Have you ever had one of those shopping days where you need some stationery, a gift for a kid’s birthday party, some coffee, a new hammer and a replacement piece for your china? Yeah, me too. Well if you live in Houston, you can get everything on that list with one stop at Bering’s Hardware (not in Houston? You can shop online too!). When we lived in Houston it was a favorite stop for us because they have the most amazing assortment of products for just about everything you need (and at this time of year, they have THE BEST Santa) and on my recent visit, I had the opportunity for a really fantastic store tour and to meet some buyers, sales associates and management.
Today, I’m really excited to have Bering’s here on the blog to share a guest post with some holiday hosting tips and an amazing party pack giveaway valued at more than $450 (including a couple of customizable items for the winner!). Read on for all the details and welcome Bering’s to The HSS Feed:
The holidays are here and the joyful season includes parties big and small! With so much going on in addition to next week’s party you are helping to host, this time of year can get a bit overwhelming! We hope you are taking a few minutes to read our Holiday Hosting Tips from Bering’s and that it will help you greet your friends and family with a smile filled with ease and confidence! Here is our Holiday Hosting Tips Checklist:
Select a Theme:
The holidays are nice because the theme is pretty much already selected, but why not make it your own by deciding on a color or colors to carry throughout your décor and tabletop?! It is an easy way to add ad an impactful look. Once you have decided on a color theme, you can purchase your paper goods, flowers and décor accordingly.
From your stationery invitations, menus, place cards, holiday décor and possibly your party dress – express yourself with the color of your choice and we promise you will feel even more confident when guests arrive!
The Type of Party:
If you are hosting a more formal get-together, then using your fine china is always a sure way to express a little extra holiday cheer! However, if you are a bit apprehensive and/or do not have enough pieces to cover the number of guests there are still plenty of options. Our happy hostess rule of thumb is to have a good time, and in doing so, your guests are much more likely to enjoy themselves too. If festive Styrofoam cups, personalized paper beverage napkins and guest towels are more your style when it comes to hosting, then we guarantee you that you are not alone! Personalized paper goods are insanely fun this time of year and an added hostess perk is that Styrofoam cups prevent rings on your furniture!
Should you decide to order personalized paper goods, be sure to allow for at least two weeks to receive them. If you are out of time, then not to worry! Solid colors, festive prints, a single initial and more options are all wonderful alternatives. Some of our Styrofoam cups and paper napkins have funny sayings that serve as perfect party icebreakers! Sayings such as, “Who invited all of these tacky people?” or “Festive Fuel” are just two of our off the shelf options. A little sense of humor is required, but most of your guests will probably find them funny!
Fine china or Caspari’s finest paper goods, your guests will be sitting pretty either way! Having a consistent theme is the ticket and a unified color scheme incorporated throughout with pretty paper goods and décor is deceptively simple!
Now that you have decided on your theme and the type of party, be sure to prep the area where guests will be placing their dishes! Leave plenty of space. This sometimes gets overlooked due to holiday décor.
Be sure to make your life a little easier and set out as much as you can the morning of or the night before. An even better suggestion is to try and use cookware that is oven-to-table, such as Le Creuset. Regardless of the type of serving pieces you decide to use, place cards can also be used to label your dishes and can really add to the buffet table by providing a little more detail to tie your theme together. Anything you can do in advance will help to ensure that you enjoy the party too!
Before the Party Starts:
Use a cute notepad to jot down a schedule of what needs to be made and when. Try to leave at least an hour before the party starts for any last minute emergencies, and, of course, to get ready and relax before your guests arrive!
Last but not least, take note of four of our top last minute additions. Music, flowers, chilling some wine and lighting a candle in the powder bathroom are last minute-musts! The right music, pretty flowers, a glass of wine and a simple candle are all little touches that add up to holiday hosting happiness!
Happy Holidays! – Bering’s
Bering’s has put together a really wonderful prize pack for one very lucky The HSS Feed reader, just in time for holiday parties. Here’s what the winner gets:
- Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf Heirluminare: Mottahedeh’s well known pattern is now available on a porcelain contained candle, perfect for adding just the right aroma to your house for guests, or to give as a hostess gift should you be staying multiple nights.
- A Party Perfect Personalized Package of 100 personalized Styrofoam cups and 100 custom cocktail napkins
- A Kate Spade August 2014 – December 2015 medium agenda
- A Thimblepress Push-Pop Confetti
- Kate Spade Cue the Confetti Place Cards (set of 12)
- Sugar Paper Striped Gold and White Place Cards (box of 10)
- Kate Spade Glitter Coaster Set (4 resin coasters with encased glitter)
- Caspari Lucite Guest Towel Holder: A classically beautiful way to incorporate acrylic, that guests are sure to take note of!
- Caspari Golden Guest Towels: 15 triple-ply napkins to place in the acrylic holder for the host’s powder bathroom.
- 3 TOPS Malibu Sparkler Wands: “2015”, “Christmas Tree”, and “Star”
- 1 Pound of Café Bering’s Coffee
- Embossed Graphics Monogram Chunky Pad
Pretty darn awesome, right? I’m already super jealous of whoever wins this because I want every single thing for my own holiday entertaining. Per usual, enter on the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway closes at 5:00 PM Central time on Friday, December 12 and I will notify the winner by Monday, December 15. Good luck!