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Share the Luck ‘O the Irish and Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Lillian Vernon

  When Irish eyes are smiling, St. Patrick’s Day is probably right around the corner.  What began as a religious holiday in Ireland, March 17th is now a world-wide celebration of culture, religion and folklore…mixed with a bit of buffoonery.  Though St. Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland, he was not born Irish.  Originally from England, he became an integral part of Irish heritage, mostly through his missionary ...

Nesting into the Near Year: Foolproof Tips for Starting the Perfect Fire

  Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get in gear for the new year.  Whether you’re starting a new diet or turning over a new leaf, cozying up to a roaring fire will probably be on your January agenda.  Here are our top foolproof tips to fire things up in just minutes, along with some of our favorite items to keep you comfy all winter.   Four Easy Steps to Starting a Fire   Step 1.  Crumble newspaper sheets ...

Make Plans for the New Year: Stylish Photo Calendars for Friends and Family

2017 Graphic Photo Keepsake Calendar features a different monthly die-cut to frame your 4 x 6″ photo. Buy 1-5 for $14.99 each; 6-11 for $11.25 each;  12 or more for $9.00 each Photo calendars make the easiest and most memorable gifts.  Plus, it’s always fun to look back and re-live your family travels and memories throughout the year.  Shop our exclusive and personalized photo calendars featuring you! Exclusive to Lillian Vernon, ...

Ring in 2017 with a Sweet and Chic Cakes & Cocktails Party!

  Lillian Vernon loves to come up with fun new ways to entertain at home that set the tone of a gathering. Our most recent concept is a “Cakes & Cocktails” theme for New Year’s Eve.  Forgo the confetti, noisemakers, and goofy party hats–plan a pretty, elegant, and sweet evening that all your adult friends will love. Internationally known event planner Sofia Crokos is famous for the magical weddings and events ...

Ladies Who Brunch: Our Exclusive Quick and Easy Quiche Recipe for the Holidays

  Thinking about throwing a quick brunch during the holidays?  Baking a delicious, savory Quiche Lorraine is always a good idea!  A perennial holiday favorite around the globe, especially on a cold, snowy day, quiche is not only delicious, it looks fancy and is super-easy to make.  From our kitchen to yours, here’s a traditional family recipe from Lillian Vernon. Ingredients: 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie 6 slices bacon ...

Get Santa’s Little Helpers Organized with our Top Five Tips to Staying Tidy

      If you’re like most mothers, keeping your home tidy is sometimes a never-ending battle.  Add the holidays, decorating, cooking and cleaning to the mix, and things can get chaotic.  Teaching your children good organizational skills will not only help you, but will stay with them for a lifetime.  Check out some great tips for tidy kids and some of our favorite items to help you get your home in order.   1. Kids ...

Everyone Loves a Sale! Shop our Top Sale Items Under $20 (Many are Under $10!)

    Who doesn’t feel satisfaction from getting something on sale?  No matter how much or little we have, we always love a deal!  According to Dan Ariely, a writer at the Wall Street Journal, happiness is often a relative judgment about the distance between where we are and where we could have been. If we think that something could have been better, we feel bad, and if we think that something could have been worse, we feel ...

Christmas is Coming! New Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

    Whether you’ve already decked your halls for Christmas, or just beginning, it’s always a good idea to combine the old with the new:  Family heirlooms and keepsakes, mixed with fresh ideas for the new season.  When the boxes come down from the attic, take a quick inventory of what you should keep and what needs updating.  Is your tree skirt looking so 10 years ago?  Do you need some festive pillows on your chairs or ...

Tips for Throwing a Holiday Cocktail Party on a Budget

      Everyone loves a party, but the thought of hosting one is often daunting….and sometimes expensive.  But a great gathering doesn’t have to break the bank.  Close friends, good music, lite bites and your own personal panache will do the trick!  Here are some tips for entertaining with style on a budget. Instead of: …printed invitations, send a festive e-invite from an on-line website such as Paperless Post or ...

Let the Games Begin! New and Classic Family Games for the Holidays

      Before Ipads, Play Stations and TV, families actually spoke to one another during the holidays:  they played games, told stories by the fire, and created memories.  This year, after the presents have been opened and dinner devoured, turn off the television and break out some fun family games to get everyone laughing….even the couch potato in your group.  Check out some of our traditional and new games that will ...

Keep it Simple! Entertaining Tips and Gifts to Breeze Through the Holidays

  Set Up a Festive Self-Service Bar at Home -It doesn’t have to be a fancy bar cart, but instead any side table you have handy.  If it has a shelf on the bottom, even better.  And if it’s not in great shape, no worries!  Cover it with a small tablecloth, runner or placemat.  Guests will like to make their drink exactly how they like it, freeing you up to chat and be the best host. -Be sure to include an assortment of sodas, ...

Good Things Come to Those Who Bake! Tips and Kitchen Essentials for Baking up a Storm during the Holidays

From left to right: Custom Glass Canisters, sm, med, lg, from $5.99-$9.99; Santa Holiday Recipe Cards and Flags, by Maureen Anders. Set of 48 cards, $5.99, Set of 64 self-stick red and blue Flags, $9.99; Marble and Wood Cutting Board Set by Mud Pie, $39.99; Domed Acacia Wood Server, $34.99; Mini Trifle Bowls, $21.99 for set of four; Personalized Cocktail Napkins, in a variety of designs, shown here with Snowflake Initial, $24.99 for set of ...

Make it Personal: 13 Great Gifts For Her Starting at $6.99!

−     Whether it’s your mom, friend, teacher or sister, we have the perfect gifts for the holidays, a birthday or just to show you care!  Put in that extra effort with our exclusive and customized presents that will let her know she is appreciated!  Shop HERE for our full collection of Gifts for Her!   Who doesn’t love to be pampered?  Gift your special girl with a day at the spa, and present it in one of our Large ...

Design and Shine with Five of our NEW and Versatile Gifts for Your Home

  The best designers are experts at seeing things in a new or different way.  Whether it’s simply moving a comfy chair from a corner (where no one ever sits) to the middle of the room, or reupholstering a tired ottoman in a bold fabric, it’s about being creative and thinking of design without limitations.  Many of our exclusive products can be used in various ways, from season to season and in different rooms of the house.  ...

Deck the Halls with Personalized Christmas Stockings! New, Classic, and Fun Designs for the Whole Family, Even Your Pet

      Along with trimming the tree, hanging stockings on the mantle is one of our favorite Christmastime customs.  Folklore tells us that the tradition goes way back to when Saint Nicolas learned about a poor man who couldn’t afford to pay a dowry for his three daughters.  Saint Nic decided to help the man, and took three bags of gold down the chimney of the family’s home. Once inside, he found the girls’ stockings ...

All is Merry and Bright: Introducing Our Personalized, Keepsake Ornaments for the Holidays

  Christmas is a sacred time to celebrate old and new traditions.  Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th century when devout Christians brought trees into their homes decorated with candles.  Some of the first Christmas ornaments were shiny red apples, nuts and marzipan cookies.  It was commonly believed that apples were used as ornaments because of their relation to the winter solstice (the shortest day ...