Holiday Hostess Must-Haves 2013

holiday hostess must havesHosting a Friendsmas party is one the funnest things to do with your friends during the holidays. You get to dress up in sparkly dresses and wooly sweaters while playing inappropriate games and getting drunk on festive cocktails. You’ll probably do some cute Secret Santa or White Elephant game. But, if you want to be the hostess with the mostest you’re going to need everything on this list of must-haves.


The Ugly Sweater Oven Mitt – When you’re entertaining you have to look cute and play the part, right? You’ll probably be baking cookies and passing out  hors d’oeurves, but who wants to hide their cute festive manicure in an oven mitt all night long? Don’t worry, DCI has you covered. Their weird and slightly creepy “Ugly Sweater” oven mitt has a manicured and accessorized hand printed right on it so you won’t even miss yours. Everyone you know will get a kick out of this thing. They’ll probably even volunteer in the kitchen just so they can get a turn trying it on. It’s $15.00 at


The Housewives Tarot – Entertain and impress your guests with your talent for domestic divination! This adorable 1950’s themed recipe box tarot kit not only includes 78 tarot cards and instructions on how to interpret them, but also real recipes for things like “Divinated Eggs” and “Ice Box Fortune Cake” that you can serve to your guest during your party. The cards are printed on good quality card stock and built to last. Lift the lid and read some fortunes for the new year! Mine said I’m going to be rich when I grow up! Woo! Find it for $16.95 at

Shake Cocktail Book

Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails – Every good hostess should know how to booze their guests up. Am I right? If you’re new to crafting delicious cocktails, this is the book for you. Brought to us from the makers of The Mason Shaker, the book begins with Cocktail Crafting 101, which tells you everything from the how to pick the right glassware and ice to how to stock your bar and execute various mixing techniques. My favorite thing about this book is that it’s categorized by SEASONS. Genius. Who wants a summer drink at a winter party? Not me. In the winter chapter the authors show us 8 different drinks, including a winter margarita and their amazing recipe for Nog. All perfect for a holiday party. My favorite is the L Train because it has gin and lavender in it. You’ll want to try everything in his book, and BOY DO I PLAN TO (stay tuned). It’s also pretty enough to display on your bar table. Two very drunk thumbs up. $25.00 at


Salty Road Salt Water Taffy – You guys, I’m obsessed with Salty Road. And let me tell you, these make great gifts for your guests. The packaging is perfect and cute but what’s inside is even better. The BEST salt water taffy I’ve ever had. Every flavor is equally as addicting as the next. These taffies are perfect. Each piece has an AMAZING sea salt crunch and a perfectly creamy chew. Each flavor is true and distinct and makes your mouth water. I’ve made everyone I know try these and they all have the same reaction – “MMMMM WHOA MMMMMM” – and that’s actually the best way I could describe Salty Road. These make perfect stocking stuffers, too! $6.50 at

mini holiday candles

Bath & Body Works Mini Candles – Make your place smell like the holidays. Not only does scent trigger memories but it’s also perfect for creating ambiance. I put these mini candles in every corner of my apartment when people are over. The holiday collection from B&BW has everything from evergreens to fresh baked cookies. My current faves are Fresh Balsam, Holiday, and Tis the Season. They smell like Christmas in a jar. When burned together, it’s like magic. They’re $4.50 at Bath & Body Works

Stay tuned for more holiday gift guides this week!


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