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Hostess Gifts

Well I am on the hunt for personalized hostess gifts.  There are a lot of options out there but none have knocked my socks off yet.  That is until I checked Beau-Coup!  They have a great selection of personalized gifts. 

I just love these personalized spa toiletry bags!


Or these personalized jute wine bags...


 Of course these personalized beach totes are perfect for this time of year...


So help me out-what is your favorite kind of hostess gift to receive after you've given a shower or tea?  Do you like personalized items, jewelry, or wine??  Or would you rather have food?


Telling Treats

How cute are these felt fortune cookies for Valentine's Day?!  What a unique way to show someone you love them.  Fill them with candies or love messages. 

For a more romantic gift you could use them as you would a love "coupon book".  Have your significant other open a couple after dinner and unlock things like "Good for one kiss" or "Redeem for a romantic dinner", etc.  Sweet!


Get the how to here

Last Minute Gift Idea

Instead of running around buying last minute gifts, here is an easy, homemade gift idea.

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Mix


Yield: Makes 16 servings.


  • 1 1/2  cup  powdered sugar
  • 1  cup  plus 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2  cups  nondairy creamer
  • 20  peppermint candies, broken into pieces
  • mini  marshmallows


In a one-quart wide-mouth jar, layer powdered sugar, then cocoa, packing each layer as tightly as possible. Wipe the inside of the jar with a paper towel to remove any excess cocoa before adding the next layer. Add nondairy creamer to jar, packing tightly. Add peppermint pieces. Fill any remaining space in top of jar with a layer of mini marshmallows; secure lid. Give with the following instructions: Empty jar into a large mixing bowl; blend well. Spoon mixture back into jar. To serve, add 3/4 cup boiling water to 1/4 cup cocoa mixture; stir to blend

I wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Talk to ya soon!


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Easy Treat

I think candy corn is my favorite Halloween treat and decoration.  We've seen Candy Corn Parfait, now take a look at these EASY Candy Corn Cookies!  Instead of candy, wrap these in cellophane and ribbon and give to your trick or treaters or as party favors. 

Candy Corn Cookies


All you have to do is knead a little extra flour and orange food coloring into your store bought refrigerated dough!  Cut with a triangle cookie cutter and dip the bottom in dark chocolate and the top in white chocolate.  Voila!

For another candy corn treat check out Tom Kat Studio's Candy Corn Cupcakes!

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Gone to the Dogs

My friend Nicole sent me this adorable dog bowl this morning and I just had to share it with you!  It doesn't have much to do with entertaining, although it is related to margaritas.  It just made my day.

Bark-a-rita Dog Bowl Gift Set


Dog have a "ruff" day?  Serve their food in this margarita glass shaped bowl that's sure to cheer them up.  I know it cheered me.  Comes with the food bowl, place mat and a lime plush squeaky toy!  "It's bark-a-rita time!" printed on the bowl. 

You can get it here.

Fall Fragrance

Well I am officially obsessed with the "Leaves" home frangrance from Bath and Body Works.  It is like autumn spices, berries and apple goodness all in one.  Delicious!  

This all started with the hand soap.  I love highly scented hand soaps.  We had people over this past weekend for a football party and my guests could not stop raving over the hand soap in the bathroom. 

Hand Soap


So I was wishing I had a candle or room spray in this scent and guess what?  They have them on the website. 



Not only do they have home fragrance in the scent, they have BODY fragrance in it.  Body wash, lotion, etc.  Do I dare? 

Body Wash


I think I might try the body wash first just in case it smells too potpourri-ish. 

What is your favorite fall fragrance for your home?  Pumpkin, vanilla, apple, leaves?