If our Instagram feed is any indication, weekend nights are all about the ugly sweater parties. We're spinning the time-honored tradition and opting for faux-ugly Christmas sweaters that show off geeky pop-culture taste. From handmade Doctor Who to Pac-Man zipping through an 8-bit tree, find a sweater here that'll be the talk of the eggnog bowl.
It's time to rethink your holiday dinner party. Rather than opting for the traditional red and green decor, the entertaining essentials below are classic with a modern twist. And, while the overall setting is fit for the season, each piece is versatile enough to be styled beyond the holidays. Whether you're looking to host friends within the next few weeks or simply update your existing serverware, the products below will do the job!
- Garland ($14, originally $20): Instead of a table runner, try garland. While it's fitting for the season, this style can be reused for a nautical-themed dinner in the Summer.
- Napkins ($7): Because of their neutral color, linen napkins are a versatile purchase that can be used throughout the year.
- Cocktail Shaker ($15): What better way to serve up a holiday cocktail then with this gold shaker?
- Flatware ($5-$7): This flatware is fancy enough to be used during the holidays yet casual enough for daily dining.
- Cutting Board ($250): Go from the kitchen to your table in ease, serving up appetizers on this cutting board.
- Servers ($54): These utensils will modernize your spread and come in handy even after the holidays.
- Hurricanes ($27-$34, originally $39-$49): A tabletop must, hurricanes are great for displaying both candles and flowers.
- Serving Trays ($54-$135): These trays are a sleek addition that will allow your food to take center stage.
- Tablecloth ($18): Set your party's foundation using this tablecloth. It's so affordable, you won't get upset if there's a spill or two.
- Gift Tags ($3): Instead of using gift tags for gifts, wrap them around your napkins as place cards!
- Pinecones ($20): A holiday classic, use pinecones to fill a vase or stagger them around your table.
- Plate ($13): Layer these plates atop of your daily dishware during the holidays — the turtledoves perfect for the season.
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It's the time of year to look back and reflect on accomplishments — and the stuff that didn't really go so well. We're focusing on the positive side of things by counting down our top 18 posts shared on Pinterest. From helpful tips to easy DIYs, we're so happy you enjoyed the top-pinned content this year. And don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for more awesome posts in 2014!
18. Eco-Clean Your Sheet Pans
With just over 2K pins, this eco-friendly cleaner tackles baked-on pots and pans without abrasives or chemicals. Simply mix together, coat pans, and wipe clean.
17. Easy Sharpie Mugs
We love how this easy DIY is also a fun way to decorate mugs. Follow the easy directions for creating your own personalized coffee cup that is dishwasher safe — and will have you smiling every morning.
16. Tub and Tile Rock Star
This eco-friendly cleaner makes your bathroom sparkle — and basically costs nothing to make. You can't beat that.
15. Sparkling Bling
We totally get why this post has racked up so many pins! Make for your bridesmaids, your best friend's birthday, or just for yourself. Check out the simple directions for this easy bracelet bangle.
14. Coffee-Filter Soap
Don't toss your coffee grounds! Use them to make this invigorating soap that makes a great gift for any coffee-lover.
13. Lotion Bars
Once you make these lotion bars, you'll want to make another batch for your best friend, another batch for your mom, and then another batch for your work mate.
12. Sweet Dreams
We totally get why this post has over 3K pins! Who doesn't dream of a good night's sleep? This sleep salve helps calm the body, easing you into a blissful slumber.
11. Keep Things Clean
With over 3K pins, these helpful eco-friendly cleaning wipes do a great job of wiping away messes while looking so chic on your kitchen counter.
We're ready to face Winter — in the comfort of our homes, that is. Whether your idea of keeping cozy includes festive decorating or finding the perfect travel mug for sipping hot cocoa on the go, we've got just the thing! Keep reading to discover the chic home finds we're adding to our holiday wish list.
If Mom's eyes are always glued to her iPhone or iPad, then we've got must-have accessories that are as chic and practical as she is. Techie moms are too busy to worry about the well-being of their valuable gadgets, so get her something that'll keep it safe, stylish, and within close reach.
Take a look at the cord-organizing, tablet-toting, iPhone-hugging gifts that every mobile mom needs in the gallery, and tell us how you're telling your tech-savvy ma how much you love her this holiday season.
When it comes to finances, there is always a chance of experiencing a setback. LearnVest shares three stories of people who bounced back from negative financial situations and found ways to make it work.
Ever worry you’ll experience a financial setback so bad that it could leave you homeless?
New Yorker Jessica Jaye*, 43, believed the only thing between having an apartment and living on the streets was her ability to manage her five-figure credit card debt by using one card to pay down another. It certainly wasn’t the life she had planned for, or envisioned, years earlier.
In 2000, the music industry worker quit her job so she could focus on being a songwriter while taking on part-time receptionist work. But after 9/11 part-time work dried up, and she turned to her credit card to make ends meet. With every $10 swipe of her credit card, she told herself she would turn things around … eventually. But, of course, “eventually” never came.
Five years later, she was $80,000 in debt.
Even as she swiped away, Jaye didn’t foresee racking up a debt load nearly twice her current salary. “I was making very little money, living in New York City, and too proud to ask my parents for help, so I started living off my credit cards,” she recalls. “I always had to use my credit card for something, either to pay my rent [with credit card checks], to buy groceries, to pay for gas and electric. I have nothing to show for that money except not becoming homeless and emaciated.”
In 2005, she got a full-time job as a legal assistant and secretary for two entertainment lawyers, put her plans to “make it” as a songwriter on hold, declared bankruptcy and started the painful road of working her way back to financial solvency.
Jaye’s story—plus those from two others who have seen their pocketbooks emptied in tough times—is a testament to one fact: Making a financial comeback is entirely possible. But it requires a lot of work.
Over the last few years, Instagram has become yet another outlet for discovering and sharing decorating inspiration. In 2013, we turned to some of the most stylish Instagram feeds to help us with everything from creating the perfect tablescape to choosing the right paint color. We even got to share your decor with fellow design enthusiasts when you tagged your pictures with our #CasaSnap hashtag. With all this Insta-inspiration, it wasn't easy to play favorites. Check out our top Instagram decor shots of 2013!
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.