Mon, 26 Dec 2011 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
For many families a trip to the tree farm marks the beginning of Holiday festivities each year. For some, this happens as early as the day after Halloween and for the rest of us somewhere very near the end of the Thanksgiving Day parade! This year Rose Anne Erickson Realty has a few tips to help keep your tree and wreath fresh throughout the Holiday.
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
Social calendars come to life this time of year with holiday dinners, cookie exchanges, family gatherings, maybe even a housewarming at a new home in Phenix City, AL. Wherever you celebrate the season, bring some extra holiday cheer by presenting a special gift for your host or hostess. There are a few go-to gifts such as wine or flowers that are always appreciated and easy to grab in a rush. However, if you have a little time to think ahead, consider a gift that may reflect your host or the occasion more personally.
Here are a few gift ideas for your holiday host or hostess that are easy to find but less likely to come to mind:
The Beverage Enthusiast Not everyone enjoys wine. If your host does, consider something out of the ordinary like a dessert wine or a sangria mixer. For the tea lover try a selection of gourmet teas and dried honey granules. For the coffee connoisseur, a single brew pour over glass or personal French Press along with a seasonal coffee blend would be perfect. An assortment of cocktail mixers may be just the right thing for your host. Beverage accessories are also fun! Choose from drink tags, cocktail picks, and chalk-talk glassware or unique coaster sets.
The Cook When a host enjoys cooking, there are endless choices of gifts to present them with. Specialty kitchen ware such as a bamboo cutting board, silicone bake ware, or a garlic press will compliment any kitchen in a new home in Phenix City, AL. A bottle of high-quality olive oil is a nice twist to the traditional bottle of wine and something a modern cook will appreciate. Gourmet spices, an herb plant such as a Rosemary tree or a small herb garden would all be impressive.
The Party Planner If your host is the certain friend who hosts all the birthday parties, game nights, holiday events and everything in between, there may be a few thoughtful items they would appreciate. A guest book to keep greetings and notes from each time they entertain in their new home in Phenix City, AL, aromatherapy soap and lotion or monogrammed disposable towels for the powder room, and gourmet mixes for dips, spreads and breads are all must have items for a professional hostess! A board game is another great idea if it is something you know your host and their friends or family may enjoy.
The Family Man For the host or hostess who treasures nothing above their children or furry family members, a gift alluding to that will set them in smiles the rest of the night! Pick up a few gourmet pet snacks or an organic plush toy for the pet. Bring along the newest release kids’ flick, movie tickets for the family or passes to the local indoor children’s play area. Anything that says you thought about their kids (furry or not) and that could allow them to spend time together will be a win.
Wed, 14 Dec 2011 by Rose Anne Erickson Realty
It’s easy to find ourselves digging through holiday decorations and sledging through tree farms while the turkey’s still turning in our stomachs! This season comes upon us so quickly and can slip away almost as fast if we don’t take time to slow down and enjoy it.
Here are a few simple holiday decorating ideas that can be done quickly, easily and a few that even your smallest family members could help with. If you’re getting ready to “deck the halls” of your new home in Columbus, GA you may find these inspiring!
Fill Your Glass – Glass jars, vases, bowls and even stemware make the best holiday décor. Pull out what you have and make eclectic arrangements; varying sizes together for a coffee table centerpiece, small votives on a window seal, tall vases across your mantel, bowls on your garden tub, martini glasses lined center of your table, etc. Now fill the glass with festive pieces like holiday candy in red, green and gold such as Hershey Kisses or M&M’s, cranberries and holly stems with or without water, ornaments, tinsel, Jingle Bells or pine cones (natural or spray painted).
Tie the Ribbon – Colorful ribbon can make anything look festive! Add a ribbon behind any hanging family photo or artwork to enhance the holiday spirit. Use ribbon to suspend special ornaments or hand made crafts from chandeliers, mantels, hand rails, door knobs or even cabinet doors. Hang a three or four foot length of ribbon near the door of your new home in Columbus, GA to attach your holiday cards to as they arrive or to display your kids’ artwork and handmade crafts from throughout the season.
Hang the Garland - Outgrown mittens, hats, scarves, and wool socks make adorable (and nostalgic) wintry décor! You can use yarn and baby pins to attach the pieces and adorn a bedroom door. Cut-outs from paper or burlap in the shape of stockings, stars or snowflakes attached to twine with miniature close pins looks merry hanging from window tops, across a mantel or on your tree. Natural garland of lush greenery or pinecones can be draped alone or add lights for a holiday twinkle; either way, the garland will add to the seasonal flare and scent of your new home in Columbus, GA.
Repurpose Leftovers – Finally, a few ideas for using last year’s cards and leftover bows. Take a simple paper plate, cut out the center and then let your kids attach the sticky side of the bows - it makes a great wreath! You can use old cards to cut out letters then arrange them inside a frame or on colored paper. Spell words like joy, merry and peace!
These simple ideas should make decorating your new home in Columbus, GA something to enjoy and hopefully leave you time for sipping on cocoa and eating cookies!