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Savvy Styling Tips Every Holiday Host Needs To Know

This season, deck the halls with styling tricks to elevate your holiday party without putting a freeze on your bank account. Home entertaining expert and party stylist Chris Nease, of Celebrations at Home, shares her stylish secrets to throw a posh holiday bash on a budget.

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Fact: A swanky holiday party does not require a ton of decorations or perfect coordination, according to Nease. A little creativity goes a long way with inexpensive touches. Use pieces that you already have to create an effortless look that feels cozy and stylish all at once:

* Make it Pinterest-worthy by casually draping two versatile fabrics over your primary serving area. Set up food stations with complementary items grouped together on serving platters. Garnish platters with fresh herbs and cranberries for a rustic, fancy touch.

* See you later formal dining, tiny food is here to stay. Whip up a scrumptious menu of small bites to encourage guests to try new foods. Make it easy for the not-so-adventurous ones and label appetizers and pairings that aren’t so obvious (like gourmet meats and mustards).

* It’s all about plating when you weave in a holiday classic like glazed spiral sliced ham. For a new rendition, make it a small plate by cutting slices of ham in half to create mini sliders with a sweet chutney fruit spread. The saltiness of ham pairs deliciously with pineapple, apple or cranberry.

* Cinnamon spice and everything nice. Keep it classy with a fancy cocktail, like a spiked apple cider. Try the Not Your Momma’s Cider recipe from ALDI below. For a simple garnish, thread diced red and green apples on a toothpick (sprinkle lemon juice on the apples to keep from browning) and top with a cinnamon stick for the perfect fancy embellishment.

A Holiday Party To Remember
For a simple homemade touch, send guests home with a sweet something to end the evening:

* Good things do come in small packages. Fill mini holiday tins with an assortment of European sweets, such as German chocolates or marzipan.
* Swoon your guests with a touch of rustic charm by filling Mason jars with layers of premeasured ingredients for your favorite cookie recipe. Wrap with a ribbon and add baking instructions on a festive gift tag.
* Purchase limited-time European cookies at ALDI. Have the kids dip each cookie halfway in melted chocolate and add holiday sprinkles for a simple holiday treat. These will almost feel made from scratch, but no one will know.

13041_ANot Your Momma’s Cider

You will need:
1 cup Wicked Grove Hard Cider
8 cups Nature’s Nectar Apple Cider, divided
6 cinnamon sticks, divided
12 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
8 ounces dark rum
1 red apple, diced
1 green apple, diced

In bowl, combine hard cider and 4 cups apple cider. Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze overnight.
In pot, combine remaining apple cider, 2 cinnamon sticks and 8 sprigs thyme. Bring to boil. Remove from heat, stir in rum.
Strain mixture into bowl. Place mixture in refrigerator overnight to cool.
Divide liquid among 4 mugs.
To serve hot, remove steps 1 and 3 and serve immediately.

DIY Gifts for the Holidays

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is TEN DAYS AWAY!!!!

Some of the best gifts are handmade and heartfelt. If you are looking for an easy and unique DIY idea, you should pick up our December issue! We have two fun DIY projects that won’t take long to complete (trust us, we know time is precious right now). Or, you can head on over to our Pinterest page! There you will find tutorials for everything from leather totes and magazine racks to paper flowers and frames.

And if making something yourself is too time consuming, please remember to support your local artists!

 

WIN a Just Dance Roanoke Membership!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY TWENTY-THREE!

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Get the New Year started off right with a fabulous prize from the even more fabulous Just Dance Roanoke! Today we’re giving away one free month to one lucky winner and a friend!!!! So you can dance your heart out with your BFF all month long.

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WIN Floyd Fest Tickets!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY TWENTY-TWO!

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As a proud sponsor, Bella Magazine is giving away two Floyd Fest 3-Day adult tickets and two kids’ passes to one lucky reader!!! From July 22-26, the mountains will come alive once again with music, magic and fun– and it will be here before you know it!

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WIN a Just Dance Roanoke Membership!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY NINETEEN!

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Get the New Year started off right with a fabulous prize from the even more fabulous Just Dance Roanoke! Today we’re giving away one free month to one lucky winner and a friend!!!! So you can dance your heart out with your BFF all month long.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN a Porcelain Photo Ornament!

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Full of great gift ideas in Roanoke, Make it Personal, has so many personalized gifts to give or receive!

Today you could  WIN a unique porcelain photo Christmas ornament from their holiday collection! Make this your 2014 ornament and treasure it for years to come!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN Kitchen Paper from Potentially Chic!

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Win a roll of Kitchen Paper from Potentially Chic for your next holiday party! Each roll is 50 feet long, allowing you to use exactly what you need AND save some for another event.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN a Monogrammed Cuff Bracelet!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY FOURTEEN!

monogrammed cuffMake it Personal in Roanoke is giving away one beautiful monogrammed cuff bracelet to one lucky reader! This would make a very classy gift for anyone on your list!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!