush suede candle// 9 copper ice bucket // 10 faux fur wine bag


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Read full story By on November 18, 2015 in Entertaining, Features, gift guide, Holiday, Parties, Uncategorized

Merry Christmas

DIY alternative Christmas tree

One trend I’ve been noticing this year is the alternative Christmas tree like the one above. Perfect for urban dwellers and folks that won’t be at home over the holidays. I’m not sure if I’ll be trading in my traditional (even if artificial) tree anytime soon, but I’ve come to love the creativity of these alternative holiday trees.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!


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Read full story By on December 23, 2014 in Christmas, Entertaining, Holiday

5 Faves :: Holiday Ideas Pinterest

With Christmas just a few days away, you may still be looking for a festive cookie recipe, clever craft for the kids or ideas for trimming the tree. As you may know, Pinterest is one of my favorite go to spots to get inspired and my HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEAS board is one of my most active these days. From clever ways to wrap gifts to adorable holiday crafts, I’ve been pinning some fabulous holiday ideas that are guaranteed to inspire all. Take a look at my five of my most recent faves:
pink holiday tabletop decor // coco + kelley #holiday #pinknon-traditional Christmas treeDIY gingerbread pinata // holiday crafthot chocolate toppings // holiday party ideasmouse box // Christmas gift wrapping idea

image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Also, there is one more day to enter to win a $100 gift card to Target! Who couldn’t use an extra $100 for Christmas gifts?!

happy holidays,


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Read full story By on December 15, 2014 in 5 favorites, Christmas, craft, DIY, Entertaining, Features, Holiday, holiday decor, Parties, pinterest, tabletop

White and Gold Holiday Table Setting for Target

gold and white holiday table setting with Target // simplified bee blog #TargetStyle

Hello December! It’s time to deck the halls, trim the tree and prep for holiday dinners. With the Christmas season in full swing, I was thrilled to work in partnership with Target on planning my tablescape this year. The festive white and gold color scheme sprang from the gorgeous table runner by Oh Joy! for Target and the fun candlesticks from Threshold. I paired the runner with elegant gold and silver swirl dinnerware and faux bamboo flatware. In contrast to the metallics, I added pops of color and earthy touches with succulents, air plants and driftwood. The mini hanging glass terrariums with sand and air plants topped each place setting and are the perfect gift for each dinner guest. I love the result!

california style holiday table setting // simplified bee blog #TargetStylegold-and-white-table-runner - target-holiday - simplified-bee-bloggold-and-white-holiday-decor-target-style-simplified-beeholiday-tablescape-succulents-simplified-bee faux bamboo flatware // simplified bee #TargetStylewhite and gold holiday decor // simplified bee blog #TargetStyleholiday bar with tiny pine tree // simplified bee #holiday #entertaining

From beautiful candlesticks to chic table runners, timeless flatware to festive dinnerware, Target has every little thing (at super affordable prices) you’ll need this holiday season to entertain family and friends!

happy holidays!

* all photos and styling by Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

** Target provided merchandise from their store for this post, but my opinions are all my own – as always!


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Read full story By on December 1, 2014 in bar carts, Christmas, container garden, contemporary decor, dining rooms, Entertaining, event planning, Features, flowers, Holiday, holiday decor, simplified bee portfolio, tabletop, Uncategorized