Month: December 2014

Party Essentials to Ring in the New Year

The countdown is on! Are you getting ready to celebrate the new year? Whether you’re hosting your own party or attending another, you must have the tools to party right. Metallics are a great way to celebrate in style. We recommend some festive champagne flutes and bright bar accessories like these fun gem coasters. Why not kick it up a notch with your very own champagne sabre? Don’t forget the mood lighting and, of course, a camera to capture all the memories. Check out our must-haves for a perfect New Year’s Eve party below. Shop these New Year’s Eve party essentials: Shiraleah Assorted Toasting Flutes, Set of 6 Menu Champagne Sabre Old Dutch Ice Bucket with Brass Tongs Old Dutch Oblong Tray with Brass Handles Polaroid Z340 Digital Instant Camera + 30pk Molly M Designs Gem Coasters, Set of 4 Bulbrite Outdoor String Light with Incandescent Bulbs Image Credit || (1) This is Photography, (2) Anthropologie

Bring on the Bubbly with These Sparkling Cocktails

When it comes to celebrating the New Year, champagne is a must, but who knew it was so versatile? POPSUGAR Food shows us a handful of delicious cocktails all made with this festive staple. Champagne or sparkling wine is wonderful enjoyed on its own, but why not step it up a notch? Take a look at our recipes for cocktails that have just the right amount of effervescence to them. Sparkling Lillet and Grapefruit Cocktail Light, refreshing, and almost too easy to sip on, this Lillet aperitif is a great way to kick off the night. Even better, it clocks in at a mere four ingredients and requires naught but a languid stir in the glass and a quick swipe of a vegetable peeler along a juicy orange for the twist garnish. Temporary Getaway Thinly sliced apples add both visual interest and floral fruity flavor to a delectable cocktail that’s like a vacation in a glass. Grapefruit Mimosa Don’t let the orange hue fool you — this mimosa is actually made with mango purée and grapefruit juice! Mango …

Popular Registry Trends of 2014

Before we enter the new year, we think it’s important to take a look back at 2014. There were so many new trends this year in home decor, weddings, and even gifting that we thought we’d share the most popular ones with you. When it came to wedding registries in 2014, there were certainly a number of trends that rang true across the board. From bar cart accessories to donating to charities, couples truly branched out of the typical wedding registry traditions. Find out the most popular registry trends of 2014 below. 1. Colored Glassware Rather than opting for classic, clear glassware, couples wanted something a bit more fun this year. Colored glassware was a hot category on tons of wedding registries in 2014, and we can totally understand why based on these products below. Kinto Dew Medium Tumbler Iittala Kartio Short Tumbler D&V Vintage Olive Green Water Glass 2. Bar Cart Accessories As the bar cart became a major throwback trend in 2014, gifting bar accessories did so as well. From tools to glasses to …

Inspired by Marsala, 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

We were so excited when Pantone announced that 2015’s color of the year is Marsala. A soft burgundy with warm undertones, this versatile shade is perfect for any room in your home. Try it in your living room with pops of ocean blues and rustic metallics. Or add some marsala to your dining room with bold chairs and touches of wood and copper. Keep the walls light to truly make the deep red pop. Marsala even looks great in the kitchen. Try painting your walls a soft version of this trendy hue for a rustic touch. Add copper cookware and warm wooden accents to continue the color trend. If you’re looking to dip your toe in the Marsala trend without committing to a whole room, try adding smaller decor items to your home like these gorgeous products below. Shop these Marsala inspired products: Brooklyn Slate Slate Cheese Board in Red Emile Henry Flametop Kabob Grilling Stone & Skewers Jansen & Co My Mug Giftbox, Set of 4, in Orchid Iittala Sarjaton All-Purpose Bowl in Tikki Nine Space Aegean Fouta Towel …

Friday Faves

Looking for some much-needed inspiration as you wind down from the holidays? We’ve been keeping up to date with our favorite wedding blogs this week and rounded up some of the best content we could find. Take a look at what’s inspiring us in this week’s edition of Friday Faves. A Forest Photo Shoot Surrounded by gorgeous trees and changing leaves, this couple could not look more stunning. If you’re looking for some ideas on where to shoot your engagement photos or some shots on the day of, take this wedding into consideration, featured on Once Wed. A Delicate & Simple Wedding Invitation This beautiful wedding invitation caught our eye and we just had to share it! Perfect for just about any season, the watercolor leaves and delicate script won us over. See more photos from this wedding on Snippet & Ink. A Macaroon Tower Not all dessert tables need a wedding cake. Mix it up with this gorgeous macaroon tower featured on Green Wedding Shoes. A Bookshelf Display We love the vintage vibe this old …

Most Popular Wedding Registry Gifts of 2014

We can’t believe 2014 is coming to an end. We’re so thankful to have been a part of so many weddings this year and thought we’d take the time to find out what gifts our couples and guests were loving most. From classic KitchenAids to unique decor items, we were surprised at the wide variety of items gifted this year. So if you’re a newly engaged couple or a guest looking for a gift you know will be well-received, consider these popular wedding registry gifts of 2014. Shop this year’s most popular gifts: Mepra Fantasia 20-Piece Flatware Set SodaStream Source Metal Starter Kit Area Liam Throw Artecnica Phrena Pendant Light Area Ray Grey Duvet Cover Rosanna France Voyage Tray KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

How We’re Spending Christmas Day

Merry Christmas, Zola couples! We hope you’re fully relaxing, enjoying time with family, and munching on some delicious treats. While gifts are fun, the best thing about Christmas are those family traditions you follow year after year. Whether it’s wearing your coziest pajamas all day or watching old Christmas movies, everyone’s got their traditions, so we thought we’d share ours. Take a look and share your Christmas Day traditions with us in the comments below. Pamper Yourself with Breakfast in Bed A Cozy Fire is a Must Load Up on the Sweets   Play in the Snow   Watch the Classics Image Credit || Brooklyn Homemaker

A Guide to Making the Cutest Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Tis the season to get our baking on. But no holiday event is complete with an ugly Christmas sweater, don’t you agree? So why not combine our love of cookies and tacky knits with this adorable round-up of ugly Christmas sweater cookies from POPSUGAR Food. Arguably the most fun part of Christmas parties is pulling out your beloved ugly Christmas sweaters. The more puffs, decor, and sequined appliqués, the better. However, take things a step further by icing cookies, inspired by these notoriously bad Christmas sweater designs. Gaudy snowmen? Check. Bright, blazing Christmas trees? Check. Naughty or nice? Check (the latter one). Glean some awesomely bad decorating tips from these cookies. Then bake up a batch of sugar cookies and get to work! One of a Kind The beauty of ugly Christmas sweaters is that they are one of a kind, so make each cookie unique. Candy, snowmen, snowflakes, candy canes, Christmas trees, and holly all look lovely piped upon a sweater cookie. To get started, you’re going to need a sweater cookie cutter ($14). As for …

Tips for a Festive Tabletop

No matter what holiday you celebrate, filling the dinner table with festive decor (and good food!) is a must. But how do you make your tabletop feel fun and unique? Playing with color and texture are just some of today’s tips for a festive tabletop. Bring on the Color The key to making your table bright and playful is including color in your decor. Go holiday classic with red & green or blue & white, or choose one main hue and accent it with neutrals. Opt for White Linens With so much color and pattern, we suggest sticking to white table linens. The simple neutral backdrop will really make your decor pop and avoid overcomplicating your tabletop. Mix & Match Metallics Nothing says holiday celebration like bold metallics. Try gold flatware or a silver menorah for a festive feel. Find all of these products and more holiday hosting essentials in our featured collection on Zola.

Inspiring Interiors: Modern Christmas Decor

When it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, classic red & green plaids and oversized bows don’t have to trump modern style. We love a neutral palette, layered with fresh Christmas greens and natural wooden touches. Bring nature home with rustic fire logs, fresh pine, and snowflake inspired decor. Mix and match ornaments in soft metallics for a white Christmas look that won’t compete with the rest of your home decor. Get inspired by these modern Christmas decor ideas. Skip the Ornaments Go super modern and skip the ornaments all together. The minimalist look of this lone Christmas Tree brings a cozy, natural vibe to this gorgeous home. Faux Fur Rug Swap out your traditional Christmas tree rug for a modern, faux fur throw. The texture keeps a wintery feel while making this living room look even more stylish. Black & White While black & white may not seem festive, but when mixed with twinkle lights, snowflakes, and soft metallics, the combo puts a modern twist on Christmas decor. This living room wows us with its modern take on the …