With the holiday's right around the corner, many are prepping to welcome out of town family and friends. From luxurious towels, a beautiful body care kit and fun tableware, we've got you covered for hosting out of town guests with grace and style.
Anne Markey, event planner and owner of premier boutique wedding planning and design company, Favor Me Events, is here to share the latest "Hosting" tips, trends and products that will help you get your guest room, kitchen and holiday tables ready for entertaining.
Tip 1) Leave towels in an easily accessible place for guests, either on the bed in the guest room or in a special hallway closet.
Micro Cotton Towels
Retail price: $31 per Bath Towel
Available at www.macys.com
Tip 2) Are your guests allergic to your pet dog or cat? Use the new Rowenta Intense Pure Air to remove dust and animal hair from your home.
Rowenta Intense Pure Air
Retail Price: $299
Available at www.bestbuy.com
Tip 3) Give your guests space in your home—and pamper them with the gift of relaxation.
Ten Thousand Villages Beautiful Body Care Kit
Retail Price: $18.00
Available at www.tenthousandvillages.com
Tip 4) Create a fun and welcoming atmosphere for your guests. Serve their favorite dessert on special dishware.
Fitz & Floyd Color Dessert Plates
Retail Price: $19.99
Available at www.FitzandFloyd.com
Tip 5) When your guests arrive, welcome them with a signature cocktail.
Colman's Dry Mustard – a secret ingredient for Bloody Mary's!
Retail Price: About $5.00
Available at: Whole Foods and Publix in Charlotte, NC (or www.amazon.com)
Bloody Mary Recipe- serves up to 4
3 cups tomato juice
1 cup pickling liquid
1 cup of Vodka
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons Valentina hot sauce
2 teaspoons Colman's Prepared Mustard
1 and a half Tablespoons horseradish
1 and a half teaspoons ground pepper
1 and a half teaspoons salt
1 and a quarter teaspoons celery seeds
Colman's Dry Mustard Powder (for rim)
In a pitcher, combine the celery seed and horseradish. Muddle the mixture with the end of a wooden spoon to blend and break up the celery seeds. Pour in the tomato juice, pickling liquid, hot sauce, Colman's Mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together to combine. In Collins glasses, fill with ice (4 cubes) and pour 2 oz of vodka over top. Fill the rest of the glass with the Bloody Mary mix, and garnish with pickled vegetables (i.e. asparagus, green beans, celery) and an olive and lemon slice.
For the Rim
3 parts salt to 1 part Colman's Mustard Powder as a salt rim