Cheap & Chic of the Week: Holiday Party

Party FinalGood Morning Lacquered Lifers! Feels like it has been a long time since I have done one of my “Cheap & Chic of the Week” posts. Too long in fact. So I thought I would bring back the famed series with a little something on holiday parties. I think sometimes we are overwhelmed by these pinterest perfect holiday soirees that we look at online, and at the end of the day the secret to a great party is enough food, enough booze, and a great group of people. Throwing a holiday party does not mean that you have to have the finest china or the biggest Christmas tree, and there are some great low cost options for entertaining pieces. Even if you do have the finest china or the biggest Christmas tree, these are all staples for throwing a great big party where you don’t spend the entire night stressing about the fact that your drunk friend dropped a piece of your grandmother’s china. So if you are thinking about throwing a holiday party, take a deep breath, and head to Costco to stock up on frozen pigs in blankets – it will be fine. And take my advice on these entertaining essentials, you will get a lot of mileage out of them … as I have. 

1. CB2 Marta Barware. At $1.95 for a Double Old Fashioned Glass you cannot beat the price, and the sleek chic look is timeless. Its worth ordering more than you need and storing them under your bed.

2. Ikea Blanda Bowls and Ikea Skyn Bowls. The Blandas are $2.99 for a pack of 4, and the Skyn are $7.99 for 2. For those of you lucky enough to live within an afternoon’s driving distance from an Ikea, you really cannot go wrong with any entertaining pick from that store.

3. World Market Event Red Wine & Event White Wine Glasses. These are the best. And they come in these great cardboard boxes that you can store them in. The shape is nice, and the price is right $15.96 for a set/4.

4. Crate & Barrel Pine Tree. While it isn’t real, it comes pretty close, and the bottom is wrapped in burlap – what’s not to like? Its $29.95 for a two foot tree which would look great on your coffee table. Decorate it, don’t decorate it, who cares – it’s instant holiday decor.

5. CB2 Cuatro Platters. Among my favorite things. They were one of the first things I bought when I got my first apartment out of college, and were a feature at my first Christmas party in my fifth floor walkup. Remember the crowded party scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Think smaller apartment and long narrow hallway and that was my party. I love these platters, and I continue to use them constantly … they start at $1.95.

Happy Holiday Party!

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Striking Gold

multiGood morning Lacquered Lifers! So gold accent flatware has been trending for a while now, but now that the fall and preparation for the holiday season is upon us, these pieces seem to be everywhere. So where to purchase this on trend piece of your table setting? Well, the Anthropologie catalog that just arrived at my doorstep is chock full of gold flatware.  In a range of styles – gold handles, gold blades, accented with gold – and a range of price points – $24/set to $98/set – Anthropologie has it all. Seven very different styles, and that is without mentioning the serving pieces or the fish set! Maybe its for your holiday table, or maybe you just want to add some bling to your Wednesday …
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Cheap & Chic of the Week: Jeffrey Bilhuber

bilhuber 3We all have our favorite designers, the ones whose taste we admire and appreciate. Sometimes the designers that we appreciate have a signature accent that we wish we could emulate. Remember Tom Scheerer and the bird prints? Well in many of my favorite Jeffrey Bilhuber rooms, the designer uses a seagrass matting that I have always coveted. It is not a rug per se, but rather woven squares sewn together with no backing. When I was living in New York, I was constantly on the lookout for this matting, and every time I found it in a rug specialty store, the price was just too much to bear.
bilhuber bilhuber 2bilhuber 4It is just the right accent of casual in some of Bilhuber’s more serious rooms, and gives the impression of that “lived in” atmosphere that I am always such a big fan of. 481788_481789_481790_SEAGRASS_MATTING

3 x 5// 5 x 8 // 8 x 10

Years later, I have found that Bilhuber-esque seagrass matting I was looking for … at World Market. Available in a 3″x5″, 5″x8″, and 8″x10″ any of these rugs can now be yours, each priced under $100! I recently recommended one of these seagrass mats to a friend for her dining room, and it is highly likely that I will be picking one up for my guest room. Another awesome find from World Market. Shop the post below!

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