5 Tips to Wow Your Holiday Party Guests

For some, taking on hosting duties can be stressful and overwhelming—all the planning, coordinating, and preparation take time. But pulling together a fabulous party doesn’t have to be as hard as it looks. Whether your friends are coming over for the yearly cookie swap, your co-workers are visiting for an ugly sweater party or your entire extended family is coming together for a five-course meal, don’t fear.

You already know the entertaining basics: the perfect playlist, a fun floral centerpiece, and great food. Let your guests lend a hand by bringing a few appetizers and desserts. And set your party stage with these five effortless essentials to wow your guests this year:

Source: Fashionable Hostess

Source: Fashionable Hostess


  1. Warm holiday-scented candles: lighting a few candles throughout your apartment helps set the mood and create a warm, comforting atmosphere.
Source: Good Housekeeping

Source: Good Housekeeping


  1. Bar cart stocked with seasonal cocktails: the best way to get a party started is the drinks.
Source: Hank and Hunt

Source: Hank and Hunt


  1. A bountiful, colorful cheese board: pick out a variety of cheeses, meats, fruits, and crackers for easy appetizers.
Source: Chic Coastal Living

Source: Chic Coastal Living


  1. Hand-crafted place settings: delight your guests with special name cards as an added touch.
Source: The Kitchn

Source: The Kitchn


  1. Don’t let them leave empty-handed: pick out your favorite treat to pass out among partygoers before they leave.
Source: Swanky Recipes

Source: Swanky Recipes

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Tis the Season…

To be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!

Time to break out the mistletoes, twinkle lights, and ribbon! It’s time to deck your halls with holiday cheer. Here are some easy and creative DIY projects to get you inspired:

For your tree: HGTV
If you’re celebrating Christmas, you’ll love these creative and quirky themes. Try something new this year by building your tree out of books or wooden logs.

Source: HGTV

For your wreath: Nesting Place
Explore this huge compilation of eclectic, homemade wreath ideas! The list is growing, so you’re sure to find a creative new way to dress your door.

Source: Nesting Place

For your kitchen: Camille Styles
Baking holiday cookies is not only a fun seasonal activity, but an easy way to spread cheer to your friends, co-workers, and family. From elegant sugar cookies to decadent meringues, classic gingerbread to cranberry bars, Camille Styles is sure to impress.

Source: Camille Styles

Source: Camille Styles

For your gifts: Martha Stewart
Martha is always a great go-to for holiday inspiration and easy DIY. No matter the gift you’re giving—whether it’s a bottle of wine or toy for a toddler—Martha has beautiful tags to help dress your presents.

Source: Martha Stewart

Source: Martha Stewart

For your hostess: Style Me Pretty
If your calendar is looking booked with holiday gatherings and soirees, you’ll be in need of some fun hostess gifts. Check out these adorable homemade boxes of goodies.

Source: Style Me Pretty

Source: Style Me Pretty

For quick ideas: Real Simple
If you’re short on time, but big on holiday cheer, Real Simple has you covered. Here are some quick and easy ideas to get your home in the season.

Source: Real Simple

Source: Real Simple

For everything else: Pinterest
Of course you can never go wrong browsing Pinterest. If the projects above were just getting you started, you’ll get lost for hours in the beautiful ideas and creative crafts on Pinterest. Search any idea you like—from snowflakes to twinkle lights to dreidels to candles!

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Holiday Shopping Around Capitol Hill

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have all come and gone. Maybe you found a few steals this past weekend, but now it’s time to get down to business. If you’ve been brainstorming gift ideas and you’re ready to attack the holiday craze early, you can begin your gift shopping nearby. Within and around your own neighborhood are the perfect shops to help you cross every name off your gift list.

Source: capitolhillseattle.com

Source: capitolhillseattle.com

For your family:

Bootyland Kids
Find adorable green clothing and accessories to keep your kids in sustainable style.

The Feed Bag Pet Provisions
Here’s your one-stop shop for spoiling your pet.

For your spouse:

You’ll find everything they could ever want for their digital lifestyle, including laptop bags and phone cases.

Throwbacks NW
Keep your spouse in style with the coolest throwback jerseys, hats, and shirts.

For your friends:

Surprise your friends with fun bartending essentials, gourmet salts, and pantry staples.

Pick out a fun yoga class to bring your friend to—it’s the perfect gift for spending time together.

For yourself:

Butter Home
All the hand crafted décor and home furnishings that your heart could desire! Stop in for a personal treat.

LTD Art Gallery
Pick out some new prints for your home or office for a new look this year.

For your co-workers:

Cone and Steiner
Swing by this market down by the stadium for some tasty treats to delight your entire team.

Remedy Teas
Bring them peace and calm this year with delightful blends of teas and spices.

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Give Thanks: Downtown Restaurants Celebrating Thanksgiving

Does your idea of a festive Thanksgiving involve delicious food without the cooking? Well, good news. This year, you can skip the dinner preparation and move right to the meal. Here are some restaurants on Capitol Hill (or a short ride away) where you can gather around the table this Thursday. Now that’s something to be grateful about!

Agrodolce. Source: johnmariani.com.

Agrodolce. Source: johnmariani.com.

709 N 35th St, Seattle
You can’t go wrong with their three-course meal full of decadent traditional flavors. Cost: $65 per person.

Café Flora
2901 E. Madison St, Seattle
Relax and enjoy their four-course prix fix meal, including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Cost: $65 adults, $25 children.

Capital Grille
1301 4th Ave, Seattle
In addition to their regular menu, the Capital Grille will delight you with some Thanksgiving classics. Cost: $36 adults, $15 children.

Daniel’s Broiler
809 Fairview Place North, Seattle
Enjoy breath-taking views of the water while feasting on their four-course meal offerings. Cost: $55 adults, $12 children.

Did we miss anywhere in the neighborhood? Where will you be spending the holiday?

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Ways to Thwart the Cold November Rain

We’re officially into the season of November rain. But thankfully, some of the top product developers in the world have dedicated themselves to help us stay warm and dry. So when it’s hard to hold a candle, here are some places we suggest you check out.

1) Get Inspired on Pinterest
Is there anything you can’t find on Pinterest? Check out these chic outfits designed for cold wet days.

2) The Experts in Outdoor Wear
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you about Seattle’s home for Outdoor wear. If you need Gore-Tex, REI is the place to go. Check out their selection of waterproof jackets.

3) Rain Hacks
Perfect for the Seattle tech community, Business Insider wrote up a list of “hacks” to help with rainy days. Our favorite is a way to save your phone. Just lay it in a bowl of rice, and that should dry it out.

4) Keep Your Feet Dry
Whether you are driving, bussing or riding, or if you just end up walkin’, nothing is worse than a pair of soggy feet. Who would know better how to keep you dry than a retailer born and based in Seattle? Check out Nordstrom’s suggestions for waterproof shoes.

5) Cycling Gear
It’s no secret that the people who run Seattle would like you to bike more often to work. While it’s hard for us to ride in a downpour, the fine folks at Road.cc think we still can find a way. Check out their ideas on waterproof clothing that may be helpful when you are riding around town.

Note: You know we are living in Seattle when we don’t talk abut umbrellas. We still don’t know why, but umbrellas are for tourists. File it along with the mysteries of why China refuses to use forks and how salmon know how to swim home to spawn without using Google or Bing Maps.

If you have your own favorite way to stay dry in the cold November rain, then darlin’ don’t refrain. Let us know below.

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Pics from Our Halloween Costume Contest

It was another great turnout for our annual “Day After Halloween Costume Contest.” We had everything from super heroes and law enforcement, all the way to evil vampires and pink things…

I think we all know who had to be the winner.

See you all again next year!

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Celebrate Halloween With the Kids This Weekend

Whether you have little cousins, nieces, nephews or goblins of your own, it’s always nice to find a safe place to show off their scariest Halloween costumes.

So this weekend, head on over to Cal Anderson Park for Hilloweeen 2014, Capitol Hill’s favorite kid-friendly Halloween event.

The day is filled with all kinds of family-friendly ways to show off a costume, find some candy and share in the Halloween spirit.
12:00 – 3:30 Carnival
3:30 – 4:00 Costume Parade
4:00 – 7:00 Broadway Trick-Or-Treating
5:00 – 7:00 Pizza Party
Plus, Circus performers, face painters, balloon twisters, jugglers, and a return of Fonzi the Dog!

Let us know if you attend. We’d love to show off your pics of the event.

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Congratulations are in order!

WMFHAThe Washington Multi-Family Housing Association represents 690 Apartment Communities. Every year, the WMFHA hosts the Emerald Awards, in which outstanding individuals and communities are recognized for their excellence and achievement.

We’re excited and proud to congratulate our team members who were nominated for an Individual Emerald Award.

    Morgan Ludlow – The Lyric Leasing Team
    Ricky Burnett and Paul Hansen – The Lyric Maintenance

And we’re also thrilled to announce that The Lyric itself was nominated for two Community awards:

    Community of The Year
    Best Curb Appeal

Thanks to the WMFHA for the nominations, and congratulations to everyone who continues to make The Lyric one of the premier apartment communities in the state.

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Fall is Here. Time to Reacclimate to the Indoors

It certainly was a glorious summer. But now we’ve flipped past that Autumnal Equinox, signaling that Fall has arrived. Enjoying the latter part of the year in Seattle sometimes requires more indoor activities than outdoor, so here are some upcoming localicious events to help get you back into your inside state of mind. 

Now until Sept 27: Sketchfest
You only have a few more days to enjoy this hilarious event, which is being hosted at the Annex Theatre at 1100 East Pine. SketchFest comes to town once a year, and brings the best sketch comedians from around the world to pair up with local favorites. This year’s travelling group include comedians from New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Winnipeg. Who knew that Winnepegians, Winnepegites, Winnepeggers, er – people from Winnipeg, were so funny?

September 27 @ 10:00 AM: Seattle AIDS Walk and 5K Run
Fine, it’s not an indoor event, but you can wear your Gore-Tex and carry an umbrella if you’d like. It’s worth battling a few raindrops to take part in this 5K march of support and remembrance through the streets of Capitol Hill. Proceeds benefit Lifelong and partnering community service organizations.

October 3 – 5: SIFF Cinema Egyptian Opening Weekend
It’s the return to Capitol Hill full-time for SIFF Cinema. The theatre kicks off with an opening weekend of community screenings featuring the biggest movie hits in the history of the Egyptian, including the theatre’s longest running film (Amélie), the first movie to play at the Egyptian (Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha), and a special tribute to Bruce Lee, co-presented by the Wing Luke Museum. As a thank you to the community who helped raise money, SIFF Cinema Egyptian is offering admission to the Oct 3 – 5 screenings for $5 or FREE with a receipt from any Capitol Hill business (dated October 1 – 5, 2014).

October 9: Capitol Hill Art Walk
On the 2nd Thursday of every month, you can explore all the galleries around Capitol Hill from 5:00-8:00pm. You may be surprised to find out how many galleries there are, especially around Pike and Broadway. See this map for details.

October 11: 5th Annual Cascadia Cheese Festival
It’s cheese, cheese and more cheese at this event, entering its 5th year at the Central Co-op at 1600 East Madison Street. Celebrate local artisan cheesemakers with tastings, workshops, a grilled cheese sandwich contest, and pygmy goats.

Do you have an upcoming event in the next few weeks we should be talking about? Let us know.

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News From Capitol Hill

We love sharing news about The Lyric and providing some ideas about neighborhood spots to enjoy. But we also know that we can’t provide ALL the data about news and events in the area. So here are some suggestions for some other great sources of news.

Do you have any favorites that we missed? The smaller and more eclectic the better. Let us know in the comments below.

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