It’s December, and the holidays are upon us. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, but more often than not, it’s easy to become stressed out with the number of presents, hostess gifts, and groceries to shop for with all of the holiday meals and parties.
As I have mentioned before, and as actually featured in the Winter 2015 edition of Washingtonian Mom magazine* that just hit the stands, it’s always great to keep some hostess gifts on hand so you aren’t running out at the last minute. Wine is always appreciated, but it’s fun to surprise your host or hostess with a creative gift that shows you are grateful for the effort they took to create a magical holiday party – whether it be delicious muffins for them to enjoy when they wake up so they don’t have to re-clean the kitchen – or a basket of oranges with cloves to give their home that amazing holiday aroma. For more ideas visit Washingtonian Mom’s website by clicking here. The site is expected to be updated to feature the Winter 2015 edition (to include the article featuring Blue Ribbon Events) in the near future. In the meantime, I picked up my copy at Whole Foods. It’s a wonderful publication that has multiple articles on great entertaining.
With regard to presents, I love shopping for that perfect gift, but I rarely have time to actually go to a store, so online shopping is my tried and true go-to. Some fun gifts and stocking stuffers that are out this year that I was excited to find include a Neiman Marcus Popover Mix (try pairing it with a popover pan); adorable pajamas from J. Crew; and city-inspired gifts from Pottery Barn. To make it even easier pay to have the store gift wrap it. It does cost extra, but it saves hours of time. Use that time to spend time with your family. Wrapping a tradition? Caspari has created the most luxurious wrapping paper in cute dots and stripes that makes wrapping a breeze.
Finally, if you are hosting a holiday party, I highly recommend that you make a list and order what you need via a grocery delivery service such as Peapod. It saves so much stress and time being able to click what you need (instead of waiting in a long grocery check-out line) and having the food delivered to your door. Use that time instead for decorating your house and setting the table (or finding a few minutes for yourself to relax!)