Pastel Holiday Party

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers


Kate Landers here again, excited to share with you lovely pastel holiday inspiration. It probably comes as no surprise that I love pale colors, and integrating them into holiday baking, decorating and crafting brings beautiful results.

Here are five tips to incorporate pastels into your holiday projects and gatherings.

1. Pastel Holiday Baking: No need to run out and purchase new cookie cutters! Keep those traditional holiday shapes, and decorate them with pastel icing or fondant. I loved the idea of pastel tree, sleigh and snow globe cookies. Cupcakes and petits fours alike are sweetly festive with pale green and pink shimmering fondant holly on top. Sugar crystals give a sparkling frosty snow effect to snowflake cookies, and edible gold paint takes pink French macarons from ordinary to extraordinary. Pale pink edible poinsettias with gold centers decorate individual size cakes and make a stunning dessert for your guests at a holiday party.

Candy is a favorite this time of year, and displaying pastel color candy in clear apothecary jars can double as decoration and dessert. Just have a little wooden candy scoops and food-safe goody bags handy for guests to take some home after a visit. I like using medium basic white paper favor bags, folded at the top and sealed with gold glitter tape so no stray candy leaves a mess in their car.

2. Pastel Party Décor: Beautifully wrapped packages in pastel colors is a quick an easy way to decorate your home in your soft color palette. Packages aren’t just for under the tree; they make lovely centerpieces and decorations in entryways, on end tables, and in any corner that needs a festive touch.

Creating a white pom pom wreath with large double-faced satin pink bow is lovely above a mantle, and coordinating yarn-wrapped Styrofoam “trees” complete the look all across your mantle.

3. Pastel Holiday Gifts: Surprise your friends, neighbors, guests (and even your postal carrier or dog walker) with a beautiful pink box full of your pastel baked goods. Tie up with gold baker’s twine or ribbon and attach a label with a sweet holiday sentiment. With all the red and green out there (which I also love!), it surely will stand out from the crowd.

4. Pastel Tabletop: White table linens, cake plates and china are all fantastic investments for your home. Adding a simple pale pink ruffled table runner as I did here can be a wonderful way to add a hint of soft color, and can be used for Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day too! Consider it your next great investment piece.

5. Pastel Party Goods: You can take ordinary clear plastic milk bottles and dress them up for the occasion with custom printed labels, paper straws and a little twirl of baker’s twine. Serve eggnog for a pale creamy look, or consider strawberry milk for children and sparkling fruit juices for grown ups.

Tissue paper fans in pale pink and white create a pastel winter wonderland, and pink baker’s twine is a staple in my home for baking, crafting and decorating alike. Find resources for products mentioned above in vendor credit list below.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the beauty of the season. Cheers!


Top 10 Gifts for Children

1. Blabla Doll Wooly the Sheep Large 2. Bedhead Children’s Pajamas Wild Kingdom 3. Sabrina Gray & Cream Bow Hat 4. Skip Hop Wood Toy Treetop Friends Nesting Tree Puzzle 5. Icemilk Childrens Apron Bowl of Batter 6. Little Giraffe Luxe Faux Fur Hooded Towel 7. Oopsy Daisy Nightlight Radley 8. Fox with Hat Stuffed Animal 9. Swaddle Designs Marquisette Receiving Blanket Chevron True Blue 10. Pink Ruffled Pettiskirt

Make this holiday one to remember with the perfect presents for the kids! Ready to make the season bright, our curated collection of blankets, toys, stuffed animals, pajamas, accessories and more is sure to put a smile on a little one’s face. And just in time for the gift-giving season, you can save 20% off sitewide during our holiday event now through December 3rd! (*Some exclusions apply.)

Top 10 Gifts for Her

Top 10 Gifts for Her From Layla Grayce1. Drops of Jupiter Aqua Gold Earrings 2. Macaron Soaps Gift Box 3. Bedhead Womens Faux Fur Boot Snow Leopard 4. Pine Cone Hill Pajamas Snowflake Lace Crimson 5. Beveled Glass & Brass Box 6. Sefte Kantu Snood 7. Rosanna Portico Coral & Grey Bag 8. Jessie Steele iPhone Case Pink Rhinestones 9. Waxing Poetic Boutique Collection Scribbler Necklace Believe 10. Stephanie Johnson Accessories

Looking for the perfect present for your sister, mom, daughter, coworker or best friend? Just in time for the gift-giving season, we’ve curated a collection of women’s jewelry, iPhone cases, pajamas and more that are sure to please for the holidays! Shop our entire selection of gifts for her! Plus, November 27th through December 3rd, you’ll save 20% sitewide during our holiday sale event! (Some exclusions apply)

Win 1 of 10 Golden Tickets!

‘Tis the season…for shopping! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re bustling around the office in preparation for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. To celebrate the season, we’re rewarding ten lucky shoppers who made a purchase from Black Friday through Cyber Monday with a Golden Ticket Giveaway! During those four days, ten outgoing orders will receive a $100 gift certificate as a thank you for shopping with us.

Simply check your package when it arrives, and if you receive the Golden Ticket below, you’re a winner!* Happy holiday shopping!

*No purchase necessary. If you want a chance to win, you may also send a letter with a self-addressed/stamped envelope (post-marked by 12/2) to Layla Grayce/Golden Ticket • 2031 East Foothill Blvd • Pasadena, CA 91107. Only one entry per household, please. Golden Tickets expire at midnight ET 12/18/2013. If products total less than $100, winner forfeits remaining amount. If the products exceed $100, winner agrees to pay the difference. May not be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. Share your win on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #GoldenTicketWinner!

This giveaway has now ended.

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Get The Look: A Tiffany Blue Holiday

Tiffany Blue Holiday Decor From Layla Grayce
Featured On: Country Living Photographed by: by Tria Giovan

Still searching for the perfect color scheme for the season? Follow Country Living’s lead and indulge in the time-honored shade of Tiffany blue! We absolutely adore the effortless elegance of this gorgeous 19th century New York City brownstone, which perfectly balances Tiffany blues with soft, buttery yellows and neutral creams for a fresh take on a traditional holiday look.

Tiffany Blue Holiday Decor From Layla GrayceFeatured On: Country Living Photographed by: by Tria Giovan

Simple touches of Tiffany blue create a stylish contrast against the home’s creamy yellow interior. The classic color makes a delightful pop against the crisp, white hue of the entryway bookshelf, while beautiful blue ornaments and gift-wrapped presents evoke the yuletide spirit. Maintaining a subtle tone, exquisite tapered candles and decorative napkins deliver hints of Tiffany blue to the the living room.

Looking to decorate your home with this romantic holiday look? We’ve put together the perfect collection of our favorite home goods, accessories and decor. Shop the products below!

A Tiffany Blue Holiday From Layla Grayce1. Rosanna Arabesque Appetizer Plate Set of 4 2. Regis English Bronze Large Chandelier 3. Global Views Decor Trophy Ice Bucket 4. Rosanna Glass Medium Dome 5. Pine Cone Hill Linen Chenille Natural Throw Blanket 6. Global Views Decor Ice Pillar Candle Holder  7. Global Views Furniture Charleston Blue Chair 8. Aidan Gray Decor Oval Long Wire Basket

Get The Look: Seaside Inspired Holiday Dinner

Seaside Inspired Table Setting From Layla Grayce
Featured On: The Pretty Blog Photographed by: by Christine Meintjes

Looking for a new twist on your traditional holiday decor? Try bringing a little coastal glam to your season! We’ve taken a cue from Nicola’s stunning Summer Beach Christmas from the Pretty Blog, which was inspired by her childhood holidays near the South African seaside. Using a natural color palette inspired by beautiful sea oysters, she delivers eclectic touches to the home with stunning shells, gorgeous plants and more to tie together an unforgettable yuletide look.

Seaside Inspired Table Setting From Layla Grayce
Featured On: The Pretty Blog Photographed by: by Christine Meintjes

Set on a neutral gray tablecloth, the beautiful dining room beach scene features a breathtaking DIY centerpiece. Cost-effective and chic, this seasonal accent delivers an earthy aesthetic with a texture-rich mix of nautical ropes, succulent plants, sea shells and twigs. To provide a simple contrast to the table’s focal point, she chose crisp, white dinnerware for an elegant polish.

Seaside Inspired Table Setting From Layla Grayce
Featured On: The Pretty Blog Photographed by: by Christine Meintjes

Sometimes it’s all in the details! Textured glasses deliver a traditional touch to the dining table’s eclectic array of found pieces and rustic accents, while frosted bottles serve as creative and affordable candleholders.

To get this sophisticated, sea-inspired look in your own home, we’ve put together a distinctive collection of our favorite dining accessories, accents and decor. Shop the products below!

Seaside Inspired Dinner Party From Layla Grayce
1. Rosanna Petite Plate Set of 2 2. Know Your Ropes Serving Utensil Set 3. Regina Andrew Decor Antique Silver Shell Set 4. Regina Andrew Decor Coral Reef Bowl Large 5. Chambord Mercury Glass Tealight Candleholder Set of 3 6. Pom Pom at Home Linens Napkins Gracie Set of 4  7. Aidan Gray Decor Frederick Candlestick Set of 2 8. Giant Lettuce Coral

Get The Look: Formal Fall Dinner Party

Formal Dining Room From Layla Grayce
Featured On: Lonny

We’re excited to introduce our Holiday Hostess series today! Throughout this season, we’ll be exploring fresh and unexpected new ways to decorate your tabletop for guests. When most of us think of fall parties at home, we tend to imagine cornucopias, turkey, warm cider and red and orange decorations. This November, however, we were ready for a new take, and found ourselves spellbound by this Mediterranean-inspired dining room. In captivating shades of white, beige and blue, this formal space’s intriguing tabletop decor sets the stage for a simple yet captivating dinner party.

Formal Table Decor From Layla Grayce
Featured On: Lonny

In this stunning room, white dishes and linens lay the foundation for a stylish formal gathering, while white pumpkins add a touch of sophisticated fall nostalgia to each guest’s space. The designers boldly added blue and white pitchers and urns to the mix for a pop of color, while the shimmering silver tray and mercury glass vases make a dramatic impression at the bar and dining table.

Formal Table Setting From Layla Grayce
Featured On: Lonny

To achieve this ultra-glam fall look for your next formal dinner party, shop our curated collection of dining accessories, serveware and tabletop decor below.

Formal Dinner Party From Layla Grayce
1. Hammered Glass Decanter 2. Jamie Young Lighting Small Etched Glass Hurricanes Set of 3 3. Rosanna La Patisserie Compote Medium 4. Summer Palace Jar 5. Dwellstudio Decor Wooster Street Platter 6. Global Views Decor Charleston Hurricane Vase 7. Eclectic Place Setting Set of 5 8. Global Views Decor Ice Pillar Candle Holder

Our Top 10 Hostess Gifts

Designers We Love: Leta Austin Foster & Associates

Leta Austin Foster & Associates Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Leta Austin Foster & Associates

A team of lauded designers, Leta Austin Foster & Associates creates classic, livable interiors with a focus on personality and architectural history. They have captured our attention with soft colors, rich textures and an inspired use of natural light. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite images from their portfolio to give you an insider’s look!

Leta Austin Foster & Associates Room Featured on Layla GrayceLeta Austin Foster & Associates

This Palm Beach villa’s living room and dining room exude eclectic elegance with ornate overhead lighting, graceful chinoiserie wallpaper and stately furnishings. To balance the formality of these elements, the designers complemented it with a coastal-inspired blue and white color scheme, which offers a light, approachable foundation.

Leta Austin Foster & Associates Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Leta Austin Foster & Associates

Family gathering areas like living rooms and kitchens demand comfort and flexibility, yet Leta Austin Foster’s team proves that these spaces can also be beautiful and well-designed. Grounded by inviting furniture and soothing upholstery hues, these rooms receive a sophisticated boost with beaded chandeliers and mirrored lamps, boldly textured walls and unexpected patterns.

Petunia Handbags + Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to Diane W!

Known for effortlessly combining fashion-forward style and smart function, the Petunia Handbags line of purses, wallets and more adds an eye-catching twist to your everyday look with fun prints and bold colors. To share our love for this one-of-a-kind collection, we’re giving away the Continental carryall and the Promenade pocketbook! Featuring eco-friendly vegan faux leather trim and Petunia’s fresh yet classic Black Lotus print, these canvas accessories help keep you organized with plenty of pockets for storing on-the-go essentials. If you’re dying for these fall must-haves (we certainly are!), be sure to check out the details for entering below!

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*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes Friday, November 8, 2013, at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, November 11, 2013. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

The Continental carryall and the Promenade pocketbook may be up for grabs, but don’t forget to check out the rest of Petunia’s incredible designs. The Bauhaus bowler bag delivers a fresh burst of bohemian glam to any look with its whimsical flower print in calming shades of black and gray. Vegan faux leather trim and crimson embroidered detailing provide a polished finishing touch to this tote.

Petunia Handbags Glazed Bauhaus Bowler Black Lotus from Layla Grayce Petunia Handbags Glazed Bauhaus Bowler Black Lotus

Petunia Handbags has a knack for channeling beautiful eclectic patterns and incorporating them into modern silhouettes. The Transatlantic tote’s exciting yellow laser-cut floral pattern pops against the purse’s rich sepia leather. A worldly pewter gray and white swirl pattern gives a fresh look to the Soho satchel’s rectangular mod shape. And of course, both of these eye-catching designs are chock full of Petunia’s signature: loads of functional storage.

Petunia Handbags from Layla Grayce Petunia Handbags Leather Transatlantic Tote Sepia Embroidered, Petunia Handbags Glazed Soho Satchel Pewter

Looking to go bold? Look no further than the Midnight Hudson Saffron hobo! A striking bag featuring a bright black and yellow contrast, this stylish tote excites with a geometric Belgian-cut velvet design, polished gunmetal hardware and plenty of zippered pockets for everything from lip gloss to baby wipes.

Petunia Handbags Cut Velvet Hudson Hobo Midnight Saffron from Layla Grayce Petunia Handbags Cut Velvet Hudson Hobo Midnight Saffron

Petunia’s beautiful obsidian leather captures our attention in the Westwood zipper wallet and the Heathrow holdall. Textured laser-cut circles give the wallet a free-spirited look, while contrasting slate blue and crimson red embroidery offers the holdall an elegant accent. (And with its interior cell phone pocket, zippered pocket and two side compartments, the Heathrow really does hold all!)

Petunia Handbags from Layla Grayce Petunia Handbags Leather Westwood Wallet Obsidian, Petunia Handbags Leather Heathrow Holdall Obsidian Embroidered

Well-suited for work or play, the Soho satchel wows us with its stunning brown, tan, white and yellow citron floral pattern. Offering more than sophisticated style, this functional tote features an adjustable shoulder strap and two handles for versatile carrying options.

Petunia Handbags Glazed Soho Satchel Java from Layla Grayce Petunia Handbags Glazed Soho Satchel Java

To put it simply, we can’t get enough of Petunia Handbags! Each product in this amazing collection offers its own unique look to show off your signature style. Shop the entire line here and get free shipping on all orders over $75! (And of course – don’t forget to enter the giveaway!)