As the Christmas season begins, wrapping gifts will become a way of life for the next three weeks. Learning how to tie the patch perfect bow will be a useful tip for all your present-wrapping paloozas!
Step 1: Tuck your right ribbon under the left ribbon.
Step 2: Pull your right ribbon up and the left ribbon down and pull tightly.
Step 3: Bend your bottom ribbon up to make your first bow loop and point the tail to the right of your package.
Step 4: Wrap your top ribbon around the first bow loop to create your bow middle.
Step 5: As you wrap your top ribbon around the first loop, bend it into your second loop and push it through the hole you’ve created.
Step 6: Pull your loops tightly into a perfect beautiful bow!
Final Step: Enjoy all your present creations!
Worried about surviving the shopping frenzy at the mall this holiday season? Take a look at our tips and tricks to get a bargain for everyone on your list!
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Before heading out, make sure you do your research. If the product has bad reviews, it won’t matter if you got it at a good price. This will help you narrow down what items are worth waiting in line for and which are not. Also, compare prices beforehand so you won’t be duped by flashy signs indicating a “sale” that isn’t as good as it sounds.
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Scope out the shopping centers beforehand and know which ones have less foot traffic and larger parking lots. This will make for a better shopping experience altogether. Also, stake out the location of products you want to buy so once in the store you can get in and get out with all your merchandise quickly!
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Don’t like the crowded, hectic atmosphere of the mall on black friday? Head online to grab the same merchandise without the frenzy! Online-only sales and free shipping can be found on many sites as an incentive to get customers to stay at home on the biggest shopping day of the year!
Happy bargain hunting!
One step towards living a more organized life is to figure out the ways to keep your every day more structured. If you aren’t sure what ways are best for you yet, don’t worry. All of us have different strategies to best organize our days and can only learn from trial and error. Below, I have collected a few tips that are basic staples for living life a bit more organized! May some of these work for you and happy organizing!
1. Write down your daily tasks. Even if it’s on the back of a receipt, write them down! This is essential so that you will not forget your tasks for the day. Then, take a minute to prioritize your tasks. Rank them according to importance to plan your day and focus better.
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2. Try to do one thing at a time. And focus on it with your full attention. See the value in what you’re doing so that you can produce the best results. *Tip: Don’t forget to check tasks off when you’re done! Checking items off makes completing things more fun and feels as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
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3. Keep a calendar. It really doesn’t matter what calendar system you use, just put everything on it: from social to work events, birthdays, holidays, and more. It keeps your scheduling in one place and helps you remember what you have going on, to better prioritize your days.
This week, as you gear up to be the hostest with mostest at your Thanksgiving feast, here’s some paper inspirations to add the finishing touches to your event!
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These pretty tags and flags make ordinary drinks and foods look cohesive and creative!
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Adding a pretty bunting, entrée signs, and matching dishes will take your Thanksgiving day from drab to fab!!
Impress your guests with a hand-written chalkboard menu and painted place card pumpkins.
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Set the stage of your beautiful Thanksgiving event by sending invitations in fun fall hues! Anyone will pleased as pie to receive these in the mail!
We here at the Patch hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family remember to add a special splash this year with some of these fun tips!
As the weather gets colder, cozy up to the fireplace with these cocktails sure to warm your spirits! Drink in the flavors of the season and make the most of the holidays!
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THE WARM AND TOASTY (above left)
- 1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
- 1 1/2 oz. The Perfect Purée Cranberry Puree, thawed
- 5 oz. hot apple cider
- Whipped cream (I used brown sugar in it for this drink and just a bit, better if not overly sweet)
- Dash of ground cinnamon
- Apple slice and orange wheel for garnish
- In a coffee mug, combine apple cider, cranberry puree and bourbon.
- Stir and top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Garnish with apple slice & orange wheel.
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Keep it simple with a refreshing spritzer (above left) made with cranberry juice, apple juice, vodka, and gingerale. Or stay warm (above right) with a classic mulled wine recipe:
MULLED WINE (above right)
- 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
- 1/4 cup honey or sugar
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for at least 15 minutes. Strain, and serve warm.
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PEAR ROSEMARY COCKTAIL (above left)
- 2 oz pear vodka
- 1.5 oz whipped vodka
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ½ rosemary syrup (recipe below!)
- 4 oz pear juice
- 4 oz sparkling water
- 2” rosemary sprig
- Simple & Crisp Pear
Combine vodkas, lemon juice, and rosemary syrup in a 16-oz glass filled with ice. Pour in pear juice and sparkling water. Garnish cocktail with rosemary and Simple & Crisp Pear. Now that’s something to be thankful for—cheers!
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HOLIDAY COQUITO COCKTAIL (above right)
- 1.5 ounces Cîroc Coconut
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce coconut cream
- 1 ounce milk
- 1 egg white
- 1 dash cinnamon
- 1 dash nutmeg
- 1 dash all spice
- Add all ingredients and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle with coconut shavings.
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Working in the wedding industry, I have learned that “wedding season” is generally confined to the spring and summer months. Winter is often overlooked because of the disadvantages of chilly weather, however it has it’s advantages as well! Bring in the magic and warmth of the season with these festive touches!
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Eat, Drink, and be MERRY!
There’s not much better than cozying up to a warm cup of hot chocolate. Keep your guests comfortable with a hot chocolate bar and customized cup sleeves featuring the bride and groom’s names.
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Bring the seasonal elements indoors to embrace the holidays without being too cliche. Pine in particular offers as an easy centerpiece that also infuses wonderful aromas into the space!
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Pick a venue you’ll love snowfall or sunshine.
Don’t rely on pristine white snow at your venue for photographs and atmosphere. Weather is unpredictable so make sure you will love your venue in any weather. Control only those things that you can!
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The holidays is a great time to bring in metallics. They automatically lend a festive voice to the event as well as a touch of class!
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Planning a party this Halloween? Check out these ideas to throw a classy bash with treats and maybe even a few tricks!
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Food and Drink
When I’m planning a party, I like to start with the good stuff: the treats! There are plenty of fun ways to bring in the fall season as well as some creepy concoctions. For a taste of fall try apple cider from an apple with raisin and cinnamon garnish or adult pumpkin pie infused with rum! On the spooky side, try bloody shirley temples equipped with a shot from a plastic syringe or pretzel fingers made with pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and topped with an almond sliver as the fingernail!
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Small touches can go a long way. Make each guest feel in the Halloween spirit with place cards also acting as an obituary and drinks with eerie tags such as the scull labels shown above.
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Traditionally, Halloween decor is black and orange but stray from the conventional a bit and tone the orange down a little using it only as an accent keeping the pallet neutral but rich in pattern and antique textures.
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In case you missed it, this past weekend was the Bridal Market in New York City! After seeing tons of beautiful designs the one gown we just could not contain our oohs and ahhs over was the Aurora gown by the ever fabulous, Carolina Herrera. This strapless sweetheart gown with gold embellishments all over makes us long for fairy tales and dream of Prince Charming. Which is why we have dedicated this post to all things exquisite and ethereal – happy dreaming!
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This fall and winter get ready to welcome jewel tones in to your day-to-day! From ruby to violet, these tones are the perfect way to use color in a more sophisticated setting. We are becoming more and more obsessed with this color trend or rather, jumping for jewel tones, that resonate with our elegant and glamorous sides.
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When it comes to fall fashion, Bottega Veneta’s line for 2013 is what one might call, perfect. The warm tones from sundown yellow to leafy brown make us want to cozy up near wood burning fires and smell the crisp fall air. So grab your cup of hot chocolate today and get ready to fall in love with fall!
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