Photo credit: Photography by Q The holidays are officially here! Can you believe it? I feel like this year has been both parts dragging on forever and flashing by in the blink of an eye.
This holiday season, Matt and I will be guests at both of our parents homes. I really try to be a good guest because I know how much work hosting can be. First things first, if you're traveling anywhere for the holidays, get a COVID test, just to be safe. That way you can actually enjoy the holidays and do your part in making sure everyone is safe this holiday season. My mom always taught me not to show up empty handed, so here are some quick and easy things you can grab to be the best guest on the list!
One: Marble + Glass Cake Cloche by Anthropologie | Two: Cake Serving 2-Piece Stainless Steel Set by Amazon | Three: Ceramic Mug by Etsy | Four: Herbiflora Cheese Knives by Anthropologie | Five: That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life by Target | Six: Artesano Acacia Wood Antipasti Plate by Bloomingdales | Seven: Floral Apron by Anthropologie I'm typically in the baked good guest category. If it's a party with kids, a baked good with be a hit for everyone there! If you're not the best baker, try to coordinate a pickup of a beloved baked good from a local bakery. Don't forget to call ahead, as many places take a few days off around the holidays! Pairing it with a beautiful cloche or even a pretty hostess apron is sure to be a hit! When picking a treat, it's always important to ask if there are any dietary restrictions that you should be aware of. If you bake the treats, you can even write an ingredients list down to be extra safe.
One: Wine Chilling Coasters by Uncommon Goods | Two: Corkcicle Air by Corkcicle | Three: Diamond Wine Stopper by Uncommon James | Four: Automatic Wine Opener by Amazon | Five: Wine Aerator by Overstock | Six Wine Chiller by Vinglace | Seven: Electric Wine Saver Vacuum Pump by Amazon Meeting up with friends? Find a way to elevate the spirit(s) with some fancy cocktail accessories. As a girl that loves a chilled wine, a Vinglace is the perfect gift for any wine lover on your list that will keep your wine chilled all night. Need something a bit faster? The corkcicle sticks can be added to your glass in lieu of ice. A wine aerator helps filter out the sulfites of your wine, enhancing the taste, and isn't necessarily a device you'd think to purchase yourself! I also love the wine preserver set to help your wine last longer -- and it's under $20! A guest guest tip that I love is pitching in to help, especially when you don't ask what needs to be done. Some people are picky about cooking and cleaning, but when it comes to clearing the table, serving plates, or making some coffee at the end of the night, you can almost always pitch in and take some things off of the host's to-do list without adding on answering the question, "do you need any help?"
One: Do You Remember by Amazon | Two: Ok Boomer by Amazon | Three: Everlasting Candle by Everlasting Candle Co. | Four: Telestrations by Amazon | Five: Electric Lighter by Anthropologie | Six: Snowfall Ceramic Candle by Anthropologie | Seven: Candle Accessory Kit by Amazon | Eight: Match Cloche by Anthropologie Going home for the holidays? It's always a great idea to bring something special home. At our houses, games are always a big hit, especially when they get everyone involved. Telestrations is a family favorite of mine, we always end up laughing so hard! Ok Boomer looks SO fun and is in my cart right now! Do You Remember also looks like a fun conversation starter to reminisce on years past. I also love giving a candle that's a bit indulgent and pairing it with an accessory like an electronic lighter or a match cloche. A tip that I love for the holidays, especially with family, is to be the person taking some photos. My family almost always forgets to take photos, but I know my parents love them. Offering to grab a few group shots and sneaking some candids will most certainly brighten their day! Do you have any tips for being a great guest? Your internet bff,
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