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Tips & Picks for Game Day Entertaining

As the dust from the playoffs start to settle, and the last two teams standing face each other for the big game, football fans across the country congregate to enjoy the competition, food, friends and of course, those awesome commercials!

If you’re planning on hosting a game day party to root for your favorite team (or just enjoy this last hurrah of the season if your team didn’t make the cut!), here are a few tips to get you prepared along with some of our top picks for football fun at home:

It’s all about atmosphere. Make your home more festive than any bar in town by incorporating team colors—napkins, paper plates, serving bowls, pennants, balloons… It IS a party after all! Try having a football ready to toss around between guests during halftime. It’ll get everyone in the touchdown spirit!

Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! Chips and dip are a great game-day go to. Since this IS the biggest game of the year, why not elevate your selection of dips by whipping up something special in a slow cooker? Mom’s chilli anyone?

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1.Mitchell & Ness NFL® hats, 2. Waechtersbach Fun Factory Serving Bowls (Set of 2), 3. Krups Beer Tender, 4. Spiegelau Beer Glasses (Set of 2), 5. DeLongi 5-Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker, 6. Highbury Whittier 3-Section Tray, 7. Waring Pro Buffet Server, 8. Wilson NFL Game Ball, 9. Bodum Picnic Charcoal Grill

Tailgate favorites are always a hit. An at-home football party calls for BBQ classics, wings and ribs! They keep hungry guests happy…even if their team is on the losing end. Set up a buffet-style table with a heated server, some colorful serving plates and some stick-to-your ribs recipes.  

Cheer on your team with a selection of beverages. Beer and soda are the obvious must-haves for football parties, but make sure you offer lots of cold water, too! If you really want to impress your guests, bring the bar home by serving a traditional foam-topped beer from your personal beer draught tap!

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Our Picks for a Great Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. That means it’s time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to kick off the holidays with lots of good food and football!

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite housewares for a Thanksgiving feast to remember!

AND in the spirit of the holidays, we have a special housewares sweepstakes HERE! Good luck!

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1. BIA Cordon Bleu 20" Oval Platter, 2. Le Creuset Set of Stoneware Cocottes, 3. Emeril by All-Clad Hard-Anodized Roaster w/ Rack, 4. Reed & Barton Longwood II 65-Piece Silverware Set, 5. Waechtersbach Fun Factory 4Pc Place Setting, 6. Riedel Bordeaux/Cabernet 2Pc Set, 7. Highbury 12" Square Lacquer Chargers (Set of 4), 8. Emile Henry Classics® 9" Pie Dish, 9. Keurig Elite 40

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Mother's Day Gift Guide: The Gourmet Goddess

For the mom who loves to work her magic in the kitchen, a gift of a fabulous kitchen gadget is not only thoughtful; you reap some benefits from it, too!

Mom’s culinary talents will shine even brighter with a few quality kitchen essentials in her arsenal. Maybe she’ll even whip you up a delicious treat for giving her such a great Mother’s Day gift!

Check out a few of our favorite kitchen helpers that mom will surely love:

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1. Wusthof Gourmet 7-Piece Block Set, 2. Le Creuset 5-Piece Signature Set, 3. DeLonghi Hand Blender Set, 4. Higbury Bistro de Paris 4-Piece Bowl Set, 5. Le Creuset 4.5 Qt Casserole, 6. Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer

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Gifts for the Host and Hostess

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Whether it’s entertaining for the holidays or just a small “just because” gathering of friends, the host and hostess definitely deserve a round of cheers. Show them your appreciation with gifts that will make those home gatherings even more special.

1. Riedel “O” Single Decanter: This artfully handmade decanter is perfectly proportioned to hold a single bottle of wine.

2. Highbury Encore Wine Goblet Set: Make it a special toast with these lovely handmade goblets.

3. Highbury “Bistro de Paris” Dinner Plate Set: These Parisian-chic plates are perfect for all those lunch gatherings.

4. Le Creuset Whistling Kettle: After-dinner tea will be even better with these classic kettles.

5. Vera Bradley Cocktail Party Napkins: These colorful fabric napkins come in a variety of distinctive prints. They liven up any plate setting!

6. Home Source International Supima® Cotton 6-Piece Towel Set: They’ll love how soft and durable these towels are!

7. MOR Cosmetics Emporium Candles: We love the 24K gold stamped design and ready-to-give packaging just as much as the lovely scent of this candle.

8. Vera Bradley Ornament Trio: Beautifully packaged in a matching display case, these ornate ornaments will make their tree shine with style.

9. MOR Cosmetics Essentially Yours Gift Set: This pampering duo is perfect to fancy up the guest bathroom.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Mom

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When it comes to holiday gifts for mom, it’s always a good idea to mix in a little pampering. With everything mom does for you all year round, it’s important to take the time to make her feel special with gifts she’ll adore.

1. Yarnz My Scarf: This luxurious cashmere-blend scarf has a whimsical print that tells the world whose scarf it is!

2. Highbury Hooded Plush Robe: She’ll be wrapped in heavenly luxury the second she puts on this plush robe.

3. Doone & Bourke Lambskin Collection O-Ring Shopper: This classic and roomy tote will be her new everyday favorite.

4. Dogeared Jewels Healing Gem Teardrop Carnelian Necklace: We love these sweet and giftable necklaces available in different gem stones with specific healing properties.

5. SpaRitual “Infinitely Loving” Candle: These delightful soy candles fill the entire room with illuminated fragrance. Perfect for mom’s relaxing baths.

6. Donna Karan Cashmere Necessities Holiday Gift Set: Give her the gift of warm luxury with this comforting scent. It’s reminiscent of the sublime feel of pure cashmere against the skin.

7. Bliss Glamour Gloves: Banish dry winter hands with this tried-and-true Bliss staple.

8. Brighton Mom Key Fob: Surprise her with this lovely keepsake keychain with sparkling Swarovski® crystals.

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Staying In: Holiday Dinners at Home

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With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re inevitably starting to think about one of the most anticipated traditions around—holiday dinner parties!  From homemade pumpkin pies to turkey dinners, these get-togethers with family and friends never fail to bring back the warm, fuzzy feelings of the holidays!

Check out some of our favorites in housewares to make those dinner parties that much more special:

1. Emile Henry Le Grande 12” Pie Dish: Those signature pie recipes will look spectacular when baked in this lovely pie dish.

2. Le Creuset Rectangular Stoneware Casserole: Save yourself the extra cleanup with this durable casserole. The interior is virtually nonstick, making it ideal for serving your masterpiece recipes right from the oven.

3. Riedel Ouverture Magnum Red Wine Glasses (Set of 8): Enjoy the full complexity of your favorite reds with these durable glasses.

4. All-Clad Stainless Steel Turkey Forks: Let this Thanksgiving essential do the heavy lifting!

5. Le Creuset Fruit/Pasta Bowl: Add a splash of color to the dinner table with this beautiful enamel serving bowl.

6. Emile Henry Lion’s Head Soup Bowls (Set of 4): These are perfect for French onion soups and other hearty soups.

7. Vera Bradley Cocktail Party Napkins: Dress up any table setting with these delightfully printed cloth napkins!

8. OXO 11-Piece Barware Set: Treat your guests to pre-dinner cocktails with the help of this all-in-one bar essential.

9. Highbury Square Lacquer Serving Plates (Set of 4): Add a contemporary feel to your presentation with these modern plates.

10. Zwilling J.A. Jenckels Twin® Gourmet 2-Piece Carving Set: For the pièce de résistance, this high-quality duo will make easy work of carving and serving any roast or turkey.

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Staying In: Entertain Your Guests in Style

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When it comes to entertaining at home, the little details really count. That’s why we’re all about fun accents and chic dinnerware when having friends over for a casual dinner.

Impress your guests with these picks during your next in-home get together!

1. Le Creuset 4.5 Qt. Rectangular Stoneware Casserole with Lid: This timeless casserole dish goes from oven to tabletop quite perfectly!

2. Highbury Whittier Square Dinner Plates (Set of 6): These chic dinner plates add a restaurant embience to any dinner table.

3. Le Creuset Screwpull Corkscrew: This solid corkscrew also makes for a great gift to a wine connoisseur host!

4. Oenophilia Recycled Wine Bottle Tumblers (Set of 4): Add colorful style by sipping your favorite beverage out of these fun glasses.

5. Highbury Caribbean Tray: Make a lovely fruit or floral centerpiece atop this tropical-inspired display tray.

6. BIA Cordon Bleu Chantilly Cream & Sugar Set: This charming set dresses up your after-dinner coffee.

7. BIA Cordon Bleu Cheese Plate w/ Knife: Why serve those fine artisan cheeses on just any old plate? Add a dose of French style to your dinner setting with this vintage-style set.

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The Organized Kitchen

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An organized kitchen is an efficient kitchen. Having the right kitchen essentials can keep it from turning into a cluttered mess. A place for everything, and everything in its place, that’s how a well-organized kitchen should be.

Here are a few of our favorite super kitchen organizers!

1. Vera Bradley Ribbon Board: Photos and other miscellaneous papers cluttering up your fridge door? Organize and show them off on this attractive pin board!

2. Simplehuman Steel Frame Dish Rack: This keeps all your pots, dishes and knives safe and dry. The stainless steel frame matches most modern kitchen appliances.

3. Simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Tower Holder: Save precious countertop space by keeping your paper towel on the wall.

4. OXO 20-piece Container Set: Store away leftovers securely with these leak-proof containers. We love how well these stack neatly in the fridge!

5. Highbury Songbird Metal Oil and Vinegar: Keep two cooking essentials in a convenient and pretty holder to give you easier access.

6. Simplehuman 14” Cabinet Organizer: Keeps your pantries organized while giving you easy pull-out access.

7. Simplehuman Utensil Holder: Perfect for small countertop spaces, this neatly holds your most-used utensils in a sleek package.

 

8. Simplehuman Rectangular Deluxe Recycler: Great for small spaces, this keeps your recyclables nice and separated.