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The Holidays are here and with just a few days left before Christmas we can only imagine how overwhelmed you must be with all the shopping, the cooking and of course the entertaining. We all have a friend who makes entertaining seem absolutely effortless. If it’s your turn to host a party over the holidays, don’t let your entertaining plans be a nightmare before Christmas, here are some great tips on how you can add some festive flair and cheer to your parties this season.

A Tinsel Tabletop That Pops

Entertaining is really just about putting your taste and style on display; stay within your holiday theme and style when decorating your tabletop. Pull the look together by adding one of the colours from your tree or your palette to the table. Remember, ornaments don’t only have to go on the tree, use any leftover decorations in your table setting or create a dramatic centerpiece by filling a bowl with different sized and shaped ornaments.

Invest In Some Fun Cookware & Serveware

The ideal table setting isn’t about putting your finest family silver or china on display so don’t empty your bank account to set a beautiful table. Combine what you already own with functional and affordable but visually interesting cookware and serveware. Everyday white tablecloths get an instant boost from red bakers and shimmering servers. Investing in cookware that can go from kitchen to tabletop is an added bonus as it’s one less item to clean at the end of the night!

Think Outside The Dinner Table

Bring the holiday celebration into every room, even if you’re working with a small space or surface. Swap out your everyday décor and merry up your living room with simple touches that give a holiday feel. Having a small space doesn’t mean you have to skimp on your decorating, a sideboard is a great place to put scented candles and smaller seasonal knickknacks. Consider new curtains or throw pillows and put those small ornaments to use by creating miniature decorative displays around your home. If you’re a bit of a Scrooge and say “bah-humbug” to the traditional tree, a mini tree, a wreath or some garland and a big bowl of ornaments can add to that Christmas feeling.

Now that you have all the tips it’s time to start prepping for your unforgettable evening and if you’re looking for that special something for your dinner party, don’t worry we’re opening late just for you.  Happy holidays and let the entertaining begin!

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Once again ’tis the season of giving but sometimes finding the perfect gift for friends and family can be a challenge. With just 19 days left until Christmas, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Think about the recipient

Avoid getting flustered and plan your gift giving early, think carefully about the person/persons you are shopping for. Are they girly, elegant, flamboyant, quirky, eccentric, traditional? Do they like practical things they can use or would they appreciate something decorative? How old are they? What is their style or taste? Did they pick up a new hobby throughout the year? What have they been raving about all year? These are all great questions to think about before you start shopping especially if you are buying a gift for your office Secret Santa. If you are shopping for a relative or close family friend, you can buy them something to compliment something they already have or purchase something they really need.

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1. Margarita Glass- Set/4– $59.95 , 2. Cuisinart 4 Cup Chopper Red – $229.95,                3. Barefoot Contessa Fool Proof -$99.95, 4.Caribbean Hideaways– $129.955.           5.White Trophy Vase-$129.95 , 6. Jade Butterfly Pillow- $69.95, 7. Sea Life Oval Platter with Handles-$129.95, 8.Umbra Stage Frame- $49.95, 9. Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer-$119.95

Create a Budget

Deciding on a budget for each gift will help to narrow your choice, making the decision process go from overwhelming to manageable. When you’ve finished making your list, cross reference it with the list of possible gifts that will best suit your recipients. Before hitting the shops use websites to browse what is available, this will help you narrow down your options.

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Doing a bit of online “window” shopping can help you save a lot of time. Here are our favourite selection of trendy gifts for the season, perfect for your guy, gal or BFF.

Make it personal

Give a gift you can personalize. Perhaps they have just moved to a new home that needs decorating, or they just got married or took a cooking class! Picture frames and photo albums make great gifts as they can be filled with photos from the past and recent events. Personalizing your gifts makes the season extra special as it shows that you care.

When in doubt

If you are still not sure about what to purchase, don’t forget that many stores offer gift cards. Purchase a gift card from their favourite store at the same denomination that you allocated for their gift. Accompany it with your Holiday card and we’re sure the person receiving the gift card will be appreciative.

You can purchase a gift card in any denomination!

The Dwellings gift card makes an excellent gift for family, friends, Secret Santa,colleagues and customers, especially if you are unsure of what to get. Available in any denomination up to $1,000.

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