Getting everyone in the family together over the holidays is always wonderful, but also stressful. Here are some activities and games to settle the fun family feuds and really enjoy the time with each other:
It’s easy enough to spend holidays with the family when there’s one big gathering, but what about when you’re trying to decide between in-laws or divorced parents? Here are a few guidelines to help make those tricky holiday decisions.
With Pinterest, searching for DIY gift ideas has never been easier.
But especially with the holidays right around the corner, we know you don’t have time to spend hours searching for the perfect gift to make for your mom/sister/best friend/cousin/next-door neighbor.
So, we complied a list of our favorite DIY gifts for the holidays as a solution to your #HolidayProblems.
Use dried lavender and a small muslin bag to form a sachet.
Scented Body Scrubs
Create a scrub from 1/2 cup each Epsom salts and sugar, plus 1/4 cup sunflower oil, and place inside a pretty glass mason jar
Repurpose candy or mint tins as candles: Simply melt wax and add a wick (available at craft stores).
Advice columns are full of suggestions on how to deal with difficult house guests and holiday party attendees. Ensure you’re not one of them with these easy tips.
…At a Holiday Dinner
…At a Holiday Cocktail Party
…At Someone’s House for the Holidays
This holiday season delight your party or dinner hostess with a thoughtful gift. Hostess gifts can be extravagant if you wish, but simple gifts are equally appreciated.When searching for the perfect hostess gift, think outside the box. For both traditional and unique Holiday hostess gift ideas, we have rounded up some of our favorites.
1. Fine chocolate. Visit any specialty candy store to choose a set of four delectable truffles. Consider specialty items like gourmet topped chocolate covered pretzels or pistachio marzipan dark-chocolate bonbons.
2. Gourmet olives. Many regular grocery stores now carry a selection of gourmet food items including local and imported olives. Consider a jar of almond stuffed olives and package in a simple gift bag. If you know your hostess enjoys stronger tastes, you can find olives stuffed with blue cheese, garlic, or chipotles.
3. Flavored vinegars or oils. There are many gourmet vinegars and oils to choose from. Some flavored oil ideas include sun-dried tomato infused with Greek oregano, peppercorn, and garlic, or porcini & shiitake mushrooms combined with jalapenos, sage, bay leaves, and red peppers. Vinegars come infused with a variety of herbs and spices such as garlic, pepper, lemon thyme, baby dill, tarragon, cilantro, and mustard seed.
4. Wine. Wine is the traditional hostess gift, but always appreciated. Consider what you know about your hostess before purchasing wine. Are they a gourmet cook or do they prefer simple meals? If you are already a wine connoisseur, you will be able to choose an appropriate bottle. For those less educated about wine, a fine winery will assist you with appropriate choices in a range of prices.
5. Tea or coffee gift basket. Always appreciated, you can’t go wrong with a lovely tea or coffee gift basket. It’s also easy to make a gift basket by purchasing your own products, arranging in a basket purchased from a discount or craft store, and wrapping in cellophane or tissue paper.
With the endless shopping list, travel expenses, and gift buying, the holidays can add up. The experts at Travaasa are here to answer your #HolidayProblems with some of our favorite inexpensive DIY Holiday décor tips. That way no matter what #HolidayProblems come your way, you’ll be in a festive environment.
Glitter Pinecones – These glitzy decorations are perfect for filling up a large bowl on a coffee table, or you can turn them into sparkly ornaments by tying a piece of clear fishing line around the tops. Make sure to wash your pinecones beforehand (especially if you found them outside), and let them completely dry. Using a small paintbrush, coat the petals of pinecones with glue, and dust with glitter. Shake off any excess glitter, and let dry. And that’s it!
Origami Ornaments – Reuse colorful paper from junk mail or magazines by turning them into origami tree ornaments. From festive stars to elegant cranes, YouTube has a number of step-by-step instructional videos so you can transform paper waste into a work of art.
Cranberry tea lights – Inexpensive and super easy, this decoration is ideal for adding a splash of color to your credenza or holiday dinner table. Fill a small, decorative bowl or serving tray with fresh cranberries, and nestle white tea lights in the cranberries before lighting. You often can find bags of tea lights at dollar stores or discount stores.
It’s that time of year again—holiday shopping for the in-laws. It seems they’re the hardest members of the family to shop for but your #HolidayProblems have been solved with the help of the experts at Travaasa. Here’s our list of great holiday gift ideas for in-laws.
Looking for some classic Hawaiian tunes to liven up the holiday season and help solve some of your #HolidayProblems? We’ve listed some traditional songs that are sure to get you feeling festive this season.
It’s always difficult choosing gifts for coworkers and on the list of common #HolidayProblems. Here at Travaasa, we’ve put together our list of top holiday gift ideas for co-workers in 2012. Don’t forget to include a card!
Travaasa wants to wish very merry Texas holiday season to everyone! And as our gift to you, we’ve compiled our favorite list of Austin holiday hits that are sure to keep your guests dancing the two-step all night long.
After attending a couple holiday parties, it’s easy to feel burned out on eggnog and hot buttered rum—but not to worry. When it comes to throwing your own seasonal soiree, these exciting cocktails are sure to spice things up for your guests and add a Texan flair to any tablescape.
Cucumber Ginger Gimlet
Recipe by Shawn, our bartender at Travaasa Austin
1 ½ oz. Hendricks’ gin
½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
¼ oz. simple syrup
Fill a shaker tin halfway with ice. Add ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.
Pear Nectar and Reposado Tequila Cocktail
Recipe from Cookie and Kate
1 ½ oz. reposado tequila
3-4 oz. pear nectar
Drop vanilla extract
Light drizzle of honey
Juice from half a lemon
Cinnamon stick (optional garnish)
Fill a high ball glass with ice. Pour in tequila and pear nectar. Add cinnamon, vanilla and honey. Squeeze in lemon juice. Mix by pouring into a cocktail shaker or another glass. Shake or stir well, and pout into original glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
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