Style For Less and Company Ready!

Home Goods in San Mateo, CA has a lot of blue and white china (I like to duck in there when coming back from clients on the Peninsula).
That vase in the back center is misshaped though…you have to select carefully.

 Great prices!

And while out shopping last week,  I noticed Target has some cute end tables.

These could be used as seating or as ottomans.  They are sturdy.

We are going to our family's house in San Diego for Christmas.  Afterwards, friends and family are coming back to San Francisco for A New Years Eve Party.

 I'm putting out fresh linens and other little details for our guests.
This soap smells heavenly with rosemary and patchouli.  Gives a nice subtle scent to the guest room.
I replenished the coffee station using vintage copper that I polished with Barkeeper's Friend.  Just picked up that linen towel while I was at Home Goods along with a couple other things for our New Years party.

I still have a few Christmas cards to get out.  Our photos choices were not so hot.  I had a cracked tooth pulled the day before :(  

Tiny Prints even called twice to make sure we were ok with the photo quality (nice service).  I enjoy getting cards from people so much, I figured it was better than nothing.

Many people I know are sick with colds and the flu right now.  It's easy to overdo it during this season.  We are keeping it simple (although you wouldn't believe my husband's fancy Christmas menu--but that's fun for him).  

Anyway,  give yourself permission to take it easy a bit.  You've done enough.  Bundle up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.   Thanks for being here!  Merry Christmas!


Keys to A Fun and Stress-free New Years Party

Why not throw a casual, stress-free New Years Eve party?  Here's our plan that you can follow.  It's not too late!
  • Send out free and easy Evite invitations.  There is a place below the invitation to describe the event.  In our case...


Come for cocktails, food, Champagne, karaoke, dice games, (just a regular Wednesday night for the Jokovichs), probably dancing if Alie does the playlist.   And if we walk a block, we can view fireworks  at midnight over the Bay!

  •  If guests offer, ask them to bring a favorite appetizer or a bottle of Champagne
  • Delegate other chores.  My daughter is making the music playlist.  Our friends are bringing their karaoke machine.
  • Two days before the party, set up the food table's platters and bowls (labeled with post it notes) and in our case, also a dice gaming table
  • With the dice game, Left Right Center, we have gifts for the winners.  Once someone wins, he picks out a gift and gives up his seat for another player.  Some prizes...
Pottery Barn

Some of our guests are from out of town and may appreciate these souvenirs.
  • Set up a self serve bar and a separate sparkling wine/sparkling water station
  • Everyone looks good in candle light.  I like placing these all around the rooms...

  • Party hats are always fun.  My sister is bringing her collection of them.

  • AND Stock up on plenty of water bottles for guests to take home.  You may even splurge...

I will show you party highlights later.
Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!