All posts tagged: Housewarming

A little one year celebration

and just like that, my first year as a homeowner is in the books. It’s hard to believe it’s actually been a year, but a couple of weekends ago it was my first anniversary with the cottage. I realized it a few weeks back when I was coordinating the summer weekend calendar with friends (you know I have a google doc, right?) It was the perfect opportunity to throw a belated housewarming to invite my friends who have helped make this place my second home. My number one tip for entertaining is to actually enjoy the party you are throwing. Once the first guests arrives, make sure you have a glass of wine in your hand and enjoy. So, here are some pics from the party paired with some of my entertaining tips to help make throwing a party easy and (more importantly) fun for both your guests and for YOU! Setting  the Scene: Use what you have. I don’t have a table and chairs for 25 people (at least not yet) so combining some blankets, cinder …

a little something for my friends

This week became the week of gift-giving and the perfect opportunity to look at some great gift ideas for housewarming and hostess gifts. Earlier in the week, my boyfriend Marc and I had another couple over for dinner to watch the Rangers playoff game. It was a low-key night with take-out pizza and a homemade salad. Our friends brought us some lovely chocolates and a candle, which was so thoughtful and made me think about gift-giving ideas for upcoming parties we have on the calendar. On Saturday, we headed over to Brooklyn for another couple’s housewarming party. Since I didn’t know their design aesthetic, we opted to get them a gift certificate to a great local restaurant to welcome them to their new neighborhood. Here are some other spring gift options for when you want a change-up from a bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers. for the home: 1. Small Candles: These small Tocca candles in scents like Bali are great hostess gifts, like the one I received earlier in the week. I enjoy …