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Gifts for the Hostess: The Foodie

Ola chic meninas! I was super excited to get this post together quickly but it was a lot more challenging than I expected. As a self proclaimed foodie, I live for anything and everything related to food. So narrowing down some gift ideas to only a handful felt like I was asked to pick between chocolate and crab dip. I was finally content with the unique options that I picked and I’m sure your foodie hostess will be too!



Why these gifts work:

I fell in love with the idea of gifting salt tubes when I came across these collections from The Spice Lab and without hesitation knew this would be a great gift option. This is the perfect gift for a true foodie who loves to get down in the kitchen and experiment – also, how cute of a counter piece would they be?

I feel as though you can never go wrong with jams or jellies. During the holiday season, many local jam companies do cute gift sets with different flavours (some seasonal) and sizes of jams and jellies. It’s a perfect gift that your foodie can indulge in during breakfast or when whipping up a snack.

I know you may be thinking I have lost all of my marbles with putting gelato and ice cream on the list but hear me out! As a foodie, who wouldn’t want a delicious treat that they can snack on or pile on top of some warm pie or cake? Google some local gourmet brands near you, the packaging is more chic and they are more creative with flavour combinations, caramel and bacon bits? Your foodie will drool at the site of this gift. Tip: Can’t find a good brand at your grocery store? Stop by your all season gelato or ice cream parlours, most of them have their flavours available to take home.

I love when gifts act as two in ones. A beautiful herb plant not only will add some freshness to meals your foodie will create but it adds some greenery to their space. I personally would gift a basil or mint herb plant and throw it into a gorgeous clay pot. These two herbs are the most versatile in cooking but there are tons of options out there!

Most of the time we gift a bottle of wine (or 2) for our hostess. One to drink at dinner and one as a gift (important FYI) but why not change things up for the holidays? If your foodie hostess loves to entertain and gets creative with their drink menu, gift them a good bottle of liquor. I’d gear my selection towards an eastern European vodka, a gin or a rum. These liquors are the best selections to make a variety of drinks and they can even be used in cooking.

And last but certainly not least, homemade goodies- nothing more rewarding than the gift of food! During the holiday season, I roll up my sleeves and bake my little heart out. I purchase cute kraft boxes, FDA approved tissue paper and some twine from Creative Bag and start packaging my goodies for gifts. I usually opt for cookies that are shortbread (toffee, regular, nutella filled etc) as these can usually be frozen for months at a time so your foodie hostess can save them! If you want to try something different, make some chocolate covered pretzels, bark or a bar that they can warm up in the oven for the next day 🙂


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Gifts for the Hostess: The Entertainer

Greetings chic meninas! It’s that time of year where all of our lovely family and friends will be hosting special events and we get to stuff our bellies with delicious thoughtful menu items carefully planned by our ever so sweet hostesses! Okay, maybe not all of it will have a touch of Martha to it but it doesn’t mean that your gift can’t. I’m a huge believer in bringing a little something for the hostess no matter how small or big the event may be. With that being said, every hostess (or host) is different and may fancy certain things more than others so I decided to turn this into a …drum roll please…a series ;). Today we chat gifts for the hostess with the mostess who is forever hosting gatherings aka The Entertainer.



Why these gifts work:

A watering pitcher is a great gift for a hostess as most of the times they may have water out for their guests to sip on between courses and drinks.

Drink coasters are also a thoughtful gift because let us be real, can you have enough drink coasters? No. Pending on the event, hosts may change them out and sometimes they get ruined and lost so it’s always nice to have spares.

Wine charms are great for those who entertain! There is nothing more chaotic than raising a glass of wine after you put it down looking if the traces of lipstick and gloss match your tint. With wine charms, it eliminates the guessing game and helps with waste.

I specifically loved this cheese board because of the chalk board portion at the top. Spreads are the new appetizers and instead of leaving out a menu you can simply write down the types of cheese, fruits or dips you have out.

A cocktail bar tool…need we say more? We may not be professional bartenders (or perhaps we are) but we can always pretend to be. A great way to use this tool is to have a DIY bar and leave some coasters with bar recipes for your guests. My cousin did this for her housewarming and I could not get over how amazing of an idea it was!

Last but not least, a serving dish. The hostess who is always entertaining is always looking to use their fancy dishes and what better way to display their dishes than with your thoughtful serving dish? I always opt for something that is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. This eliminates stress for the hostess.

So ladies and gents, we hope that you enjoyed our hostess gift guide roundup for The Entertainer, tomorrow we’ll be back with another gift guide for your special hostess…the foodie! Stay tuned and stay chic.

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Stay Organized For The Holidays!


‘Tis the season for chaos, gifts, holiday cheer and headaches! It all happens within the blink of an eye and wrapped in a pretty bow made of receipts and leftover ribbon. One thing I have learned and ensure I implement every year: s t a y   o r g a n i z e d.  It’s not hard for someone like me since I obsess over lists on the daily but during the holidays, I stay organized with more than just lists (or least with a few of them). See how we here at amodachic stay sane for the holidays and don’t forget to share with us some of your tips too ;).

Stay chic meninas.

Gift , Wish + Budget List

I always write down every single person I need to buy for plus their wish or something I know they will like plus the budget I have allocated for their gift. This helps me not only stay in budget but ensures that I do not miss anyone (yikes!)

Christmas Card List

Although not everyone will receive a gift this Christmas, I like to send out or hand deliver personalized Christmas cards to certain family members and friends. I always write down a list of people who will receive a card (if they are not on the gift list) and I follow up with the post office to see WHEN I should have my cards in if I want them to receive it by a certain date.

Plan a Shopping Day or Two

I actually book off a day or two from work to get my holiday shopping done. This allows me to not only take advantage of a less chaotic shopping experience, but makes me feel comfortable and stress free having a full day to do all my running around. I even grab a bite and a glass of vino for lunch at the restaurant bar and enjoy the experience to the fullest 😉

Plan a Wrapping Date + Organize a Station

So now that your home looks like Santa’s workshop, those gifts unfortunately won’t wrap themselves. I pick a day , perhaps a Sunday morning while having some Kahlua hot chocolate and wrap away. I set up a small station that has everything I need and turn into the wrapping machine that I am!

Don’t Stress Over Small Stuff

Try to remain positive and as stress free as possible during the holiday season. If online shopping is something you are up for, try doing as much shopping as you can online and then make a list of what you need to purchase in person.

Although it is one of the busiest times of the year, don’t stress over the small stuff. Someone stole your parking spot? Let them have it. Couldn’t find that “must have” gift for your niece and nephew? There are 1091209 other toys, clothes and unique things you can get.

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DIY: Birthday Badge

Howdy chic meninas! It’s been a while since we had a DIY project. Well, it’s actually just been a while in general but we’re back, in good working order. I finally got a new laptop (yay! we’ll chat more about that on my Facebook).  I decided to tag ya’ll along as I make these chic birthday badges for my sissy Mel and I.

I love birthdays, themes, events, you name it. I go all out and stick to the core of the theme because seeing it all come to life and the planning process actually excites me. This year, Melaney and I decided to do a “Western theme”  birthday. I’ll have all the details in a later post on how our city backyard got a western makeover. For now I decided to share with you this cute little DIY project that works for any occasion and for any age. Enjoy ya’ll.

What you’ll need:

– Chalk board paper (you can use card stock paper if chalk board paper is not available to you)
Card stock paper
– Chalk board pen (markers or metallic pen if you are going the card stock route)
– Hot glue gun
– Different styles and sizes of ribbon
– Circle cutter (mine is 2″)
– Foam paper
– Adhesive Bar Pins
– Scissors
– Wine (because all good crafts require a glass of wine)

Step 1
First I punch the chalk board and card stock paper with the 2″ circle cutter. Cut 1 chalk board circle and 2 card stock circles. If you only have card stock, cut 3 pieces.

Then take 1 chalk board circle and 1 card stock circle and  hot glue them together and then apply hot glue to the card stock side and glue it to the foam paper. Take your scissors and cut around the foam. Leave the other circle to the side, we will use it later.

I did not want to apply an extreme amount of heat to the chalk board paper which is why I used the card stock as a barrier. Also, the foam paper is easier to glue things on and adds a little bit of dimension since we are going to add lots of fabric to this, we need the circle to be durable. I had to manually cut the foam and used the chalk/card stock piece as a guide as the foam paper does not fit in the circle cutter.

Step 2
Cut your ribbon into different lengths. My longest piece is about 4.5 inches. Take into consideration that it will be glued to the back and that we are going to cut (next step). Decide on your pattern first before you glue. I went with the thickest piece of ribbon as the longest and made each ribbon from there smaller in length.



Step 3
Snip your fabric at the end into a triangle shape. I did this for all of my ribbon pieces, you can choose to keep some as is to add some differentiation to your pattern. I liked that they all looked the same. This part is a little time consuming but it really adds some character to the ribbon. It doesn’t have to be perfectly symmetrical either.

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Step 4
Hot glue everything to the back. It will look like a hot mess like this in the back but now take your other circle card stock from earlier and glue it to the back. Then peal off the adhesive and stick your bar pin to the back. You can hot glue it if you want it to be more secure.


Step 5
Take your chalk marker or metallic pens and write the birthday gal or boy’s name *or anything for that matter*. I accidentally purchased thick chalk writers instead of the pens so this one kind of looked fugly, but I fixed them after I found some nice pens in my craft drawer 🙂

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And you’re all done ladies and gents! Quick, cute and personalized birthday badges. You can use these for bridal and baby showers as well. Have a lovely day! 🙂


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The Exchange : Girl’s Night

As I’ve mentioned time and time again, I love hosting gatherings. At the top of my list would have to be “girl’s nights”. Being an adult, I find that we are all so busy with our day to day lives. Being moms, wives, girlfriends, being career gals, managing a business, a home, you name it, there are all kinds of responsibilities that take up our time.

Girl’s night to my group of friends means great company, delicious food, more food and some drinks to wash it all down. If we find ourselves getting together during the holiday season, we’ll throw in a craft to release some of our inner Martha.

This year I was trying to come up with ideas to spice up girl’s night. Not that we need much of it but it’s nice to have a change. I then started focusing on a topic that a group of us were chatting about. “Getting tired of our closets. Running out of styling options with the same shirt. Body types changing. Not wanting to go shopping.” It then hit me, why not create a “The Exchange Girl’s Night”. It would be a way to get your hands on “new pieces” without having to spend any money.

How It Works:

Send a digital invitation to our girlfriend’s with a location, time and date. Figure out who will bring what and the tone of the evening. Then outline the rules for “The Exchange”

1. Have you and your guests bring 1-5 (max) gently used clothing pieces, accessories or shoes that you are ready to part with
2. Purchase tags and write “size, brand or store, kindly given with love by…”
3. Ensure you have a clothing rack or a place that you can hang and display items for people to easily browse through
4. A week prior to, find out who is bringing what
5. Ensure there is something for everyone. Not everyone wears the same dress size, so confirm if anyone is bringing some great jewellery pieces, hats or shoes
6. If you bring an item to the Exchange and someone takes it, it is no longer yours but is now in the hands of a new owner
7. The number of items you bring are the number of items you can take home. Example: Jane brings 1 necklace, 1 dress and 1 pair of flats for a total of 3 items, she can take home ANY 3 items.
8. Have craft bags or recycled gift bags ready for the ladies to use to take their items home
9. Someone didn’t buy someone’s item? Ask them if you can donate it or they can take it home and bring it back for the next Exchange night!
10. Have the rules displayed at the event or explain to the ladies once again how the exchange works

Most of all, have fun. The purpose of this is to get your hands on something fabulous that your friend owns but no longer wants. It’s a great way to reuse great pieces and SHARE among friends.

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