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Sleighing The Holiday; Gifts for Everyone on My List from Bed Bath & Beyond

Knocking Out my Christmas List all in one place
In Partnership with Bed, Bath & Beyond
Filed Under > Entertaining

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You know, there’s something to be said for knocking all of your Christmas shopping out in one sweep.  Impossible, you say?  I thought so too, honestly.  Because typically this time of year, I can be found running around town, trying to beat the holiday traffic to cross everyone off my Christmas list.  So when Bed Bath & Beyond invited me to the store to find gifts for EVERYONE on my holiday list this year…I was game, and intrigued (read: relieved?!) by the idea. 

Truthfully, I hadn’t been in a Bed Bath & Beyond since I moved into our home.  At that point, it was more like I was visiting the store twice a day; there was always something I forgot I needed.  But once we were settled, Bed Bath & Beyond kind of fell off my radar.  But after my recent visit, I can tell you it will never fall off my radar again.

Upon walking through the front doors, I was immediately blown away by the range of goods.  I mean, I even came to find a whole wine section; they didn’t have a wine section before, did they?!  But okay, back to Christmas shopping: as I raked the aisles with my husband, mother, father, Addison, etc. in mind, I spotted a ton of homewares, tech finds and stocking stuffers that would be great under the tree this year.  This Amazon Echo, for one, will be a huge hit with the Mr.  And I am absolutely obsessed with my cordless kettle that I have in my bedroom, so I’m gifting one to my mother…she’ll be in heaven.   Grilling accessories for dad, and plenty of coffee and a few Kate Spade goodies for my MIL.  And of course, I HAD to pick up a little something for myself…I mean I collect copper cookware, so this mini version was calling my name.

If you’re still scratching your head over what to gift that last person on your Christmas list, check out what I snagged from Bed Bath & Beyond below.  It really was a one-stop-shop for gifting this year.  I’d love to know: have you finished your shopping yet?!  Truly, MKR


Pawslife™ Plaid Fleece Dog Blanket/Bone Gift Box with Toys in Red

For Addison, $19.99

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For my fur baby and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Addison, this festive plaid fleece blanket is going to be a hit.  She loves cuddling up on throw blankets (and laundry), so it’s perfect that now she can have her very own Christmas blanket and toys, to boot.  

Breville® Variable Temperature Kettle™ BKE820XL

For my mom, $129.99

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This cordless kettle…let’s just say that I’m obsessed.  I know my mom will love it as much as me too.  I keep mine in my bedroom, where I boil water for nighttime tea, warm water & lemon in the morning, etc. I’m considering buying another one for our guest room; it would be perfect for entertaining out-of-town guests. 

Amazon Echo

For the Mr., $139.99

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This is such a strong gift for the techy on your list; that’s my husband Anthony for me.  The Amazon Echo is the latest-and-greatest hands free device that lets you control music, thermostats, lights and more with the sound of your voice. I know he’s going to love it! 

Grilling Accessories

For my dad, $4.99+

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A dad can never have too many grilling tools and accessories, so I stocked up on goods for him to use on his Big Green Egg this year.  Along with this set, I found a Georgia Bulldogs 3-Piece Sportula BBQ Set (which is amazing). 

kate spade new york Simply Sparking "This Is The Life" Mug

For my mother-in-law, $19.99

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My MIL is coffee-OBSESSED, and celebrates the season with a Red Cup from Starbucks like me, so this kate spade new york mug will be perfect under the tree, accompanied by three packs of Keurig® K-Cup® Starbucks® Holiday Blend Coffee K-Cups®

Tabletops Unlimited® Cookware Collection in Copper

For myself (!), $19.99 each

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Perfect for the chef on your list (and yourself), these gorgeous stainless steel pots and pans with a striking copper exterior finish create a timeless look. Each piece comes in a miniature size, which is a) irresistible because everything mini is adorable and b) perfect for whipping up a quick meal by myself or for my husband and me. 


kate spade new york One in a Million™ Initial Business Card Holder

For the WOM team, $29.99 each

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I grabbed an initialed business card holder for each of the girls on Team WOM for a little #girlboss inspiration in the new year, and to celebrate a great 2016. 

ASOBU Whiskey Stones (Set of 2)

For my brother-in-law, $29.99

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Anthony’s brother is a whiskey man, and this set of white ceramic whiskey stones will make a fine addition to his home bar. 

MLB 5-Piece Golf Ball and Divot Tool Set

For Anthony's Boss, $17.99 each

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Anthony’s boss is the biggest Braves fan I know, so he’ll be thrilled when Anthony gives him a few boxes of MLB golf balls and date to get on the greens come early Spring.

Burt's Bees Baby® 9-Piece Take Me Home Gift Basket in Blossom

For my bestie & the new mama, $59.99

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This sweet gift basket will be perfect for my BFF who just had a baby!  As a big fan of Burt’s Bees, I feel good about gifting this set that includes a mini lotion, a kimono and pant set, bib, hat, blanket, and more to keep her baby warm and cozy in soft, organic cotton.  

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Bed Bath & Beyond, a brand we love and adore. All opinions are 100% our own. 

Setting the Holiday Table: 13 Essentials For Thanksgiving Dinner

Our go-to Thanksgiving essentials
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Thanksgiving Table Essentials

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re busy preparing to set the perfect holiday spread.  That of course includes pulling out our favorite Thanksgiving table essentials like these figural pumpkin serving dishes and the pretty gold flatware!  

If you haven’t started scheming your holiday spread, don’t fret.  There’s still time to pick up heirloom-worthy dinnerware (this collection is quintessential Turkey Day!) and festive touches (LOVE these turkey place cards).   And it’s the perfect time to score some deals with Williams-Sonoma’s fall tabletop event (everything’s 30% off).  Along with these gems, we’ve included 13 Thanksgiving table essentials below to get you Turkey Day ready.  Tell me, what’s on the top of your list for Thanksgiving table essentials?  Cheers, Kat

P.S. Looking for the turkey recipe to end all turkey recipes?  Here you go.  xo

Plymouth Turkey Dinner Plates, Set of 4

Williams-Sonoma, $41.97

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Make a statement with quintessential Thanksgiving dinnerware.  The rich, timeless design dresses up any table and will give your guests all the feels, long after their plates are clean and their bellies are full. Added bonus?  They’re on sale! 

Beaded 13" Gold Chargers, Set of 12

One Kings Lane, $28

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One secret to a beautiful tablescape is all in the art of layering; add chargers to your place settings for a little depth. These gorgeous gold chargers are on the top of our list. 

Set of 6 Square Natural Straw Place Mats, 15"

One Kings Lane, $48

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Speaking of depth, place mats are a must! Not only are we always a fan of rattan and jute everything, but we especially love it on the table. These beautiful straw place mats will be used long after the holidays are done, too. 

Figural Pumpkins

Williams-Sonoma, $27.96+

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These white pumpkin serving dishes and vessels are the perfect marriage of festive and functional.  You’ll love bringing these out every year with tradition, and you’ll relish the chance to pass them down for generations to come. 

Soiree Flatware Placesetting

Williams-Sonoma, $71.96

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Gold flatware…enough said, right?!  This flatware placesetting has always made its way onto our tabletop (all year ’round!), and will definitely be spotted on this year’s Thanksgiving table. 

Soiree 2-Piece Serving Set

Williams-Sonoma, $55.96

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Can’t forget about the serving set!  This matching gold serving set is an essential for serving up a drool-worthy spread.  And like the flatware, this set will quickly become an entertaining staple on all of your tabletops. 

Letterpressed Thankful Coasters

Waiting on Martha Home, $32

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These festive letterpressed coasters are the perfect addition to the table; each of the four designs let guests fill in what they’re thankful for.

The box contains 100 total (25 of each design), and comes packaged with a beautiful bow, making it the perfect, ready-to-go hostess gift!

Set of 4 Daphne Gold Red-Wine Glasses

One Kings Lane, $38

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It’s time to bring out the fancy wine glasses!  These gold red-wine glasses dress up the holiday table, and should never, ever run dry!  Remember the importance of the day and toast your glasses to what you’re thankful for. 

Hand Lettered Watercolor Brush Menu

A Fabulous Fete, $100

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If you were on your A-game, you ordered a custom hand lettered menu weeks ago (I mean, how GORGEOUS?!).  Crunched for time this year (it’s okay, it’s next week, after all)?  Order this hand lettered “menu” stamp and print out the meal’s courses!  

Thanksgiving / Fall Napkin Ties

Waiting on Martha, $16.50

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How cute are these napkin ties?!  It’s an incredibly easy way to include a little festive flair to the table, and very kid-friendly for little fingers!  And under $20, it’s the perfect addition to even the simplest spreads. 

Set of 2 Tree-Branch Candlesticks

One Kings Lane, $59

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Don’t overlook the candles and candlesticks, since it’s a holiday after all.  We’re eyeing these tree-branch candlesticks for a rustic, cozy feel. 

Set of 4 Tapered Candles, White

One Kings Lane, $19

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Set the scene with these white tapered candles. We especially love this set because they’re made in the USA, and are smokeless and dripless (!).  This way, you can rest easy that you won’t have a big old mess on your Thanksgiving table.  There are more important things to worry about and it starts with a “t” and ends with an “urkey.”

Turkey Place Cards

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A simple finishing touch?  These turkey place cards.  Place cards take the question out of where to sit, and encourage meaningful conversation around the table. Why not include cute turkey designs on them while you’re at it?  

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Planning a Picnic in the Park

The Best Excuse to Head Outside This Weekend
Filed Under > Entertaining

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One of my favorite things about spring is the contagious desire to get outside.  The second the temps start to warm up, my friends and I are racing to the nearest patio to sip on some rosé, and planning lots of activities in the sun.  It’s only fair to pull this picnic in the park post out of the archives to celebrate the influx of Vitamin D!

In our opinion, there are five crucial things you must have with you when you’re having a picnic in the park: a great picnic basket, a roomy blanket for everyone to lounge on, easy and portable food, good tunes, and of course, outdoor games.  I’m a huge fan of ladder toss, bocce is always a crowd-pleaser, and these oversized yard dominoes are just awesome.  (Be sure to catch our tutorial on Home Depot’s blog for this DIY ladder toss game.)  Tell me, what are you always packing for a day at the park? Cheers, Kat




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