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Category: Holidays

Let’s Throw A Virtual Party…

Social distancing due to COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on just about all areas of our lives. In the past, we would be able to get together with the people who matter the most to us to celebrate special events and travel. Now, most of our social interactions must take place virtually. What are a few examples of parties that used to take place in-person that are now taking place virtually? How can you turn these parties into a success? There are several virtual party tips that you should keep in mind to ensure the event is a success and everyone has a blast.


The Virtual Birthday Party

First, a lot of people have had to move their birthday parties to the virtual world. The days of having someone take the birthday boy or girl out to his or her favorite restaurant have been put on hold for a little while. For example, a lot of people are using Zoom to bring loved ones together to celebrate this special occasion.

When planning a virtual birthday party, it is important to think about what type of theme is going to be used. For example, there are lots of banners that people can deploy in the background of a video chat to make sure the birthday feels as special as possible. Then, it might even be possible to get a cake delivered to the birthday boy or girl! This is a way to bring the entire birthday party together. While it does take some pre-planning, it’s a surprise that is certainly worth it.

Pulling Off a Virtual Bachelor Party

Finally, there are lots of people who have had to change their wedding plans because of the pandemic. This includes bachelor parties. If you are looking for a way to pull off a bachelor party virtually, there are a few tips that you need to remember. First, make sure that you find a date and time that works for everyone. There are plenty of websites that can help you secure a date and time that works for all attendees.

Then, you can start planning the entertainment and details that you are going to include. For example, make sure you have a menu put together that everyone can follow. This might include booze, steaks, and party favors. Consider getting the attendees set up with food delivery, or even alcohol delivery the day-of. You might even want to bring in a virtual stripper to bring the entire party together! There are plenty of ways to pull off the perfect bachelor party even if it has to be virtual. Don’t let the lack of in-person interaction stop you from experiencing some of the best bachelor party entertainment available. 

Think About Pulling Off a Virtual Party

When you think creatively, you’ll find there are many ways to host a fun and exciting virtual party that is far more than just sitting on a video chat. Even though this is not something that is going to last forever, the pandemic is still going to be with us for the near future. Therefore, everyone has to think about how they can still make a virtual party feel special. With the right platform, the right guests, and the right party staples, it is possible to make every virtual party a success. With this in mind, get a little creative and let the imagination run wild!

Valentine’s Day Picks

You can never have too many hearts or too much chocolate!!!! That is why I love Valentine’s Day. It is such a wonderful holiday to celebrate all the ones that you love. Here are a bunch of sweet gifts for all the special people in your life. I am planning in buying that pretty agate cheese platter and making a yummy charcuterie platter for my family. My daughter would love that waffle maker for treats for her and her roommates. I have heard only amazing things about the new Dry Bar round hair drying brush. The new Diptyque candle had been on my list too. Happy Heart Shopping!!

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Coat//Brush//Cotton Candy//Waffle Maker//Candle//Backgammon////Zip Front Sweater//Heart Ring//Pearl Ring//Nail Polish//Heart Sweater//Candy Box//Loop Earrings//Cheese Board

Merry Christmas From Me To You….

To My NS Lifestyles Community,

Merry Christmas!!! Although the holidays may look a little different this year, I hope you have a day filled with so much good cheer.

These past 12 months have not been easy for anyone. I am tremendously grateful for this wonderful community. The constant support and kind words from so many of you have kept me and my family going during this past year. I am thankful for all the time I have been able to spend with my family and the constant texts, messages and emails from all of you. All of your loyal support has meant so much to me, so much more than you will ever know.

So a huge THANK YOU for reading, clicking, cooking, and shopping with me. Through all of you, I have seen the good in this crazy world and I know together we can look forward to 2021 with so much excitement, optimism and hope.

Stay Safe and Wishing you many many blessings in the New Year….



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Some Really Cool Gifts You Can Send Digitally

If you still are not sure what to buy and are nervous that time is running out…here are some of the BEST gifts that you can give digitally. These are all completely unique and in most cases really once in a lifetime. Who can say no to that??!!!!!??? Here are some of our favs!!!

Give the gift of Magnolia Bakery. You can purchase a live cooking class in the new year, along with Magnolia Bakery to make their incredible Banana Pudding. For more information, click HERE.

Or for the Sushi Lover…..a Sushi DIY making kit to be delivered in the New Year from New York’s amazing Blue Ribbon Sushi. Click HERE for more information.

Have you always wanted to go to the Oscars? How about a Wolfgang Puck catered dinner instead. Choose the dinner and have it sent right to your home. Click HERE for more information.

This is my absolutely favorite….a complete cocktail party in a box for 8 people from celebrity chef Mary Giuliani…For more information, click HERE.

Another one of my favorites is a glamorous night of a festive and delicious collection of Polo Bar classics. There are two very special packages to choose from. This limited-time offer would be the ultimate gift….For more information, click HERE.

Do you have a Hallmark movie lover in your life? A subscription to Hallmark Movies Now is the perfect gift. You can give unlimited access to all Hallmark movies for as many months as you would like. For more information, click HERE.

Santa’s Good List..all around the house…

I became obsessed with vintage Santa mugs a few years ago when I saw them being used for hot chocolate in a Christmas ad. Then I started to notice them all over during the holiday season. Each year I would search on Etsy or eBay for some of my own. So far I have found mugs, ice buckets, pitchers, creamers all with vintage Santa faces. They have become so popular that I now see them in so many Christmas vignettes all over Pinterest, Instagram, and online magazine spreads. I think Etsy has some of the best selection and in the best condition, see the current assortment HERE. In the meanwhile here is some of my inspiration for holiday decorating with vintage Santas.

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Men’s Gift Guide:

I hope you are all still shopping because we have a great gift guide for the guys. My son has his eye on the Patagonia, which is more like a sweater than outerwear. I decided to get the uggs for my dad and you can never ever go wrong with cashmere. The must have of this group is the weighted charger. It is awesome, the “knot” sits on your desk or bedside table so you are not always retrieving your cords from the ground!!

Nine More Days Fashionistas!!!!!

  1. Patagonia
  2. Uggs
  3. Hat
  4. Cashmere Sweater
  5. Cloud 9 Sneakers
  6. Weighted Charger

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