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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

How to Host A Downton Abbey Style Brunch

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Vintage-themed parties are still very much on trend. From Gatsby-themed weddings, to Downton Abbey Dinner parties, people continue to celebrate the 1920s vintage vibe. The era is popular with good reason - it's an opportunity for party-goers to dress up and be fancy for an evening. Downton Abbey lovers can celebrate the time period by hosting a themed dinner, a Downton Abbey viewing party, or an elegant brunch. A Downton-themed brunch is also a great idea for a bridal shower. Here are three key elements for the perfect Downton Abbey brunch. Pictured: Amalfi Decor 'Sophia Collection' Antique Metal Cake Dessert Stand with Crystal Beads and Dangles


1. Dress the Part. For a Downton dinner, you'll need a long dress; but for a brunch, you can wear a knee-length dress. Go for white lace or a pastel with some velvet. For the accessories, anything with pearl or sparkle is perfect. I love the Downton Abbey jewelry collection. It has so many beautiful and affordable Edwardian-era inspired pieces. The dressy sandals pictured above are a nice modern twist on the 1920s heel trend. They'd actually be perfect for a glam-vintage wedding. Embellished head bands are very reminiscent of the time. The look has become so trendy that you can get them just about anywhere on any budget. The one pictured above is available at Target. If you're on a serious budget, simply focus on the key elements - delicate fabrics, pearls, and sparkle.

Pictured 1. Modern vintage-stye lace dress // 2. Anne Klein silver-tone pearl drop earrings // 3. Crystal headband // 4. Mod Cloth BB Dakota lace dress // 5. Juicy Couture women's Deb sandals // 6. Downton Abbey "Gilded Age Boxed" Gold-Tone Crystal Edwardian Swag Shaped Collar Pendant Necklace // 7. Downton Abbey "Stardust Boxed" Edwardian Pave Crystal Accent Drop Earrings // 8. MG Collection embroidered beaded evening clutch


2. Set the Table. From crisp white linens to the perfect place setting, the table is your canvas for an elegant Downton-themed tea. Beautiful floral arrangements and candelabras are essential. Use tiered dessert stands to beautifully display scones and tea cakes. Here is a guide to a proper brunch place setting:

 

3. Serve Up Downton-Themed Eats. There are entire websites, and the cook book pictured above, dedicated entirely to Downton Abbey foods; but for a Downton brunch, keep it simple and think of English-style brunch or "high tea" menu items. Serve up several sweet things, like scones and a lovely cake. Pair them with at least one savory item, like cheese tartelettes. For the scones, offer some gourmet jam and clotted cream. Creme fresh is fine if you can't get your hands on clotted cream. Of course don't forget the most important thing of all - the tea! Have a nice array of accompaniments including sugar, cream, and lemon wedges.

Pictured: 1. Adams Media Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: 150+ Recipes // 2. Buttery Cherry-Chip Scones // 3. Pajarero Fig Jam // 4. Clotted Cream 6oz // 5. Twinings English Breakfast Tea, Loose Tea, 3.53 Ounce Tin // 6. Lavender Honey Tea Cake // 7. fig and goat’s cheese tart Beautiful Bites / recipe by Donna Hay

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