2011 Holiday Gift Guide Day 1: Entertaining Ideas


Welcome to the first day of my 2011 gift guide!!  And also my first real post being on WordPress!! It is a little slow going getting familiar with all the stuff and also the design is not where it will be yet but it is a great start!  I mentioned before that the blogger/wordpress change over was an early Christmas gift to me from my Mommy and I am so appreciative of all her support in my blogging efforts.  Thank you!!!!!  And I want to also thank Kristin for setting me up with Loren who made this whole daunting process a breeze!  If you have been wanting to switch over to WordPress, Christmas is the perfect time.  Put Your Local Tech on your list and make it happen!  I’m so glad I did.  But bear with the bugs please!!!!

I have a love hate relationship with holiday decor.  I like it modern or vintage or vintage modern but not a lot in between.  These pieces want to be in my house.  And I’ve learned over this past year that although my children like the Charlie Brown franchise, I LOVE it (set you DVRs for Thanksgiving night for an all new movie on Fox and the Thanksgiving movie on ABC).  One day when we move in to a bigger house I will be hosting Charlie Brown Christmas pajama movie nights for the kids and their friends complete with hot cocoa, hot toddies and yummy treats.  Until then I will enjoy it with my kiddos snuggled up tight on the couch!

Personalized Ornaments by Paloma’s Nest

Acrylic tray with holiday insert package by Nico and Lala  {Consider this on my wish list!}

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Remastered Deluxe Edition)

Modern Santa Collection by West Elm


I love entertaining at home but find it hard to spend the money on decorator pieces for myself.  But who wouldn’t love to get one of these gorgeous items as gifts?!

Tart Server by Sabre

Striped Salad Servers by French Bull

Candy display by Pottery Barn Teen

Plaid Round Platter by French Bull

Turquoise Tiered Server

Footed Beverage Jar at Sur La Table

Sweater Mugs

The Handy House Stainless Steel Drinking Straws with Cleaner

Black Vinyl Doily Coasters

Mustache Bottle Charms

Spanish Wine Glasses  {as seen in Rachel Ray Magazine!}

Glass Pitcher

The BrewTender Tabletop Beer & Beverage Dispenser – Chrome  {Perfect for the tailgating sports fan!}


Need small gifts for a teacher or service provider or just need something to round out a gift  basket, these foodie gifts are sure to please!

Honibe Honey Drops

Rick’s Picks Phat Beets

P.O.P. Candy {Remember them from my Halloween post?  I adore this candy.  Super rich, fresh and herbal!}

Pink Champagne Biscuits

Honibe Honey Sprinkles {Freeze dried honey!}

Lovin’ Spoonful Sugar Set by Savory Spice Shop  {I use the Spiced Sugar every single morning in my coffee – aromatic and delicious!}

Peach Preserves with Rosemary

Hot Chocolate on a Stick by Ticket Kitchen


Pretty Delicious by Candice Kumai

Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You

Seriously the prettiest cookbook I have ever seen and the perfect gift for so many people on your list!  With an eye on healthful cooking, and fresh ingredients, this is perfect for all those diet resolutions that we profess every year.

Need more gift ideas?  Come back tomorrow for some fun kid ideas and then Wednesday for the girls and guys in your life.

Also head over to these blogs to check out the gift guides they’ve prepared (not all of these ladies will have them up today so check back with them!):

A Fabulous Fete

I Go You Go

Mint Loves Social Club

Green 4 U

And Jenny is posting them a few times a week so be sure to check her out often!

Thanks so much for coming over to the new blog!  Please remember to change your readers to the CupcakesAndCutlery.com address (sayonara Blogspot!).


Happy Holidays!






  1. I agree with Shari, those sweater mugs are cute! Very fun to look through these entertaining ideas! -Dani

  2. Ooh, very fun finds. I love those sweater mugs!

  3. Found you through Kathleen’s Sugar and Spice. Can you give the info for the Wild Hibiscus Syrup? Would live to have it for some martini’s.


    • Sharon Garofalow says:

      Hi Peggy! Of course you can buy a bottle online, but I am pretty sure most BevMo stores carry it and possibly Whole Foods! I think it is made for drinking with champagne, but I doubt it would ruin a martini! ;)

  4. This is a fabulous list! I am sending it to my hubbie. Thank you!

  5. A great list! POP Candy is so good! I always get something from them at the Patchwork Indie Fair. And I love that cookbook from Candace Kumai – I got a copy from her at BlogHer.

  6. Ooooh I am going to add some of these things to MY wishlist!


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