New Year’s Eve Etiquette Guide to Hostess Gifts

When I hosted my very first New Year’s Eve party, I was just past the age of keg stands in a basement. At the time, I was dating a guy who was a bit older than me, and his friends were invited. Friends who had apparently read the etiquette guide to hostess gifts. One by one they walked through the door handing me pretty packages pretty packages containing cheese boards, wine, scented candles, fancy soaps, and champagne! I’m sorry what!?!?! No one had told me about hostess gifts. The only gift I had been bringing to parties was a beer bong. This gift-giving thing had made all the cooking and cleaning and running around nonsense a whole lot more tolerable. Bring. It. On.

The New Year's Eve etiquette guide to hostess gifts. Want a unique gift to bring to your next New Year's Eve party! I have great gift ideas that your host will love!

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Songs For November

Well that was a bit of radio silence, huh? So sorry. I gotta tell you guys, that One Room Challenge really wiped me out. That and all last week my in-laws were visiting from Germany, oh and I was playing reindeer games last Sunday too! Let me tell you about it! Susan and William of House Of Brinson were shooting in town, so Nicole of Making It Lovely and I thought we’d entertain them a bit. Plus, we all wanted to meet face-to-face…finally!

First stop was Randolph Street Market. We found loads of goodies, stuffed our faces with homemade empanadas, and I might have been sipping on some champagne. Ya, that’s how we flea in Chicago. Beth from South Loop Loft (check out her new fancy website) met us at her new location where we gawked over her chandeliers, Chesterfield sofas, and Canary Lane’s incredible vintage rugs. And yes, there was more champagne, and everyone watched me snarf down my very first macaroon. Seriously, why have I never had a macaroon before? I’ve been missing out on life. After that Kodak moment, it was on to The Savoy Flea. It was a vintastic day had by all.

Songs for November - House Of Hipsters Music Playlist

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5 Random Questions… and Go!

I used to do this thing where I asked 5 Random Questions. I answered them first in the post and you answered them in the comment section below. It was a great way to get to know other readers and for me to get to know you. The last time we played this little game was waaaaay back in February. This of course isn’t mandatory participation, but man, it would sure be cool if you did. And if you’ve played this game with me before, you can totally play it again…it’s a brand new set of 5 Questions.

  1. What does your perfect day look like?
  2. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  3. What do you have a fear of?
  4. If money were no object, what would you do all day?
  5. What are your favorite blogs to read…besides House Of Hipsters…tee-hee.

5 Questions about me. 5 Questions about you.

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Getting to Know You, Getting To Know Me

Here at House Of Hipsters I like to change it up and run this fun little post every few months. Today I’ve decided to name it “Getting To Know You, Getting To Know Me”. Mainly because I have absolutely no idea what I named it last time. It’s been WAY too long and it applies to everyone. My readers from 2 years ago, brand new readers from yesterday, friends—old and new, and me…obvs. I’m not saying mandatory participation, but it’s more fun when you chime in. Last October was the last time we played this game. If you missed it, you can read it here. ERMERGERD! So much has happened in the last few months and so many new faces. This is necessary you guys. We’re making this friendship bond stronger then ever!

Get to know you, get to know me

 

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Book Club #GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS Book of the month

So before 2014 ends and 2015 begins, I thought I should do a check-in with our book club readers. AND I think I have a better plan on how to run this puppy. I kinda threw it out there to check for participation without a real plan. But I think I have the logistics part figured out.

Look to the right, on the sidebar ——>>> See the image cover for #GIRLBOSS? Well, from now on, click there, and we can all have an on-going discussion on that page in the comments section. When it looks like everyone is wrapping up on the book, I will announce a new title and swap out the image in the sidebar. So, if you’re just checking in that day, you’ll see the next book. I’ll also post in on Facebook. BTDubs, this next book is a reader suggestion. And this reader is actually someone I’ve known since kindergarten! How crazy is that! I seriously love how this blog has allowed me to reconnect with friends old and new. So if you have suggestions, keep ’em coming! I’ll announce the next book in a couple week. I’m really excited to get into it.

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