Holiday Hustle: Cocktail Party Essentials

From now until January our schedules are dazzling with holiday festivities! Big dinners, shopping for gifts and, of course, throwing holiday cocktail parties keep us delighted but busy! While we can’t do your party prep for you, we can direct you to the right products! Holiday cocktail parties are designed to be memorable, so we put together a list of must haves for your party. Here are 5 cocktail party essentials to make your gathering spectacular.

ultimate-buffet-organizerServe ’em Up! Serving buffet-style becomes a snap when you use the Ultimate Buffet Organizer. It holds plates, napkins and utensils ready for your guests. It features a 3-tier construction with the bottom for 10-1/2″ dinner plates, the middle for 8-1/4″ salad or dessert plates and the top for napkins. It also has 4 utensil holders that hang off the sides. Can be used stacked, or taken apart and spread around the table. 19-3/4″W x 16″D x 15-1/2″H. Steel. Assembly required.

holiday-wine-bottle-glass-holderBeverage Bonus Celebrate the spirit of the season with this Holiday Wine Bottle & Glass Holder. Its spiral body fits snugly around a standard wine bottle, while its two arms hold your wine glasses. Cheerful holiday character adds fun detail to the useful piece. When not in use, remove the arms for easy storage. Approx. 9″W x 3-1/2″D x 10″H. Metal.reindeer-dip-chiller

Whimsical Reindeer Set an attention-grabbing table for the holidays with this whimsical and witty Reindeer Tabletop Collection. The pieces feature Santa’s reindeer in cute poses, illustrating their traditional names. The 12″ dia. Serving Platter and the 10-oz. Dip Chiller feature all of the reindeer standing together. The chiller has a 26-oz. base that can be filled with ice to keep your dip cool. The 14-oz. mugs and 8″ dia. plates are sold as sets of 4, featuring a single reindeer in the center with its name underneath it. The reindeer in Set 1 of plates are the same as those in Set 1 of mugs, and likewise for Set 2. Stoneware. Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.

holiday-chair-coversPlayful Seating This Set of 2 Holiday Chair Covers ushers your dining room into the Christmas spirit. Simply slip the covers over the backs of your chairs to transform them into a beloved character. Order several sets to coordinate all your chairs; get a few of each style! Approx. 20-1/4″W x 24-7/8″L, each. Polyester. Imported.

snowmen-salt-pepperDelightful Doodads Spread the holiday spirit to the heart of your home with this Snowman Kitchen Collection. Each piece features a snowman in winter finery. The Rug (29-3/4″W x 18″L) lets you stand comfortably while preparing holiday dinners. Rubber and polyester. Use the Set of 2 Towels (15-1/2″W x 24″L, each) for many tasks you do in the kitchen. Cotton and polyester. All textiles, imported. Place the Utensil Crock (4-7/8″ dia. x 5-3/4″H) on the counter to hold your utensils. Rest the one you’re using as you cook on the Spoon Rest (5-1/4″W x 9-1/4″D x 1-3/8″H). Add a decorative note to your table with the Salt & Pepper Shaker Set (2-1/8″ dia. x 3-3/8″H, each). Store treats in the Cookie Jar (6-3/4″W x 7-1/8″D x 7-5/8″H) under the snowman’s hat, which forms the lid. Dolomite. All tabletop items, hand wash.gift-app

Parties and presents is what this time of year is all about! While you’re planning your get together and ticking off your holiday shopping list, look to The Lakeside Collection to help you pick the right presents with our Perfect Present gift app! Check it out for everyone on your list.

Pinteresting Picks for November

Now that the Thanksgiving dishes are washed, we can drape our homes in the magic of Christmas! And you can definitely feel the festivities bubbling up on Pinterest! Here are our Pinteresting Picks for November.mothers-birthstone-necklace

Mother’s Pride A wonderful gift for mothers and grandmothers, a Mother’s Birthstone Necklace or Charms helps celebrate her family with a birthstone charm for the month in which each child was born. The silvertone necklace features a 3/4″ heart-shaped pendant on a 16″ long chain with 2″ extender. An opening on the heart allows you to slip on the 1/2″ rhinestone charms. The necklace and the charms are sold separately. Metal.pine-cones

A Warm Glow Perfect for use in your fireplace or outdoor firepit, Rainbow Flame-Coloring Pine Cones provides you with hours of fun. Add the pine cones to your fire and watch them turn the flames blue and green for a riot of color. You get a 1-lb. bag. Pine cones, approx. 1-1/2″ dia. x 2″H, each.nativity-ornament-set

Oh Come All Ye Faithful A Complete Nativity or Ornament Set makes a meaningful addition to your Christmas decorations. The set is a beautiful representation of the true reason for the season. The Complete Nativity Set celebrates Jesus’ birth with main characters from the Biblical story. Characters, approx. 2-5/8″H, each. The Set of 2 Ornaments (approx. 3″H, each) features two sweet scenes of the newborn Savior. Each comes on a golden cord ready for hanging. Cold cast ceramic.snowpinions

Jolly Happy Souls A Snowpinions Figurine will put a smile on everyone’s face. This mischievous snowman may have had a little too much fun. Put this sweet little guy on a mantel or table throughout the holidays. Approx. 4″W x 3″D x 4-1/2″H. Cold cast ceramic.handprint-ornament-kits

Decorate with Joy Handprint Ornament Kit gives your Christmas tree a personalized touch from your kids. This all-inclusive kit comes with all accessories needed to create a handprint ornament. It’s an exciting project to do with the kids that will decorate your tree for many seasons. Made of plastic instead of glass, the shatterproof ornament is safe for kids to work with. Cover your child’s hand with the nontoxic paint, have them grasp the ornament, then fill in the details with the included marker and crayon. Ornament, 3-1/4″ dia.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Kids

fashion-dolls-accessoriesIt is finally time to get down to some serious holiday shopping. This magical time of year is all about children, and that shows in the variety of toys, clothing, and other delights waiting for you at The Lakeside Collection. Here are this week’s Lakeside Selection:  Our Choice of Favorite Items for Kids.

Doll Dress-Up Your little girl can dress her dolls for a night of dancing or a day of shopping with this 45-Pc. Fashion Dolls and Accessories Set. She’ll have over 40 pieces including dresses, shoes, purses and necklaces. PVC and polyester. For ages 3 and up.minecraft-plush-characters

Minecraft Madness The Minecraft Plush Character will quickly become your child’s favorite companion. Let your kid construct and control their cube universe with a cozy version of Creeper, Zombie or Enderman by their side. Approx. 13-1/8″H. Polyester. Imported. For ages 3 and up.wood-guitar

Songs to Inspire Inspire a young musician with this 30″ Wood Guitar With Case. Perfectly sized for a child to hold and play, it features real steel strings for a beautiful, clear sound. Comes with its own vinyl carrying case with carrying strap, handle and side zipper. Includes a spare steel string. For ages 3 and up. 30″ x 11″ x 3″.licensed-kids-play-tents

The Ultimate Hideout Give your child their own hideout beneath an image of their favorite characters with a Licensed Kids’ Play Tent. Colorful bed tent is great for sleeping or playing. Elastic-corded poles make assembly fast and easy. One size fits most twin beds. Approx. 72″ x 36″ x 32-1/2″. Polyester. Imported.

star-wars-mr-potato-headPotatoes Re-imagined The Licensed Mr. Potato Head is all dressed up as your favorite character. This classic toy with a fun twist lets your imagination run wild. Create a variety of wacky appearances with multiple body parts, outfits and accessories. Approx. 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, assembled. PVC. For ages 2 and up.

 

gift-appLook to the The Lakeside Collection for all your special deliveries this holiday season! We may not have the charm of eight tiny reindeer to present your gifts, but we do have thousands of items at discount prices for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. And if you’re stumped on what to get someone, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to steer you to the right present.

Holiday Hustle: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her

It’s that time of year when shopping is more than just a pastime! If you haven’t gotten your holiday shopping list together for the women in your life, we have a few ideas to get you started and inspired. Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her.lak-fleece-text-gloves

Pretty & Practical Fleece Text Gloves with Zippered Pockets keeps you connected while keeping your hands warm. Thumb and index finger are touchscreen compatible. Zippered pocket on each glove gives you a secure place to store your items. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes; one size fits most. Polyester. Imported.

lak-inspirational-braceletsCharming & Inspirational Slip on this Set of 3 Inspirational Crystal Stretch Bracelets with any outfit to carry a positive message anywhere. Stack them for a fashionable mixed metal look, or wear them individually. The bronzetone, goldtone and silvertone bracelets slip on and off with ease. They’re engraved with uplifting messages and accented with crystals. 2-1/2″ dia., each.

lak-pioneer-womanSweet & Joyful Join Ree Drummond as she whips up some old and new holiday favorites. The Pioneer Woman Year of Holidays Cookbook includes 140 recipes for every holiday, from decadent Dessert Shots on New Year’s Eve to a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day. Includes recipes for meals and gifts and step-by-step photos. 10-1/4″ x 8-1/4″. Hardcover, 387 pages.

lak-rhinestone-scarfChic & Snug The Rhinestone Embellished Monogram Scarf adds elegant flair to your attire. The stylish scarf features your monogram in sparkling white crystals. Playful 3″ tassels hang from either end. Made with soft viscose, it’s the perfect way to add your own touch to any outfit. 27-1/2″W x 69″L, not including the tassels. Imported.lak-suede-slippers

Cozy & Cute Women’s Genuine Suede Moccasins will protect your feet from the cold. Get these cozy slippers at our incredible low price! Comfortable slippers are crafted with genuine suede uppers and warm acrylic fleece linings that look and feel like plush sheepskin. A bow near the toe adds feminine detail. Durable rubber soles make them suitable for wear both indoors and out. Imported.

gift-appFor the other people on your holiday list, make sure to check out our Perfect Present Gift App to select the right gift with just a few clicks!

Holiday Hustle: Dos and Don’ts for Receiving Unwanted Gifts

presentsWe’ve all been there — we opened a holiday gift that we didn’t dream of ever receiving. It’s tough to sound grateful for a gift we don’t like, but any gift is a gift worth appreciation. However, sounding grateful when we’re disappointed is tough, so we came up with a few dos and don’ts for receiving unwanted gifts.

Do say thank you. Show your gratitude for the thought and give an example of a practical way you can use the gift (even if you aren’t planning to).

Don’t send the wrong message. This just means not to say you like the gift or love the gift. Politely compliment the giver by saying it’s a very caring gift or that it must have taken a lot of thought to come up with it. This way you’re not giving them the green light to duplicate the gift for future events, but you’re not insulting them, either.

Do pause before you react. Take a drink of water if you have to — it helps you buy a little bit of time to compose your best acceptance speech.christmas-tree

Don’t be too excited. If you act excited on the outside and you’re disappointed on the inside, people are going to be able to tell. Let actors do the acting — you’re free to be human.

Do deflect. Pull the ugly sweater out of the box and show it off to the other people in the room to take the attention off of your face and emotions and put it on the gift. This method allows you to be gracious without lying.

Do consider who the giver is. If it’s a spouse, it may require a conversation in private about what you do like and need — you don’t want your spouse to keep giving you similar gifts you don’t like. If the gift is from someone a little further outside your inner circle, thanking them and moving on is enough.

Don’t accept gifts for the following holiday. If the person who gave you the gifts you don’t like repeatedly gives you bad gifts, send out a polite note before the next holiday stating that your family isn’t accepting gifts and you want friends and family to save their money to spend it on things they need.

Do find a nice home for the gift. Regifting is acceptable as long as it’s going to someone who would genuinely appreciate it. If that’s not an option, try to think of ways to repurpose the item. In the worst case scenario, you can donate the gift to a thrift store where someone who likes it might choose to take it home.

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The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of ideas for the gift-giving challenged! We have something to make the holiday season a little bit more jolly for everyone — try our Perfect Present Gift App to select gifts your friends and family will adore.

Tips for Making Holiday Road Trips Easy

winter-roadThe holiday planning just got interesting: it’s your turn to do the traveling! It’s the best time of year to see family, but it’s the worst time of year for driving. It doesn’t have to be all bad — you just need to bend a little to make it safe and simple. Here are 5 tips for making holiday road trips easy.

Auto Adjustments Have your car serviced before you set out on your road trip. Even if you just had your 3,000 mile oil change, taking your car in for a tune up is one measure of insurance to take to get you to your destination safely and with as few headaches as possible. On your end, make sure your car is equipped with a first aid kit and emergency supplies in case you get stranded in a snowstorm.

Ready & Rested Conventional wisdom suggests we hit the road early to beat traffic to get to our far off holiday destinations on time. When your car is packed, you think you’re ready to go, but are you rested? That’s a more important question to ask yourself than “Are all the presents packed?” lak-road-trip3According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers caused about 72,000 accidents in 2013, resulting in 800 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries. When you’re planning your trip, don’t try to convince your body to get up when you’re normally asleep; get up at your regular time to reduce the risk of drowsy driving. When you’re on the road, make sure to take advantage of rest stops to recharge for 15 minutes before you start driving again. Beating traffic is great, but arriving at your destination without injury is better.

Smartphone System Your smartphone is very smart. There are myriad apps to make driving from one destination to another easy, aside from GPS. GasBuddy leads you to the cheapest gas on your route, iExit lets you know what services are available as you approach exits and AAA has a mobile app to connect members to roadside assistance as well as trip planning. Just remember that, although smartphones make driving cross country easier, you should keep paper maps and emergency phone numbers written down in case something happens and you can’t access your phone.lak-road-trip

Forget Forgetting A great way to relax about traveling during the holidays is not to get worked up about forgetting things. Just remember that it’s not the end of the world if you forget your toothpaste or pajamas — you can borrow them or buy them when you get to your destination.

Relax There are a lot of bad drivers out there and they’re even worse during the holidays. Encountering a bad driver or an angry driver is almost inevitable. Do your best to focus on where you’re going and not other drivers’ bad behavior. Reacting can only make stressful situations more stressful.

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The Lakeside Collection wants you to have a happy and safe holiday season! Whether you need road trip supplies or you’re looking for perfect gifts for the whole family, shop Lakeside for dazzling deals and perfect presents.

Holiday Hustle: Product Picks for Personalized Gifts

It’s time to get on that holiday shopping! With so many people on your list to shop for, we know how tough it is to come up with something thoughtful for everyone on your list. One short cut to coming up with a thoughtful gift is to personalize it. Lucky for you, we have plenty of items to personalize. To get you started, here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Personalized Gifts.lak-personalized-rag-doll

The Girl is Mine This holiday will be extra special when she receives a Personalized Holiday Rag Doll. She’ll love playing with this adorable rag doll, which can have any name up to 12 characters embroidered on its dress. Thread color and font as pictured. The soft doll has an embroidered face and comes dressed in holiday attire, including an attached dress and cape. Her yarn hair is tied back with a bow, and button details enhance her shoes. 16-1/2″ tall. Polyester. Imported. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-cheese-boardsCheese to Go with Mine Make this Personalized Wine Bottle-Shaped Cutting Board uniquely yours by adding your name or initials. The bottom of the board has feet so it won’t move around or scratch your table, and the top has a loop of suede for hanging. It provides a decorative touch hanging on the wall of your kitchen or home bar. Colors and fonts are as they appear for each design. For the Chalkboard choice, “The” and “Family” are a given–just add the name you want. 4-1/2″W x 12-5/8″L. Glass. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted. This item cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.

Personalized-pendantPersonal Devotion Celebrate any religious event or special occasion with a gift of this Personalized Cross Pendant. The pendant has a cutout cross and may be customized with a name of up to 9 characters. The personalization will be engraved into the center of the pendant. Includes an 18″ chain with a lobster claw clasp. Pendant, 1-1/8″ dia. Metal. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-car-organizerPersonal Space Keep items neat and orderly inside your car without taking up space using this Personalized Car Organizer. It’s specifically designed to be hung around a headrest or strapped around one of the car’s seats. Adjustable straps clip on and off for added versatility. It features 2 mesh pockets on the bottom, large and small pockets in the middle, and 3 small mesh pockets on top. Personalize with any name up to 15 characters. Name is embroidered on the large pocket in white thread. 17″W x 22-3/4″L. Polyester. Imported. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-bakingHomemade Excellence This Personalized Nordic Ware Baking Dish is a fun and convenient way to share your homemade treats. The 13″ x 9″ pan features a vibrant snap-close lid with a tab for easy removal. Personalize it with up to 9 characters for the name or 3 for the initials. “The” and “Family” are a given for the Chalkboard choice, and it also has a space for the year your family was established. 14-3/4″W x 9-5/8″D x 3″H, overall. Aluminum and acrylic. Pan, dishwasher and oven safe. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted. This item cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.

gift-appIf you have more people to buy for and you just don’t know where to start, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to help you select a great gift for anyone on your list!

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

kids-convertible-stepstool-chairsIt’s the third Friday of October — that means we are right in the middle of the calm before the holiday storm! Right now we can relax and shop casually before we have to pick up steam and start our holiday shopping and decorating. Enjoy this break with this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

You’re Going to Need High Help The Kids’ Convertible Step Stool Chair will give your child an extra boost. Sized to fit their frame, this cute chair easily transforms into a handy step stool. Its charming design coordinates with a variety of playful decor. Butterfly, 11-3/4″W x 12″D x 21-1/4″H. Jungle Friends, 11-3/4″W x 12″D x 21″H. Sports Fans, 11-3/4″ sq. x 18-1/4″H. Wooden. Assembly required; assembly hardware included. For ages 3 and up.nfl-accent-rugs

If You Have a Team… Show team pride down at your toes with an NFL Accent Rug. Durable rug features your favorite football team’s logo. Has a nonskid back to prevent slipping. 20″ x 30″. Nylon. Machine care. Imported.mossy-oak-fleece-dawgs

 

 

 

Or Just Want to Stay Warm Men’s Mossy Oak FleeceDawgs are perfect for lounging around or wearing anywhere. These lightweight mules are designed with a thick EVA foam sole for comfort. Removable polyester lining has an ultra-soft, faux fleece texture that feels great on bare feet. Lining, machine wash. Imported.animal-toilet-brush-holder

Or Want to Keep the Bathroom Tidy with a Little Humor Make cleaning more fun with an Animal Toilet Brush Holder. Brimming with lodge style, the base looks like a tree trunk and has an animal peeking inside. Durable cold cast ceramic with handpainted details. Includes a 13″L plastic brush. Approx. 5-3/4″W x 8-5/8″D x 10-7/8″H. Cold cast ceramic.

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Or You Just Need to Relax Let your sense of humor shine when you wear this Women’s Attitude Loungewear Set. The semi-fitted, short-sleeved top is made of a nappy textured, knit fabric and features a playful quote. The long French terry pants have a contrast waistband with wide elastic and a functional drawstring. Cotton and polyester. Machine care. Imported.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Christmas in July

It’s true — the countdown to Christmas has started — just five months from now we’ll be frazzled with family dinners, parties and gift wrapping! There are many ways to combat holiday stress and one of those ways is by starting your shopping early! We’ve put together a list to help get you started.  Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Christmas in July.canvas-slip-ons

Pretty Peds Comfortable and easy-to-wear, the Women’s Canvas Slip-Ons add simple flair to your favorite shorts, capris and jeans. The casual shoe has a rubberized plastic outsole for extra traction and durability. With its espadrille-trimmed bottom and boat-shoe styling, you’ll find endless ways to incorporate this casually chic shoe into your wardrobe.   grow-tower

Towering Tomatoes It’s easy for apartment dwellers and people with limited space to start a container garden or expand on an existing one with a Grow Tower. It’s easy to use with a small plant, then add the included additional rings for support as the plant grows. The 3-Tier Tomato Tower is self watering. Just pour water through the hole in the base, and the soil will soak it up. The Grow Cage is great for any climbing vegetable or flowering plant. When covered in flowers, it makes a lovely display. Can be used for indoor plants as well. sale-maxi-dress

Dress to Impress Plus-Size Smocked Waist Maxi Dress takes you from the beach by day to a white tablecloth restaurant at night. The surplice V-neckline and smocked empire waist will make you feel feminine and stylish. Lightweight dress features a bold medallion print and drapes beautifully over your body. country-check-tablecloth

Country Charm This check tablecloth adds quaint country style to your dining room or breakfast nook while offering durability for everyday use. The top has a large checkered pattern with a small checkered border.grill-topper

Grilling Goodies Keep small or delicate pieces of food from falling into the flames with a Grill Topper. Perforated lines on the bottom create a pattern that allows heat to circulate around the food. Handles let you carry it from the grill with ease.

Whether you’re shopping for a summer party or you’re buying holiday gifts, The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of items to make any celebration or season memorable.

Pinteresting Picks for November

As the holiday crush begins, the impulse to organize our homes and make extra room becomes a strong one. Our Pinterest followers have been spending a lot of time this month looking for new and decorative ways to make their spaces function better. After the organization is done, don’t forget to add some new decorative touches to renew your home before holiday guests arrive. Here are The Lakeside Collection’s Pinteresting Picks for November.

Carry just about anything in this Oversized Utility Tote!

Carry just about anything in this Oversized Utility Tote!

 

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease.

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease.

Organizing your bags in the Over-the-Door Purse Storage may help extend the life of their straps while utilizing space behind a door.

Organizing your bags in the Over-the-Door Purse Storage may help extend the life of their straps while utilizing space behind a door.

 

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.