Holiday Entertaining

Oct 5

How to Set Up a Buffet on a Dining Table or Sideboard

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How to Set up a buffet for parties or family gatherings

It’s the season for entertaining, which means if you haven’t already started planning your holiday gathering or family events, you will be soon! As they should, most get togethers revolve around food, so while you don’t have to make things complicated, it’s always important to put some advanced thought into either making or buying something (hey, we aren’t above prepared dishes or catering!) delicious for your guests. The next step is setting up a buffet, which can sometimes feel intimidating.

We’re going to walk you through it, step by step — whether you’re using your dining table or a sideboard!

Oct 1

Celebrating the Holidays with Bunny Williams

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Bunny Williams' Holiday Collection for Ballard Designs

Now that our holiday catalog is unwrapped, we can finally talk about our favorite things, and that includes our second holiday collection with world-renowned designer, Bunny Williams. Inspired by her own collected treasures from holidays past, she’s helping us celebrate the holidays the only way we know how: with unforgettable style. We recently spoke with Bunny about her new collection and how she celebrates Christmas.

Sep 29

15 Holiday Place Setting Ideas

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The holidays are nearly here, and we’re helping you get ready for a busy season of entertaining! We love the ceremonial feel of taking out your favorite china pieces at the start of this festive season — whether that’s your holiday pattern, your grandmother’s china, your wedding pieces, or your favorite everyday collection. Traditions are an important part of what makes this time of year special, but we also love the idea of picking a few new pieces to complement your tried and true entertaining favorites.

Dec 18

In Honor of Boxing Day: Our 10 Favorite British-Inspired Items

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British-inspired products to celebrate boxing day

Here in the United States, the day after Christmas is just like any other day, only with lots of leftovers and no more surprises under the tree. But for the United Kingdom and other countries with English roots, Boxing Day is celebrated. While the exact origins of the name are uncertain, Boxing Day has long been associated with giving money and other gifts to those in need and in service positions. Historically, churches opened the Alms Box, or collection box, to distribute to the poor on this day. It was also custom for tradespeople and servants to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents as thanks for their good service throughout the year.

Dec 2

A Christmas Table with Mandy Kellogg Rye

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Christmas table setting ideas

Ok, now that Thanksgiving is over, you’re ready to start thinking about your Christmas table setting, right!?? Well, never fear, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha is here to help you set the perfect table, beautiful enough for a Christmas Eve dinner or a Christmas Day brunch! Mandy loves to entertain, and she pulls together the most chic spaces. Today, we hope you’ll find inspiration for your own space by browsing Mandy’s fabulous tablesetting ideas.

Nov 3

A Thanksgiving Table Setting from Mandy Kellogg Rye

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A Thanksgiving table setting designed by Mandy Kellogg Rye
The countdown for Thanksgiving is on, so we have table settings on the brain. To get us in an inspired, festive mood, we asked Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha to style us up on of her gorgeous designs. We’re thrilled to share this fabulous entertaining space with you today! Let’s see how she did it:

Oct 31

10 Gift Ideas for the Hostess

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Gift ideas for the hostess

With the holidays fast approaching, it won’t be long before the invitations start rolling in. Whether you’re hitting up a holiday party or spending the weekend at a friend’s home, show your appreciation with a thoughtful thank-you gift. These seasonal picks are sure to make any hostess happy. And if you plan ahead now, it will be one less to-do on your list!