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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

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

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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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