6 Tips for Planning the Best Holiday Season Yet!

The holidays are coming, and it’s never too early to plan and outsmart the season’s top stressors: busted budgets, ditched diets, tiresome travel, high-pressure parties and visiting in-laws. There’s nothing we can do about the last one, so let’s focus on planning like a pro for the smoothest, EC-est, most enjoyable season yet. You deserve it. Here are six tips to make it happen.

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DIY Holiday Gifts With EC!

Showering friends and family during the holidays is truly the most enjoyable part of celebrating…and I promise you it doesn’t have to be expensive! No matter what your DIY skill set, I’ve got a great list of adorably easy handmade gifts and party favors to get you through the giving season with a touch of grace and a whole lot of joy.

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Fall Party Feature: Perfect Placemats for Every Occasion!

It’s fall, y’all and I couldn’t be happier! For my household, this means more family gatherings and reasons to celebrate. No matter who or what you choose to celebrate, I’m going to share multiple ways to use one of my favorite products to make all your parties feel extra-special…

Designer Placemats that are disposable and conveniently bound together in a pad!

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 Halloween Cookie Decorating
Whether it’s a full-blown halloween party or just an after school activity with the little ones, cookie decorating is a fun fall activity that feels even more festive when you set the stage with wicked fun placemat pads! Other than the obvious benefit of containing the mess of sprinkles and frosting, they can also be used in a TON of other ways.. pumpkin carving, anyone?
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Floral Ink Tea Party
All you need to throw a sophisticated tea party is classic tea set, a few delicious cookies, and a fabulous floral ink design to add a touch of fancy! The gorgeous color palette of this design makes picking a coordinated napkin color a cinch.
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Palms Backyard Entertaining

The epitome of elegance comes alive in a palms themed garden party! One of the best aspects of placemat pads (and the palms design) is their versatility- you can use them for almost any occasion! You’d be surprised at how instantly these gorgeous palms placemats add to your entertaining aesthetic!

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Hosting a bridal or baby shower? Share the love on a custom colored heart design that compliments the wedding theme colors or nursery. The text inside the heart is customizable so you can truly say it from the heart!

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Special Moments

Celebrate a soccer goal or a super grade! The pad of “You are Special Today” placemats is great to have on hand for any spontaneous celebration and a personal favorite in my family.

Looking more for party-planning inspiration? Shop all the delightful designs for our placemat pads here!

Easy Summer Entertaining With Erin

Those who know me will tell you: any excuse to throw a party, you can count me in! So when I saw our posh palms design printed on wine totes, trays, and placemat pads, it got me SO excited to plan an elegant summer soirée!

Whether you’re the one greeting guests at the door, or you’re on the hunt for the perfect hostess gift, no evening is complete without a sip of something refreshing while the sun sets! For a themed event, try customizing the bottles with gift labels – I love this look for engagements or anniversaries when you may want to keep the bottle as a keepsake. Or if you’d rather leave the label clean, a wine tote in palms print is the perfect way to present your favorite beverage to the host.

Feed your fancy side by whipping up a charcuterie plate! It’s not actually as fancy as it sounds- just an array of cured meats, cheeses, and dried fruit, but when served on a palms acrylic tray is charcuterie-chic! I love the green and white palette in an outdoor setting, but you could also customize the colors in bright fuchsia or orange for a tropical-themed fiesta!

In keeping with the sophisticated style of the theme, fern fronds are a super simple way to decorate your table scape. Place settings in palms are just too posh, especially with matching placemat pads. String lights overhead add a finishing, romantic touch that will lead your guests to linger long into the night!

This gorgeous, garden get-together would not be complete without green tea macarons. Served in a palms acrylic box, they are a charming treat on top of an exquisite evening!

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Labor Day With Vintage Stars & Stripes

Labor Day is my favorite way to send summer out with a bang, and this year, the backyard barbecues just keep coming! Instead of giving yourself a hostess headache, keep it classic with a simple theme like vintage stars & stripes (featuring s’mores and hotdogs, of course!) Leave the fancy hors d’oeuvres and fine china for another time – stick to a darling design that will be enjoyed long after you’ve lit the last citronella candle!

Whether your long weekend takes you over the river and through the woods, or you’re planning a simple staycation, having a notepad on hand for fun family games or your grocery list is an entertaining essential. I especially love that this design works for both boys and girls, making it the perfect pick for your back to school supplies as well.


Once the kids are set up with plenty of paper & pencils to keep them occupied, it’s time to focus on the central elements of this backyard soirée: the tablescape! Buffet-style service lets everyone help themselves, and on a picnic table with a large lemonade dispenser, you simply can’t go wrong. To add to the ambiance, we filled outdoor candle holders with mini LED string lights for an elegant effect without the fear of flammability.

The real stars of the show (pun intended!) are the vintage stars gold metallic acrylic trays and boxes – so festive and fun! This design adds to the timelessness of a backyard barbecue, and when used to hold a hot dog bar, looks absolutely iconic! Added bonus: the tray inserts are interchangeable, meaning you can swap out the design any time you like.


Finally, a little dessert before you dive back into the school year or work schedule is a must at any Labor Day party, and we could think of nothing more delicious or delightfully simple than s’mores! The print looks so classic on the acrylic box, it’s sure to become your year-round cookie jar! As a sweet send-off, try making to-go s’mores kits (cellophane bag + stars & stripes gift labels are SO cute!) for a summer they won’t soon forget!

Looking to deck out your next backyard bash? Shop vintage stars!

How to throw a goodbye party you DONUT want to miss!

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When it comes to goodbye parties, I like to keep them lighthearted and upbeat. One of our team members from our Los Angeles office was fulfilling her lifelong dream to move to her dream city and we decided to honor her with a fun and celebratory party, because while we were sad to see her go, we were so happy to see her follow her dreams!

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A love of donuts inspired the decor, theme and food for this party and we really went all out!

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It was a (bitter)sweet way to say goodbye!

How to throw a *hopping* Easter party!

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Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays and my family has so many traditions. While I’ll delve into our celebrations in an upcoming post, today is all about the decorations!

Easter always feels like the official start of spring and I love infusing the day with color and fresh blooms. Last year’s table (you’ll note my longer hair – or dare i say hare!) was all decked out with pastels, florals and sweet treats!

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To make these “eggcellenf” centerpieces, I purchased styrofoam balls from the craft store and miniature lollipops from the market then enlisted my kids to help me craft by pushing the sticks into the styrofoam and completely covering the white foam.

Make sure to push firmly- the styrofoam is thick!

Our tablecloth was printed at our workshop in Los Angeles, but any floral or bright colored tablecloth will do! I never opt for linen when there’s this much chocolate around 😉 Another option is to use a simple tablecloth and make the placemat the star! I didn’t use any here since the pattern was already very busy, but placemats make an adorable personalized touch!

Instead of a traditional runner, I purchased a strip of astroturf to bring the springy vibe inside! Glass vases of fresh tulips were in theme for the day with pretty gum balls serving as the replacement for water!

Place settings for my favorite peeps had to be…you guessed it, actual Peeps! I simply placed the card in between the ears of these sugary Easter classics for a look that was right on the bunny! I mean money!

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A fun activity that kept the kids entertained was decorating sugar cookies with edible “markers” that were as sweet to look at as they were to eat! Mess-free and absolutely delicious. Coloring or doodling on placemat pads is another favorite activity that works well if you opt to use them at your table!

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The best way to clear up the table when you’re finished eating? Scoop gumballs right from the centerpiece into goodie bags that can be sealed with personalized gift labels as an extra touch. I tend to use gift labels for treats for the kids & wine for the adults! You may note that we don’t currently offer these designs (these were an oldie, but goodie), but customize your own for your celebration!

I don’t know how I’m going to top this look from last year! If you have Easter faves or ideas to share email blog@erincondren.com!