Saturday, December 22, 2012

Party Announcement: Flip Your Gift Party: Sat. Jan 5th

I'm throwing a party that is perfect for those Christmas gifts...see the details below:)

Flip Your Gift is a FREE “swap” party that focuses solely on gifts. It allows you to “re-gift” without the negative connotation.

Perhaps you received a duplicate gift this holiday season or received a gift that is amazing but doesn’t match your style or decor.

Flip Your Gift allows you to exchange a similarly priced gift for one that better suits your needs, wants, style and/or decor. No gag gifts allowed! This is a free, fun festive event in which you exchange gifts, leaving with a special present that you cannot wait to take home to use, wear and/or admire.

Attendees bring a gift to exchange for a similarly priced gift that best suits their needs and/or wants.

This event is proudly sponsored by The Boulevard at South End.

Complimentary small bites, wine and desserts by Hey Sugar Shop
Date: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Time: 11am-2pm

RSVP via Facebook or by leaving a comment/your name at the end of this post.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tis the Season: My (short) hiatus & what I've been doing

I am sorry for my hiatus--I have been busy with sharing the gifting love this holiday season with new audiences, potential clients and via media! I simply love it but I am sorry that I have been keeping you in the dark. I hope this "how I can help with gift ideas" blog post makes up for it. Also, so you know that I really was working hard, I'd like to share a few highlights (pictures to follow once I can breathe!)...
  • Conducted a Lunch & Learn event with the Carolina Panthers where I spoke about the Art of Gift Giving. The NFL team told me it was their second highest attended Lunch & Learn to date!
  • Created a fab gift display for Harris & Barnes, an international image and consulting firm who was celebrating their ten year anniversary with a holiday soiree. The display included a fully decorated 6 ft tree, many wrapped (and ribboned!) gift boxes, designer shopping bags and a few of the honorees' favorite things including Godiva truffles and Bond No.9 perfume.
  • Planned a new and unique HoneeBee Gifts event to take place on Saturday, January 5th.
  • Prepping for media interviews to discuss gifting etiquette and gift ideas for the holidays
Whew, right? Well, at least you know that I wasn't just chilling somewhere. I have been working! Well, enough about that:) As I continue to conduct pre and post event to do's I did not want to leave you hanging any longer. As always, I encourage you to  peruse my archives for gift ideas that would be the perfect fit for the holidays--since I love to share gift ideas throughout the year there are plenty to choose from! If you are looking for something specific (i.e. cologne, stationary, etc) simply type in the item in my search box at the top right hand corner to see some of my picks.  Also, I have included a few links below--

Gifts for Him
Gifts for Her
Hostess Gifts

I hope all this information is helpful during this busy holiday season. If you have specific questions, please leave a comment below or ask me on Facebook or via Twitter.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Parteaz Party Supplies (Sponsored Post)

Need party bags for your next holiday party? Planning a superfun birthday for the kiddies? Try  Parteaz, an online company that has a wide selection partyware, children's party supplies, party bags and more. One item to highlight are the party bag fillers that include lots of novelty items for children's birthday parties. You might even be able to pull a few and add into your stockings. The company also offer themed children's party supplies, general birthday party decorations, party supplies like helium tanks and much more. (Sidenote: you may be wondering why I am chatting birthdays in the midst of Santa's big day...well I am one of those lucky ones that has a birthday right after I am thinking of the holidays and what I consider my own holiday--my birthday! There's no time like the present to prepare for your next party even if does not include mistletoe:) For more help with your party needs,  check them out here: Parteaz.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Hostess Gifts for the Holiday Season

Yesterday I shared a few do's and don'ts for holiday parties and one of the items I suggested was to bring a hostess gift. As previously mentioned, a hostess should not expect a gift but it is a  wonderful gesture to someone who has invited you to their home. I suggest bringing something that can be easily put aside and doesn't require immediate attention. Here are a few options:

Artisan Chocolates--These are from Think Chocolate

Candles--This one is from Voluspa

Table Topics--These act as a great ice breakers and conversation starters for many parties

Infused Olive Oil--Pour Olive in Charlotte has a great variety of oils 

Coasters--These handmade colorful coasters are from Tapas Trays

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Party Etiquette

We are on the cusp of many holiday parties so I thought I would share a few do's and don'ts so you can enjoy a season of spirited soirees...

DON'T forget to RSVP. This will help the hostess keep track of who's attending, as well as ensure there is enough food, drinks and parting gifts for everyone.

DO Bring a hostess gift. While a gracious hostess should not expect a gift, it is a wonderful gesture to someone who has invited you to their soiree. I suggest bringing something that can be easily put aside and doesn't require immediate attention.

DO Ask if you can help with anything. Some hosts will hire staff to take care of the party needs but if not be sure to see if you are able to assist. Perhaps, prepping food, making drinks or taking a few photos.

DON'T Arrive when the party is ending. We can all be fashionably late to events at times (raises hand) but showing up when people are putting on coats leaves such a bad that may get you removed from next year's guest list.

DO: Thank the hostess for the invitation and share what a great time you had at the event. A verbal thanks at the end of the night (or a couple days following the event) is great but a hand written note is even better.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


InStyle Magazine conducted a survey asking its readers about their secret-Santa confessions. I thought I would share a bit of their findings to get you into the holiday season….

Ever use social media to score a holiday deal?

30%  You bet. It's an easy way to claim discounts and codes
70% Nope, I just don't check Facebook or Twitter often enough
source: instyle mag dec 2012

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