7 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

I’m not quite sure where this fall went, but the calendar is telling me that Thanksgiving is next week! What the what?! I’ll be heading down to central Illinois for the holidays, but before I can do that, I’m hosting a few close friends for dinner this coming week. You could call it a Friendsgiving, but it’s more so just an excuse to get together before the holidays get crazy.

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Gift Guide #5: Francophile

You guys know I couldn’t do a gift guide series and not include a few little somethings for my fellow Francophiles! Whether she’s been to Paris countless times or just plans to go one day, these gifts are great for the girls that have their heart set on the City of Light. From sweet stripes and Lady Eiffel motifs to cheeky phrases and pretty photographs, there’s something for every taste and style. Be sure to click through the widget at the bottom of the post for a few more Parisian-inspired pieces!

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Schoolboy Status

There’s nothing I love more than a classic, preppy back-to-school look. A crisp, menswear-inspired blazer in the fall… can’t beat it! I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about this outfit that reminds me of Harry Potter… I may not be wearing a robe and a wand, but I just want to shout, “You’re a wizard ‘Arry!” And I obviously mean that in the best way possible.

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Gift Guide #4: Hostess Gifts

Whether it’s a dinner or cocktail party, a Friendsgiving, or a weekend stay, you should never show up empty handed! A thoughtful hostess gift never goes unappreciated. If you don’t know the host that well, you can’t go wrong with fresh flowers in a beautiful vase, a bottle of wine, spirits, or champagne, luxurious hand soap & lotion, or a nice candle (bonus points if you include chic matches). If you have a feel for your host’s interests, taste, and humor, feel free to have a little fun with it. Some of my favorites include group games, coffee table books, something with a funny phrase, high-end olive oil, or even bath salts to destress.

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Floral Maxi in the Fall

A floral maxi dress might seem like something you have to retire in the fall (especially in places like Chicago and New York!), but with the right layering, it can be surprisingly versatile! (As long as it’s the right color palette… Neutrals and fall hues work best! Not so sure a hot pink maxi is going to look seasonally appropriate, haha.)

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