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At-Home Cocktail Party

Turn your home into the most exclusive hotspot for cocktails with the help of a few pieces from our Home Shop. Invite a few of your closest friends, serve up some delicious appetizers, shake up some martinis and toast to good times ahead!

Who needs expensive cocktails at pretentious bars when you can enjoy your very own cocktail party right at home?

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1. Riedel Vinum Martini Glass (Set of 2)

2. OXO Steel Cocktail Shaker

3. Oenophilia Recycled Wine Bottle Tumblers

4. Cuisinart Electric Fondue Set

5. BIA Cordon Bleu Ramekins Set of 12

6. Gorham "That's Entertainment" 5-Piece Cocktail Prep Set

7. Oenophilia Bamboo Cheese Set

8. OXO Steel Ice Bucket & Tongs Set

9. Riedel Nachtmann- Aspen Longdrink- Set of 4

10. Riedel Ouverture Magnum- Set of 8


Check out these handy tips for hosting a great at-home cocktail party with a special touch:

Choose a theme: It doesn’t have to be as crazy as a pirate theme! Choose something tasteful such as a color theme or regional flavor (e.g.: French Flair, Wear White After Labor Day, Americana)

Pick the perfect playlist: Even if you don’t have a distinct theme, set the ambiance with a pre-made music playlist. You can even set the pace & mood by starting out with slower tempos, ramping up to a faster tempo as the party gets going, and then slowing down the pace as the evening winds down.

Serve up special hors d’oeuvres: While chips-and-salsa is an easy option, it’s not the most exciting. Treat your cocktail guests with more scrumptious options like fondue with exotic cheeses, or downsize your old favorites like lobster bisque served in shot glasses or potatoes au gratin served in cute ramekins.

It also helps to label your appetizers accordingly so everyone knows what each delicious dish is!

P.S. Remember to check your guest list to accomodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions.

Offer glass stickers: Help your guests keep track of their glasses with little ID stickers. You can even pick ones that fit your party theme!

Enjoy responsibly: As the host, your prime responsibility after making sure the guests have a good time is to make sure everyone gets home safely. It doesn’t hurt to collect keys before you get the party started and hand them to designated drivers after the party winds down. Be prepared to call for taxis if need be, or if you have the extra room, offer a bed or couch just in case.

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Wedding Gift Ideas for the Newlyweds

Give the newlyweds a gift that they’ll get plenty of use out of during that all-important “nesting phase”. With our great selection of top houseware brands like Lenox, Gorham, Le Creuset and more, you don’t even need to deal with the department stores to give them a great wedding present!

Oh, did we mention our housewares also ship free both ways? Talk about fuss-free wedding shopping! If only the rest of the wedding planning was this easy!

Check out some of our wedding gift picks below:

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1. Le Creuset Vitesse Wine Decanter with Aerator

2. Lenox Lace Couture 5 Pc. Plate Settting Set

3. Gorham Westcott Satin 45-Piece Silverware Set

4. Riedel Ouverture 12-Piece Wine Glass Set

5. Blissliving Home Grace King Sheet Set

6. Calphalon Digital Slow Cooker

7. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

8. Emeril by All-Clad Hard Anodized 12-Piece Cook Set

9. Tumi T-Tech Cargo Medium Packing Case

10. Keurig K75 Platinum

11. Cuisinart Elite Collection 14-Cup Food Processor

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Picks for Summertime Entertaining

One of the great joys in life is entertaining at home for friends and family. With BBQ season in full swing, we’re excited to fire up the grill, serve up some refreshing cocktails and share some yummy summertime fare with those we love! From good ol’ homemade apple pie to salads and burgers, great food is meant to be enjoyed with great company.

Check out some of our favorite dining and kitchen gadgets for pulling off the perfect lunch or dinner get-togethers in your backyard this summer.

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1. Lenox Tuscany Classics Beverage Pitcher

2. Echo Design Latika Seafoaf 4-Pc Place Setting

3. Vitamix CIA Professional Series

4. Dansk Classic Fjord All Purpose Serving Bowl

5. Gorham That's Entertainment Bar Set

6. Riedel H2O Classic Bar Long Drink 2-Pc Set

7. Lenox Chip & Dip Serving Plate

8. Le Creuset Bistro Grill

9. BIA Cordon Bleu BIAmboo 4-Pc Salad Plate Set

10. BIA Cordon Bleu 2-Pc 3-Section Server Set

11. Spiegelau Beer Tall Pilsner Glass Set

12. Emile Henry Le Grande Pie Dish

For a refreshing summer treat for the whole family, try this delicious smoothie recipe from Vitamix®!

Citrus Smoothie

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1 orange, peeled and quartered

¼ lemon, peeled, quartered and seeded

½ cup fresh pineapple chunks

¼ cup fresh mango chunks

1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in the Vitamix in the order listed. Start at Variable 1 setting and turn on the machine. Slowly increase the speed to 10 then to High. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!

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Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Make any bride-to-be feel special with gifts that help celebrate her new journey into happily ever after. The best bridal shower gifts are the ones that help enhance her newlywed bliss! From sexy lingerie to glassware, spa essentials to bedding, you’re sure to find something she’ll love (and use!).  

Check out some of our favorite bridal shower go-tos below:

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1. Archipelago Botanicals Excursion Soy Candles, 2. philosophy Falling in Love Fragrance, 3. Dogeared Infinite Love Necklace, 4. Ongossamer Modern Bride Robe, 5. Hanky Panky Signature Lace Original Rise Thong 5-Pack, 6. Hanky Panky Embroidered Tulle Baby Doll, 7. Barefoot Dreams Barefoot in the Wild Throw, 8. Riedel Vitis Champagne Set of 2, 9. Croscill Coppelia Sheet Set

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Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

Ah, Valentine’s Day! It’s that time of year when love fills the air and romance takes center stage. Make it a special day to remember with a gift that will make your Valentine smile from ear to ear.

We carry everything from fragrances, jewelry, and even housewares to make that homemade dinner for two sizzle!

Check out a few of our picks below . For even more gift ideas (think outside the chocolate box and roses, guys!), visit our Gifts page.

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1. Stila Deluxe Lip Glaze Trio, 2. Staub The Heart Cocotte, 3. Riedel Vinum Bordeaux/Cabernet Set of 2, 4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Small Travel Tote in Zinnia, 5. Dogeared Jewels "Somebunny Loves You" Necklace, 6. P.J. Salvage Eye Candy Lounge Sweater, 7. Hanky Panky "I Heart U" Thong Set, 8. Calvin Klein Eternity Gift Set, 9. La Mer Tokyo Crystal Wrap, 10. MOR Cosmetics Tickle Me Pink Set, 11. Juicy Couture Heart Stud Earrings, 12. Juicy Couture Love Bracelet

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home

Who doesn't love a gift that keeps on giving? If you thought Zappos only carried shoes, allow us to introduce you to some of our amazing home brands this holiday season!

Whether it’s for the perpetual hostess, the newlyweds, or the new college student on your gift-giving list, we’ve got you covered with these handy gift ideas.

Check out a few of our top picks below, just in time for holiday gatherings and guests! For even more home gift options, visit our Housewares section on Zappos.com!

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1. Krups XP 1500 Coffee & Espresso Machine, 2. Cuisinart Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Piece Set, 3. Bodum 4-Piece Coffee Gift Set, 4. Breville ikon 4-Slice Toaster, 5. Le Creuset 5.5 qt. Signature Round French Oven, 6. Omega Vert Low Speed Juicing System, 7. Riedel Overture Magnum (Set of 8), 8. Shun 10th Anniversary 8" Chef Knife, 9. All-Clad Stainless Steel 3 qt. Saute Pan, 10. Emeril by All-Clad 8" & 12"  Hard Anodized Fry Pan Set, 11. SHEEX Performance Queen Sheets Set, 12. Aerobed 18" Premier Queen Mattress w/ Headboard

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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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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.