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Guest List: Host/Hostess Gifts That Show Them How Much You Appreciate Them

December 10, 2012
Photo by  'Playingwithbrushes'

Photo by ‘Playingwithbrushes’

If you’re being hosted rather than doing the hosting this season (or anytime!), don’t arrive empty handed. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
  • A good bottle of wine is the tried-and-true go-to that’s almost always a good choice. But spruce it up a little: pair it with a fancy bottle stopper, wrap it in a funky dishtowel they can use later, or personalize it with a monogrammed gift tag. And speaking of using later, maybe present two bottles—one for the host/hostess to share and one for them to keep.
  • Put together a gift basket designed to encourage the host/hostess to relax once the festivities are over. Fill it with a good book, a baked treat or chocolates, bath salts, a candle–and maybe that bottle of wine.
  • Candles are a nice choice, but check with your host/hostess to see if they mind scented (some people prefer unscented but still like a pretty candle).
  • Fancy guest towels and equally fancy hand soaps.
  • A small pewter or crystal bowl filled with candy or nuts.
  • A nice set of bar tools and/or a bottle of their favorite liquor.
  • Fun or fancy napkins.
  • A vase full of flowers or a plant in a nice planter.
  • Home-baked cookies on a pretty platter—and they keep the platter. Or along those same lines, any pretty serving piece(s) and a treat to go with them.
  • A silver or a crystal frame (make it even better by adding a picture of you and your host).
  • If you visit homesick Texans, take them tamales (they freeze and travel well) or hot sauce and chips from their favorite restaurant.
  • Send a hand-written thank-you after the party or stay.
  • A hug.
Of course, if you need more ideas—or even need us to do the shopping and assembling—My Personal Valet has you covered.

Wrap It Up: Easy Ways to Create Pretty Packages

December 4, 2012
Photo by Chris_J

Photo by Chris_J

We all know that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but if you want your wrapping to do more than just hide the gift, here are a few tips to create prettier packages.

•The best way to make gift wrapping easy is to get organized. If you have space for rods/racks to hold rolls of paper and ribbon, do that. But you can also store them in specially designed boxes that keep paper from getting wrinkled and ribbons from getting tangled (the Container Store is a good place to find them—and lots of other great ideas).

•When you’re ready to start wrapping, gather everything you need (gifts, paper, scissors, tape, ribbons/decorations, pen, gift tags, ruler) in one place.

•Clear a space on a large, flat, hard surface (dining tables work well).

•Measure twice, cut once. If your paper isn’t pre-printed with lines, use a ruler to mark your cutting line to keep it straight.

•Allow extra paper on the overlap so you can fold it to hide the cut (and straighten out the line, if you need to).

•Use double-sided tape for a neater finish.

•Try layering papers for interesting effects. Start with a solid-color paper (brown craft paper is a good–and inexpensive–choice) as the base, then cut a strip of decorated paper the width you want, wrap it around the package (in the center or offset to one side) and tape it at the bottom. Finish by tying a ribbon or raffia around both layers.

•Wrap your gift in fabric. Some traditional Furoshiki methods are here, but the fabric can also be used like paper or just wrapped and tied.

•Layer different widths of flat satin ribbon in complementary colors on your package instead of tying a bow. Or create a weave of ribbon.

•Add a sprig of pine, holly, or rosemary or a small pine cone or two to the bow with a little bit of thin florists’ wire.

•If you go the gift-bag route, spruce it up a little with more than the usual tissue-paper filler. Use a hole punch to put holes in front and back near the handles, thread ribbon through those and tie a bow in front. It keeps the bag closed and adds a nice touch.

Of course, the easiest way of all to get your presents perfectly wrapped is to call My Personal Valet. We have experts on hand who can make any gift—and gift display—a little more magical. Call us today.
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The Christmas Countdown is Well Underway. How Can We Help?

November 30, 2012

Photo by Bob Jagendorf

This year, be sure the holidays are less frantic and more fun with one phone call or email to My Personal Valet. Here are just a few ways we can smooth out the bumps in the season.

  • Putting up (and taking down) the tree.
  • Calling the caterer, the valet parking service, the house cleaners, and being sure everything is in place before the party starts.
  • Shopping for gifts–and wrapping them. (We can even give you some suggestions for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.)
  • Getting packages boxed up and in the mail so faraway recipients get them right on time.
  • Making arrangements for the holiday feast and delivering it when you want it.
  • Helping you get guests (or yourself) to and from the airport.
  • Finding interesting things to keep your out-of-town guests entertained, then getting the tickets you need for those events (we even offer discounts on some tickets, so add “saving you money” to the list!).
  • Making hotel reservations and reserving rental cars.
  • Addressing and mailing Christmas cards.
  • Getting your car washed, picking up the dry cleaning….doing all those little things that add up to no time to take care of holiday tasks.
  • And lots more.

Pretty much, if you need it done, we’ll find a way to do it. So make your list. Check it twice. Then give it to us. (And if you can’t even find time to make that list, we can handle that, too. Just give us a call.)

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Are Your Last Minute Christmas Tasks Causing You Panic?

December 21, 2011

Christmas FestivitiesIs panic setting in as you think about all the last minute things on your to do list? You haven’s gotten the Christmas cards finished, there is that last minute present that you hadn’t planned for and you still can’t find the perfect gift for Aunt Irene!

Relax and let My Personal Valet simplify the process by giving us your last minute ‘to do’ list! We can find that perfect gift for your Aunt and finish up the Christmas cards in a snap! Try us out and discover what your neighbors know about having a perfect holiday, you won’t be sorry that you did!


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