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new-use tuesdays: ice cubes

It’s as beautiful as it is functional. It cools, it soothes, it sparkles. No self-respecting hostess would ever be caught without it. For this weeks’ new-use highlight, I’m turning the spotlight on ice, ice, baby! Whether you buy it in bulk or make it yourself (perhaps in a fun shape, like one of these?), it’s an undeniable must-have and it’s got more uses than you might think. Check out a few of them below.

plastis ice cube tray  IKEA new use tuesdays: ice cubes

Plastis ice cube trays, $2 each, IKEA.

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host gift idea: piebox

Pie holds a special place at my Thanksgiving table. While I’m not a turkey dinner person (I know!), I always look forward to the dessert course, and pie always pleases. If you’re making the effort to bake your own pie – be it pumpkin, pecan or apple – you’ll want it to arrive in one piece. This simple and attractive pine Piebox, handcrafted in Chicago, is the storing and transporting solution.

PieBox host gift idea: piebox

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editor’s pick: the game of things…

I know, I know…this isn’t really ‘design related’. BUT I love board games and when I was sent a press release about ‘The Game of Things’ I just had to share. This game isn’t new, it’s celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year actually, but it’s a blast! For anyone who hasn’t ever played, I recommend you try it out – it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh. Perfect for those upcoming holiday parties or for fall weekends when your family just wants to bundle up and stay inside with a cup of tea.

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fall style essentials

Fall officially began this past weekend, so let’s talk about cool-weather style.

FallStyle RusticCasualDecor fall style essentials

Rustic casual fall decor inspiration, and tabletop ideas for your next dinner party.

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5 satisfying sunday football recipes

It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing colours and fantasy football leagues are in full swing. That’s right, football season has returned.

If you’re hosting this Sunday’s festivities, why not serve one of these delicious recipes. Easy to make and great for large groups, your guests will be so impressed (and full of tasty food) they might just consider trading your rookie bench warmer for their first round draft pick.

sah blog recipe bean dip 5 satisfying sunday football recipes
Roasted red pepper bean dip with harissa pita crisps
This delicious dip might just become your new favourite mid-afternoon snack.

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places to go, people to see: the cure apothecary

Got a dinner party to attend this weekend? Stop by The Cure Apothecary, Queen West’s brand new organic skincare hotspot, for a unique hostess gift. It’s hard to decide which is more appealing, the curated product lineup – including brands like John Masters, One Love, FarmHouse Fresh and L’Aromatica, among others – or the country chic interior. The good news is you can have it all: Choose a winning token for the host while touring the adorable shop, which opened its doors just last week. Check out a few images of the store and what it’s got to offer below.

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editor’s pick: maritime outdoor pillow

Too many people are starting to talk about fall, but Summer’s not over yet! Check out these geometric outdoor pillows – the perfect accent for a nautical themed outdoor space. Invite some friends over for a BBQ and lounge in comfort with this fab find. Read on to find out where to buy.

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friday happy hour: pimm’s cup

Friday happy hour is back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. Next up: how to make a Pimm’s Cup. A deliciously refreshing drink with a likeness to iced tea. The best part: You can put a pitcher of Pimm’s Cup out at any backyard shindig and it’s a guaranteed hit with EVERYONE.

PimmsCup friday happy hour: pimms cup

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summer garden party

Summer is finally here and with the beautiful weather upon us, are you ready a summer garden party? I hosted one a couple of weeks ago at my roof top garden, and added three special touches to make the party a memorable one.  Today, I want share with you on how to put together an effortlessly elegant summer party.

Screen Shot 2014 07 24 at 12.26.33 AM summer garden party

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host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

How amazing are these bottle openers from Fort Standard?  CrestBottleOpeners host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

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