It’s time for the Big Game: 7 Must Have Items for your Party

Set-of-four-cook-serve-and-store-platesYou’ve  got two more weeks to get your big game party in order. No matter if you are rooting for San Francisco or Baltimore, the star of any party is food.  Celebrate the big game with style this year, and check out some of our items that we think would make a great addition to your party this year.

Cook, Serve & Store Plates: Our set of 4 Cook, Serve and Store Plates streamline your cooking, display and cleaning process. You can prepare, serve and store all with one dish—what’s not to love about that?

Colorful Snack Set: Add a pop of color to your food display with this 8-Pc. Colorful Snack Set. These are perfect for dips and chips because of their two compartments.

Can-Tamer® Revolving Storage: If you are short on table space, our 2-Tier Can Tamer® Revolving Storage product is a great solution to your problem. It can hold up to 13 beverages and rotates 360 degrees for easy use.

Beehive Beverage Dispenser: Great for serving punch and other beverages, our 2-Gallon Beehive Beverage Dispenser is a great addition to any party.

NFL Pub Glasses: Sad your team didn’t make it to the big game? Show your support with our Set of 2 NFL Pub Glasses. Note: Not all NFL teams are available.

Cup Pie Baking Set: Put to use some of those Pinterest ideas with our Cup Pie Baking Set. You can make some creative dishes with this baking set.

Cake Pops Cookbook: Get creative with your desert options and use our Cake Pops Cookbook to find some great inspirations for your party.

Do you have your party all planned out? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Lakeside Selection: Favorite Items for the Week

We’ve made it through another week—the third week of 2013! How are your New Year resolutions going? If you’re going strong, then keep up the great work. If you have hit some road blocks, that is ok too. Stay organized and toned with some of our favorite items this week.

Trunkster-Divided-BagsTrunkster Divided Bags: Carry all kinds of big loads in your trunk without turning it into a cluttered mess. Trunkster Divided Bag can carry groceries, sports supplies, car essentials, laundry loads and more. It features 3 large compartments, 2 side net pouches and nylon straps to keep the clutter under control.

 

 

Full-Body-TrainerFull Body Trainer: The Full Body Trainer tones and shapes your entire body for quick results. It is lightweight, easy to use and compact to store when not in use. This all-in-one piece includes a sturdy, foam-covered launch pad, power handles and isometric resistance bands.

 

 

24-File-Folder-and-Basket24 File Folders or File Basket: Use this set of 24 File Folders to hold bills, receipts, monthly statements and more. The folders fit neatly into the File Basket to bring organization wherever it’s needed. The lined basket can hold the folders and other items such as magazines, cookbooks and incoming mail.

 

 

Good-Morning-Rooster-KitchenGood Morning Rooster Kitchen: Vivid colors and country roosters bid you a good morning on each of these functional pieces. Strutting roosters and bright sunflowers adorn each piece in this eye-catching collection. The Set of 3 Canisters adds vibrant color to your countertop while storing flour, sugar, coffee or other dry goods.

 

Daily-Diet-and-Fitness-JournalDaily Diet & Fitness Journal: Every page of this Diet & Fitness Journal has a food log, nutrient tracker, and spaces to record daily totals, mood, energy, workout rate, physical activity and comments. Experts agree that making daily records of calories consumed is the best way to lose weight and keep it off. Jot down the info for each day and watch the pounds melt away.

Four Must Have Fashion Accessory Trends

clear-bag-spring-2013Fashion trends come and go, but that’s what makes following them fun. Who didn’t rock feathered bangs in the 80’s? A great new top or skirt is nice but what can make or break an outfit are your accessories. A great bag, necklace or pair of shoes can really bring life to your outfit. We don’t want you to miss a beat this spring so check out our four must have fashion accessory trends for the spring.

Clear Accessories
Just about every fashion site is talking about clear accessories. This can be a great bag,  pair of shoes or  bracelets. Don’t think clear means no color. Many designers are using bright colors that are also see-through. Check out some of the accessories Glamour is showcasing.

A Great Bag
A purse is something most of us can’t leave home without. We need all kinds of bags to make sure we have the perfect look with each outfit. A great bag goes with just about anything, and is also functional enough for every day. Take a look at all of the purses, totes and wallets we have available for spring—there is something for everyone.

Bold Color Bracelets
Just like the home décor trend, fashion accessories are getting a boost of color this spring. Fuchsia, tangerine, canary yellow and electric blue are just some of the great colors we will be seeing. Sheknows.com has a great overview of how to make this a trend you can wear easily. We also recommend our over-the-door jewelry valet to keep all of your new accessories organized.

Black and White Patterns
If bold colors just aren’t your thing, you are in luck because black and white patterns are also a great trend to follow. Any black and white pattern will do this spring whether it is striped or geometric. SaksPOV has some great ideas that translate well from the runway to the office. Our Printed Flyaway 2-fer Top is a great addition to your wardrobe and is in line with this trend.

What’s your favorite trend this spring? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Harper’s Bazaar

The Early Bird Gets The Worm: 5 Ideas for Decorating this Spring

springIt might seem like a far off event now, but spring will be here before you know it! We survived the holidays and can now bring our focus back to our home. The Lakeside Collection understands how busy you can get, so we have searched the Internet to find you the latest home decor trends for spring 2013.

Don’t be afraid of color
Pops of color like emerald green, tangerine and blue are a must this spring season. Remember to use these as accent colors—you don’t want an entire room tangerine from top to bottom. Try our Crystal Beaded Light-Up Branches paired with a great vase  in any of this season’s must have colors mentioned above.

Bold and geometric patterns
Whether it is a rug, throw pillow or piece of art, bold and geometric patterns will turn any room into a chic place to rest. If you are a fan of this trend, make sure you balance these items with a neutral piece. If you choose a great geometric rug, pair it with our Litchfield Cutwork Curtains to level out the bold print in the rug.

Botanicals aren’t just for the garden
Most of us see mostly grey during the winter months, so this spring make sure you get it back with some great botanical prints. There are some great examples of this trend on the Mike and Honey Home blog. Even out the botanicals with a great side table like our Slate-Trimmed Sofa Side Table.

Warm up the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s where we cook our meals, hang out during a get together and in general is used every day. Instead of having a cold, bare looking kitchen it’s time to warm it up this spring. Peter Dunham tells MSN Living, “We’re moving toward a more organic modernism with warm, modern materials that look vintage: slate, irregular floors, weathered concrete, natural crackle-glazed tiles that look handmade.” We think our Berber Corner Runner is a great start to this look.

Do what makes you happy
At the end of the day it’s your home. You can always go against the latest trend and do what makes you happy. You want to walk in your home after a long day and feel relaxed. We are a fan of our Home Wall Appliques this spring. What better way to show the philosophy you live your life by than to put them on your wall?

Are you excited to redecorate this spring? What trends are you going to embrace? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Dan Whipps Photography 

3 Ways To Streamline Online Shopping

online-shopping-tipsThe 2012 Holiday season will go down in the history books for online retailers. Not only did Black Friday show unexpected growth for e-tailers, who traditionally see growth on Cyber Monday, but comScore reports that total online sales for Black Friday 2012 reached $1.042 billon. A first for online spending. With more and more of us clicking for the perfect gift, how can you make sure your online shopping process is even easier?

Search Outside of the Google Box
Google is a great tool for many things. You can ask them anything and Google provides you with more than enough information. When you aren’t sure exactly what you want to buy—Google is there to help. However, if you know you are looking for a certain item such as a camera, sites like decide.com are a viable option.

The great thing about Decide is how they leverage, “data and technology to help shoppers.” They do this by searching, “billions of price points across millions of products, blog posts, and articles on the web to enable shoppers to make the best buying decision possible.”

Another great website to help streamline your shopping experience is Shopilly. Here you can follow your favorite brands and get an alert when they release a new product. As they say on their website, “think of Shopilly as your personal start page for shopping.”

Get Social
You don’t need the help of websites for the brands you already love. Following a brand’s Facebook page (you can find The Lakeside Collection page here) allows you to stay up-to-date on any sales, promotions and new products being introduced. Here at Lakeside, we like to think of our Facebook page as a community where our customers can connect and find great items at the same time.

Utilize the Shopping Cart
Putting something in a virtual shopping cart doesn’t mean you have to buy it. If you see a product you might want (like this one), add it to your cart. Once you have looked over everything on a site, review your cart and see if you truly want all the items. It’s easier to decide on the 10 items in your cart than the thousands of items that are on the site. You can always put back an item if you change your mind.

Bonus Tip: Be Safe
Just like shopping offline, make sure you are buying from a reputable retailer. The site should use a secure connection. You can check this by looking at their web address. Make sure it says “https” at the beginning of their web address once you start the checkout process. The “s” stands for secure. Also, look for retailers that let you create accounts. This can help streamline your order and make your shopping experience more secure.

Are you an avid online shopper? What are your favorite shopping tips? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Gemesis

Pinteresting Picks for the New Year

It’s officially 2013 and we couldn’t be more excited here at Lakeside. Our Spring 2013 catalog is now available online and should be hitting your doorstep as early as Monday. One of our New Year’s resolutions is to take our pinning to the next level on Pinterest, and we hope you join us!

If you don’t follow our boards on Pinterest, why not start now? We already have some featured products from our new catalog, as well as ideas to help keep you organized all year long. One of our favorite new boards is called “New Year, New You” and features some cute apparel items you must have for 2013—just take a look at some of the items below.

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Whether you want a new top, a perfect cover up for the beach or REALLY need a new purse, we have got you covered. For a full list of apparel and beauty items in our new catalog click here. So kick back and relax this weekend—you’ve earned it. The holidays are a busy time for us all, and we can now focus on getting back to basics. Plus, who doesn’t like a fun Pinterest session? We know we do.

Do you already follow us on Pinterest? What’s your favorite board? Let us know in the comments below.

Planning the Perfect New Year’s Eve Party

ImageYou survived your Aunt Susie’s infamous fruit cake and you got that “perfect” sweater for the cold winter ahead. Now, you just have to plan an amazing party to mark the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. So what can you do with little to no time? Check out our tips below to create a wonderful end to the year.

 Perfect Theme
When creating any party, a theme is a great way to go. A theme sets the tone of the party, lets guests know what to wear, and makes your life easier when planning the décor. Since we all can celebrate the Mayans being wrong, why not throw a party to celebrate? If you want something a little more elegant, try a 20’s theme.

Finger Food
You don’t have to cook a 7-course meal for your guests. Most of us had enough food the past month. Instead, have some fun finger food instead. Real Simple suggests mini salami puff sandwiches. Deserts are always a hit, so why not use our Cup Pie Baking Set to create single-serving size pies for your guests?

Drinks
It’s not New Years without some fun drinks. For those who don’t drink, cranberry juice with sparkling water in a fun glass is a good option. Check out TasteofHome for more alcohol-free drink options. For a spin on the traditional glass of Champaign, try adding a splash of mandarin liqueur and a citrus peel. If your party is kid friendly, a classic Shirley Temple never fails.

Games
Trivia games and poker are always a good option, but don’t forget you can always get creative. You can Google famous quotes for 2012, and write them on note cards. Then, have your guests guess who said them. Another option is to have your guests write down predictions for 2013. This can become a fun tradition–you can read all of your predictions next New Years.

Friends and Family
The must have “item” for any successful party are your friends and family. You don’t need fancy food, kitchenware, or a DJ to impress your true friends. They will be there no matter what—and have a blast. As Marlene Dietrich said, “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”

What are your favorite ideas for planning a New Year’s Eve party? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Penn Foster

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What would you do with $100 – Food Edition

This week is all about the gift of food!

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Assorted Gourment Pretzel Tub – $11.95

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Homemade Giftable Treat Mixes – $6.95 each

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Cupcake Baking Gift Sets – $7.95 each

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Vino-Licious Party in a Pitcher – $9.95 each

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