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


A Lillian Vernon exclusive, our NEW White Wood Tray and Personalized Tray Liners come in three different plaids; $19.99 tray, $9.99 plaid liners by designer Jillian Yee-Pham; Personalized Glassware Collection $12.99 and up HERE; Personalized Wine Labels, set of 36, $9.99; Monogrammed cocktail napkins, $24.99 for set of 125. Shop all designs HERE


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, mixers, spirits:  gin, vodka, rum and whiskey, and liqueurs:  vermouth, orange liqueur and bitters.

-Place lemons, limes, and olives in decorative bowls such as our Acacia Wood Condiment Set and nuts, snacks, gummy bears in small bowls, such as our white, all-purpose Three-Section Bowl

-Make it more special with personalized or monogrammed glassware and a customized plaid tray.

-Display festive cocktail napkins such as our new Snowflake Initial design by Jillian Yee-Pham.  Shop HERE for all of our exclusive designs.

-If you are on a budget, our Personalized Wine Labels can go on any bottle, adding a chic and decorative touch to any bar or table.  They also make an ideal customized gift.

-Hang a personalized plaque (see below) or wreath above the bar cart

-Add a short set of string lights across the front and some pine or boxwood sprigs and ornaments to make it merry.


gl541-copenhagen-carafesThese beautiful Copenhagen Carafes by Roost can be used on your bar, in the kitchen or by your bedside.  Use them for infused water (try ginger, cucumber or lemons/limes), wine, a specialty cocktail or liquor.  Made from artisanal glass with wood stoppers.  They also make a great gift!  $37.99 sm, $42.99 med, $47.99 large



Exclusive Lillian Vernon Classic Christmas Carousel, $49.99. Red candles, $9.99 for two or more


Always have a signature piece for your buffet or dining table.  Whether it’s a floral centerpiece, a bowl of natural greenery and berries, a glass jar with fruits, or special family heirloom, take some time to make it special.  Crafted according to German tradition, our wooden Christmas carousel features intricately detailed scenes with 28 hand-painted figurines. Place garland or magnolia leaves around the carousel and include some mini gold ornaments.  A sure show-stopper, year after year.



Our NEW Ribbon Christmas Tree Table Runner is adorned with shiny jingle bells and is trimmed in red piping, $29.99; Hobnail Glass Candle by Simpatico, $32.99; Five-piece Cheese Board Set, $49.99; Knit Sweater and Hat Bottle Toppers, $6.99 or two or more for $5.99 each; Personalized Glassware, Shop HERE


Serve an Easy Menu of Finger Food or Small Bites

-From the traditional cheese and crackers to your own holiday specialties, make it easy on yourself and choose a few of your favorites (mini steak bites on popovers, scallops wrapped in bacon, stuffed mushrooms, mini-quiche bites, etc.), and place on one decorative table for your guests to help themselves.  Guests will enjoy the casual feel and unstructured setting.

-Always include a small bouquet of flowers in a festive vase and a candle.  Enjoy the scent of currants, cranberries, cedar and fir with our red Hobnail Glass Candle (above), then use as a vase afterwards

-Treat guests to a gourmet cheese experience with our five-piece set that includes:

  • 16″L x 10 1/2″W cheese board
  • 10-in. glass Dome
  • Two 3-5-in. bowls
  • 7-in. Cheese spreader
    Acacia wood serving board provides a durable base for all your cheese preparation needs. Glass dome helps keep cheeses, hors d’oeuvres fresh. Ceramic bowls are perfect for dips and sauces. Acacia wood, ceramic, glass.

-Fill a personalized glass with breadsticks, candy canes, cinnamon sticks or mint chocolates

-Layer your table with different textures such as burlap, ribbon, and cotton.  Be sure to use different heights to display your food, whether it’s just placing a tray on a small box covered with burlap, or a fancy cake stand.

-If you don’t have time to bake, buy some sweets from your grocery store and dress them up with festive flags, such as our Santa Holiday Red & Blue Flags by Maureen Anders

-Why not dress up your wine bottles as a gift or a fun holiday display at home.  Finely crafted winter “bottle” knit sweater and cap sets are a delightful way to wrap up gift-giving! We’ll choose a festive style for you from our six designs.  Shop HERE

-Resist the urge to clean up during the party!  Enjoy yourself and wait until later.



Beverage Tub, $29.99 each; Holiday Throws, 49.99 each; Knit Sweater and Hat Bottle Toppers, $6.99 each or two or more for $5.99


Bring on the Holiday Cheer with our multi-use Beverage Tubs that can double as gift baskets, a floral display, a beer tub, wine cooler, dog toy holder, or fat wood storage.  Comes in “Merry Merry” or “Bring on the Cheer”, $29.99 each

The perfect gift for a teacher, friend or grandparent, our Personalized Holiday Throws warm up any seat in the house.  Choose from Snowman or Snowflake Designs, $49.99 each



A Lillian Vernon exclusive, our Personalized Snowman Throw makes any sofa cozy and festive, $49.99. Also makes the perfect gift for a grandparent, friend or teacher.


Live Love Laugh

There are Signs Everywhere!

Rustic, personalized plaques are the biggest trend in home decor.  Whether it’s at your front door to welcome guests, to add warmth to a room, or to give as a special, thoughtful gift, our exclusive Live, Laugh, Love Plaque by designer Jillian Yee-Pham will become a family keepsake. $24.99, personalized for free.  Shop HERE to see our other exclusive Personalized Plaques!


Snowflake Red Aluminum Buckets with silver glitter snowflakes, set of three, $26.99


Mini buckets have so many uses around the hearth and home during the holidays.  Use our Snowflake Buckets to:

-Show off mini evergreens, poinsettias or paper whites

-Fill with shiny ornaments or pine cones to display on a bar, side table, mantle or book shelf

-Use them as candle holders

-Line them with personalized linen napkins and fill with bread or breadsticks, crudité, or chips

-Use the large size for fatwood near the fireplace

-Fill them up with candy canes or assorted sweets

-Instead of the traditional box, use them as a gift bucket and fill them with a few of your friend’s favorite things.  Or even better, make some homemade sweets, and deliver them to your neighbor in the shiny bucket wrapped with a big silver bow!  Be sure to include a hand-written note.



Don’t forget the holiday music and the mistletoe!


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