Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Hauliday Wish List

Ho, ho ho! With any luck, my Santa this year just might be Chronicle Books. They're offering up a holiday haul of their super-awesome books, valued up to $500. Below I'm posting my wish list of titles in the hopes they'll deliver them to my doorstep.

Bear with me, because there's something in it for you too! If the book gods smile on me and I actually win the prize, one of my readers will win as well. All you have to do is leave a comment after the post. Besides, these books are fab so take a look. Best of luck to us both!

Dear Chronicle Books—all I want for Christmas is:

Handmade Weddings By Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle, Shana Faust, Joseph De Leo ($24.95)

Amy Butler's Style Stitches by Amy Butler, David Butler ($29.95)

Curiosities: Vintage-Inspired Adornments for Gifts and Correspondence ($24.95)

Silhouette Art by Vana Chupp ($18.95)

French General: Party Paperie by Kaari Meng ($14.95)

Witch Craft by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar ($14.95)

Sublime Stitching Craft Pad by Jenny Hart ($12.95)

Sukie Iron-On Craft Pad by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Harding ($14.95)

Cake Pops by Bakerella ($19.95)

Princess Tea: Parties and Treats for Little Girls by Janeen A. Sarlin with Noelle Shipley ($19.95)

Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho ($16.95)

Fast, Fresh & Green by Susie Middleton ($24.95)

Field Guide to Produce by Aliza Green ($15.95)

Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free by Karen Morgan ($24.95)

Paper + Craft by Minhee and Truman Cho ($19.95)

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson ($40.00)

Reprodepot Pattern Book by Djerba Goldfinger, Grace Bonney, Mollie Green ($24.95)

Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart ($19.95)

Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart, Aimee Herring ($24.95)

Pretty Pantry Gifts by Tara Duggan ($19.95)

The Pillow Book by Shannon Okey ($24.95)

Amy Butler's In Stitches by Amy Butler, Colin McGuire ($24.95)

Whoopie Pies by Sarah Billingsley ($16.95)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fake Your Way To Professional Cakes

Has everyone seen this but me? I may be the last to know, but on the off-chance I'm not I thought this deserved a post. I'm talking about the Cricut Cake, aka the newest shiny toy I want.

Cricut is a home die-cutting machine first used for scrapbooking. The original cuts fun shapes for you out of paper, vinyl and fabrics. You simply purchase the cartridges containing the shapes you want or create your own. I know folks who have them, but the Cricut had never really captured my fancy...until I discovered they've made a baker's version. The Cricut Cake will cut out shapes out of SHEETS OF FROSTING! Genius, I say...genius! This machine plus a plain homemade or store-bought cake would make me look like a baking whiz extraordinaire. I've got to get my hands on one to try it out. Do any of my Host-It Notes readers have a Cricut Cake? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, so please leave a comment!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Free Downloadable Elf House

I adore Mollie Johanson's blog, Wild Olive. Mollie makes fantastic embroidery patterns, some of which she offers for free (!) on her blog. Last week she recruited Cate Anevski to contribute. Cate whipped up a pretty printable elf house for the holidays—just print and assemble. I like this because not only is it adorable in its own right (print, fold, and hang it from thread for an instant ornament!), but you can also use her layout as a template for your own hand-drawn creations. Try tracing the shape but decorating it as a gingerbread house, then fold according to Cate's instructions. Now that's super cute and a fun project for kids. Click here for the post where you can download the elf house. If you make some of your own, please email us a picture!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Advent Calendar Inspiration

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we're on the brink of a favorite holiday tradition, the advent calendar. This year my girlfriends and I swapped names and put together 24-25 gifts for each other to be opened on the days leading up to Christmas. I've shipped mine off to my secret Santa recipient and I'm eagerly awaiting my own box of gifts. Whether it's a simple paper version or a collection of gifts, you still have time to create your own advent calendar for your loved ones. Here are a few ideas for what gifts to put in it (click to follow the links).

For Boys:

For Girls:

For Kids:

For Everyone: You can never go wrong with an edible gift. Look for unique jams or jellies, specialty crackers, tea, coffee, fine dark or flavored chocolates, trail mix or cookies — opt for homemade cookies or a little something special like dark chocolate dipped Oreos. Keep tabs on your recipient's favorite candies and be sure to include them in the calendar. Breath fresheners like gum or Listerine strips are always appreciated.

Practical gifts are also a must. A friend of mine used to love getting Q-tips and Band-aids in her advent calendar. Other practical gifts can include nail files, toothbrushes, body loofahs, pencils and pens. Do you have an advent calendar each year?

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Pie, Your Pie

Williams-Sonoma can't seem to stop making things I want, and that includes this handy little pie maker. The Breville Pie Maker bakes up to four individual pies in just 8 minutes. Sweet pies, meat pies, any kind of treat pies (and that includes quiche)...and it looks like a cinch!

Does anyone have a personal pie maker at home? How do you like it?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am thankful for...

I am thankful for blogs that inspire. Today I'm sitting down with the family for a lovely Thanksgiving meal, but before I do, I'll point you in the direction of my latest inspiration, Ruffled. Check out this fantastic idea for turning vintage silverware into elegant name card holders. Charming and easy! Have a wonderful holiday, dear readers.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

French Bull Is My China Shop

I'm unreasonably enamored with every product offered by French Bull (www.frenchbull.com). I've seen their wares in stores but it wasn't until now that I managed to track down where they came from. Look, shop, enjoy...that is all.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cake Stand Love: Sweet and Saucy

There's a new cake stand haven online! Melody Brandon, Co-Owner and Head Pastry Chef of the Sweet & Saucy Shop, has put together the Sweet and Saucy Supply! It's an online shop full of fabulous cake stands, cupcake liners, domes, bowls and more. We've already featured a few of these styles on Host-It Notes, so it's great to have this wide selection in one place. I love, love, love it and so will you: www.sweetandsaucysupply.com

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Sneak Peek

I was recently asked to guest post for the holidays on another website. The post—plus holiday entertaining tips—won't appear until December, but until then here's a sneak peek at what we put together today. Enjoy, and make your holidays sparkly!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter is waving his wand once more, and fans of all ages are flocking to movie theaters. Plan a pre-party celebration before you catch an upcoming show. I found great inspiration in this Harry Potter birthday party shown over at Hostess with the Mostess. To see more pictures click here and here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Giveaway Winner: Happy Birthday Host-It Notes!

Congratulations to megan and jorsulak! You've both won an Eric Carle birthday party kit in our Happy Birthday Host-It Notes Friday Giveaway! To enter our random drawing, readers had to tell us their favorite children's book.

Megan said, "My favorite (at the moment:) is "1 2 3 to the Zoo" a counting book by Eric Carle! No kidding! It's a great one:) This is currently my daughters' [M (28mo)& Em's(6.5mo)] favorite book (and by favorite, I mean I read it 3+ times per day, before naps and bedtimes:) I had no idea there was an E.C. party kit. Awesome!"

Jorsulak said, "Growing up my favorite children's book is The House that Had Enough by P.E. King. I think it was a golden book. It was a cute little story about a girl who did not take care of her things and everything, including her house, ran away. The only thing that stayed with her was her pillow. Strangely, you would think that as an adult, that book would have made me a more organized person. Not so! Any day now I'm sure everything in my messy closet is going to walk out while I am at work! It's a great book though, I still have a copy. :-)"

Thank you for entering our contest, and congratulations on your win! Have any Host-It Notes readers ever thrown a party based on themes from a book?

Crafter's Night Out

I recently visited my local Paper Source to take one of their monthly classes. Right now PS is offering workshops on DIY holiday decor and wrapping gifts. I stopped in at a session called Crafter's Night Out, which had us make gift containers in different styles.

This little snowman was a tiny version of a takeout box decked out with bits of construction paper and red-and-white pipe cleaners. We also did some pretty basic stamping, embossing, and gluing to make the above projects. For these it's all a matter of getting the right materials. For the plaid clad box you'll want this square favor box. The others can be found in stores.

One of the simplest projects, and my personal favorite, is this paper name card holder that creates a pouch. To make one of your own, grab a sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper. You'll want to use one that's attractive on both sides — to make demonstrating easier I've used paper that is blank on one side. Fold the paper in half "hamburger style," meaning you want a short squat folded paper, not a long skinny one (which would be "hotdog style"). Fold two corners in toward the center crease to create a paper airplane look:

Rotate the paper so the "airplane" points up, then fold up the flap of extra paper extending below the triangle. Crease it. What you'll get looks like a little hat.

Pull both ends of the bottom in toward each other. Tuck one end into the other. Use double-sided tape to secure. It helps if you apply the tape before you start carefully tucking the flap.

You now have what looks like an envelope that has no bottom inside. Reach in and use your fingers to grab the flap lying flush within the envelope. Pull it towards the tucked-in front. Be sure to press down with your fingers to create a make-shift paper bowl at the bottom. Now you can put treats in the envelope.

The brown version we made in class shows how you can tuck a place card or other note into the front of your creation. Also, fill that interior pocket with goodies like wrapped candies, pistachios, saltwater taffy, or dried flowers. In class we accented ours with a bit of ribbon and a paper leaf. We punched notches at the tip of the triangle to help keep the ribbon in place.

My motto? I take classes so you don't have to. Are there any classes in your area you'd recommend to a friend?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have a crowd of kids coming over for Thanksgiving, here are a few easy activities that will make the children feel special and keep them happily occupied (rather than under your feet).

If they are your kids, or ones you see often, get them involved with crafting a centerpiece several days before. Let them select and draw or paint on pumpkins, then cluster them in the center of the table. Older children can create paper pumpkins ala this tutorial by Make Mine Lime. Or use fallen leaves the kids collect and dip in paint to stamp leaf shapes on a long sheet of plain butcher paper. Use the paper as their tablecloth on Thanksgiving Day. Keep younger children busy during the meal by offering crayons to draw with on their paper tablecloth. Write their names in front of their seats and leave prompts like "What I'm thankful for…" You can also download free coloring pages here and here. Kids can color them in the afternoon before dinner. Use clothespins and twine to hang them along the wall as a garland to show off their creations.

For dessert serve Turkey Cupcakes like these cuties from Betty Crocker—recipe here.

What do your kids like best about Thanksgiving?

Pumpkin photo by Michael Kooiman via wikicommons. Cupcake photo via Betty Crocker.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Big Bird Thanksgiving

No, the title of this post doesn't refer to that friendly fellow from Sesame Street. We're talking about big ol' turkeys, specifically Thanksgiving parties large enough to require cooking that big ol' turkey. We've got a few tips on serving up a an extended family-and-friends-size Thanksgiving dinner.

When buying your bird, aim for about 1 pound of pre-cooked meat per person. If you are a bunch of big eaters and love leftovers you can increase that to 1.5 - 2 lbs. If guests over-indulge on appetizers and sides, and you find yourself with too much turkey, you can always pop the leftover meat in the freezer for later. Be sure to serve up a few traditional sides your family loves, but add in at least one new recipe to keep things fresh. Who knows—you just might create a new tradition!

When seating spills over your average dining table it's all too common to relegate certain guests to the "kids" table, which often contains no actual kids as families grow older together. Rather than separating the group into two or three sections, try creating an "L" or "T" shape with your tables. It's a great way to keep the heart of the dinner in one place and encourage a shared conversation among guests.

Plan ahead to keep things organized. An inexpensive collapsible garment rack in your entry way can keep coats and scarves tidy without cluttering up a freshly made bed (or, in my case, it means I don't have to clean my room just to put coats in it…yes, I'm lazy). Avoid dirtying more dishes and filling up your fridge by buying disposable storage containers to pack leftovers in for guests. Purchase white takeout boxes from a restaurant supply store. Print, cut and adhere these free downloadable labels I found over at TomKat Studio to your boxes, and people will be extra impressed with your planning skills. Set up a "leftovers buffet" on the counter for guests to load up their own boxes as they leave, allowing you to put your feet up and relax.

Finally, consider hiring help. I don't necessarily mean hiring outside staff—even catering teams need a holiday. Instead, look inside your family circle for a few pre-teens and teenagers you can offer cash incentives to for arriving early to help with set-up and food prep, as well as washing dishes and taking out the trash. Give them their instructions in advance. They'll be glad for the cash, and you'll be glad for the free time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

Not only did my blog turn 1 last week, but today is my birthday as well! Celebrate with me by entering our contest to win a party pack featuring the designs of author Eric Carle. Contest closes at midnight on November 18th. To enter to win, leave a comment after the post telling me your favorite children's book. The winners will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

A Small Thanksgiving For 4-6 Guests

I love hosting holiday dinners for 4-6 people. A small group is the perfect size for relaxed fun. You don't have to break your back lifting a monster turkey in and out of the oven just to feed them, and having a few guests over makes for casual, intimate conversation that only gets better as the night gets going.

If you're hosting fellow adults, set up a bar area away from the kitchen where guests can serve themselves cocktails. Create a signature drink for the evening, like a cranberry spritzer garnished with fresh cranberries you slide on swizzle sticks. Offer a small selection of other mixed drinks and beers. Chill a bottle of champagne for a special toast before the meal begins (plus one more for when that runs out). Place several bowls of snacks like spiced nuts and seasoned pretzels as well as your favorite candies around the room to avoid serving passed hors d'oeuvres. When inviting guests, let them know both when cocktails start and when they'll actually be sitting down to the meal so they can plan accordingly and not arrive ravenously hungry.

Depending on your crowd you can serve up the old standards or try something new, like this Autumn Panzanella in lieu of stuffing. A large turkey breast will likely be all you need for your group, especially if you offer 2-4 sides. Many casserole sides can be assembled and refrigerated the night before and cooked the next day. Dress up the table by playing on a single fall color in all of its shades. Decorate with browns from chocolate to taupe, incorporating fall leaves and gourds. Or opt for metallics—spray tiny pumpkins and empty bottles (for vases) in silver and gold paint, light glittery candles, and find fabrics shot through with metallic threads or a bit of shine for table runners and napkins.

When planning a party for 4-6 people, give things a personal touch. Write out place cards that say "I'm thankful for…" including the reason why you're thankful for each guest. Bake a small individual pie for each person—let guests "order" their pie flavor in advance (limit the options to two) or make a few extra of each. You can freeze what isn't eaten or send them home as leftovers. Write out the recipes of what you're serving for guests who like to cook.

Favors are certainly not expected for Thanksgiving, but why not send guests home with packs of pretty thank-you cards to use later?

Photo by Ltshears via Wikicommons

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

'Twas the week before Thanksgiving, and all through the house thoughts of turkey were stirring, sized for you and your spouse. A lot of my friends stay in the city for Thanksgiving and opt for low-key two-person celebrations. Often "home" is too far away, or they have plans to travel for Christmas so stay put for Turkey Day. What to do when the holiday arrives and it's just you two?

The first step to making Thanksgiving for two special is to avoid the tv dinner vibe. Put on music instead of the television, change out of those sweatpants and set the table. Cloth napkins, candlelight and a modest centerpiece can go a long way toward setting the scene.

An entire turkey is far too big for just 2-3 people. Invest in a breast—a small turkey breast will offer plenty of meat for dinner and you can freeze the leftovers for sandwiches and soups later. If you want a little more pizzaz you can pick up cornish game hens. The miniature birds can be roasted whole for all the look at a fraction of the size. We wrap ours with bacon and stuff them with green apple cornbread. Cornbread: Cook up a slice or two of bacon and chop it, then sauté 1/2 cup celery and 1 cup onion in some of the bacon grease, seasoning with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix a small diced Granny Smith apple with one package Jiffy cornbread mix, a beaten egg and a few tablespoons of apple cider until moist. Add in the bacon, celery and onions and stir to combine. Stuff the game hens and roast until done. I cook any extra stuffing in a separate ramekin on the side.

Another great option is to buy turkey cutlets. Pound the turkey cutlets to flatten them, put a dollop of the stuffing of your choice in the center of each, roll the cutlet around the stuffing, then wrap with kitchen twine. Brown the turkey rolls in a skillet before placing them in a preheated oven. Cook at 375 degrees F until turkey is cooked through, about 20 minutes. The great part about this is you can assemble the turkey rolls the day before and have them ready for browning/roasting without further prep on Thanksgiving Day. Don't forget the gravy—my friend Morgan has a stress-free gravy recipe on her blog.

A whole pie can be just right for couples with a serious sweet tooth, but consider making miniature pumpkin, apple or pecan pies in jars or ramekins to avoid too many leftovers. Or think outside the box and serve pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin creme brulee, or pumpkin cupcakes.

Finally, find a way to tell your companion how thankful you are for him or her. List a few of their best attributes in a note or share a memory of a time spent together you particularly treasure. Then toast to the memories to come in the year ahead.

Check back in later this week. We'll talk about hosting Thanksgiving for 4-6 as well as for big family gatherings.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy 1st Anniversary to Us!

Host-It Notes has been posting about parties, planning, and pretty things for one full year now! A huge thank you to all of our readers for visiting us. Be sure to look us up on Facebook, and soon we'll be tweeting too. Read on to check out our birthday-themed Friday Giveaway. Now here's our question to you: What would you like to see more of from Host-It Notes in year number two?

Friday Giveaway: Happy Birthday Host-It Notes!

Happy Birthday to us! To celebrate one year of posting here at Host-It Notes, this week's Friday Giveaway is all about the birthday. We're giving away two Eric Carle Birthday Party Kits. You know Carle best from his iconic children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These birthday kits feature art from this book and others. Each comes with 20 party favor bags, crowns, stickers, a banner, and a Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Elephant game. To enter to win one of the kits, all you have to do is leave a comment after the post telling me your favorite children's book. We'll run this contest all week, so leave your comment by midnight on Nov. 18 and we'll announce the randomly chosen winners the next day. Good luck!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Twine Not?

I've been meaning to write about twine for a while, but every time I sit down to do so I convince myself to wait until I've bought some and done a craft with it. Well, after months of never accomplishing that, I decided that DIY project or no, you need to know about this pretty twine! (That's right, still haven't bought mine...)

I first spotted this twine at a hip craft fair and I've seen it around the blogosphere since then. I tracked it down to The Twinery. They do one thing and they do it well—twine in pretty colors.

Why do you need twine in your life? Because it's cute! Wrap gifts with it, truss a turkey, use it to hang ornaments on a tree, create mini bunting garlands, wrap it around jars of homemade goodness before you give them as gifts. A big spool'll run you $14. They come in colors like Mandarin, Peapod, Cappuccino and Pink Sorbet. Me, I want the sampler pack—you get a smaller amount of 8 different colors for $14.95. Get yours at The Twinery: www.thetwinery.com.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gorgeous Gender Neutral Baby Shower

I'll be turning my attention to Thanksgiving soon, but while we're on the subject of baby showers I just had to point out this stunning shower. To me this is the mother of all gender-neutral showers (no pun intended).

Sandy from The Winding Road threw this lovely shower for a friend who is expecting a third child but is waiting to learn the gender. Sandy blew my mind when I read her post—not only did she plan every detail of this gorgeous party, but she MADE most of it. After picking up fabric in her gender-friendly colors, she sewed tablecloths, a runner, two pairs of booties, two baby outfits, and even some pillowcases! Can...you...imagine?!

Bravo to you, Miss Sandy, for your fine work and beautiful party! Sandy has a lot more pictures and details over at The Winding Road, including a pretty cake! Click here to go there now.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Sports-Themed Baby Shower for Girls

Host-It Notes reader Liz has some tricky party planning to do and turned to us for inspiration. Here's what Liz had to say:

I'm throwing a baby shower for my brother and sister-in-law. We've decided to do a coed shower so my brother can invite his work friends, and it's going to be on January 23 so the guys can watch football. They're having a girl, so I want to pick a theme that won't alienate the guys but will still make my sister-in-law feel that she's actually having a shower. Any ideas how to incorporate "shower" into a football party? I'm coming up blank besides doing a pink football cake.

Girls, sports, co-ed, football—you've got a lot going on at this party! Kick off the excitement by sending out invites that set the tone. Try creating narrow invitations that look like game day tickets. Or type the information out and cut the paper in the shape of a sports pennant.

Baby showers for little girls inevitably turn our minds to pink. To fit better with the football fun, avoid pastels. Instead pick out bold, but girly, colors that give great energy to a room. Look for gem and candy tones—magenta, bright yellow or orange, or bold turquoise or purple. There's no need to incorporate the football team's colors unless both parents are mega-fans. Instead, take your hot colors and incorporate them into your decorations. Balloons and confetti are always festive but consider getting crafty too. Sew brightly colored bunting to hang along a wall. For a simple, sporty craft, use stiff felt to cut out long pennant flags in your colors. Use felt letters to spell out the baby's name (if known), the parents names, and "It's a Girl!" or "Go girl!" then hang your pennants on the wall. Use pretty ribbons tied to the end of painted dowels to create rooter pom poms guests can use to cheer on the football game and shower games alike. Cut and sew colorful felt into oversized gloves shaped to look like those giant foam #1 fingers. A few pink megaphones in varying heights could make a fun centerpiece—stick gerbera daisies in different colors in the mouthpieces. I found some hot pink megaphones online here. If you can, try to score containers like the glitter pails below, which you can turn into great centerpieces, use as the base of a gift basket, or just serve up some treats in. According to a company rep, your best chances of finding them are at The Container Store and Hobby Lobby. Finally, click here for some football centerpiece inspiration. A creative crafter cut holes in actual sports balls to turn them into centerpieces stuffed with baby toys!

Tailgating food meets baby shower when you make "baby bites" of your favorite game time snacks. Food to consider: chicken wings, mini-sliders, jalapeno poppers, baby corndogs or pigs in a blanket served with toppings like relish and onions to give them that stadium hotdog flavor. What about fries? Turn sheets of paper in bold colors and pretty patterns into cones to serve the fries in (line with wax or parchment paper to keep grease from soaking through). Want nachos? Try cooking chopped onion in a tablespoon of olive oil and season with a few pinches of garlic, salt and cumin and chili powders. Transfer the onion and spice mixture to your food processor and add a can of rinsed, drained black beans. Puree until blended and mostly smooth. Use a spoon (or pipe through a pastry bag) to drop a dollop of bean mixture into individual Tostito Scoops. Top with shredded cheese and heat in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese melts and the beans are warmed through. You can even top them with a little shredded lettuce, salsa and/or sour cream. Voila, easy to eat bite-sized nachos!

A football cake is indeed a good idea, or you can use ribbon/felt to make tiny pennants to top a traditional cake. Place bowls of rainbow-colored candy (like Skittles, fruit licorice, Starburst, and lollipops) around the room for snacking game watchers with a sweet tooth. All the football watching may not leave much room for traditional shower games, but it would be fun to include games that play on your sports and baby themes. Can your guests score a "field goal" by flicking a pacifier between two baby bottles at the other end of the table? Plus, guests can always bet on the game, and those who choose the correct winner take home a small prize.

Does anyone else have inspiration or ideas for Liz? Got a question about your own party? Leave a comment, or email your question to hostess @ host-itnotes.com.

Friday Giveaway Winner: Have Wine, Will Travel

Congrats to Paul. You won yourself a few awesome-looking wine bags. Hope they make gift-giving easier! Enjoy, and thanks for reading.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Free Label Download

This mini-project combines two of my favorite things—wine and free stuff. Better Homes and Gardens has free label downloads that turn a bottle of wine into a greeting card. It's an inexpensive way to dress up your holiday gift bottles. Click here to visit BHG and download the labels.

Do you serve wine at the holidays, or do you prefer another beverage (alcoholic or non-)?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Giveaway: Have Wine, Will Travel

We have a modest little giveaway this week. I found these wine bags at Trader Joe's and thought they were smashing. I love vintage travel tags. I wish hotels and cruise lines were still giving them out, so I could buy an old school steamer trunk and paste it up!

Obviously, this giveaway didn't break the bank. I promise to have a more splashy prize soon. In the meantime, come get some free stuff! To enter to win, become a Host-It Notes follower via Google Friend Connect, or "Like" Host-It Notes on Facebook. Are you a Host-It Notes superfan who has already done those things? Leave a comment below telling me the best hostess gift you've ever given or received!


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