Monday, November 13, 2006
Let us entertain you... Organize.com style
One of my greatest pleasures in life is bringing family and friends together at home or around the table. Light a few candles, put out your favorite appetizer and you have a party. Entertaining always did warm my heart. Tabletop is an endless passion for me. From dinnerware, stemware or goblets, linens and accessories - I enjoy mixing all kinds of price points. I think sometimes it's the thrill of the hunt - but at any given time, my table will grace items from department stores to discounters. It just has to work! Some of my most talked about wine glasses are hand painted from Italy and probably cost about $3.00 per stem. Word of advice - just be sure that you buy 12 of anything you see or purchase.
Most especially at this time of the year, we are always looking to bring home new treasures to decorate or celebrate the holiday. Try thinking about where to store these items early on, to avoid stress and frustration.
One of my own frustrations happened to be china and stemware storage. Since we don't use these things as frequently, I found that even though they were kept in the china or kitchen cabinet all year, I felt that they had to be washed before using. I remembered the quilted storage pieces that I saw at my mother's house or in Holiday sale magazines over the years. After some investigation, I realized that while the 'old favorites' were still out there - bigger and better are here today. I chose some white cargo boxes and several covered canvas boxes to store our china and crystal. Now when I put these away, they are dust free and as clean as the day I stored them! If you haven't already, try china separators. They will keep your china from scratching.
Another little dilemma I had were my tablecloths, napkins place mats and napkin rings. I decided to handle this two ways. 1. I continue to hang my most used tablecloths in a closet. 2. My holiday linens would have a new home. Since I only use some of these linen colors once a year, I also wanted to keep these neat and clean. Our long 30-quart storage box worked great for tablecloths and the medium 18.5-quart sweater box was perfect for assorted napkins and any accessories or decorations that I used with that theme or color. This keeps everything together, organized and at my fingertips when I need or want it.
If your house is anything like ours, there is always plenty of food - which also means plenty of leftovers and the need for food storage. We offer many types and styles, but check out our Lock & Locks. I think they are one of the best!
Remember these items for the holidays:
Deviled Egg storage container
Cookie Storage - for home, school, office to cookie exchange!
Baking - be sure to see our line of baking and work station sheets, along with "transportation storage" for any cake or pie.
Wine storage, Wine openers and Wine savers. We have something for any connoisseur.
Every holiday party needs a gift of cheer and spirit. Be sure to see our holiday best buys! Our acrylic wine glasses and tumblers will work for any party. And... talk about 'on the rocks'! Ice tubs that look great on the island or bar are a must. Whether your party be informal or grand, there is a variety of choices from our Acrylic Party Tub, Large Party Bucket, to our Grand Party Stainless Steel Tub to fit your needs.
[Organize.com NEAT idea: If you are thinking of making a wine gift basket this year, try using the acrylic party tub as the container. Cellophane makes a great filler and fake ice is definitely the finishing touch!]
It's that time of the year when we're inviting guests to join us in our homes. We're glad that you came to visit ours.
From our home to yours... We wish you Happy Holidays from all of us at Organize.com.