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Nesting into the Near Year: Foolproof Tips for Starting the Perfect Fire

  Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get in gear for the new year.  Whether you’re starting a new diet or turning over a new leaf, cozying up to a roaring fire will probably be on your January agenda.  Here are our top foolproof tips to fire things up in just minutes, along with some of our favorite items to keep you comfy all winter.   Four Easy Steps to Starting a Fire   Step 1.  Crumble newspaper sheets ...

Make Plans for the New Year: Stylish Photo Calendars for Friends and Family

2017 Graphic Photo Keepsake Calendar features a different monthly die-cut to frame your 4 x 6″ photo. Buy 1-5 for $14.99 each; 6-11 for $11.25 each;  12 or more for $9.00 each Photo calendars make the easiest and most memorable gifts.  Plus, it’s always fun to look back and re-live your family travels and memories throughout the year.  Shop our exclusive and personalized photo calendars featuring you! Exclusive to Lillian Vernon, ...

Ring in 2017 with a Sweet and Chic Cakes & Cocktails Party!

  Lillian Vernon loves to come up with fun new ways to entertain at home that set the tone of a gathering. Our most recent concept is a “Cakes & Cocktails” theme for New Year’s Eve.  Forgo the confetti, noisemakers, and goofy party hats–plan a pretty, elegant, and sweet evening that all your adult friends will love. Internationally known event planner Sofia Crokos is famous for the magical weddings and events ...

Ladies Who Brunch: Our Exclusive Quick and Easy Quiche Recipe for the Holidays

  Thinking about throwing a quick brunch during the holidays?  Baking a delicious, savory Quiche Lorraine is always a good idea!  A perennial holiday favorite around the globe, especially on a cold, snowy day, quiche is not only delicious, it looks fancy and is super-easy to make.  From our kitchen to yours, here’s a traditional family recipe from Lillian Vernon. Ingredients: 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie 6 slices bacon ...

Get Santa’s Little Helpers Organized with our Top Five Tips to Staying Tidy

      If you’re like most mothers, keeping your home tidy is sometimes a never-ending battle.  Add the holidays, decorating, cooking and cleaning to the mix, and things can get chaotic.  Teaching your children good organizational skills will not only help you, but will stay with them for a lifetime.  Check out some great tips for tidy kids and some of our favorite items to help you get your home in order.   1. Kids ...

Everyone Loves a Sale! Shop our Top Sale Items Under $20 (Many are Under $10!)

    Who doesn’t feel satisfaction from getting something on sale?  No matter how much or little we have, we always love a deal!  According to Dan Ariely, a writer at the Wall Street Journal, happiness is often a relative judgment about the distance between where we are and where we could have been. If we think that something could have been better, we feel bad, and if we think that something could have been worse, we feel ...

Christmas is Coming! New Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

    Whether you’ve already decked your halls for Christmas, or just beginning, it’s always a good idea to combine the old with the new:  Family heirlooms and keepsakes, mixed with fresh ideas for the new season.  When the boxes come down from the attic, take a quick inventory of what you should keep and what needs updating.  Is your tree skirt looking so 10 years ago?  Do you need some festive pillows on your chairs or ...

Give Thanks the Old-Fashioned Way: Tips on Teaching Children to Write Thank-you Notes

  ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding. -Alice Walker Children learn manners and gratitude from their parents.  From an early age, we teach our kids to say please and thank you, but it’s also important that they learn to formally thank those who give them gifts or do something special for them.  Learning this skill ...

Top Tips on How To Nurture Your Budding Artists

  Finally an easy solution to display your child’s artwork!  Our handy Art Cabinets display one piece of art while storing up to fifty 8 1⁄2″ x 11″ masterpieces.  The hinged frame comes in white or black with a white mat.  Buy one or many to create your own art gallery! Can be hung vertically or horizontally. $39.99 HERE       Is your child the next Picasso?  Does he love to draw, paint and create things ...

Hitting the Road for the Holidays? Check Out Our Top Tips for Traveling with Kids

Your princess will love her personalized Pretty in Pink collection of travel essentials in her favorite color!  From l-r:  Customized Striped Ballet Bag, $24.99, Pink Polka Dot Rolling Luggage, $49.99;  Polka Dot Duffle, small $27.99, med. $34.99;  Striped Ballet Duffle, $34.99; Ballerina Water Bottle and luggage tag designed by Maureen Anders, Bottle, $14.99; Luggage tag, $6.99 each.  Owl Boot Cuffs by Two’s Company, $21.99; Project ...

May Your Holidays Be Sweet: Introducing our Personalized Collection from Dylan’s Candy Bar

Filled with gummy bears big and small, our personalized “Unbearably Awesome Paint Can“ by Dylan’s Candy Bar serves chewy, fruity goodness to “kids” of all ages. Great for an office holiday party, children’s event or on a dessert buffet. Personalization is free of charge. $18.99   “There’s no better way to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season than with bright, cheery colors!” ...

Tips for Throwing a Holiday Cocktail Party on a Budget

      Everyone loves a party, but the thought of hosting one is often daunting….and sometimes expensive.  But a great gathering doesn’t have to break the bank.  Close friends, good music, lite bites and your own personal panache will do the trick!  Here are some tips for entertaining with style on a budget. Instead of: …printed invitations, send a festive e-invite from an on-line website such as Paperless Post or ...

Let the Games Begin! New and Classic Family Games for the Holidays

      Before Ipads, Play Stations and TV, families actually spoke to one another during the holidays:  they played games, told stories by the fire, and created memories.  This year, after the presents have been opened and dinner devoured, turn off the television and break out some fun family games to get everyone laughing….even the couch potato in your group.  Check out some of our traditional and new games that will ...

Creative, Personalized and Unique Baby Gifts for All Seasons

      When it comes to buying baby gifts, it’s often the most thoughtful, personal or heartfelt presents that will be the most appreciated.  Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splurge, we’ve curated a list of our best baby gifts and ideas for new parents and babies.   1.  DIY Baby File   Give a new mother an organized and labeled accordion file for important pieces of paper, from birth ...

Keep it Simple! Entertaining Tips and Gifts to Breeze Through the Holidays

  Set Up a Festive Self-Service Bar at Home -It doesn’t have to be a fancy bar cart, but instead any side table you have handy.  If it has a shelf on the bottom, even better.  And if it’s not in great shape, no worries!  Cover it with a small tablecloth, runner or placemat.  Guests will like to make their drink exactly how they like it, freeing you up to chat and be the best host. -Be sure to include an assortment of sodas, ...

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader: The Best Personalized Books for Kids

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!” My Very Own World Adventure is an educational storybook, in which your child travels around the world on a magic carpet. During visits to various world countries, his or her first and last names are spelled out letter-by-letter according to the countries that he or she visits – D for Denmark, etc. ...