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I’ve never been one to keep a good thing all to myself. Part of the purpose of this blog is to share the plethora of cool shit I find on an almost daily basis. For those who don’t follow my Facebook postings, I linked to this little gem last week when it arrived in my mailbox. Since then, I have received nearly non-stop feedback whenever I have it on me.

Available in camo (pictured), black, gold and silver, hot pink and chartreuse, this is the stocking stuffer for anyone who appreciates awesome.

Holiday Cheers!

Holiday Cheers!

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‘Tis the season for parties, and if you think your deadline for holly and jolly has passed, here’s some good news: with minimal time and effort, you can still throw a fabulous event. I enlisted the help of Rachael Hofmann, the founder of Boulder’s newest boutique event planning business, DECOR design + production group, and together we’ve assembled the following on the fly holiday guide.

EAT

Even the strictest among us enjoys a splurge (or few) during the holiday season, so choose your spread with this in mind. Rachael rightly recommends opting for a mobile menu, finger foods that are easy to eat and require toothpicks rather than silverwear: soup shooters, shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, fig + blue cheese savouries in addition to crudite, cheese and charcuterie, nuts and fruit (a nod to those who insist on remaining disciplined). If your guest list tops 25, Rachael suggests foregoing the shopping and cooking in favor of the dependable and convenient catering at Whole Foods.

DRINK

More than any time of year, holiday cocktails should be creative and special. In addition to the de rigeur champagne cocktail, Rachael recommends whiskey as the spirit and Google as its recipe nucleas. Additionally, ‘The American Cocktail’ by Crate & Barrel is a booze bible, and Martha Stewart can always be counted on for amazing concoctions (don’t forget to garnish!)

Glassware is one area where Rachael & I are in fierce agreement- special drinks need to be served in real glasses. If you host and entertain more than twice a year, investing in a case of champagne flutes and mason jars (so cheap!!) will cover all your cocktail needs. If you lack the storage space, renting is an easy and convenient alternative (All Events in Longmont), but please leave those SOLO cups where they belong: on the store shelf.

DECORATE

It should come as a surprise to no one that the decor details, all the little touches that make your home warm, inviting, and sparkly, are my favorite part of planning. Placing seasonal fruit like pomegranetes, pears and mandarin oranges (pictured) into glass hurricanes or bowls, and pine cones and other Winter greenery into tablescapes is stylish and inexpensive. If your budget allows for flowers, Rachael recommends outsourcing to Fiori or mixing and matching at Whole Foods. Add mercury votives for sparkle and frasier fir candles for scent.

DON’T FORGET

Invitations from Paperless Post will give guests a stylish heads up.

Music helps set the mood; since most people are maxed out on the Christmas soundtrack, stick to a regular playlist.

Over the course of an evening, the average guest goes through, amazingly, about a pound of ice, so stock up!

 

Sparkle & Style

Sparkle & Style

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If you’re interested in getting a jump on this year’s Holiday shopping, tomorrow night is tailor made for you.

Together with Carla Morrison, I’ve collected the most ideal gift ideas from Boulder’s best boutiques & designers: 3rd & Vine DesignFiori Flowers, Chelsea, High Street Shoppes, and Carol Ann Wachter. And, of course, Carla Morrison Fine Jewelry.

Stop by anytime from 4-9p to share a cocktail, peruse Carla’s extraordinary collection, collect special promotions, and help celebrate Holiday Style in Boulder.

2017 10th Street, Suite A (above Silhouette).

 

The Season To Sparkle

The Season To Sparkle

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There are a few times during the year when beauty splurges are justified, and ranking high on that list is the Holiday Season. With all the parties and events peppering this month’s calendar, the pressure to look fabulous can be alleviated with specific choice luxuries.

Founders of Alchemy Mineral Blends, Bre & Sally are offering a fantastic promotion through this month ($35 for a $50 service). Anytime I have a big event, they are my go-to girls for that extra bit of sparkle.