5 Ways to Shower Your Hostesses with Thanks

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When it comes to hostess gifts, brides often tell us they feel they’ve “been there, done that.” They’re over the standard monogrammed dish towel and tote bag. They want a unique way to show their appreciation to family and friends throwing them wedding showers and parties.

To help them out, we’re sharing our top five Pinterest-worthy picks:

Bud vases

You can never go wrong with a bud vase. With near-endless options at every price point, it’s easy to find one that fits your hosts’ styles. Fill with seasonal bulk or wholesale flowers and tie with a ribbon for a picture-perfect gift.


These are at the top of our list, and for good reason. From fan-favorite Volcano to the sophisticated Michael Aram line, you can choose from any number of candle brands for a quick, simple and reliable gift.


A true classic, glassware is always in style. Go all-in on the wedding theme and show your love with a Simon Pearce heart. If you’re more of a traditionalist, opt for a small catchall bowl.

Home accessories

For those who are willing to splurge, consider china. Beautiful and timeless, we recommend porcelain items like Herend’s monogrammed coasters, small baskets and wedding cake figurines.


Is there such a thing as too many picture frames? We think not. Whether you choose metal, wood or plastic, this affordable gift item can be easily personalized to each recipient.

Wedding planning can be stressful. But picking the right hostess gift doesn’t have to be. With these ideas as your guide, you can relax and enjoy the celebrations instead. Cheers!

Chris Norwood is the vice president of Tipton & Hurst, the state’s leading florist since 1886 with five locations in central Arkansas. For more information, visit


Natalie Scott Preps for First-Ever Grandeur Bridal Academy

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Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the wedding preparations? Natalie Scott, the owner of Natalie Scott Events and The Grandeur House venue in Little Rock, has cooked up the perfect event for brides-to-be as they begin to puzzle the pieces together for their big day. Meet: The Grandeur Bridal Academy

Natalie is quick to point out that this event is not like the bridal fairs filled with vendor booths. Instead, this is a workshop where vendors take the time to teach attendees about important wedding planning details like what a wedding really costs and the ins and outs of hiring the right people for your big day. 

"The structure is more classroom style, where vendors each have allotted time slots to speak," Natalie says. "Bridal fairs are great for vendors showcasing their talents, but this event is all about the bride!"

Brides can expect to learn from The Grandeur Bridal Academy's expert panel of teachers (aka some of the best vendors in the state). Vendors will teach brides things like how to contact vendors, what to look for in hiring your vendor team, how to build the perfect wedding menu, and how much do flowers really cost — and so much more. 

"I am most looking forward to sending the attendees off that day, knowing they will feel confident in planning their weddings," Natalie says. "That is the heart behind this event, all of the vendors and I really want to invest in these brides. (Also, some of the vendors are preparing some unbelievable surprises for our attendees. I cannot wait for them to see what all is planned!)"

The event — held on March 10 — is an all-day affair that will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. The day will start with a welcome brunch from Vibrant Occasions Catering followed by "lessons" and opportunities for one-on-one time with wedding vendors. There will also be a catered lunch and two "recess" sessions where brides can choose their extracurricular activities like learn more about wedding gowns and cake tasting. To finish, brides will be treated to a graduation cocktail party. 

Here's a peek at the vendors who will be participating:

Tickets are $150 per bride, and each bride comes with a "plus one" seat for moms or maids of honor. For more info about the event, head to the Eventbrite page here

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Save the Date for The Everyday Chef's Waterford Artisan Event

Christmas is right around the corner and Waterford pieces are always an incredible gift to give (or receive!). Lucky for us all, the Jonesboro location of The Everyday Chef is hosting a Waterford Artisan Event just in time for the holidays. 

On Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can shop from the store's extensive Waterford collection and mingle with Tom Power, a master craftsman with over 25 years of experience with Waterford. Power will be able to answer any questions you may have about the beautiful pieces you're eyeing. 

If you've been eyeing a Waterford piece (or 5), now is the time to buy. Guests can pre-order Waterford pieces at both locations through Nov. 9 and all pre-ordered pieces will be taken to Jonesboro for Power to sign. 

For more info, call The Everyday Chef at (870) 933-2665. 

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Meet Our New Cooler Obsession

Move over, Yeti. We found our new cooler obsession. Savaro, a luxury cooler and barware company, available at The Everyday Chef creates a line of incredibly luxe coolers, barware and drinkware that will make you the talk of the tailgate. 

The coolers are Savaro's pride and joy with both hard- and soft-sided options. The hard-sided coolers are insulated with cork, which is both good for the environment and good for you because cork is impermeable to gas and liquid and holds up over time. The 30-quart hard-sided coolers hold eight upright wine bottles, which makes them a perfect companion on game day. Savaro also makes a variety of cocktail-making-on-the-go essentials like cutting boards, tumblers and stemless wine glasses. (We told you it's a game-day changer.)

We think these coolers would make an especially nice groom's gift or registry item for yourself. You can shop the coolers by calling (501) 225-0544 or visiting one of the two The Everyday Chef locations in Little Rock and Jonesboro.   

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