How To: Throw the Perfect Holiday Party in Five Easy Steps

The holiday season means plenty of gatherings, parties, and hosting duties, all of which can certainly get a little overwhelming. Organization is always key to ensuring a stress-free event. To help you stay on top of things and handle everything with grace, I’ve laid out five easy steps for hosting the perfect holiday party.

This metallic-tinged tablescape inspired me to create some coordinating party elements below.

Click through for Brandy’s tips on throwing the perfect holiday party…

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Printable “How to Holiday” List

The holidays are definitely a busy time of making, eating, and going places. Instead of trying to remember everything on your to-do list off the top of your head, let’s make things official (and a little more fun!) with a fill-in list. A “How to Holiday” list, to be exact, ready for you to print and hang up. Grab the download below.

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fill-in holiday list

Click through for our “How to Holiday” printable…

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DIY: Printable Advent Calendar

diy advent calendar
I love advent calendars. I’m not sure if it’s the excitement that Christmas is near or the promise of a piece of chocolate every day, but each year I look forward to coming up with a new way to enjoy the countdown.

This year’s advent calendar is Scandinavian-inspired and comes ready for you to print and make at home. Get the free download after the jump…

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How To: Get Great Family Photos (For Your Holiday Cards!)

Minted’s newest collection of holiday cards is now available (you can also see all of the winning holiday photo-card designs right here!), which means it’s time to start thinking about which card you’ll be mailing out this holiday season. If you decide to go the photo-card route, we know it can be a daunting task deciding on a single photo that perfectly captures your family. To help, I interviewed San Francisco-based kids photographer Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Co.—she photographs our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy’s holiday-card photo every year!—for her best tips on getting beautiful family pictures you’ll treasure for years to come.

1. Find the right photographer.
Make sure your photographer enjoys shooting kids. If you still have last year’s batch of holiday cards, go through the stack and pull a couple of favorites, then ask your friends who their photographer was. “Word of mouth is really the best recommendation,” says Sarah.

See Sarah’s seven other genius tips after the jump…

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How to Tie the Perfect Bow

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Since the launch of our new wrap and ribbon this year, we’ve been doing quite a bit of gift wrapping around here. In that spirit, I thought I’d share one of my favorite tips for making presents picture perfect. Let’s learn how to tie the perfect bow!

Read the full instructions after the jump!

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a colorful tape christmas tree

By Melanie of You Are My Fave


My husband and I have been married for over seven years but last Christmas was the first we actually had a real tree. The excuses were legitimate – cramped apartment, no money, traveling during the holidays, no kids to enjoy it. But even though that stopped us from having a traditional tree, I didn’t want it to ruin my attempts at being festive. So for those few years, I would make an unconventional tree to display. Here’s an example of a tree that housed our presents underneath it one year.

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scratch off activity advent

By Melanie of You Are My Fave


Advent calendars are my favorite thing to make for the holidays. With the first day of the countdown only being ten days away, I thought today would be a good time to share this scratch off one that you can make with only a few supplies. It might be the perfect long weekend project to kick off the festivities.

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Note from the Editor

St Patrick’s day seems to creep up just as we’re starting to dive into out first bag of mini cadbury eggs and planting our spring grass. I love the flexibility that St Patrick’s day can focus on either green shamrocks or rainbows. Here are a few last minute fun ideas for your festive St Patrick’s day this year:

Green velvet cake/Shamrock barrette/Rainbow headband/Leprechaun hat favors/Rainbow felt table runner/Clover patch cake/Leprechaun trap cake/Moss shamrock for your door/Shamrock juice

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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