Posts Tagged ‘Hostess with the Mostess’

Our Top 10 Hostess Necessities

Top 10 Hostess Necessities for Summer Parties & BBQs including aprons, serving trays, ice buckets, napkin rings & more!
1. Flower & Napkin Holder Set 2. Rosanna Petite Plate Pair 3. Dabney Lee Personalized Lucite Tray 4. Clairebella Monogram Cutting Board 5. Pom Pom at Home Bon Appetit Napkin Set 6. Global Views Etched Carafe 7. Boatman Geller Ice Bucket 8. Silver Creamer Set 9. IceMilk Full Apron 10. Antique Rose Teapot

Whether you’re planning to host a summer of parties or attend a summer of parties, you’ll be smitten with our convenient collection of hostess necessities to give, receive or keep for yourself! Many of our top choices are suitable for outdoor use as well, ensuring you can take the party to the patio with style and ease. Looking for more ideas? Click here to shop more hostess must-haves!

Top Ten Registry Gifts: Elegant Entertaining

Top Ten Elegant Wedding Registry Items
Tara Shaw Maison Polished French Compote, Eclectic Pie Server, Rosanna Set of 4 Clear Pressed Glass Goblest, Rothschild Silver Tray, Set of 6 Khaki Petite Rose Dinner Plates, Rosanna Decor White Footed Round Bon Bon Cake Stand, Lili Alessandra White Placemat Set and Napkins, Set of 6 Blenheim Napkin Ring and Placecard Holder, Set of 4 Antique Rose Dessert Plate, Eclectic Place Setting

Friday Faves: 15% Off Our Fave Hostess Gifts

Layla Grayce Friday Faves Hostess Gifts

Every Friday our staff in Pasadena shares a few of their favorite products AND we’ll be giving you 15% off them for the day! Today they’ve chosen their favorite hostess gifts, which are perfect for all the spring cookouts, wedding & baby showers coming up! Enter code: FRIDAY2 at checkout, and remember, this deal ends at midnight EST today. Shop our Friday faves >

Entertaining Tips and Giveaway from Anders Ruff

Anders Ruff
Anders Ruff
Anders Ruff
Anders Ruff
Anders Ruff
With holiday entertaining around the corner, we’re looking for stylish ways to dress up a table to impress our guests. Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, designers and co-founders of Anders Ruff Custom Designs, have created a classic Fall Harvest printable collection in earthy hues to add a special touch whether you’re sharing cupcakes at a school event or hosting a formal Thanksgiving feast. Here’s an exclusive first peek for Layla Grayce readers along with tips from Anders Ruff for transforming your table wear for the special occasion. And read on for details of a generous giveaway!

  • Involve the whole family or even your guests in the design. Spend the month completing “I am Thankful” cards and use as part of the display – we strung them along the dessert table with natural twine and old-fashioned clothespins. We also displayed apples from a recent apple-picking trip on candleholders for a pop of color.
  • Wrapping paper and patterned papers are an excellent and economical embellishment to use on table tops, buffets and box risers (see the dessert table). We wanted to use antique irish linens to keep with tradition, but created a rustic feel by making a table runner with a textured craft wrapping paper. The theme was carried to the favor, drink and dessert tables as well.
  • Canning jars make perfect favor containers. We involved the children in making homemade cranberry applesauce. To make our favor unique, we layered in cranberry sauce into the jars to create a beautiful layering effect. We personalized and coordinated the lid with a logo from our collection.
  • Dressing up your everyday dishes with a custom fabric charger gives a dramatic effect without breaking the bank. We secured burlap to cardboard cake rounds to make these chargers.
  • Backdrops are a great way to transform your room for a thanksgiving feast. Find fabric and cover a large canvas or duct board (found at any hardware store) to create a dessert or food buffet backdrop. Tie in colors from your backdrop onto your tabletop.
  • Consider a cider and wine bar for your beverage stand. We served spiced cider from an oversize Ball glass container. We dressed up Ball glass mugs with a stick of cinnamon and coordinated printed paper, and also detailed the wine bottles with raffia and logos from our collection.

It’s giveaway time! Anders Ruff is generously offering one lucky winner the entire Fall Harvest collection and this Customized Invitation Design (includes Anders Ruff personalization services). To enter, tell us your favorite thing about fall here or on our Facebook page. Contest ends at 6pm EST on Friday, October 15.

Congrats to Marissa, winner of our Anders Ruff giveaway!

Photography by Becca Bond Photography

Valentine’s Gift Ideas with the Hostess With the Mostess

Jennifer Sbranti is the charming and fashionable creator of the revered blog the and popular daily blog – See what inspires her this Valentine’s day – a two part special.

Need some gift ideas that coordinate with this theme? Whether you’re shopping for the party hostess, the guest of honor, or another special someone, here are some personal favorites that work well with this look… all from the current collection at Layla Grayce:


Valentine’s with the Hostess With the Mostess

February is the month of love, and as tradition holds full of reds, pinks, hearts, and flowers. But what is there for those of us who do not fit the norm? Those of us who are inspired by the modern and refreshingly eclectic? In these days of reinvention a valentine takes many different shapes, and the possibilities are endless. Inspire us Hostess.

Jennifer Sbranti is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hostess with the Mostess¬Æ (HWTM), a hip and modern party planning resource. HWTM brings creative entertaining ideas to light through an inspirational “how-to” website – and popular daily blog –


Q&A with Jessie Steele’s Claire Steele

Jessie Steele QA & Giveaway

Just in time for the holiday party season we bring you a featured Q&A by the master hostess of all.

“Hi everyone, this is Claire Steele Co-Founder and Designer for Jessie Steele aprons. I am so pleased Layla Grayce asked me to be their featured blogger, we have greatly enjoyed working with them over the years!
Best, Claire Steele