The Happy Holiday Handbook

By Starbucks | Style, gift, and party ideas to make this your happiest holiday yet.

Holiday Decorating Ideas - Home Decor for Holiday Celebrations

Outshine the fireworks with these patriotic ideas. By Caroline Picard<p>From New Year's to Christmas, we have you covered for every festivity all year long with recipes, decor ideas, and seasonal upgrades.<p>Apr 28, 2016<p>Share<p>Because really, who needs to fuss with gift wrap? By Kayla Keegan<p>Mar 28, …

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16 Stylish Hostess Gifts to Bring to a Holiday Party

Don't go to that soirée empty-handed.<p>01 Of 16<p>Pin<p>Share<p>01 Of 16<p>Fun Apron<p>Typography just makes things more fun, and this apron happily boasts a home cook's favorite kitchen terms.<p><i>$24, fab.com</i><p>Courtesy of Fab.com<p>NEXT22 Stylish Gifts for All the Women in Your Life

Tory Burch on How to Be the Perfect Hostess

She's the fashion face that launched a thousand—and then some!— shoes. We're talking about Tory Burch and her Reva (named after her mother) ballet flat, of course. While the designer became a household name for the still ubiquitous slippers, she's proven to be anything but a one-hit wonder, …

The Best of Pop Culture Holiday Traditions

The hilarious and dramatic ways our favorite television shows feel festive.<p>01 Of 15<p>01 Of 15<p><i>Glee</i> - "A Very Glee Christmas"<p>Our adored <i>Glee</i> couple, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith), lead the cast with their performance of George Michael's "Last Christmas." Their reprise of the '80s hit …

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Our digital big sisters on all beauty fronts.​ By Lori Keong<p>If you think today's stars go to extremes, think again. By Lauren Valenti<p>Like, no, I do not have a brush you can borrow. By Shannon Miller Artboard 1Created with Sketch.<p>​Ending the cycle of ​sweat ➡️ ​ frizz ➡️ ​ FML. ​ By Chelsea Peng<p>​Are …

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12 Designers' Dogs on Christmas Morning

Pups get pampered this holiday season.<p>01 Of 12<p>Pin<p>Share<p>01 Of 12<p>Santa Hat<p>"Our French bulldog Flo – named for legendary wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst – was just a puppy when we got her last Christmas. We gave her an Urban Outfitters Frenchie pillow that looks just like her, but she mostly …

The New Holiday Style Rules

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11 Holiday Traditions to Start

1 Of 11<p>Make Reindeer Food With Your Family<p>Santa shouldn't be the only one who gets goodies Christmas Eve. Country singer Faith Hill recruits her kids …

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How To Set A Holiday Tablescape

Whether it's a celebration planned months in advance or a dinner party pulled together the day-of, setting the table always comes first.<p>01 Of 07<p>01 Of 07<p>Step 1: Bring In A Colorful Tablecloth<p>For the holidays, start with a backdrop of color. Here, McCarthy opts for a deep plum tablecloth that richly …

The New Holiday Style Rules

Getting glammed-up this season just got a whole lot more interesting.<p>01 Of 15<p>Pin<p>Share<p>01 Of 15<p>Shoulder Off<p>We're loving the dramatic off-the-shoulder look for cocktail hour. It's a retro way to show off some skin, as seen on siren Diana Kruger.<p>Getty Images<p>NEXTVS Fashion Show Prep: Alessandra Ambrosio

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26 Great Holiday Gifts Under $20

1 Of 26<p>Envelope Clutch<p>Think pink with this party perfect glitter envelope clutch.<p><i>$16, boohoo.com</i><p>Richard Majchrzak/Studio D

The Haute Hostess: Holiday Gift Guide

Shop our definitive guide to chic hostess gifts.<p>01 Of 11<p>Pin<p>Share<p>01 Of 11<p>Animal Kingdom<p><b>West Elm</b> St. Jude owl statue, $19, westelm.com. <b>ABC Carpet & Home</b> honey flight, $70, 212-473-3000. <b>John Derian Company</b> Sitting Deer paperweight, $60, johnderian.com.<p>Courtesy of West Elm, ABC Carpet & Home, and John …

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15 Holiday Gifts for the Guys in Your Life, Because Why Are Men So Hard to Shop For?

Impossible task = completed.<p>01 Of 15<p>01 Of 15<p>Cheeky Cufflinks<p>Not every guy's a cufflink guy...until they see these.<p><b>Fry-Up Cufflinks, $150; paulsmith.com.</b><p>NEXTOffice Gifts: We Found Something for Your Co-Workers So You Don't Have To

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How-To Make a Holiday Garland With Emily Thompson

Florist Emily Thompson's tips.<p>01 Of 13<p>Pin<p>Share<p>01 Of 13<p>Step #1: Gather Supplies<p><b>What you'll need to make a 6-foot garland:</b><p>-Florist Wire (1 spool)<p>-Black Pine (1 bunch)<p>-Western Cedar (1 bunch)<p>-Sago Palm (5 fronds)<p>-Blue Juniper (1 bunch)<p>-Pinecones of different sizes and origins (10-15 …

12 Hostess Gifts That Aren't a Bottle of Wine

All under $50.​<p>Say thanks to the friends and family who so graciously put you up at their home with a wonderful, but inexpensive gift.<p>01 Of 12<p>01 Of 12<p>NEXT30 of the Most Underclothed, Overdressed, and Bizarre Celeb Airport Outfits

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40 Easy, Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

1 Of 40<p>Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels<p>Is there really anything more salty-sweet delicious than chocolate-dipped pretzels? Colorful sprinkles complete the …

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Cute DIY Felt Christmas Crafts

1 Of 7<p>A Heart-Felt Christmas<p>Give your guests the warmest of welcomes with a handmade wreath that's truly evergreen thanks to its quick-cut felt …

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11 Easy Holiday Decorating Tips from Top Bloggers

Camille Styles, Style Me Pretty, and more.<p>01 Of 11<p>Pin<p>Share<p>01 Of 11<p>Incorporate a Vintage Element<p>"Bringing in really special vintage moments will instantly bring warmth to your space. Think mismatched antique silverware, worn silver trays, and aged baskets filled with wool blankets." —Abby Larson,</i> …

Tastemaker Tips for Flawless Holiday Entertaining

No need to stress your holiday dinner party with these easy and expert tips from industry pros.<p>01 Of 10<p>01 Of 10<p>Colin Cowie - Lifestyle Guru and Party Planner to the Stars<p>As the party planner for celebrities like Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey; Author of <i>Colin Cowie Chic</i>, among 8 other …

Chic New Holiday Traditions, Straight From Entertaining Pros

Celebrity-favorite party planners share how you can take your holiday party to the next level<p>Tried-and-true holiday conventions of the chestnuts-roasting variety are all well and good, but sometimes you want to shake things up (and we're not just talking about that Eggnog cocktail).<p><b>Yifat Oren</b>, …