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Gift Guide for the Hostess

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Today is the last of my Gift Guides (at least for now) and tomorrow night I will attend my first Holiday party of the Season. I always have to find that perfect Hostess gift to take with me, so I thought it fitting to share with you my favorite go-to Hostess gifts.

If your Holiday parties are kicking into high gear too, choose from these perfect Hostess gifts for those who love to Entertain. Trust me, coming from an “Entertainer” myself, you can’t go wrong with any of these lovely picks when it comes to gifting for those epic Party Hosts and Hostesses in your life.

Cheers! xo,

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  1. Lela Rose Pret-a-Party–One of my favorite fashion designers and Texans, Lela Rose, brings us her brand new book all about creative entertaining. I have this one and I LOVE it. It’s super inspiring for anyone who loves to entertain and loves beautiful fashion and interiors.
  2. “Moscow” Mule Cups–If you want to be one of the “cool kids” then you have to drink one of the most trendy and fashionable drinks around, the Moscow Mule. This Gingery concoction only seems authentic when drinking it from a Copper Mule Mug so gift your host a pair or a few. They’re perfect for entertainers or friends who just like to have fun! 
  3. I am Thankful Notes–Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving. I think these gorgeous letterpress note cards are the perfect way to tell your family, friends and favorite hostess that you are Thankful for them too!
  4. Williams Sonoma Candle–I love the Spiced Pomegranate scent of this beautiful gold Williams Sonoma Candle for the holidays. It is perfectly pretty and smells festive for any room, but especially the kitchen and dining room. And those are the places your favorite entertaining friends hang out the most.
  5. Dotted Cocktail Shaker–Cocktails Anyone? I love how this shaker is clear so you can see what’s going on inside. Kate Spade always knows how to spice things up with pattern too and these dots are adorable.
  6. Gold Cocktail Shaker–If the dotted version above is too girly, or your bartender loves more of a James Bond feel, try this gorgeous gold shaker instead. I can hear Sean Connery’s best bond voice as I type this. Or maybe Roger Moore. Either way, I love both shakers and both Bonds, so please don’t make me choose!
  7. Cheers! Wine Bag–Is taking your favorite wine just too easy so it’s your go-to gift? Or is it a luxury to your hosts because you love great wine and you love to give it away? Well then how about a handsome-looking wine bag to wrap it in so your fabulous gift has that finishing touch? Like a perfectly prepared Hostess, I think I’ll order several of these for those last minute gifts that I need to have on hand.
  8. Hammered Copper Flatware–Mixed Metals, Copper, Brass and Rose Gold have been all the rage at the 2 most recent High Point Furniture Markets (you know High Point–the “Fashion Week” of the Furniture Industry!) So if you want to be on trend, buy this beautiful hammered copper flatware for yourself to host seated dinners, or give it as a gift to someone who will appreciate it. This gorgeous set looks pricey but thanks to Target, it’s not so bad!
  9. Sea Salt Caramel Truffles–Who can resist Charbonnel et Walker Dark Chocolate Truffles with liquid caramel and sea salt centers? These are both delicious and beautiful and perfect for a host or as a treat in your stocking.
  10. The Curious Bartender Book–This great book brings us the “Artistry and Alchemy” of the perfect cocktail. How interesting is that, right? If your host or hostess are into mixology or enjoy history, they will love this book that delves into the past of our favorite cocktails and then adds a modern flair to them for today’s tastes. A fun collectible with lots of useful information and recipes. 
  11. Paddleboard Board with Dip Bowls–I love this serving board and dip bowls from the World’s most famous entertaining expert, Martha Stewart. If it’s Martha designed and approved it’s good enough for me! 
  12. Cutlery Kraft Placemats–I love this set of 25 craft paper placemats that are bound at the top.  You just pull them off the gummed pad as needed like a piece of notebook paper. The cutlery design is charming and a bit rustic. Great for casual entertaining so your hosts will love these. They also come in a classic Blue and White version for all those classicists in your life! 
  13. Gold Plated Flask–You never know when you might want to take your favorite beverage with you. From tailgating, to fishing, to sitting around the fire with friends, you can always have your drink of choice at hand and with the gold-plating you’ll look glamorous in the process. I think this is a unique gift for both men and women. 
  14. Potted Rosemary–I love the smell of fresh Rosemary and how fun to be able to add it to your favorite recipes. This plant is shipped straight from the grower so it’s super fresh upon arrival and in great shape to grow and flourish for it’s new owner. 
  15. Copper Wine Bucket–This beautiful Copper Wine Bucket with Brass Handles makes a great gift for Christmas or even a bridal shower. It will chill 2 bottles of wine or champagne at once and it’s also great as an ice bucket. Maybe this gift should be under the tree for you, if you love to entertain. 
  16. Agate Spreaders–I love these stunning natural agate spreaders with silver edges by Rab Labs. The best of rustic and glamour all in one. And spreaders are so handy. I think any host or hostess would love getting these. They will use them for years to come at events both formal and casual. I’ll take two, please! 
  17. Dotted Paper Coasters–Fun and Festive, this set of 24 paper coasters with gold dots are so functional. Who doesn’t need coasters? And with this design they are so versatile and perfect for everything from Christmas or Hanukah to New Years, Valentine’s Day or Birthday Parties. And the price is perfect for hostess gifts. Great style, but affordable!  

 

 

Traditional Home Fall Feast Photo Shoot: Let Me Take YOU Behind the Scenes

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I recently hosted a dinner party to share with my nearest and dearest all the stories and photos I brought back from my amazing trip to Scotland! Traditional Home joined me for the preparations, and the story is in the magazine this month. They’ve also included photos and recipes of the event on their website.

And, today, I discuss more about the decor for the event (including how YOU can create a Fall Feast that’s vibrant and fresh), over at my friend P. Allen Smith’s blog. Don’t miss it!

In Designer MBA last week, we talked for a moment about how to work smart at a photo shoot, and it occurred to me that YOU might be interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to pull off an event like this, when it’s going to be captured on film. So I pulled together some progress shots for you.

Of course the lighting had to be just right!

And the Palette Catering staff was busting a move in the kitchen! They were fabulous, as always! They helped me re-create this shortbread: a recipe I picked-up on the trip!

And the flan…to die for!

The all-green centerpiece really amped-up the decor!

These favor pouches were a special treat for my guests, and the tag echoes the stagshead motif that’s incorporated throughout the decor!

Whew! These photo shoots take more work than you might think! At least after it was all said and done I had the chance to sit down and enjoy the fine meal and the great company!

Xo,

p.s. For more on styling your home for parties with a keen designer eye, join me at Camp Tobi Fairley for Design A to Z, November 7-9! It’s a 26-step crash course in the basics of design. You won’t want to miss it! See what people are saying about Camp Tobi Fairley events here!

 

 

Entertaining Extra: Blue & White Tablescape

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This month’s Entertaining Feature shows a beautiful tablescape by designer Kathryn Greeley. I find blue-and-white ware to be great year round and with a few additions you can create a table worthy of any winter gathering.  Here’s my take of a tablescape using classic blue and white.

1. Williams- Sonoma Hemstitched Linen Placemat 2.Williams- Sonoma Venezia Wooden Charger 3. Johnson Brothers Willow Blue China 4. West Elm Smoked Glassware 5. Williams- Sonoma Laguiole Flatware 6. Pottery Barn Wood Baluster Pie Server 7. Williams- Sonoma Hemstitched Linen Napkin 8. Custom Tablecloth made with fabric from Inside Fabric Plaid Fabric

Happy Dining! -Tobi

P. Allen Smith: Rustic Egg Tablescape

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A big welcome back to our gardening expert P. Allen Smith!  Today he’s moving indoor to show you how to create a wonderfully rustic tablescape using farm fresh eggs.  I’ve had some of the eggs from Moss Mountain Farm and they are DELICIOUS! – Tobi

P. Allen Smith, Garden and Lifestyle Designer

Creating a Rustic Egg Tablescape

A rustic and casual table setting is one of my favorite approaches to a breakfast/brunch tablescape.  I like the intimacy of the smaller setting when I have just a few friends over.  On chilly mornings, a fire flickering in the background adds warmth and ambience to this simple setting.

Light blue brightens and enhances the earth tones of this table setting.  By blending those hues with the rustic colors of my summer kitchen the whole effect ‘hangs together’.  Tawny brown wicker chargers add a lace-like texture to the hard and darker surfaces.

Toast slices in my antique ‘spoons’ napkin holder adds a touch of fun and garners comments from my guests. 

The multi-colored plaid napkins also help to bring everything together and add a touch of autumn color to the table.

Rather than flowers, I used a bounty of eggs from our hens.  These eggs came from the various breeds of heritage chickens we keep at the farm.

Bowls in the form of nests and the feathers on the plate follow the rustic farm theme. 

From the Garden Home®,

 

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Saint Nick – A fresh new look for a jolly old soul!

Visit Tobi Fairley Home to view the new Saint Nick pillows just in time for your holiday decorating! Three beautiful colorways available as well as left and right facing options.

 

Ask Tobi

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Q:

I have about 6 different sets of china consisting of 3-5 pieces each of mixed and matched place settings. My question – is it approaite to set a dining table with the mixed matched sets?

Sandra

A:

Thanks for the question Sandra! For your question I decided to defer to my great friend Kathryn Greeley. She’s a tabletop expert and the author of the new book The Collected Tabletop. She also has a great blog, The Collected Room.

Kathryn Greeley, Tabletop and Entertaining Expert

Hi Sandra! I am so glad you’ve shown an interest in your own “collected tabletop.” And thank you Tobi for letting me join in on your wonderful “Ask Tobi” series.

Absolutely, I love mixing patterns on a table. There are endless opportunities with different patterns! I would start with the dinner plates. If you have six different dinner plates, go ahead and set each placesetting with a different pattern. If you have matching salads or bread and butters, team those up with the matching dinner plates. If there is a common color in the six sets, pull that color out for placemats or a tablecloth, and napkins. If you have an appropriate size serving piece in any of the patterns, you might want to use that for flowers for your centerpiece. And if you have a variety of cups or bowls, that would be great for serving coffee and/or dessert by the fire or on the porch! When collecting and mixing patterns, I always recommend combining patterns that all have a common color or pattern-something that gives the collection unity.

Cheers!
Kathryn

 

 

 “10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started a Design Business”

My latest design business article is now live on Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace.  I’m sharing some valuable insights into my experiences in business.  Even if you work in another field, some of these tips could be applied to your business.  Read the article here…

 

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