Parties/Entertaining

Lovely Host(ess) Gift Ideas (Under $50)

Good day, Embarquers!

One of my girl friends and I were talking about how sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what to get a host -and no, I most definitely am not talking about the generic bottle of wine- although, a lovely bottle of wine is always welcome in my home. ūüėČ

I’ve decided to put together a list of ideas that use for the next party you’re attending:

 

 

Herb Garden KitWilliams Sonoma ($30)

This kit contains the containers, so I would go to your local home improvement store and pick up packet of seeds and soil disks

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Cheese TrayAmazon.com ($35)

 

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Spa Kit- BathandBodyworks.com ($38)

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice aromatherapy set?

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Board or Card GamesAmazon.com ($25)

(Please only give this gift to someone that has a good sense of humor)

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The Ultimate Cocktail Bar ToolUncommonGoods.com ($40)

This is the only pocketknife of your minibar will ever need. I think we all have someone in our lives who would appreciate a device like this.

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Personalized Cookbook- Amazon.com ($18)

There are thousands of cookbooks out there and only one you want to give to your host(ess)… Pick something that is straight to the heart of that person.

For example, if you’re going to a party being thrown by an amateur mixologist, then pick a highly rated¬†recipe book full of inventive recipes.

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Spice BoxPenzeys.com ($38)

If your host knows their way around the kitchen, they will LOVE using these spices in their next dish. I’ve given these to my Mom and she loves how they take her meals to the next level.

Penzey's Spices

 

 

 

Keep this list in mind the next time you are invited to someone’s home for an intimate gathering. There’s a very good chance you’ll be invited back ūüėČ

 

With Love,

Jenna

 

Home Projects

Upgrade your Landscaping

Hey, Ya’ll!

 

Hope your Tuesday is off to a beautiful start, and you had a lovely Mother’s day with your mom or being celebrated as a mom.

Personally, this weekend was a triple¬†whammy of fun; my mom came into town to go wine tasting, celebrate my birthday and celebrate Mother’s Day. It was lovely, and¬†it didn’t even stop us from being productive. On Saturday afternoon, we did a little tweaking to the landscaping to make it look richer.

I’m going to let ya’ll in on a little secret… I don’t have a green thumb; however, this is something I am striving to change (because my mom has the gift of gardening, and I would like to find joy in it as well).

When I purchased my home, there was quite a bit of landscaping already done, but there’s a lot of upkeep to keep it looking beautiful year after year. I told my mom I wanted something that would require too much maintenance, but still pretty, and she accepted my challenge.

 

Presteps:

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What type of climate do I live in?
  • What type of plants thrive here?
  • What type of maintenance am I looking for?
  • Is this area sunny? shady? both?

These questions will help you decide the flowers/plants to grow in your garden.

 

Ready? Go grab your gardening gloves, rake, gardening shears, and yard debris bags

Items I used:

  • Garden Rake
  • Garden gloves
  • Lawn debris bags
  • Garden Shears
  • Shovel
  • 2 large bags of gardening soil
  • Geraniums (10)
  • 2 bags of mulch

Steps:

1.) Rip out all the weeds, trim back bushes, and rake out the dead leaves and brush

BEFORE:

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1.5) Place newspapers on top of the old soil to prevent new growth of weeds (Optional)

2.) Put down fresh soil (preferably at least 3 inches thick). There are at least a dozen options at your local home improvement store

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3.) Stage your plants, dig the holes, take your plants out of their plastic containers, gently open on the roots  (so they can latch into the ground), place in the hole and cover with soil

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4.) Fill your bed with mulch

AFTER:

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5.) Water you plants accordingly and be sure to tend to them as needed

 

With Love,

Jenna

 

Parties/Entertaining

Host with the Most for Overnight Guests

Happy Tuesday, Beautiful Embarquers!

I always try my best to do posts that apply directly to my life in the exact moment (with hopes it can help my readers as well). If there’s ever something you need help with (when it comes to the home and entertaining, please let me know- all I ever want to do is help my readers.

This week my Mom is coming down from Minnesota to stay with me for my birthday as well as Mother’s Day. Whenever I host¬†(whether it be family or friends), I always want them to feel as though my home is their home- I guess you could say that hosting is my love language. ūüėČ Hosting isn’t always common knowledge, so I wanted to put together a checklist of items that will be helpful for when you are hosting family or friends in your home.

Ready? Let’s get to it!

 

Hostess with the Mostess Checklist:

  • Sleeping Situation:
    • Bed: If you don’t have an extra bedroom for your guests (or a pull out couch), please pick up a blowup air mattress for your guests. This will allow them to get a much better night’s sleep
    • Bedding: Personally, I always purchase white sheets (be sure to dress the bed with¬†a fitted sheet, lose sheet and comforter or duvet). Why?
      • 1. You can bleach them (keeping them extra clean all the time)
      • 2. Replacement sheets are always available
      • 3. It reminds me of a high-end hotel
    • Sleeping with Ease: If your guest isn’t sleeping in their own room, have sleeping mask, and earplugs ready (you can find these at the dollar store)
    • Light Reading: Keep magazines or books near the bed to nurse sleeplessness
    • Flowers: a small vase of flowers (from you local grocery store) will bring the space to a new level

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  • Food:
    • Allergies: learn about any food allergies your guest(s) may have
    • Breakfast: breakfast can be quite tricky sometimes (with all the options available), so be sure to know what your visitor¬†enjoys eating
    • Drinks: this applies to adult beverages and non-adult beverages. Be sure to have bottled water available in your guest room/sleeping area
    • Snacks: make a small midnight sweets basket to enjoy
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  • Primping:
    • Toiletries: Whenever I travel to hotels, I try and keep the little shampoos, conditioners, body washes and body lotions for my guests. I keep a fully stocked cupboard in the guest bathroom in case your loved ones forget these items at home.
    • Medicine: I keep my medicine in the linen closet across the hall my the guest bedroom in case your visitor get a stomach or headache in the middle of the night
    • Bathing: Be sure to have a clean bath sheet, hand towel and wash cloth for everyone
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  • Entertaining:
    • If your guest has a rental car (or there’s public transportation near your home), a list of great restaurants and areas of interest left on your visitors bed helps keep everyone busy and happy
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Photo credit: Journeysinlightphotoblog.net

 

My wish for you is that these checklist items help you with your next guests that spend the night.

 

With Love,

Jenna