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3 Looks for a Summer Wedding

It seems not too long ago when I shared three looks to wear to a spring wedding. But that season has come and gone so quickly, and summer is upon us. And it is the biggest season of the year for weddings, so chances are you have a few invites and may be wondering what to wear. It's pretty easy to figure out summer wedding attire if you keep the location in mind.

Of course you have the invite to start with as well. It should say "Black Tie Attire" or "Black Tie Optional" or perhaps something like "Formal Beach Attire," and it will have the ceremony time. Generally indoor evening weddings call for more formal attire than outdoor afternoon weddings.

For an indoor wedding, no matter what time of year, you can never go wrong with a Black Formal Dresses. An elegant knee-length cocktail dress, like this FAIRY COUPLE Women's Off the Shoulder Lace Vintage Wedding Party Cocktail Dress is perfect for a black-tie optional indoor wedding, while a sleeveless o…

10 Perfect Gifts for the Holiday Hostess

1. Drinkware Set - Moscow Mule copper mugs are the hottest in drinkware this season and are something any hostess would love. They can be used for other cold drinks too, so they'll get a lot of use.
Pictured: Copper Barrel Mug for Moscow Mules - 16 oz - $36.95

2. Barware - A good host most likely already has a set of wine glasses, though he or she may not have a good cocktail shaker, and you can bet they don't have a Mason jar shaker. The reviews boast this one is totally leak proof and as you can see, is large enough to make several drinks at once.
Pictured: Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker - $29.00

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0804186731 Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails
- "An artisinal cocktail book by two best friends and the entrepreneurs who invented the Mason Shaker Cocktail Shaker..."

3. Tea Towels - A nice set of kitchen towels is a pretty and functional gift for the hostess, and no matter how many he or she has, you can bet they'll appreciate more. Around the holidays it can be tempting to get a festive set, but try to pick some that are more neutral and can be used year round.
Pictured: Shiraleah Assorted French Tea Towel, Set of 4 - $31.99

4. Cheese Board - Serving trays are another no-brainer gift for someone who loves to entertain. Chances are they already have a few, but take it from someone who loves to host a good dinner party, the more the merrier! Slate cheeseboards are a unique and fun option.
Pictured: Top Shelf Living - Slate Cheese Board - 10" X 14" - $24.95

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B00JWVUPXA Top Shelf Living - Slate Cheese Markers - "People always ask 'what kind of cheese is this?' Now, the markers will let them know before they nibble."

5. Bake-and-Take Bakeware with and Insulated Carrier - This isn't the cutest or most stylish hostess gift, but it's definitely something any cook would love. Whether we're going to a potluck dinner or need to transport a dish to a holiday party, I think we could all use this gift. It's a great gift option for a mom if you aren't sure about her style or how often she actually enjoys entertaining.
Pictured: Pyrex Portable 4-Piece Set with 1-ea 3--Quart Easy Grab Oblong, Red Cover, Large Unipack, Black Carrier - $35.30

6. Cook Book - If you're going to someone's home for a fancy dinner, chances are that person loves to cook. This beautiful appetizer cook book is the perfect choice for any holiday hostess.
Pictured: Fine Cooking Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavor - $13.83

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B00AMR3EP4 Sur La Table Blanc Rectangular Platters 59909-SET , Set of 3 , White

7. Wine Decanter - This is another perfect gift for a hostess. While most cooks have a set of wine glasses, they don't all have a nice decanter. Though you should make sure to give it only if you know the hostess is a wine lover, otherwise this will end up in the re-gift pile.
Pictured: Wine Enthusiast U Wine Decanter - $19.39

{Pair it With}
0847842215 Wine With Food: Pairing Notes and Recipes from the New York Times - "100 wines paired with more than 100 dishes, from two of the most respected experts in the business."

8. Dessert/Appetizer Stand - This 3-piece serving set is perfect to give to your holiday hostess. It's completely neutral, so it's sure to fit in with anyone's style, and it's versatile as it can be used as pictured or stacked to create a 3-tier serving stand.
Pictured: Anchor Hocking Presence 3-Tier Platter Set

9. Dessert Plates - A pretty set of salad or dessert plates are a sweet and pretty gift any hostess would love. Like I've said before, avoid the urge to get a festive set, and go with some that can be used year round.
Pictured: Cake Boss Serveware 4-Piece Porcelain Dessert Plate Set, "Icing and Quotes"

10. Kitchen Soap - I know this isn't the most luxurious bath and body gift. I have a tendency to suggest beautiful, expensive gust soaps. But let's face it, not everyone needs or wants those. Though you can bet anyone with a kitchen is going to not only use but love these pumpkin-scented hand soaps.
Pictured: Bath & Body Works Deep Cleansing Hand Soap Set of 2 - Pumpkin Cupcake and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

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