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16 Best Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas for the Entertainers in Your Life

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When it comes to brainstorming the best holiday hostess gift ideas, the pressure is on. Whether you’re going to your in-laws for the holidays (maybe as newly engaged, maybe for the first time as a married couple) or repaying your maid of honor for hosting your bridal shower, you certainly should be prepared to bring a stellar gift. Even if you’re already the world’s most gracious guest (helping with the cooking, refraining from political talk, etc.), showing up empty-handed to any seasonal festivities, wedding related or not, is a major faux pas (manners, people!). It is the season of giving, let’s not forget.

With all the holiday soirées on your docket this year, earn major party points and set the tone by mapping out your hostess (or host) gift(s) well in advance. When it comes to festivities with your own parents (don’t leave mom hanging), you know best. Perhaps a luxe candle for mother dearest will solidify your hostess-gifting MVP status. Your bridesmaids deserve a little extra love, too, say for inviting you and the crew over for a Friendsgiving dinner or a pre-wedding bonding-night-in. As for the ultimate challenge—the in-laws—you can’t go wrong with a little something in the cuisine department. And if asking your partner what they think you should bring is an exercise in futility (as it usually is) it’s all good, because we—as usual—have got you covered, with the 16 best holiday hostess gift ideas.

Bring any of these on their own (don’t forget to make the packaging/presentation chic in that case—wrapping in a pretty paper or adorning with a hand-dyed silk ribbon for extra oomph), or really impress her and put any in a French-style market tote, et voilà!

Anthropologie Monette Monogram Cheese Board

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For the woman who loves nothing more than filling her house with loved ones and somehow is able to whip up a cheese and charcuterie board (complete with nuts and fancy jams) at a moment’s notice, impress with a modern monogram rendition. A cheese board isn’t the most original holiday hostess gift in the world, but these certainly are!

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $68

Plymouth Artisan Cheese 6-Piece Set in Vintage Wooden Gift Crate

Courtesy of Plymouth Cheese

That appetizer spread won’t fill itself. What better to liven up the selection than a bunch of artisan cheese goodies (packaged in a keepsake crate, mind you)?

SHOP NOW: Sur La Table, $100

Cire Trudon Abd El Kader Gold Classic Candle

Courtesy of Cire Trudon

There’s not a soul alive who doesn’t enjoy a good candle, especially when it gets chilly outside and all you want is to be tucked inside your home with loved ones. A candle that’s sophisticated in scent and has such nice packaging that it doesn’t need to be hidden away when not being used is a must for a hostess gift.

SHOP NOW: Barney’s New York, $105

The Citizenry Saludo Serving Spoons – Set of 2

Courtesy of The Citizenry

For the hostess who will be more than thrilled and not intimidated with a brand-new kitchen toy (spiralizer? sure! multicooker? bring it on!), make sure you get her something fun and new that maybe she hasn’t even seen before. Enter handcrafted, uber modern serving utensils.

SHOP NOW: The Citizenry, $95

ILĀ Olive Oil

Courtesy of ILĀ

In our opinion, having a quality olive oil is pretty much the definition of indulgence. High-quality, hand-picked olives pressed in a 100-year-old mill make this the cream of the cooking crop.

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $24

Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet

Courtesy of Food52

It’s a salami bouquet. Just do it.

SHOP NOW: Food52, $50-$85

Xenia Taler Set of 4 Porcelain Coasters

Courtesy of Xenia Taler

Classic black-and-white design meets a home decor essential. Because you best not put that Manhattan on bare wood or marble. Tsk tsk.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $40

Fresh Fresh Life Oval Soap

Courtesy of Fresh

Proper presentation is the name of the game, and this soap’s packaging takes the cake (check out that semi-precious stone tied within the wire). Throw in some bath salts and a candle and you’ve got the perfect pampering gift. Plus, a blend of nourishing ingredients ensure much-needed moisture just in time for winter.

SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $15

Corkcicle Air

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Wine, meet your chilling best friend. Replace the overly-gifted wine cooler with a two-in-one aerator and temperature controller. And, let’s be honest, it just looks really cool.

SHOP NOW: Crate & Barrel, $24.95

Ticket Chocolate Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Courtesy of Food52

One thing always holds true once the holidays roll around—calories don’t count (right?). Indulge even the most discerning sweet tooth thanks to an ingenious take on winter’s arguably best (non-alcoholic) beverage.

SHOP NOW: Food52, $24-$64

Le Creuset Cookbook: A Collection of Recipes from Our French Table

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We recently got our hands on this beautiful cookbook, and we love it. It’s bursting with beautiful imagery and really yummy recipes—and Le Creuset certainly is the perfect resource to trust when it comes to recipes!

SHOP NOW: Le Creuset, $35

Parachute Home Linen Napkins

Isn’t it always the practical things we end up waiting years to replace because it just seems like an unnecessary expense? Gift your mother, mother-in-law, or BFF these beautifully patterned linen napkins so she can upgrade her tablescape just in time for Thanksgiving.

SHOP NOW: Parachute, $29 for 2

Nordic Ware Elegant Party Bundt Pan

Courtesy of Food52

This pan is an easy way for your hostess to impress her guests next time she makes a bundt cake (and heck, if they were all this pretty we’d all be making a lot more bundt cakes). Tip: Package this with ingredients for a bundt cake and wrap it all in a pretty tablecloth for a more rounded-out gift.

SHOP NOW: Food52, $40

Prowl Gold Cocktail Stirrers Set of 4

Courtesy of CB2

Come equipped with a few cool cocktail additives to gift your hostess, and you’ll transform into the life of the party. They’re especially fitting as a thank-you gift for your bridal shower or bachelorette planner.

SHOP NOW: CB2, $24.95

The Bouqs Company Flower Subscription

Courtesy of The Bouqs

Nothing livens up a room more than fresh flowers, and it certainly is a worthy indulgence to have them around as much as possible! Bring your mom or MIL a bouquet when you arrive, and then gift her a subscription of a couple of weeks or months worth of flower deliveries from The Bouqs.

SHOP NOW: The Bouqs Company, prices vary

See more: Healthy Holiday Recipes and Swaps that Won’t Break Your Wedding Diet

Floral Botanicals Kitchen Towel

Courtesy of World Market

Speaking of blooms, add a few dainty pops of color to your hostess with the mostess’ kitchen.

SHOP NOW: World Market, was $7.99, now $5.59

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11 Home Scents Perfect for Fall and Winter


With fall upon us and winter just around the corner, the season of hibernating and shacking up with your S.O. on the couch is imminent. Spring and summer are the seasons for opening all the windows and doors, sweeping out the cobwebs and spending most of your free time outside and with friends. Fall and winter mean more time at home which means making your place feel as cozy as possible!

Ways you can achieve the highest level of coziness? Firstly, stash blankets in every room so that any lounge time includes a blanket of some sort (we keep at least two to three throw blankets of different weights in our living room space—you can never be too safe!). Next, make sure you invest in some quality comfy clothes to change into the minute you walk through the door…no one likes to feel constricted when they’re doing some serious Netflix binging.

One of the most important parts of having that cozy ambiance, though, is having just the right amount of dim lighting. And you know what kind of dim lighting we like the best? Candlelight! Preferably scented candles to fill you home with warm, wintery smells. If you’re more of a string lights for your low lighting type, you can still get delicious scents with diffusers of many kinds that you won’t be embarrassed to leave out for guests to see (they’re cute now!). So here’s a roundup of our favorite fall and winter home scents for the coziest home ever!

See More: 12 Amazing Home Scents You Need In Your Life

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13 Unique Housewarming Gifts Under $150

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You’re friends have just moved into a new home together—congrats to them! We know it can sometimes feel like there is a gift needed for every occasion (bridal showers, engagement parties, weddings, baby showers…the list goes on). Do you really need to buy yet another for a housewarming gift?

It’s important to give your friends a thoughtful housewarming gift when they move into a new place (even if it’s just flowers or a bottle of wine), because moving is stressful, especially if they’ve just gone through the process of buying a home rather than renting. Plus, if they’re having a housewarming party, presumably other people will be bringing gifts and you certainly don’t want to show up empty-handed.

Waiting until the last minute to decide what to bring is never a good idea, but, yes it does happen sometimes. But if you’ve been invited well in advance and want to get creative with your housewarming present, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite housewarming gifts so you can walk into your pals’ new abode knowing you brought something that they’re really going to love and appreciate.

See More: The Best Hostess Gifts for Your Mother-in-Law for the Holidays

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15 Ideas For Hosting a Chic Halloween Dinner Party


So, you love Halloween but aren’t so much into the whole “go to a crowded bar, pay to get in, end up getting annoyed with all of the drunk people bumping into you with their costumes, end up leaving after 20 minutes, go to another bar and the cycle continues” thing. We get it. Sure, it’s fun in college but can’t we do Halloween in a semi-adult way at some point? For those who want to embrace the spooky and dark, but not in a bar or at house party, there is, in fact, an alternative. Why not have a Halloween dinner party for a handful (or more, depending on how ambitious you are) of friends? You can even have people come in costume, and if the mood strikes you can check out a bar after a nice civilized meal.

Having a Halloween dinner party that ends up chic while still fun and in the spirit of all things Halloween is just as much about knowing what to leave out as it is about what you should put in. If you’re looking for a Pinterest-fueled, spiderwebs everywhere, black lights vibe, this isn’t your scene. In fact, in the list of things we would leave out of a chic Halloween dinner party, fake, cottony spiderwebs would be top of list.

Also, use real dinnerware, don’t incorporate any orange, and for goodness sake don’t get theme-y on the food. A theme-y drink? Cool. But no adult is hoping for a carrot that looks like a witch’s finger as an appetizer. Want some ideas on what you should do? Keep reading!

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10 Companies That Make Framing Your Wedding Photos Oh So Easy


There are any number of ways you can go about commemorating your wedding after the big day (we’ve written about some new ideas, here) but one thing is certain: you’re going to need some quick and easy (and chic) way of framing your wedding photos. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite companies who make framing not only simple (so you have one less headache after all the work you already had to do planning!) but also fun, with tons of pretty options.

Framing Services

Artifact Uprising

One of our all-time favorite companies for wedding photos (they have beautifully designed calendars, custom photo books with linen covers, and other great giftables, too) Artifact Uprising has some beautiful framing options. Our favorite are their new float frames whose brass bolts and modern design would be the perfect way to frame your most treasured wedding photo. Choose their largest size (42×30”) and have a photo of your wedding venue printed and put somewhere central as a statement piece.


Framebridge is also a snap, and they have tons of frames and matting options. Our favorite frames are the Cairo (a burl wood frame) and the Carson (a clean gold frame). They also provide a free Designer’s Choice option — customers can work with a team of trained designers to select the perfect frame and treatment for their artwork (especially helpful when you’re sick of making decisions post-wedding planning!).

Simply Framed

Simply Framed is a great company to use if you have artwork or invitations from your wedding that you want to have framed. They handle all artwork with extreme care, and specialize in creating the right options for you, touting no more than five steps to make your decision making process that much easier. We love their Luxe silver frame, which puts a new spin on the clean metallic frame — silver feels both fresh and classic.


This company has an interesting origin story. It started as a frame shop in NYC in 1986, and the founders created Frameology in 2015 as they couldn’t find quite the right frames online anywhere else. Their frames are perfect for more traditional options and great for gifting to parents and other relatives, too.

Framed & Matted

Framed & Matted is the perfect solution for you, especially if you’re new to framing and need an easy and foolproof way to get art on your wall without any hassle. What’s great about them is that not only are you walked through every part of the process with options (frame color and size, matting color and size, etc.) they also have an option to “view in room” so you can see how big the piece is and how it will look on an actual wall in a virtual room so there aren’t any surprises when your framed art arrives.

Where to Buy Frames

Not in need of framing services but on the hunt for cool frames that don’t break the bank? We get it! It can be surprisingly hard to find non-cheesy/non-clunky frames these days. Here are 5 of our favorite resources.


Photo Courtesy of CB2

Although it may not be the first place you think of when you’re on the hunt for a frame (that’s why we’re here!) CB2 is one of our go-tos for sleek and unique frames (they also have lots of sizes and shapes for most of their frames so you can buy multiple in different styles for a cohesive gallery wall). We love how these have a black mat (which we never see) and the thin walnut feels masculine but not too heavy.

SHOP NOW: CB2, $24.99+


Photo Courtesy of Wayfair

The great thing about Wayfair is that they pretty much have any style frame you could want. But to keep you from spending an hour scrolling, this particular frame, above, is one of the best we’ve found in our online searches. It may seem like nothing special from the photo, but the very thin metal edges of the frame are an unusually good find—even brands that advertise their frames as thin can still end up being bulkier than we’d want. If you want more sizes and colors of this frame, the company is called Framatic and the style is Fineline (Wayfair sells a ton on their site).

SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $45.99

Urban Outfitters

Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

In case you didn’t already know, Urban Outfitters has great home products (they especially always have cool utilitarian products designed to be pretty—like toilet paper holders and other bathroom accessories) and their frames are no exception. They have a lot of options for displaying Instax photos and other Polaroid-esque variations (they even have some light-up options), as well frames made just for album covers and other unique and playful options.

SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $39

Zara Home

Photo Courtesy of Zara Home

That’s right, Zara has a home section! It’s actually quite expansive, and they’ve got some great finds. Their frames are all quite unique (we found one that’s in the shape of a gold snake!) and span the style spectrum from feminine to modern to classic.

SHOP NOW: Zara Home, $25.90


Photo Courtesy of Amazon

OK, maybe you saw this one coming but come on! How could we not include Amazon? They have pretty much anything you could want, you just need to know how to look for it. The trick is: you have to have a specific style in mind. If you just type in “frame” you’ll be scrolling for the rest of your life. But say you want a frame like the above—type in “floating acrylic frame gold hardware” and ta-da! Options galore.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $99.99

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10 Pieces of Wall Art You Can Buy On Etsy

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Thinking about how to fill those blank walls of your new home together? If you’ve attempting to start an art collection (however modest), we know how hard the curation process can be. Key word here being curation. It’s certainly tempting to want everything to be perfectly in order the moment you move in. However, sometimes if you buy ALL your wall art at the same time, your home could end up looking like a furniture showroom. And no one wants to feel like their living in a showroom!

So we’re here to advocate for slowly decorating—this will yield much more personality and depth to your home’s character. When you take the time to collect art and decor over time, each piece holds meaning and doesn’t feel rushed. And, here’s a good insider tip: your home will never actually be “done.” Just like you, it will evolve as your tastes change and your needs shift—and that’s ok!

If you’re looking for art that feels personal, handmade, and not like a mass-produced print that every blogger has, look no further than Etsy of course! Here are 10 of our favorite pieces to make your house feel like a home (and not a showroom).

See more: 14 Affordable Pieces of Art For Your Home’s Gallery Wall

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10 Dining Chairs for Every Budget

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If you’re lucky enough to have room for a dining table and chairs, you know that buying dining furniture can be quite the investment. If you’ve never looked for dining chairs before, the sticker shock can be real, especially when you realize that you’re going to need 4-8 of each of those chairs (what do you mean it’s $600 for one chair and not the set?!).

But don’t fret! If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s scouring the internet for beautiful furniture, and naturally we want to pass along our good finds to you. Below you’ll find chairs for every budget, from the starter home (champagne taste on a PBR budget) to the “we’re ready to invest” stages of life. Plus, styles for every type of couple—mid-century inspired, modern and minimalist, classic and more! And don’t forget, if you’re into vintage and want to mix some in, go for it! We love the look of a table that has similarly styled (in color palette and design) but mis-matched chairs. Because why choose one when you can have them all?

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8 Dinner Party Essentials From Etsy

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When you’re priming to throw a dinner party, there’s a lot you have to get in order. Firstly, there’s the menu to plan: Will you serve something casual, barbecue-style, or will you go with something more formal that requires everyone being seated for different courses (and also requires that people arrive on time, versus a casual drop-in). Once you’ve made your decision, then comes logistics like ingredients and how you are going to serve them.

For the more casual get together, think serving bowls full of chips and family-style sides. For a more formal dinner, think varied plates for different courses (salad/dessert/dinner/and maybe a charger if you’re getting real fancy) as well as a cheeseboard and glassware (if you’re not so into cans and bottles of booze being on the table).

Now, it’s time to focus on decor. For a BBQ, stringing lights around your backyard or patio/balcony area mixed with scattered tea lights and small floral arrangements sets the mood. For something seated, opt for slightly larger centerpieces (they can still be casual and arranged by you!), tapered candles, and laid-back linens. Want a little inspo if you’re stuck on what to buy?

Here are some dinner party essentials (all from Etsy!) that you’ll need, regardless of your partying style.

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The 5 Most Popular Post-Wedding Purchases

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Ever wonder what couples are buying post-registry? That time after the wedding when all the presents are opened and real life starts to settle in? Perhaps they’re filling in gaps with things they didn’t realize they’d need (and thus didn’t put on their registry) or maybe they’re loving something off their registry so much that they’ve decided to buy multiples. Or, maybe they’re buying things they didn’t think they could register for, like hardware or tools they didn’t know they needed (yes, you can register for tools!).

Whatever it is, we were interested in what the most popular categories were that couples were investing in post-wedding—and luckily our friends at Wayfair had just the answers we were looking for! Read on for their finds!

From Wayfair:

“After months of planning, countless dress fittings and numerous hours rearranging the seating chart, you’re finally married! However, the fun doesn’t stop there! Now, it’s time to open your registry gifts to see what you got and what you forgot! From colorful KitchenAid mixers to gorgeous serve ware and plush linens, no matter what you received, there will always be afterthoughts and pieces you wish you had added to your registry.”

Read on to find out the top categories newlyweds are investing in after they say “I do”!

Wall Décor


It takes time to make a home feel like your own. However, a quick and easy way to brighten a space and showcase one’s personality is to mix in decorative décor. Mirrors, wall art, and tapestries can breathe life into a room, making it feel polished and complete. According to post-wedding data from Wayfair Registry, newlyweds are adding these finishing touches to their home by filling bare walls with colorful paintings and textured accents as a way to personalize their space.


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Adding plants to the home can have major benefits to overall health by improving air quality and reducing toxins. And for those who don’t necessarily have a green thumb, faux is the way to go, as greenery adds to the appearance of any space without the fuss of watering, pruning or repotting. Incorporating plants as a filler is a great use of blank space, and often creates the appearance of a fuller room. Wayfair Registry data reveals, couples are catching on and are bringing nature indoors, stocking up on items such as planters, vases, and faux trees.



The right lighting can do so much more than illuminate a room. It can also be a perfect decorative element. Rooms tend to have a focal point that your eye immediately goes to when entering, and often it’s toward a gorgeous light fixture. Whether you’re changing a chandelier or replacing vanity lights, investing in lighting can have a major impact on any space! Wayfair Registry data reveals couples have a penchant for swapping existing fixtures and are plugging in pendants, floor lamps, and ceiling lights to shine as bright as their love!

Home Improvement


Making improvements to your existing decor can be less daunting than you think, and fun too! Quick and easy updates such as swapping hardware or adding removable wallpaper can enhance the overall look of your space, resulting in that wow factor you’ve coveting after scrolling through Insta. Data from Wayfair Registry reveals couples are tackling home renovation projects head on to make their home feel more customized with updates like adding shelving and swapping out vanity mirrors and cabinet hardware.

Design Services


Moving in with your significant other means blending existing décor styles, which can be challenging for some to conceptualize. Not everyone has that interior design lens, resulting in a lack of confidence when trying to restyle a space. According to Wayfair Registry, couples are focusing on building a home they are proud to share by utilizing services such as Wayfair’s new e-design platform, Design Services, to bring their vision to life.

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8 Gorgeous Cake Stands from Etsy

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You’ve addressed the last invitation, you know exactly what your bouquets and centerpieces are going to look like (down to the flower color and variation!), you’ve got your photographer and DJ and venue all squared away—you’ve pretty much got everything figured out! But don’t overlook one of the most important parts of decor: the cake! And ok, maybe you’re having pies, or cupcakes, or some other iteration of desserts because you’re not a cake fan (we’re totally into that, too) but any way you slice it (yes, we went there), you have to have a pretty display for your sweets. Ok, we know you don’t have to, but we think it makes a big difference, especially if you’re showcasing different kinds!

For a rustic wedding, consider wooden cake stands in modern silhouettes of varying heights and finishes. Gone are the days of raw wooden slabs being trendy (in our opinion) and we’re now loving a more architectural wooden stand that feels cleaner and more streamlined (read: not clunky). If you’re having an urban loft wedding, go for stands that have geometric touches and are made out of seemingly industrial materials—like marble or concrete—and don’t forget to add in bits of metallics. For the boho bride, we’re really into cake stands that have a hand painted, folksy touch to them (while still feeling high-end).

Need a little help finding the right pieces for your dessert bar or display? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered, with some of our favorite handmade wedding cake stands from Etsy.

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9 Home Decor Brands You Need to Know

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When looking for home decor, there are those foolproof, better with every season home brands that continue as our old faithfuls whenever we feel like switching things up. A few of our perennial favorites: We love CB2 (great price points), Food52 (they’re curated selection is everything and anything we could possible want in our home) and ABC Home (modern but with a bit of an organic twist). For the boho couple: Cost Plus World Market (actually amazing price-points and vintage-inspired finds), and Anthropologie (because, of course). For classics: Williams-Sonoma Home or Pottery Barn are no brainers.

But as much as we love our go-tos, it’s always fun to discover smaller, innovative companies that are shaking things up with fresh designs and ideas to cleanse our aesthetic palette.

So to help keep you abreast of the coolest new home decor brands, here are some of our favorites to get you seriously inspired.

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These Halloween Wedding Accessories are Chic AF

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When it comes to wedding accessories, we’ve seen it all. From the more feminine and subtle (pearl earrings, diamond studs), to boho (flower crowns to trendy (tasseled earrings, statement necklaces), there are infinite possibilities when it comes to choosing your day-of accessories. So what’s a gal to do when she throws a Halloween wedding? Step one, don’t be scared. Because the idea of Halloween and wedding thrown together in the same sentence, we know, is a little intimidating. Step two, read this article. Which you’re already doing so good on you!

Whenever a wedding is centered or themed around a particular holiday, there’s always the potential that things can go very ugly, tacky, or just plain wrong, very, very, quickly. We’ve seen far too many weddings die a kitsch-infused death because there were one too many black and orange tablescapes (Halloween)/fur trimmed decorations (Christmas)/or Turkey place card holders—and by one too many we mean even one is one too many when talking about any of those scenarios. So maybe we should start by expressing what you shouldn’t choose as accessories for a Halloween wedding.

A) Do not choose anything that you think your Great Aunt Gertrude may wear during the days surrounding Halloween (no offense to your Great Aunt, but you get what we mean). This means no candy corn “statement” earrings.

B) Think outside the box. Although there are some accessories that may be perfect, cool, AND just what you would expect someone would wear on Halloween, most of the time when it comes to themes, hitting the nail too hard on the head is kind of the opposite of cool. AKA, maybe try a vintage gold serpent ring in lieu of cobweb earrings featuring a dangling spider.

C) Don’t be scared that you’re straying from tradition. Sure, maybe your Grandmother won’t be thrilled to see you’re not wearing the pearls she wore on her wedding day, but you should feel like yourself! And if a a necklace covered in dainty gold bugs is something you’d feel more comfortable wearing than pearls, then you do you.

Here, some of our favorite chic Halloween wedding accessories, to get you started!

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9 Fall Home Decor Pieces You Need

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When it comes to cozying up for fall, many of us instinctually start cold-weather nesting. Fall is the “get ready because it’s about to get very cold” time, meaning you’re switching out the linen pillows for velvet, and the lightweight bedspread for a heavier duvet.

Besides switching out fabrics and blanket weights, we’re all for some subtle color swapping of home accessories and linens to get into that moodier, (dare we say sexier?) palette that fall inspires. Instead of your crisp whites and brighter pops of greens that we associate with summer, try to work in some mustard, navy, and gray for fall: all colors that can be easily translated independently into other seasonal palettes with some clever accessory swapping. Instead of golds, try working in some little hints of copper, which feels warmer and more harvest-y than gold. For your unexpected accent color, we firmly believe that a good dusty pink can work year round.

Here are 9 our favorite fall home decor pieces—grab ’em quick and get to nesting!

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8 Cozy Fall Throw Blankets from Etsy

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One thing you can never have too many of is a good throw blanket. Everything from Sunday afternoon Netflix binges, reading in your favorite book nook, to hanging out on the balcony having a glass of wine pretty much requires a cozy throw blanket. And although we’re especially into doubling up on the throws once the weather starts getting nippy, we’re firm believers in keeping (at least your lightweight) throws around all the dang time, regardless of the season. And when you’re not using ’em, keep the pretty ones out on display draped along the back of a chair or couch, or in a pretty basket (or a storage ottoman if they’re super cozy but not super chic).

Not only are throws the easiest way to feel cozy and comfy literally anywhere around your home (even in your bed if you’re not in the mood to fully unmake it), they also are also one of the quickest and cost-effective ways update your decor. With fall upon us, you may be in the mood to change up the look of a room or two (new temperatures and new wardrobe make us crave fresh starts), so why not grab a cozy new throw (or two…or three…) to mix things up in your living room or bedroom this autumn? Here are some of our favorite handmade throw blankets from Etsy.

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The Coolest Wedding Flower Inspo from New York Fashion Week

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Want to do something fresh and new for your wedding flowers and decor? Something aside from the same old centerpieces and garlands running down long tables (which are still gorgeous, don’t get us wrong)? Well we’ve got you C-O-V-E-R-E-D. Whenever a fashion week comes around, there’s something besides the new collections that we’re falling over ourselves to see. Season after season, the genius set designers and florists manage to amaze and inspire us with their over-the-top, fantastical runway designs (see: the iconic Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 Couture show). And of course, all we can see when we look at said runways are ways you could take these whimsical ideas and turn them into something unique for your wedding! From floral pillars to “rambling rose hedges,” prepare to get inspired.

Getty Images // Jason Wu SS19

Slaven Vlasic

Calling this a “lush urban dreamland”, The Putnams (at this point NYFW floral royalty) created this sweeping display—a juxtaposition between manmade industrial grit and delicately winding natural beauty for the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2019 presentation. Have your floral designer create little areas of life amongst your reception space if you’re getting married in an indoor urban space that feels a little “old factory from the turn of the century that’s been abandoned for years but now has been revived and is cool” (the whole flowers growing in concrete deal). You know, that vibe.

Getty Images // Zimmermann SS19


This monochrome aisle of mod, 70’s inspired florals (to match the tone of the Zimmermann SS19 show) makes us want all shades of white (no greenery here!) flowers all year long, not just in the winter which is usually when people choose to use them. Besides the tone-on-tone, the anthuriums help to keep these arrangements fresh and cool (as they’re one of the flowers du jour amongst the cool kid florists).

Getty Images // Rodarte SS19

Slaven Vlasic

Although the Rodarte SS19 show did have a garden-like set design, we would be remiss to not mention the abundance of florals that were on the actual models gracing the runway. Just as baby’s breath began popping up everywhere after Rodarte’s incredible SS18 show, we expect brides to be inspired to get a little more heavy-handed and incorporating roses (and plenty of ’em) into their looks. And we’re not talking flower crowns here, we’re talking a tumbling cascade of buds.

Getty Images // Mara Hoffman SS19


There’s something that’s become very cool, in the past couple of years, about what were once considered tacky, or low-brow florals. For instance these red roses and white lilies—a few years ago these would have been scoffed at as “bodega” flowers, or “basic” (are we still using that word?). Put into play correctly, however, and suddenly they are effortlessly cool and the opposite of what used to feel fussy and trite. Tips: show your florist this photo (the stems must feel un-arranged and yet very much arranged), and make sure your venue is one that will play to the it-girl, effortless (and possibly blank), space.

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Brian Ach

Don’t we all secretly want to exchange vows under a dense jungle canopy? Even if you’re getting married indoors, with a big enough space the forest can come to you, like in the Savage x Fenty SS19 show. And honestly that geometric jungle gym/Bio-Dome vibe (yeah, we said it) is something we can get on board with too.

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Peter White

The Putnam’s never cease to amaze us with their crazy-creative, lush, modern designs and this is no exception. Try using simple square pillars as aisle markers and having your florist create much smaller versions of these down the aisle. Bonus points for color-blocking as shown here.

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Absolutely dreamy, this runway was created by Miranda Brooks (a contributing editor at Vogue), using thousands of pink carnations. We don’t want to say we told you so…but…we told y’all carnations are cool now! Not only that, they’re one of the most cost-effective flowers you can use, and make an impact when used en masse. Translate this to your wedding by having your florist create a mini garden of carnations (not by planting, but by placing in foam) as a ceremony “structure,” with an empty circle in the middle for you and your partner to stand and exchange vows.

Getty Images // Mansur Gavriel AW18


Having potted trees at your wedding is nothing new, but we love how these are clustered in a very modern space, and the sheer volume makes you feel like you’re in a chic enchanted forest. Try bringing orange trees en masse (if you can afford it!) into a blank, white loft venue for that fun juxtaposition of modern and traditional. To make the trees pop even more, try having all-white everything else in the space (linens, plates, flowers, chairs).

Getty Images // Brandon Maxwell AW18

Peter White

Another amazing Putnam installation—but who’s surprised? They’re masters of their craft! We like to think of this as the new, cooler, and more organic way to pull off a flower wall—and it doesn’t have to be something that’s created by a florist necessarily. Find a venue that already has a cascading and climbing variation of flowers against one of their walls, and use it for your formal portraits—or even set up a photo booth and use it as the background!

Getty Images // Raf Simons AW18


Raf Simons always kills it with the set-design game (too many amazing Dior shows to count), so we weren’t surprised to see another magical runway. Like an abandoned dinner party of our dreams, this dreamy runway incorporated fruit, flowers, and wine bottles to create an atmosphere worthy of the Old Dutch Masters (and maybe even a little Hieronymus Bosch?!). Create a similar vibe by having your florist incorporate grapes, pomegranates, and even veggies like artichokes into lush, romantic flower arrangements.

Oh, and in case you were wondering what happened to those 14,000 carnations in the Tory Burch show, the amazing Lewis Miller used them in one of his Flower Flashes (beautiful flash-installations he does on the streets of NYC, usually in trash cans).

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8 Bridal Suite Essentials From Etsy

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Your bridal suite isn’t just a place for you and your ‘maids to get ready; it’s also a space that should be primed for your photographer to get some great day-of shots. They’ll not only take snaps of emotional moments pre-walk down the aisle, but will also take staged photos of some of your most important day-of essentials. The perfume you were wearing, the vintage pearl necklace your mother passed down to you, your engagement and wedding rings, and whatever other important details that you’ll want to remember in years from now will be centerpieces for your bridal suite. Thus, it’s important to make sure your bridal suite is stocked with cute extras that your photographer can use to make your photos all the more pretty!

Of course, it’s great if those props also provide a function as something you can use post-wedding. Think: a robe for getting ready for date night, a ring dish you can put on your bedside table, or pretty papers or fabrics you can use later for wrapping a special gift. This way you’ll also feel a little less guilty about spending money on things that will only be seen in photos. To give you some inspiration, we’ve pulled a few of our favorite pieces from Etsy that would be perfect for your bridal suite!

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Moving In Together? Here's Where to Splurge and Save When Decorating


The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived—you’re moving into a cozy little love-nest with your significant other. Congrats! As exciting as this time is, you will soon come to find out (if you haven’t already) that cohabiting comes with a whole new set of challenges. Not to burst your bubble or anything—yes, letting go of the logistical nightmare of planning ahead constantly will be such a welcome relief when you combine households.

But what about the challenges you face with this exciting new phase? For instance, when you do a quick inventory of your assets together, and there are bound to be multiples, who’s stuff do you keep and who’s do you toss? How do you gently convince your partner that the…erm…unattractive clunky dresser they’ve had since college has gotta go? And that all of your beautiful linen bedding is to stay, and their weird jersey sheets need to be put to rest, once and for all?

Sadly, we wish we could give individual advice to each and every couple, but since every relationship is a unique snowflake, we are going to do you the next best thing. After you purge your combined belongings and re-assess, we’ve rounded up exactly what to splurge and save on for your new place! Because although your vintage vanity may be staying (forever as far as your concerned), some items will need to be replaced.

See more: You’re Moving in Together—So, Whose Stuff Stays?

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How To Make Your Dog Feel Comfortable In A New Home

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If you are the proud owner of a pup, you know how hard it can be for both you and your dog when it comes time to move homes. Dogs are very sensitive, and a change in environment can be a huge stressor for them. If you and your partner are in the early stages of moving in together and one of you has a dog, it’s important that you know how to ease your pet into a new home so that their anxiety doesn’t skyrocket.

If you’ve just moved in with your S.O. and you’ve decided to bring a new pup home together, there’s just as much (if not more!) chance of anxiety on the dog’s part when it comes to getting acclimated. Lucky for us (and you!) Wayfair dug up some helpful tips on how to ease a dog into your (or their) new home based on their breed!

Whether you’re moving into a new place or bringing a furry friend home for the first time, acclimating a pup to a new environment takes time and patience. Each breed has a distinct personality, which requires a different approach to help them adjust in their furever home.

Check out the tips below to ensure the experience is pawfect for you and your four-legged friend!

Border Collie

Known for their agility and for being a farmer’s best friend, this breed loves perusing the great outdoors. Sociable and inquisitive, they enjoy exploring and introducing themselves to strangers with a kiss of the nose. Kelly Bove, parent of the famous Border Collies Envy, Zain and Trek from the Wayfair Pet Squad shares, “To get them acclimated to what’s outside, it’s imperative to continuously show them their surroundings to eliminate curiosity.”

Golden Retriever

Photo by Michelle Lange Photography

Known to be a great family dog, Golden Retrievers are playful, obedient, trustworthy and need a lot of space and exercise. Although they have a reputation of being easily trained, it’s important to understand if left alone for an extended period, they can develop chewing habits. Keep them distracted with balls, bones and gadgets. And to keep those chew toys organized, consider a few fabric bins or metal baskets to store them!

German Shepherd

Strong, courageous and intelligent, German Shepherds are recognized as loyal guardians. With that comes a confident companion that must adjust to unfamiliar faces. Warmly welcome family and friends into the home to meet the adorable new addition to build trust. But remember, keeping your furry friend on a leash is helpful when making intros! Spruce up your leash space by adding a decorative wall hook.

French Bulldog

One of the world’s most popular small breeds, Frenchies are even-tempered house dogs that love attention. Although affectionate, these pooches can be stubborn and may require extra steps (or treats!) in order to fully house train, so patience and consistency are key. Pet-proofing the new place and creating a similar set up to their previous home will help them adjust more easily. Try using gates or a colorful pet pens to keep your French Bulldog out of harm’s way until fully acclimated.

Shih Tzu

These tiny pups are excellent for families and notorious for getting along with other pets. Shih Tzus love to relax, therefore, it’s essential to build them a napping nook! To help them feel comfy and cozy in their new bungalow, choose plush, pillow-like bedding such as a multi-functional piece, from Wayfair’s all-new Archie & Oscar line, that functions as a bed and a side table for the paw-rents. Guests will never even know the difference!


Composed of 50% energy and 50% curiosity, Beagles require plenty of attention and frequent walks to prevent boredom. It’s wise to build an area that will keep them entertained. If you don’t have ample outdoor space, dedicate a corner in your home to your pooch where you can place their bed, toys and food bowl. To reward your well behaved Beagle, store delicious treats in an adorable canister!

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are small and delicate, yet brave! No matter the size of the human or dog, they don’t hesitate when making friends, but they may bark at unfamiliar noises or fresh faces. To help your dog cope with new sounds, recreate common noises to decrease their sensitivity. Consider creating a safe haven with blankets and pillows as an easy solution for days when they’re feeling fearful.

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5 Expert Tips How To Organize Your Home As a Couple


If you’re anything like us, you live in a constant state of wishing that you were more organized, while living in some sort of delicately controlled chaos (think: your apartment looks put-together, but don’t open the second cabinet on the right…). You’ve tried trips to the Container Store, coming up with some Pinterest-fueled system of color-coding your clothes, and you even purchased a label maker (because that seems like something organized people have).

Yet, somehow, you just always end up giving up halfway through, overwhelmed and convinced you don’t have enough time to do it right. You know, you’ll do that closet purge in the dead of winter when you’re not missing out on valuable summer fun, or maybe next spring when “everyone else” is spring cleaning.

Here’s the thing: the more you keep putting off that closet purge or bathroom organization, the more it’s going to feel insurmountable. Which brings us to: moving in with your significant other. If you thought organizing for yourself was hard, how about trying to suddenly share closets (gasp!), combine cooking tools, linens, books, collections of knick knacks—the list is seemingly endless.

Before you have a total meltdown just thinking about the inevitable combining of living spaces (or even if you’re already living with your partner but still haven’t quite figured out a system), we have some great news for you! We talked to Jen Robin, the founder of Life in Jeneral (the amazing professional organizing company) about her favorite tips and tricks for streamlining your new home, plus some tips she has about organizing your life during the wedding planning process (because the planning of a wedding can unhinge even the most organized of us).

Robin used to be a celebrity executive assistant before she started Life in Jeneral, and said one of her favorite parts of her job came from moving one of her celebrity clients several times into new homes. “They were shocked that I actually enjoyed the process of packing them up and organizing them in their new home,” Robin says. Yeah we get it, no need to brag.

Hers first (and honestly, perhaps most important) piece of advice about combining your spaces? Compromise. “That’s a word you may hear a lot during this period in life, but for good reason,” she says. We couldn’t agree more! So without further ado, here are Robin’s 5 expert tips for organizing your home as a couple.

1. Create a wedding binder/area

“There are so many details and moving parts when it comes to planning a wedding, so it’s very important to keep everything in one place. Use tabs and sheet protectors to separate all vendor information, payment information, dates, guest list, details, and to-do lists so you know where everything is. Designate one area in your home to keep all wedding details so nothing gets misplaced.”

2. Discard duplicate items

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“When moving in and/or combining spaces with your significant other, the probability of having duplicate items is pretty high. Go through all your items together, one space at a time and create bins labeled with Donate, Sell, or Toss. Start by pulling everything out of each space and combining like items so you have an idea as to how much you have of each item(s). This is also a great time to make a list as of what you want to replace so it can be added to your registry.”

3. Registry purge

“One of the many wonderful things about getting married is the gift registry! This is also a great time for purge #2. Once you receive all the new items, donate/toss the items that were meant to be replaced.”

4. Space plan ahead

“We create functional and efficient spaces for everyone in the home. Consider daily routines and efficiency when setting up rooms. For example, if you’re setting up a kitchen for a shorter person, keep daily use dishes on lower shelves for accessibility. Glassware and chemicals should be kept higher or in childproof areas. Spices should be in close proximity to the stove or prep area for chefs (even amateur ones). Consider each space and its functionality as the two of you adjust to cohabitation, and create systems and flows that work for everyone.

We also recommend using sticky notes to differentiate where things should go before you actually put them away. Now that you have gone through everything, you should have an idea of the total quantity of items, so you can plan how things will fit and where. This will save time and energy and help you create a good flow within your space.”

5. Keep things separate, but cohesive

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“We are all for condensing and combining to create efficient systems, but we also believe in having your own space, especially when it comes to closets and dressers. Designate your own closets/sides but throughout the whole closet:

  • Use the same slim hangers
  • Use the same or matching bins
  • Color code clothing from light to dark
  • Shirts on top rack, pants/shorts on the bottom
  • Fold items the same way if exposed (tuck sleeves in, fold halfway)”
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