‘Tis the Season: Tree-Trimming & Home Decorating Ideas

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Why wait? Get started by brainstorming holiday decorating and tree-trimming ideas with these useful articles and product suggestions from The Lakeside Collection.


Christmas Tree Decorating Tips & Tricks
The holiday season is quickly approaching. Before you know it, it will be time to trim the tree while sipping cocoa from holiday mugs and listening to classic Christmas songs. The Christmas tree can be a daunting task if you aren’t sure how to approach decorating. We’ve detailed some tips and tricks for decorating your tree using the 5 F’s (Fluff, Fill, Festive, Foundation & Finish) to help you with the tree-trimming experience.



Holiday Decorating Ideas Inspired by Classic Christmas Stories
Home decorating doesn’t get any better than Christmas. Getting together with the family to personalize the tree, stringing up lights or wrapping the stairway in garlands and tinsel. The Christmas story is a big part of many holiday memories. Whether you’re on the lookout for a holiday theme or wondering if there’s a way to bring your favorite story to life, take a look at these decorating ideas inspired by classic Christmas stories.


Fall Flavors: Apple Picking and Oktoberfest Menu Ideas

A few weeks into Autumn. The air is crisp, but not too cold. The leaves are changing and starting to fall. But the weather isn’t the only thing that is changing. Our taste in food changes a little bit as well. Fall flavors like apple, pumpkin and cinnamon are what we crave. Fall festivals like Oktoberfest offer mouthwatering menus we look forward to every year. Learn about the flavors of fall with these articles on apples and Oktoberfest.


American As Apple Pie: The Apple’s Journey to America
For a country that’s second in the world in apple production, a nation with a proud idiom like “American as apple pie,” it’s odd to learn that all these apples weren’t around when colonists first settled on American soil. The apple’s journey to America is a curious one, intertwined with colonial tastes, the founding fathers and even a popular legend or two. Read on to learn more about the apple’s deep roots in our American history.


What to Put On Your Oktoberfest Menu
With summer barbecues in our past and holiday parties ahead of us, we’re in that wonderful fall transitional period. Oktoberfest is to us what trick-or-treating is for the little ones. But you don’t have to pack your travel pillow and get on a 10-hour flight to take part in the festival. You can have your own fest at home. You know that beer is a must, but you need some snacks to go with it. Here’s what to put on your Oktoberfest menu.


Apple Picking Guide
It’s that time of year when apples taste the sweetest and farms open to the public for apple picking. It is one of those fall activities for which everyone should set aside a crisp day and leave behind the cheap toys and chores to celebrate the beautiful autumn season. Here’s a quick guide to picking the best apples this fall.

Lakeside Library: Stock Your Bookshelf for Fall and Winter

We’re moving through fall pretty fast. Sooner than we’d like, it’ll be winter, and that means it’s going to start getting more and more difficult to enjoy the outdoors. Most of us will be spending the colder months indoors, but that’s not a bad thing at all. For starters, it gives us a chance to finally catch up on some reading. There’s a wide selection of books lining the shelves of our Lakeside library. From books filled with awesome facts to novels from authors who’ve appeared time and time again on The New York Times Best Seller lists, activity books for adults and much more, you’re bound to find a few good reads to help you through fall and winter.

Discover Fun Facts

2017 Guinness World Records® Book
The new 2017 Guinness World Records Book is bursting with all-new records on topics as diverse as black holes, domes, owls and killer plants. New this year–check out the infographics exploring fascinating details.

America’s Forgotten History Book
Get to know what happened behind the scenes over the last 300 years with the America’s Forgotten History Book. It presents fascinating stories about outrageous characters, scandals, celebrities and so much more.

Bestselling Novels

Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, the set gives you all seven best-selling novels, and comes in a slipcase.

Famous Author 3-Book Sets
Get to know the work of a few noteworthy #1 New York Times bestselling authors in this Famous Author 3-Book Set. Enjoy the work of Danielle Steel, Debbie Macomber, or Nora Roberts, or kick back with all three!

Laugh Out Loud

1,004 Facts Bathroom Reader
The 1,004 Facts Bathroom Reader is filled with frighteningly true facts that’ll scare the poop out of you. The hilarious author, Cary McNeal, is back with even more absolutely true and amazing facts you won’t believe.

6,000+ Hilarious Jokes Book
This joke book is filled with punchlines that will keep everyone laughing. With hundreds of funny topics from accountants to zebras, this book offers you a huge collection of over-the-top jokes that everyone will enjoy.

Sci-Fi Fanatics

Ultimate Star Wars™ Book
The Ultimate Star Wars Book is an great guide for fans of this massive franchise. The must-have, beautifully illustrated book features information about characters and storylines that span from Episode I to Episode VI.

Marvel Encyclopedia
Marvel Encyclopedia is essential for die-hard fans of well-known superheroes. Created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics, this edition features entries on the latest comic book characters, teams and storylines.

Travel Time

Destinations of a Lifetime Book
Find inspiration for your next vacation with the Destinations of a Lifetime Book. National Geographic takes you on a tour of 225 of the world’s most amazing places with images taken by world-class photographers.

250 Amazing Hunting or Fishing Trips
Brush up on your skills or learn new tools and techniques with 250 Amazing Hunting or Fishing Tips as your guide. It focuses on the latest tools and techniques to help you catch more and make the most of your time.

Coloring Books

Inspired Coloring Books for Adults
The Inspired Coloring Book for Adults provides a creative outlet after a long day. The book features designs to color, offering you a tranquil escape, helping you improve your coordination and hone your artistic skills.

Intricate Designs Coloring Books
The plain, complex outlines in the Intricate Designs Coloring Book gives you the freedom to creatively add color and bring the images to life. It features 31 intricate designs on acid-free, perforated, art-grade paper.

Christmas Cookbooks

Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook
Enjoy a traditional holiday celebration with the foods in the Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook. It has more than 100 recipes for breads, main dishes, sweets and more from Amish and Mennonite kitchens in America.

Taste of Home® Christmas Cookbook
Celebrate the festive flavors of the season with the Taste of Home Christmas Cookbook. It has 465 seasonal recipes, from dinner menus, savory appetizers, cookies and treats to homemade gifts, crafts and much more.

National Book Month: Reading Tips and Challenges

Most of us understand how difficult it can be to make time to read. Getting the kids back to school, long days at the office and all the easy entertainment option at our fingertips that make picking up a book seem like an unnecessary chore. But October is National Book Month! That time of the year when most of us who haven’t been turning pages can rediscover the joy of reading. Get inspired to read with these tips and challenges.


5 Fall Reading Challenges
The weather is getting cooler and the new chill in the air encourages staying inside and cuddling by the fire with a good book. It’s the perfect opportunity for a fall reading challenge. There are many fun and interesting ways to create a challenge for yourself and your family, to expand literary horizons. Here are five fall reading challenges that will give you a reason to stay in your footed pajamas all day and enjoy your favorite pastime.


Back to School: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Reading
For the several months, your kids have been reading young-adult novels and flipping through picture books between running around from one summer activity to the next, but school is back in session and reading has changed. Kids look at the books they read for their school assignments much differently than the books they read for pleasure. Here are some tips to make sure they are getting the most out of their reading for school.


Holiday Shopping: Tips for Buying Books as Gifts
Thinking up a unique and personal gift for each person on your list can be a challenge. For some people, a good toy or a purse is the appropriate solution; for others, something to support a hobby, like yarn or knitting needles, is just the ticket. But for those who seem to have everything, a book may be your solution — you just need to figure out what type of book to get. Check out a few of these useful tips for buying books as gifts.

Halloween Decorations: Get ‘Em Before They’re Gone

Halloween will be here in just a few short weeks. There’s still plenty of time to get your orders in, receive the goods and put up your decorations in time for Halloween. Our favorite haunted holiday comes and goes too quickly. The good news is you can proudly display your scary decorations for the entire month of October if you want. Get your Halloween decorations while there’s still time! Here’s a few of our Halloween favorites.

It’s Alive!
These frightening Halloween decorations move, light up or make spooky sounds!

The scary Barking Skeleton Dog is perfect for frightening Halloween guests and trick-or-treaters. Sound and touch activated, it unleashes a devilish barking noise (and its eyes light up red) when people get too close.

The Radio Control Tarantula looks so real it might scare your friends! Move the tarantula forward, backward and side-to-side, or press the auto-movement feature to make it crawl and spin on its own. Eyes light up red.

55″ Animated Demoness springs to life to startle trick-or-treaters who dare approach your door. Hanging by shackles, the sound-activated demoness’ eyes glow red, and she shakes as she belts out scary warnings.

Wicked Witches
Go for a classic Halloween look with a classic Halloween character…

Transform your yard into a ghostly gathering spot with the Halloween Silhouettes. The solar lanterns create spooky shadows at night. The 3-Pc. Stake Set creates a scene of witches working over a steamy cauldron.

Halloween Witch’s Brooms accent your home in the spirit of the season. It features natural elements such as grapevine, burlap and raffia alongside spooky accents and a witty phrase. Easily disassembles for storage.

Enjoy the funnier side of Halloween with Sound & Motion Crashing Witch. The poor thing looks like she just crashed into a wall. Activated by sound, her legs start kicking, and she screams and says several phrases.

Perfect Pumpkins
Enjoy the lighter side of Halloween with Jack-O’-Lanterns and decorative pumpkins!

Metal Polka Dot Pumpkins add playful color for your autumn home. Metal tabs attach leaves to the pumpkin. The scrollwork stem doubles as a hanger so you can display the pumpkin from a hook for an original look.

The color-changing 14″ Lighted Stacked Pumpkins adds a cute look to your Halloween decor. Each friendly jack-o’-lantern face lights up different shades. Their carved wood look fits in nicely with rustic country decor.

Add some rustic charm to your Halloween porch with the Country Lighted Welcome Pumpkin. Perfect as a friendly greeting, the LED light inside simulates real candlelight, safely shining through the six cutout stars.

Halloween Crunch Time: Final Ideas for the Big Day

It’s Halloween crunch time! No need to freak out if you haven’t yet transformed your house into that haunted dream mansion. There’s still a little time to stock up on spooky decorations, costume accessories and more. Plan, brainstorm and get excited about the holiday with these informative Halloween articles from Lakeside.


Tips for Carving Your Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween is on its way! While you’re coming up with clever costume ideas for a big night of trick-or-treating, you can also begin decorating. Pumpkin carving is at the top of the list for most of our holiday checklists, so make sure you do it right. Here are a few pumpkin-carving tips for an easy and long-lasting jack-o-lantern.


Alternative Halloween Activities for Non-Trick-or-Treaters
Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays, but not every family celebrates the same way. Some kids aren’t the right age, neighborhood safety could be a concern, trick-or-treating might not be popular in your area. It’s smart to have alternatives up your sleeve. Consider these different ways to celebrate Halloween.


How to Create a Spooky Bedroom for Your Kids
Kids love spooky haunted houses on Halloween, but creating that eerie feeling in your home can be a lot of work with your busy schedule. If you want to give kids the horrifying Halloween experience they’ve been begging for, consider confining it to their room. Here are four ideas to create a spooky bedroom for kids.


Opportunity Knocks: Treat Yourself to a Tricked-Out Door
Transforming your porch into a Halloween haven can take a lot of time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to create awesome, kid-friendly Halloween decor. With easy-to-find supplies, free printables, and creativity, you can take advantage of the most visited aspect of your Halloween home: your front door!


Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween is a frightful night! While the kids love to get spooked when they patrol for candy, there can be safety concerns, and they’re not limited to children. Even if the treats are safe for kids, they may not be for our pets. Here are six important things to watch out for to keep our pets safe during Halloween festivities.

Wine Decor, Hostess Gifts and Tabletop Essentials

You don’t have to be a wine enthusiast to appreciate the fun home decorating possibilities of a wine theme. From repurposing corks and wine bottles to create a design all your guests will envy to personalized gifts to please your generous host or hostess, Lakeside is filled with wine decor products everyone will appreciate.

Tasteful Decor for Wine Enthusiasts

The Metal Monogram Wine Cork-Holder adds a distinctive look to your dining room or kitchen, especially when you fill it up with the corks left over from your favorite wines. Just start from the bottom and try to fill up the entire letter. Get multiple letters to spell out your name or wine-related words for a truly unique design.

As long as you’re reusing your corks, why not reuse a wine bottle too? Light My Bottle adds a dazzling touch to your tabletop. Simply thread the 42″ light string through the top of any bottle that’s at least 9″ tall, place the pole inside and click the on/off switch on the top to watch the 15 beautiful fairy lights illuminate the interior.

Gifts for Your Host or Hostess

The Set of 4 Personalized Travertine Stone Coasters makes a great gift for almost any occasion, but it’s the ideal gift for a wine-tasting or dinner party. Each stone coaster protects your table surfaces from water rings. The cork design on the bottom helps prevent scratches. Personalize the coasters with the recipient’s name.

Monogram Wine Gift Set makes it easy to add a thoughtful, personal touch to that wine-tasting, dinner party, housewarming, birthday or wedding. The classy gift set comes with a metal coaster and wine stopper. Each piece has an identical monogram worked into its design, and comes in a stylish box that’s ready for giving.

Don’t Forget the Tabletop

Add a romantic touch to your decor or set the scene for an elegant party with Set of 2 LED Taper Candles. Each candle has a wax coating and gives off an amber glow that looks beautiful in a floral arrangement or centerpiece. Timer lets you set the candles to automatically turn on at a desired time and off after 6 hours.

Organize the eating necessities on your tabletop with an elegant Buffet Caddy. Each caddy features a lovely scroll design that complements existing decor. The Plate Caddy provides quick, easy access to plates, while the Flatware & Napkin Caddy has 3 separate sections for utensils and an open space for holding napkins.

Wine Wednesday: Interesting Facts About Wine in America

It took some time for wine to become as popular in America as it is in Europe, and even longer for American wine to earn worldwide recognition and respect. While wine isn’t nearly as popular as beer on U.S. soil, it’s widely consumed and continues to blend into mainstream culture. Wine Wednesday is the perfect occasion to uncork your favorite vintage in the middle of the week. Before pouring a glass of sauvignon blanc or while you’re sipping a sweet Riesling, take a look at these fun, interesting facts on the history of wine in America.


Oldest Winery in the U.S.A.
The oldest operating winery in America is the Brotherhood Winery. Located in Washingtonville, New York, it produced its first wine for commercial consumption in 1839, and is still up and running. In fact, some original facilities are still being used in the wine-making process, and wine enthusiasts can explore the sights to get an idea of what it was like to make wine in America during the 19th century. Visitors to this National Historic Site can try wine tastings, check out the grounds, take special tours and bring home some delicious wines.

Wine During Prohibition
Establishments like the Brotherhood Winery were in danger of going out of business during the Prohibition throughout the 1920’s. However, there was a loophole for wineries to continue to operate, selling their wine to the Catholic Church for sacramental wine purposes. While many wineries and businesses dependent on wine didn’t make it through the dry years, wineries which were lucky enough to stay under contract with the church thrived (likely selling to more customers than the church). In addition, at-home wine making kits were legal during Prohibition, allowing Americans to produce a certain amount of wine per year for personal use.


When Everything Changed
In May of 1976, the most respected wine connoisseurs in Paris assembled for a blind taste-test between the noble French wines that were regarded as the best in the world and up-and-coming American wines from a few vineyards in California. The challenge wasn’t given much attention by the French media because it was impossible for the unknown Californian wineries to compete with France. Surprisingly, the wines judged as the best for red and white were both Californian, paving the way for wine in America and around the world.

Top Spot for the Time Being
Americans drink a lot of wine. More and more since the wine scene really started to take root and trickle into popular culture. In addition to consuming the most wine, the American wine tourism scene is also booming, attracting millions of tourists annually to hot spots like Napa Valley and Sonoma Country in California. And in case you were wondering what wines Americans love the most, the top spot goes to Chardonnay, with a close following from Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Merlot, while Pinot Noir rounds out the top five.

Whether you love capping off a long day with a glass of wine or plan on serving wine at Thanksgiving this year, find all the wine supplies you need at The Lakeside Collection, from glasses to wine bottle holders.

Wine and Dine: Tips on Wine Tasting, Pairing and Stains

The world of wine is huge and constantly growing. Whether you enjoy a glass of your favorite vintage on the weekend or throw together wine-tastings as often as football parties, there’s always room to grow. Check out tips on pairing wine with cheese or grilled foods, and tips on stains in this wine and dine article showcase.


Holiday Wine & Cheese Guide: Tips on Choosing the Right Vintage
Wine and cheese provide the perfect one-two punch for any and every type of social gathering. Many adults know what kind of wine they prefer, but deciding what kind of cheese to pair with their favorite vintage might be a bigger mystery. Learn about some of the best combinations with our holiday wine and cheese guide.


Tips on Getting Red Wine and Other Tough Stains Out of Clothes
Few stains are more demoralizing than red wine stains. But with a packed holiday social calendar, spills are inevitable, which means your favorite outfit might be in danger. Red wine stains aren’t the end of the world, and shouldn’t mean the end of the party. Rest easy with tips on getting wine and other stains out of clothes.


Gourmet Grill: Advice on Pairing Grilled Food with Wine
With summer winding down, there aren’t going to be many more months to get outside and cook on the grill; and traditionally, grilled foods are associated with beer or mixed drinks, not wine. Try out something new on the grill before summer ends and keep the grill going in fall by learning what grilled foods go best with wine.

Fall Home Decor You Can Keep Up Through Christmas

The difference between traditional harvest and Christmas decorations can be pretty drastic, but it  doesn’t have to be. Although there are some things that just don’t make sense to put up yet, like Christmas trees or holiday lights, there are a number of ways to decorate for the fall season around your house without having to take everything down for Christmas. Check out our fall home decor you can display through the holidays.

Light the Way from Fall to Christmas
Get that warm, cozy feeling you need as the weather changes from chilly to challenging.sweet-n-spicy-mason-jar-candleswoodland-tea-light-candleholderswinter-warmth-mason-jar-candles

Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Mason Jar Candles
The 12-oz. Mason jars are packed with a wonderful scent and have a metal top to keep the candle fresh.
Woodland Tea Light Candleholders
Create a serene, cozy scene with candleholders designed to look like tree stumps or a stack of firewood.
Winter Warmth Mason Jar Candles
These Mason jars are filled with 12-oz. of fragrant wax that adds a warm, welcoming touch to your home.

Fall Greetings that Fit the Holidays
Welcome guests from when the leaves start falling to when the snow starts piling up.double-sided-seasonal-door-hangers17-inch-berry-starslighted-country-spray-or-wreath

Double-Sided Seasonal Door Hangers
This double-sided door hanger has your personal monogram and a festive design for fall or the holidays.
17″ Berry Stars
Natural vines, faux pine sprigs, berries and a bronze star make this hanger great from autumn until winter.
Lighted Country Wreath or Spray
Metal stars and hearts, berries, plaid bows and lights give this wreath or spray versatility for any season.

October-to-December Decorations
Get that fall feeling you want in October that continues to satisfy through December.lighted-monogram-plaquesinspirational-angelsfabric-covered-sentiment-plaques

Lighted Monogram Plaques
Reminiscent of a vintage marquee sign, this plaque brightens up a desk or shelf with beautiful LED lights.
Inspirational Angels
This inspirational angel features a sentiment that makes it perfect as a home accent for fall or a holiday gift.
Fabric-Covered Sentiment Plaques
Add country charm and a sweet family phrase to your home to inspire everyone from October to December.