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Happy Holidays!

Attention prepsters everywhere:

No matter what you celebrate, this should be a throwback for all of you. Enjoy.

Happy Holidays from the Twines & Vines Staff!

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Last Minute Gifts for the (Almost) Forgotten

Every year in my house, it seems, there’s always one person my family has forgotten to get a gift for until the last minute before Christmas.  “Did you get something for the next door neighbor?” “Yes.” “The manager of the yacht club?” “Uh huh.” “Field hockey coach?” “Done.” “Uncle Peter?” “…Oops…”

Here are some ideas for spur of the moment gifts from our friends at Vineyard Vines!

last minute gifts

1. This cover is the perfect accessory for the iPhone your parents bought the nanny this year. $38

3. When the country club bartender is feeling low, surprise him with this holiday bow tie that will make him the talk of the town! $45

4. Even though you forgot Hanukkah ended on the 9th, your attorney’s wife will still adore this bangle. $48

5. This lazy pants set is perfect.  I mean, the cleaning lady wants to be cozy too… pants $65 top $49.50

6. Get this tumbler for your SAT tutor who’s on that juice cleanse. $16.50

7. Forgot there was a gift exchange tonight?  Pick up this reindeer whale ornament on your way to the party! $22.50

8. Don’t forget Fido! This patchwork leash is the best.  The handle has a buckle to easily attach your pup to the cafe table at lunch or the lamp post at Starbucks. $42


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Entertaining for the Holidays

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that there’s nothing I love more than planning and throwing parties for every occasion.  Call me domestic, but I just love entertaining!  Christmas parties are easily my favorite.  Below are some ideas for the best holiday parties you’ll ever throw!

The Secret Santa/White Elephant Exchange | The easiest way to check multiple people off your guest list in one night.  Set a budget (anywhere from $15-50 is acceptable, depending on who is attending) and everyone brings a wrapped gift.  When each person arrives, a sticker with a number is placed on their gift.  Once everyone is there, each person draws a piece of paper from a bowl.  The number drawn should correspond to the gift that person receives.

The Cookie Exchange/Gingerbread House Making Extravaganza | The most stereotypical housewife Christmas party you will ever attend.  Everyone brings a tray of cookies to share as they frost and decorate gingerbread houses.  When hosting this type of party, I always ask each person to also bring a gift valued at $10+ to donate to a local homeless shelter.

The Christmas Movie Marathon | My favorite to host for a group of 10 or so teenage girls.  Can easily be combined with either of the above ideas.  Best movies to watch include Elf, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Santa Clause, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony | The ultimate combination of bringing people together and making your family the center of attention.  How many tree lightings have we been to for shopping malls and performing art centers? I’ve been to three this year alone.  Invite all of the family friends over for a dinner party and tree viewing.  While eating dinner, explain to the crowd how much of an honor it is to see your tree being lit for the first time all season.  Once lit, make sure to give the background information about each and every ornament.  “See that Santa Claus? That’s the Radko that Great-Grandmother Briggs handed down to me.  It was hung on her tree in the fifties.”

Last, but certainly not least…


The Christmas Boat Parade Viewing Party | What better way to combine an amazing holiday with the prep culture?  Honestly, I’m not sure how many cities host boat parades around Christmastime, but I can promise that Newport Beach’s is one of the best.  Going into the 104th Annual, it never disappoints.  Plus, there are so many viewing places where this party can take place: the yacht club, the bay front homes, or from the boats themselves!  Stay tuned to see pictures and details from the boat parade parties I’ll be having this year!

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Neckwear for the Holidays

The Pilgrims and Native Americans would be proud to see you rocking the Halifax Tweed by High Cotton Ties this Thanksgiving. Whether you’re hosting or traveling across the country to visit your relatives, this will look great. This fall beau is perfect with a corduroy blazer, simple sports coat, sweater, or even an oxford (as shown above). Order yours now!

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