Our series, Hosting at Home, is a place for us to share the creative touches we add to our space when hosting in our own homes as well as tips from us as event planners for how to pull off a similar look or type of event at home. These events are not fancy and super pre-planned like the ones you are used to seeing us do but rather casual and impromptu. The content of these particular blog posts is meant to inspire each of you (whether inviting a few friends for a last minute Zoom get together or doing something special for those in your “quaran-team”), to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while, and to find those random accessories that help make your table look unique. Keep it causal! 

Written by: Lauren

Last year, we kept our plans for New Years Eve pretty calm. We stayed home and invited a few friends over, but still made it festive enough to properly ring in the New Year. I felt like it was a good example to show for this year, as it can easily work for just your family or whoever is in your quarantine bubble. Hope this inspires you if you are looking to make this day a bit different from the rest (no judgement though, if you’re just not there). Trust me, I get it!  

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I kept things pretty simple with a typical New Years Eve color scheme and a few fun decorations, but made sure to use them all throughout so that all the areas of our home felt festive and fun. 

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The kids always love the horns best …

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… and Ava was very excited to hand out hats or tiaras to each of our guests!

I set the table with horns for the adults as well and kept it classy (even though we were only eating Fresh Brothers Pizza). 

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We played some fun games to keep the kids busy until the main event …

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… and then created this homemade “ball”oon drop to go along with our East Coast New Years Eve feed. The kids loved it! 

Whether hosting a few friends or family this year on Zoom or keeping it really small and just doing something to commemorate the day with your immediate family, always strive to think outside the box (or call us and we will create you a BOX so you don’t have to think at all). Doing something different each time and changing it up will break up the routine and help to make your day feel special. Happy New Year from Side by Side Design! May 2021 bring calm, good health vibes, and an overall better year for us all!

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It’s the end of the month, and we are extremely grateful for all of the design challenges and experiences that have come our way. Today, we continue to show you some of our favorites … 5 things that truly made us happy in the great big world of design this month. This has proven to be a great way for us to share sneak peeks into projects that are in the works (but not quite ready to show in their entirety), flashbacks of projects from the past, and highlight an interior or event vendor that deserves recognition. Enjoy!

#1: This little getaway! Lauren and I both made an effort this month to take a little time off. My family had an opportunity to “getaway” in the mountains with limited technology, lots of good food, and cooler weather. What a blessing! I encourage everyone (if you haven’t already) to find a way to take some time off / to yourself and getaway if possible. (Written by: Tami)

#2: This in a BOX holiday season! This holiday season was unlike any other we have experienced so far, and we can truly say we were thinking outside the BOX. Well, actually more like in it! We worked with some spectacular local businesses to curate the perfect gift BOXes for both Hanukkah and Christmas, and even had the opportunity to support local schools and non-profits along the way. This first holiday season for our in a BOX line was a success, and we can’t wait to continue to grow this side of the business in the New Year! (Written by: Tami)

#3: This construction project coming to an end! I have been working on this amazing remodel project for the last few months, and it truly has been a dream project for me. The client has incredible taste and is a total joy to work with. What more could you ask for! I’ve posted a couple of sneak peeks here and on our IG feed, and the remodel itself is almost complete, but there is still lots to do, furniture to select, light fixtures to order, and accessories to stage. It might take a little while before the rooms in this house are completely ready to show in their finished state, but believe me it will be worth the wait. (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This feature! We were incredibly lucky this month to be featured in the School of Styling’s holiday gift guide for our unique Hanukkah options. We love following along with their beautiful creations and love that they give so many business owner mamas tips of the trade. Keep up the great work School of Styling and thanks so much for featuring us this holiday season! (Written by: Tami)

#5: This holiday at home! This holiday was different for my family, but I secretly kinda liked it. The slower pace this year was a good change for a little while, and not having events every night of Hanukkah gave us a chance to build our family customs and traditions. From the comfort of our home, we were however able to see family most nights through the use of Zoom (which was new to us as well but also kinda cool). Happy holidays to all of you! (Written by: Lauren)

Follow us on Instagram @sidebysidedesign for more all month long as we share our deliveries and Designer Day! We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the new year on January 29th, and as always will be posting what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!

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Here’s what we have to say to this past year … BYE 2020! Good-bye, Farewell, Good Riddance!!! This New Years Eve go big or go home! Wait, aren’t we all home anyway? That’s why we created New Years Eve in a BOX. Beautifully curated BOXes full of items that are sure to make this New Years Eve extra festive whether with your significant other or whole fam (at home, of course). There are only a few days left to place orders, so let’s get to the good stuff … Here are your options:

Good-Bye: $175 – BYE 2020! Don’t let the door hit you on your way out! It’s New Years Eve after the craziest year we’ve all had yet! Might as well splurge a bit on yourself. This BOX is the ultimate package including something sweet, festive plates and cocktail napkins, a champagne themed banner, and the champagne too! You can’t go wrong with a bottle of Veuve … 2021 is sure to be the best year yet!

Farewell: $125 – Pop the bubbly and forget this year ever happened! Can you relate to the sentiment written on this cocktail napkin? Then this is the BOX for you (or to gift a friend). What else can you expect from this gorgeously curated option? A bottle of bubbly with fun festive cups, treats, and party blowers too!

Good Riddance: $60 – A Mini BOX meant to ring in the New Year! This one is a great gift to send to all those you would usually spend your New Years Eve with! Wish them well … There’s always next year! Our Mini BOX includes a mini bottle of champagne, champagne bubble candy, adorable napkins, and a party popper too!

How do you order? It’s easy! Send us an email at info@sbsdesignla.com or contact us at (480) 628-8264 and let us know if you are saying Good-Bye, Farewell, or Good Riddance to 2020! We’ll get your order together quick and deliver it too. Delivery included within the price of the BOX (within the Los Angeles area). Shipping available within the US. All orders must be placed on or before December 24th. 

Don’t see exactly what you are looking for? Customized BOXes are available as well starting at $175 or Minis starting at $60. 

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This holiday season, we are beyond proud to be collaborating with other small and local businesses on our Christmas in a BOX promotions! Shop small! Shop local! Each gorgeously curated BOX serves a purpose in your Christmas gift giving this year … Looking for something to gift a special family in your life? Want to give a little something to each of your friends? Are you looking for that one of a kind unique Christmas gift? We got you covered! Keep reading to see how you can get your Jolly, Joy, and Jingle orders in before Christmas arrives!

Jolly: $175 – Th “IT” BOX. (You might just have to keep it for yourself!) Features a brand new Bodewell NOEL candle created for this holiday season, as well as a bottle of Justin Cabernet Sauvignon and other festive high end items. 

Joy: $150 – The Family BOX. Features custom cookies, Napa Nuts Mixed Nuts Everything Goes (to die for), and other festive high end items.

Jingle: $60 – A Mini BOX! Features a mini bottle of Patron, a custom (yet cheeky) glass to drink from, adorable napkins, and something sweet to start your holiday off right.

We are taking orders through December 16th. To order your Jolly, Joy, and Jingle BOXes, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com or call (480) 628-8264. Delivery included within the Los Angeles area. Shipping available within the US. 

Don’t see exactly what you are looking for? Customized BOXes are available as well starting at $175.

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With Hanukkah starting tonight and Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to give you some last minute ideas for how to wrap and decorate for the holidays. We especially always like to think outside the (gift) box when planning our gift wrap (and use colors, patterns, and textures that are unexpected and fun). Here is what we have come up with for our own Hanukkah wrapping this year. Feel free to use this as inspiration in planning your own holiday gift wrap as well.

T Side: If I am being honest, I didn’t go as crazy with my planning, buying, and decorating as I usually do this year. My major focus was on our in a BOX line’s first holiday season and making that the best it could be! However, Hanukkah starts tonight, and I did want to make our home a bit festive for my girls and for it to feel different than all other nights of the year. I am most excited to light the candles tonight and for Joie to sing all of the songs she has learned in school. Here’s what I put together for our decor with what I had around the house and a few new things I got too!

This “Let’s Get Lit” banner is my favorite thing right now! I absolutely love adding a bit of humor into my holiday decor and cheeky sayings are kinda my thing!

All black gift wrap? Why not!? Who said Hanukkah wrapping paper had to be blue? I certainly didn’t. 

Last weekend, the girls, Phil, and I took a much needed breather away in the mountains. These sparkly pine cones are a nice reminder of our getaway (while most days this Winter will be spent at home). 

Our gorgeous menorah is ready to be lit with its fun silver ombre candles. We are excited for tonight!

L Side: I was excited to include my oldest daughter Ava when coming up with our holiday look this year. She came up with the idea of making it a “holographic Hanukkah” and I absolutely loved the idea! We had fun ordering holographic paper, ribbon, and tags online and even more fun with the disco ball lights we got! It’s all about the things that make you happy this year! 

I added a holographic touch into as many spaces as I could to tie everything together. 

Disco ball lights! Need I say more?

Even though everything is pretty much just silver, that extra holographic touch really adds something fun!

My favorite spot in my house is right next to the fire. The light shining on our gifts for each other makes me smile too!

We used these napkins in our Hanukkah BOXes this year, and I just had to have some of my own since they work perfectly with my decor. Looking forward to eight nights of cheer!

As you can see, we have our own distinct style when it comes to wrapping and decorating for the holidays. We try to make it festive and different from years past without going so literal or with expected colors. Wishing all of our readers a wonderful holiday season from Side by Side Design!

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