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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Good Things Come to Those Who Bake! Tips and Kitchen Essentials for Baking up a Storm during the Holidays

From left to right: Custom Glass Canisters, sm, med, lg, from $5.99-$9.99; Santa Holiday Recipe Cards and Flags, by Maureen Anders. Set of 48 cards, $5.99, Set of 64 self-stick red and blue Flags, $9.99; Marble and Wood Cutting Board Set by Mud Pie, $39.99; Domed Acacia Wood Server, $34.99; Mini Trifle Bowls, $21.99 for set of four; Personalized Cocktail Napkins, in a variety of designs, shown here with Snowflake Initial, $24.99 for set of ...
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Here Comes Santa Claus! Our Top New Stocking Stuffers for Kids

          They might be some of the least expensive items on your gift-giving list, but that doesn’t mean that stocking stuffers can’t be just as thoughtful as all of the others! Spare your kids the predictable boring socks and candy canes, and get creative!  Check out some of our fun ideas and our Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Kids:   Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas:  Include a heartfelt note in each of your ...
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Make it Personal: 13 Great Gifts For Her Starting at $6.99!

−     Whether it’s your mom, friend, teacher or sister, we have the perfect gifts for the holidays, a birthday or just to show you care!  Put in that extra effort with our exclusive and customized presents that will let her know she is appreciated!  Shop HERE for our full collection of Gifts for Her!   Who doesn’t love to be pampered?  Gift your special girl with a day at the spa, and present it in one of our Large ...
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Making a List, Checking it Twice: Lillian Vernon’s New and Personalized Gifts for Children

        The magical season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about meaningful and creative gifts for the children.  To make this holiday extra special, we have rounded up some of our top new and personalized children’s gifts, from luggage and beanbags, to toys, dolls and customized books.  Shop HERE for gift inspiration for any child on your list.       Whether they’re going to ...
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Deck the Halls with Personalized Christmas Stockings! New, Classic, and Fun Designs for the Whole Family, Even Your Pet

      Along with trimming the tree, hanging stockings on the mantle is one of our favorite Christmastime customs.  Folklore tells us that the tradition goes way back to when Saint Nicolas learned about a poor man who couldn’t afford to pay a dowry for his three daughters.  Saint Nic decided to help the man, and took three bags of gold down the chimney of the family’s home. Once inside, he found the girls’ stockings ...
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All is Merry and Bright: Introducing Our Personalized, Keepsake Ornaments for the Holidays

  Christmas is a sacred time to celebrate old and new traditions.  Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th century when devout Christians brought trees into their homes decorated with candles.  Some of the first Christmas ornaments were shiny red apples, nuts and marzipan cookies.  It was commonly believed that apples were used as ornaments because of their relation to the winter solstice (the shortest day ...
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Oh Man, Why Didn’t I Think of That? The Quintessential Gift Guide for All of the Men in Your Life

        Whether it’s your husband, brother, Dad, teacher or trainer, finding the perfect give for a man in your life is never an easy undertaking.  Well, we are here to help, with a wide array of custom gifts to choose from for the enthusiastic sports fan, an urban trendsetter, the grill master, or even the armchair quarterback.  Personalizing and monogramming lets them know you’ve put a lot of thought into ...
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Set Your Thanksgiving Table in Style with Lillian Vernon

When Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving in 1863, the turkey feast itself was considered decoration enough for most family tables.  If accessories were added, they consisted of fall fruits and vegetables that represented the bounty of the family’s own farm or garden.  Since then, we have created our own special traditions and ways of celebrating this day of giving thanks, mixing the old with the new.  Whether ...
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Impress for Less: TWENTY Lillian Vernon Exclusive & Personalized Gifts Under $10!

Whether you’re entertaining at home, looking for that special gift, or getting a jump-start on the holidays, keeping expenses down is always a great idea − but that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on style!  This season at Lillian Vernon we have put together a dream team of designers and artisans to create 20 personalized and exclusive items that will delight your friends and family…..AND they’re all under ten ...
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Show Off Your Style With Our Personalized Napkins for All Occasions

The art of entertaining can often look effortless, but it takes planning, creativity and attention to detail.  Beside the food and festivities, the décor is what distinguishes a truly special dinner or event.  The key is to show your personal style and make it your own! One of our favorite ways to attract attention is with personalized napkins and hand towels, whether in the dining room, kitchen or bath.  Transform your table with Lillian ...
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FIVE PET SAFETY TIPS TO FOLLOW ON HOWL-EEN

HAPPY HOWL-EEN Halloween should be a fun holiday for you and your pets. Doting on our dogs and family pets plays an integral part of the Lillian Vernon lifestyle.  But sometimes All Hallow’s Eve can be a spooky night for pups [and people!] who may get nervous about ghosts and goblins.  So please follow these pet safety tips from the Southampton (NY) Animal Shelter to ensure a safe and happy Howl-een. Plus, don’t forget that ...
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FALL in Love with Your Home: Five Personalized Ways to Spruce Things Up for Autumn

Fall is in full swing, and it’s time to start nesting!  Get out the cozy blankets, stock up on firewood, and spruce up your home with some of our most popular, and personalized fall favorites.  Let the colors, sights and scents of the season inspire you, whether it’s changing a few toss pillows on your sofa, creating a beautiful harvest centerpiece, like our gold basket above, or throwing a cocktail party to celebrate family and ...