Archive | February, 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's DayHappy Valentine’s Day from The Daily Hostess!  I sincerely hope that you get to spend some time with someone you love this weekend.  Either a spouse, significant other, family, or friends, everybody needs love!  If you need some inspiration to spread the love check out my Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Table for two post, or if you’re feeling crafty and want to make some Valentine’s use this tutorial for a homemade hand print Valentine.

What are your plans this weekend?  Do you make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day or keep it low key?  I’ll be making a special dinner for my husband.  In addition to making sure my husband knows I love him, I’ll be shopping for bridesmaid dresses and having some great girl time with one of my best friends.  This is the second Valentine’s Day in a row that we’ll be spending with her so it’s basically a tradition now!

Have a great weekend with whoever you love and be sure to come back next week for another round of What Caught My Eye!

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Giveaway Winner

Giveaway CongratsCongratulations to Mandy P., the winner of the $25 gift card to Marshall’s, HomeGoods, and TJMaxx.  I hope this helps you get some awesome home or hosting items.  I emailed you to let you know you won and that I’ll be mailing out your prize soon!  Be sure to let me know what you get with the gift card and how you plan on using it!

Thank you so much to everyone that entered, there were 89 entries, I’m pretty happy with that for my first giveaway!  If you didn’t win, be sure to keep coming back because I’ll periodically be doing some of these giveaways.  I’m pretty sure I’ll take my husband’s advice and make the upcoming giveaway to Bevmo, so you can stock up on everything you need to drink for your next party.

Where would you want a gift card to for your next party?

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Bachelorette Weekend

Happy Friday, it’s almost the weekend!  I’m looking forward to it, because we’re supposed to have awesome temperatures in the mid 70’s this weekend.  Perfect to get outside and do something fun!  Today I’m starting a short series about bachelorette parties.  I’m hosting my best friend’s bachelorette weekend away in a few weeks and thought I’d share some hosting tips.  I haven’t seen her in about nine months so it’s going to be a really fun filled weekend.  Today I’ll just be discussing general plans when it comes to a bachelorette weekend away, things like what to do and where to eat.  Over the next month or so we’ll specifically talk about flirty cocktails, welcome bags, brunches, and getting to know everyone attending.  I’ll plan to do a recap of our weekend afterwards as well.

Bachelorette parties and weekends away are a great time to get together to celebrate the bride, but also to enjoy some girl time.  In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s nice to step away from that stressful job, your toddler, or life requirements and surround yourself with fun, encouraging, women.  You want the bride to feel special, so doing a few things just for her really make the weekend about her.

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There are so many fun areas to spend a weekend away with your closest gal pals.  For my friend’s upcoming bachelorette weekend, I’ll be making the trek to a popular bachelorette destination, Nashville, TN.  I’m really excited to visit the city as I’ve never been before and it looks like there are a ton of fun little neighborhoods, great food, lots of honky tonk bars, and of course tons of music.

There are so many fun destinations for a bachelorette weekend.  Keeping in mind what your bride likes, price, and amenities you could literally go anywhere.  How about Savannah, GA, I hear it’s gorgeous.  If you’re looking for a beach get away with a party atmosphere try Miami, FL.  If your bride loves a good bottle of wine, you could go to Napa Valley, CA or find a local winery to spend a day.  If you want to get away from everything, try a resort in Big Sky, Montana.

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There is nothing better than gathering people around a table and breaking bread.  This is especially true if you’re with a group of girls that don’t all know each other very well.  It’s so easy to bond when you’re sharing food around a table.  Plus, everyone has to eat, right?!  To really enjoy the destination of your bachelorette weekend try to find local restaurants with dishes the area is known for.  Things like fried chicken and grits if you’re in the south, tacos in Southern California, bagels in New York, or crab cakes in Maryland.

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My biggest hosting tip when it comes to a weekend away, is to ensure there are enough snacks to keep everyone happy.  There’s nothing worse than someone getting too hungry in between planned meals.  Arrange to have granola bars, fruit, or chips and dip available if anyone needs to fuel up throughout the day.

As far as drinks go, you can’t celebrate a bachelorette weekend without champagne, so be sure to stock up on plenty.  It’s also nice to try regional drinks, IPA beers on the west coast, Yuengling on the East Coast, Sweet Tea in the south, or a Manhattan in New York City.  Maybe purchase a few bottles of local wine to sample together.  Be sure everyone in your group is drinking plenty of water to avoid any hangovers!

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For girls’ trips I think activities are a little more important than what guys do on their trips.  I’m pretty sure guys don’t care if they do anything as long as they have beer and can watch sports, right.  For a girls’ weekend though, it’s fun to actually do things.  If you want to explore the city you’re in for the weekend find a local tour group company to learn about the city’s history, cool spots, and hang outs.  In case you are trying to relax, book a spa day for facials and massages, or even just go get a manicure and pedicure with your group.  If anyone in your group likes crafts or is artistic join a painting class which are becoming super popular.  Say your group is into fitness, take a group fitness class or see if there is a 5K in the area you could all run together.  To fulfill your ideas of a “typical” bachelorette party your group could take a pole dancing class, they are becoming fairly popular and seem to be a good workout disguised as fun!

These are just some general ideas to help get a jump start on planning a bachelorette weekend away.  I’m really looking forward to the one I’m hosting soon because we will be doing a lot of the things listed above and I’m so excited to meet some amazing women!  Don’t forget to come back over the next few weeks to see all of the bachelorette series.  If you’re already married, what did you do for your bachelorette party?  Is it even appropriate to share?  Have a great weekend everyone!

Also, I will be announcing the winner of the Marshall’s, HomeGoods, and TJMaxx gift card on Monday, so be sure to enter before it’s too late.  You can enter once a day here.

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Super Bowl Super Bowls!

Today I’ve put together a roundup of cool, funky, themed bowls for the super bowl.  Are you celebrating the big game in a big way?  We’re planning on watching it with some friends on their GIANT tv, so that should be fun.  Are you planning on cheering for Team Broncos or Team Panthers?  I guess I have to cheer for the Broncos since we’ll be moving to Denver soon.  I’m also pretty excited for the commercials and the halftime performance.  I’ve always wondered how those players go back out to play football after halftime, I mean watching Beyonce perform is just exhausting, right?

Moving on, here are five bowls that will get just as much attention as the big game because they are quirky, colorful, or pretty.

You can also see this bowl in my Entertaining Essentials post here.  Bonus, it’s on sale right now!

I love the warmth this wood tone would give any table, but that unexpected pop of turquoise is so pretty.

How quirky is this bowl with duck feet?  How ironic would it be to serve chicken wings in this bowl?  Chicken, duck, they’re all in the same family, right?

Just like the stripes the referees wear, this bowl sports it’s own red stripes.  Totally a classic that you could use year round.

This Milk Glass bowl is almost too pretty to eat anything out of, but no one said you can’t use pretty entertaining pieces for a football game.

And even though it’s not a bowl, I found this fun cutting board during my latest Marshall’s run and thought I’d share it with you.  It would be great holding a cheese plate for your tablegate.  If you need a little help getting it, enter to win a gift card to Marshall’s, HomeGoods, and TJMaxx here.

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Enjoy all of the football, commercials, and halftime show the Super Bowl has to offer while stuffing your face with delicious appetizers, chips, and dip this weekend!  Who will you be rooting for, Broncos or Panthers?  Or are you just rooting for the commercials?

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Hosting a Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone!  Did you see the surprise that I posted on Friday?  I’m still so excited about our new house!  Today is also pretty exciting because I’m hosting my very first giveaway!

All you have to do to win is enter below by visiting my facebook page, subscribing to the blog or visiting me on Pinterest or Instagram.  Be sure to tell all your friends too, because you could win $25 to a trio of stores with great celebratory party and home gear; Marshall’s, HomeGoods, and TJMaxx.

I love these stores because you can usually find quirky little items, name brand products for less, and a plethora of goodies for any party.  I went to my nearby Marshall’s and snapped some pictures of fun things I found.  And yes, I got a few weird looks while I was taking pictures of everything in the store and rearranging shelves to get a decent picture.

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Marshall's GiveawayWrapping paper is one of my favorite things to buy at any of these stores.  I always find really cute patterns and on trend color options.  Right now there were a ton of seasonal wrapping paper for Valentine’s Day and even a green glitter polka dot pattern that would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Marshall's GiveawayThere were also a lot of seasonal cocktail napkins, along with some Easter decor.  These napkins are so versatile you could definitely load up on these and use them for a girls night in, an anniversary dinner party, or heart themed birthday party.

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Marshall's GiveawayAgain, there is a lot of great seasonal and general gift bags and tissue paper.  Obviously you can use these for gifts, but there are so many other things you can do with them too.  You can make a tassel garland or tissue poms with the tissue paper and if you really like the design of a gift bag you can cut it out and frame it for inexpensive decor.  It would look really cool to frame a bunch of gift bags that go with your party them.

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Marshall's Giveaway If you need to stock up on basic serving ware, you can easily put this gift card to use.  If you need suggestions on what kind of basic serving pieces I recommend, check out this post.

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Marshall's GiveawayThis trio of stores is also a great place to stock up on champagne and wine glasses.  You can typically find packs of four or six glasses fairly cheaply.  I love having a stockpile of plain wine and champagne glasses for parties, it’s just so much nicer to drink out of a glass that’s designed for a specific beverage rather than a regular cup.  There’s no better way to celebrate than with a nice glass of champagne!

Marshall's Giveaway I also found these super fun stemless wine glasses with inspiring gold sayings. They say, “creativity takes courage,” “be yourself,” “create your own happiness,” and “get your happy on.”

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Marshall's Giveaway If you need to stock up on note cards, thank you cards, or note pads, you will definitely find some cute ones at any of these stores.  I love grabbing a pack of thank you cards pretty much any time I’m here.  I love that note pad to do list because it’s detachable, how clever.  And those “S” note cards are tags that come with twine, perfect for hanging on a gift.

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Marshall's Giveaway I literally fell in love with these patterned file folders.  The colors and patterns are just so cute, I mean look at those flamingos!  I’m surprised I passed them up because I know it would be a celebration every time you’d open your drawer with these!

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Marshall's GiveawayThere are also a lot of great home decor items at my local Marshall’s and HomeGoods does home decor so well you practically want everything in the store.  I spotted a really nice variety of rugs with current patterns and colors, plus that white fluffy rug felt like a cloud, so soft.  This Kate Spade comforter was fairly priced and I love that Kate even makes sure her packaging is on brand.  The clear bag was trimmed in gold, of course.  I also thought this little bamboo side table could be really fun between two armchairs with some cocktail accessories displayed on it for a little Asian/beachy flair.

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And literally on my way out the door I spotted this awesome bench.  I love the linen fabric, nail head trim, and those lucite legs!  So pretty!

Ok, now’s your chance to enter the giveaway and hopefully find some great items your self at Marshall’s, HomeGoods, or TJMaxx!  Be sure to enter using the drop down menu on the Rafflecopter below, the giveaway will run for a week so be sure to come back and keep entering each day.  If you win what do you hope to find and use your gift card on?

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Celebrating everyday!