5 Unique Hostess Gift Ideas

Here are our top picks for hostess gifts this holiday season!

1-Towel Set – (From Jacaranda Living)
Who doesn’t love beautiful new towels for your bathroom!  Especially when they are embroidered!  Package them up in a nice basket or even repurpose a dish and put a few nice soaps with them.

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2-Salt and Pepper Shakers that have style (from Zady)
These handcrafted, white shakers go with any table setting.  Fill with salt and pepper and pair with a nice set of napkins.

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3-Hand Poured Soy Candles – (From Vessel Candle Co.)
Gift a beautiful candle your host can enjoy all year long.  These clean burning candles give off a delightful smell!  

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4- Beautiful Mugs – (from Small Glow)
Treat your guest to some nice, personalized and quirky mugs.  Pair it with some coffee or tea for the perfect gift!

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5-Martini Set (from Crystal Classics)
Everyone brings wine to a party.  Set yourself apart by bringing a martini basket!   Buy a nice bottle of vodka or gin, pair with these classic coup glasses, a shaker, olives and write out a recipe.  Cheers!

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Creating a Simple, Elegant Tablescape

Thanksgiving is almost here.  Families will be joining together around a table to share in a meal and that table will be the focal point for the entire day.  Here’s some tips on how to make your holiday table beautiful and functional:

1-Linens:
Fresh, clean linens create a beautiful canvas for your tablescape.  Keep it elegant by using white table cloths and beautifully embroidered napkins like the ones from Jacaranda Living.
White linens can be multi – use as you can use them over and over again throughout the year for other holidays and celebrations.napkins linen embroidered jacaranda living

2-Charger Plates
Use a Charger Plate instead of a place mat like this glittery orange one from Pier 1 Imports.  This will help to protect your white linen tablecloth, but also provides a pop of color.  The glimmer in this charger makes it look subtly elegance and reflects a bit of that table ambient lighting.charger plate from pier 1

3-Candles
Candle lit dinners aren’t just for romantics.  They make everyone at the table relax and who doesn’t look great in candle light!  Use these silver plated candle stick holders from Pottery Barn with simple, white candles to create an luxurious look that you can reuse throughout the year.  silver candle sticks

4-Centerpiece
Create a centerpiece with natural elements.  Seasonal flowers or even fruits and vegetables (like the persimmons in the photo below) or in our previous blog post about a DIY Centerpiece here.  
Make sure your centerpieces are kept away from flames and are low enough so that your guests can see each other from across the table.  season flowers and vegetables

4-Proper place settings
Nothing completes a table more than a proper place setting.  Can’t figure out which fork goes where?  Use Pure Wow’s guide to place setting here.

5-Napkin rings and place cards
Use natural elements like wheat stalks and a pendant to create pretty and reusable napkin right that can also help your guests find their seats.  pendant napkin rings and placecard

6-Leave room
Be sure to leave plenty of room on the table for platters of all that delicious food you slaved away making!

7-Use a Sideboard
There’s a reason why many dining room sets come with a sideboard.  This can be used as a buffet, to stow dirty plates, or display your desserts.  If you don’t have a sideboard, use a simple pop up banquet table and place a nice matching table cloth over it.

8-Have your cleaning kit nearby
Spills happen, but don’t fret!  When you set your table, create a bin full of fabric stain remover, carpet cleaner, and plenty of paper towels nearby.

cleaning kit

9-Use a Chalkboard for a Menu
Display your menu to guests by using a simple chalk board or vintage sign.  This will help them prepare by not over indulging on apps while they wait for the star of the show.  Check out this DIY Chalkboard Menu from House on the Way’s Blog.chalkboard menu diy for thanksgiving

10-Enjoy yourself!
As a host, you need to make sure you enjoy yourself as well.   Your guests aren’t there just for your catering, they want to enjoy some time with you as well.  The dishes can wait, relax and have fun!

Creating a Bedroom Oasis for Better Sleep

We tend to think of making our beds as a routine morning chore, but it turns out the ritual may be more meaningful than that. The results of a recent Bedroom Poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that many people believe clean, neat and comfortable elements of the bedroom environment are important to getting a good night’s sleep.

Not surprisingly, over 90 percent of people said a comfortable mattress and pillows are important to the sleep experience. But more than three quarters of people also believe that the comfortable feel of sheets and bedding are important to a good night’s rest, and 62 percent said that a clean bedroom makes the difference.

People who reported making their bed in the morning were 19 percent more likely to get a good night’s sleep every night. It’s not clear why this is, but perhaps there is a connection between feeling good about where you sleep and your tendency to sleep through the night.

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(From SignatureMD.com)

Here are a few ideas to get your bedroom looking and feeling as comfortable as possible and help you feel your best!

1-Use some of our fine embroidered cotton sheets for your bed that are 200 or 400 thread count.  Crisp, clean cotton sheets are a great pleasure in life.

Cotton Sheets for better sleep

2-Match with a duvet cover that is inviting and comfortable.

3-Throw pillows add a special touch to your room and can really make you bed look like a one from a luxury resort when you make it up each morning.

Throw Pillows for a beautiful bedroom

4-Use a comfortable throw blanket for extra cool nights.

5-Keep your room clean and organized.  You’ll sleep better when every thing is put away and you don’t have to worry about stepping on something or tripping in the middle of the night.

Simple nightstand in bedroom

6-Minimize electronics in your room.  In order to signal your body that your room is for rest and relaxation, keep computers, TVs and even cellphones out of your room for more restful sleep.

7-Keep your room dark and cool.  Light blocking curtains are helpful for creating a dark environment for you to sleep in.  Even the street lights can be disruptive to your sleep cycle.  Temperature is also important.  Keep your room a little cooler at night.

8-Use aromatherapy.  Keep a lavender sachet by your bed, or use an oil diffuser.  Just make sure that you use soothing calming scents that aren’t too strong.

Aromatherapy for the bedroom

For more inspiration, check out our pinterest boards! 

Decorate a Bedroom like “Chrisley Knows Best”

Reality TV has allowed us a glimpse into homes we could only dream of owning, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend a ridiculous amount of money to get the same look.

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Antique furniture:
Dark wood 4 post bed and dark wood dresser and china cabinet.

Check out this great bed from BernHardt

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You can get many of these items at a local antique or consignment store for less than $100/piece if you like to bargain hunt and pick up do it yourself pieces.  If they aren’t the color you want, you can always strip them and refinish them.

The nice thing about pieces like these is that they are made of solid wood, last forever and have lots of character, you can change them up over and over. Great for those who love DIY projects.

Accents and decor:
Once again you can get the sitting chairs, antique plates, and vintage lamps for an inexpsenive price at an antique or vintage store. We also found some great reproductions from Ballard Designs, the Bergere Chair is the perfect match. You can also pick from all the fabric choices on their website.

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To find the beautiful shelves, try a local supply store for finish carpenters and paint them the color you want.

Wall Decor

We found these really great plates from Pier 1 Imports that will look great in your Chrisley bedroom.

White Dolly plates to hang on your Chrisley Inspired Bedroom

Bedding:
Crisp white sheets with person monograms or designs embroidered into them give a luxurious feel to any bedroom.  Add in a comfortable comforter set, complete with decorative pillows to match and you have a enticing and beautiful bedroom.  Use the following items available at Jacaranda Living to complete your bedroom. Jacaranda Living offers monogrammed sheets, sheet sets, and variety of pillows, hand towels and even bath and spa product for that extra luxurious Chrisley touch!

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If you want the same look of a guest room without the monograms try out some sheets like these with patterns embroidered into them.DG78_Boudoir_Pillow_Covers

Toile Bedskirt

We found a really great Toile bedskirt at Country Curtains

toile bedskirt like the Chrisleys

Good Luck with your Chrisley Inspired room, if you use any of our ideas let us know!!! we would love to post your pictures.

How to Order Embroidery Designs from our Website

On our website we carry over 100 embroidery designs that are available on most products.

Embroidered products include waffle guest towels, linen guest towels, shower curtains, tissue box covers, bed linens, boudoir and throw pillows and baby linens and items.

Because we have so many products with so many designs, we don’t display every item in every design, instead we let you choose the product first and pick the design you want from there. So on many products you will have to specify which embroidery design you would like.

We know this can be somewhat confusing so we put together this blog post to help you succeed in ordering the embroidery designs of your choice.

How do I order a specific embroidery design on your website?

Go to the product you would like to order, tissue boxes, waffle towels or linen towels. At the bottom of each product are the embroidery design category options, choose HOLIDAY.

Choose from Holiday Embroidery Designs
Choose from Holiday Embroidery Designs
Product Design Will Display on the Product
Product Design Will Display on the Product