It’s the most joyful season of the year in our opinion. Families and friends across the globe are gathering to celebrate, spread love, and connect over delightful meals—regardless of which holiday they celebrate. If you’re hosting dinner for the holidays this year, allow yourself to soak up the moments along the way. We have a few tips to share that will help you prepare an incredible holiday dinner, no stress in sight (with a few product tips to help out). 

Ready for some inspiration? 

Enlist Help in the Kitchen

A lot of times, if you’re the holiday host, you take it upon yourself to do it all! That’s a recipe for stress. Ask your nearest and dearest to help make grandma’s special recipes for the holiday. Reviving traditional family favorites is a perfect way to create new memories, while also spreading out the responsibility!

Rustic Measuring Spoons on Rack with Satin Finish

These beautiful satin-finish, solid pewter measuring spoons have almost a vintage feel to them. Perfect for whipping up family recipes during the holidays.

Lightweight Cherry Cutting Board

These impressive boards are perfect for either a lovely charcuterie spread, or chopping all the onions for stuffing. It’s up to you! Each is handcrafted with cherry wood, with maple and walnut inlays, right in West Virginia.

Night Before Christmas Tea Towel

Ideal for carrying hot dishes to the table or wiping up spills, this tea towel exudes holiday spirit! Each 100% unbleached cotton towel is handmade by a group of women artisans in Cornwall, England.

Set the Table with Products That Make a Difference 

The holidays are a season of giving. So, one thing we like to do is set our table with intentionally sourced products that support makers and artisans from across the globe. Not only is it a feel-good way to celebrate, it’s also a great conversation starter for the meal that sparks joy and gratitude.

Handmade Ceramic Centerpieces

Fill these beautiful bud vases with single blooms or sprigs of holly to brighten up your holiday table with natural elements! Each vase is unique as they’re crafted by hand by individual artisans here in the USA.

Kazi Handwoven Products

From serving baskets perfect for homemade bread to coasters for wine glasses to trivets for hot dishes, our Kazi products are ideal for holiday serving! Each piece is intricately handcrafted by an African artisan paid fair wages for their distinctive expertise. 

Olive Wood Kitchenware

Our line of olive wood kitchenware is not only beautiful, but it’s also impactful. Each piece is made from olive trees that can’t produce fruit any longer, so they’re harvested to make these stunning kitchen and homewares, and a new tree is planted. The artisans in Tunisia who make them hand carve each piece, then sand, and polish with local olive oil or beeswax to seal and shine. 

Make Sure the Kiddos Have Some Entertainment

Let’s be honest, it’s not often that the little ones can sit through the entire meal listening to adult conversation. Who can blame them? Allow them to scuttle off and have a little fun of their own with toys for all ages.

Riley - Brown Hair in Holiday Dress

This beautiful doll is already dressed in her holiday best! She’s sustainably crafted with all non-toxic materials, ready to be cuddled and adored. 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Finger Puppet Set

Let all the kiddos put on a show with these sweet, felted finger puppets. Made by our artisan partners in Nepal, each is made with natural, untreated wool and thread with vegetable dyes.

Tender Leaf Greenhouse and Garden Set

Let the kiddos set the stage by growing all the food for the next holiday gathering! Tender Leaf wooden toys are all sustainably crafted and perfect for inspirational pretend play.

End the Evening with Great Conversation Over a Cup of Tea or Coffee

As the night winds down, enjoy the last moments of the special day with your loved ones. Whip up some tea with honey or a lovely pot of coffee and bask in the warmth that surrounds you. 

Handmade Ceramic Sugar + Creamer Set w/Tray - Green or Blue

This one-of-a-kind set is handmade by artisans right here in the United States. Plus, they’re microwave and dishwasher safe to help with nighttime post-holiday cleanup.

Bee Cause Honey

Each teaspoon of this honey directly supports the bees! A portion of the sales from each jar is donated to The Bee Cause Project which funds the installation of beehives in schools across the United States to further bee education. 

Handmade Japanese Inspired Namako Mug

These handmade ceramic beauties are *almost* too pretty to drink out of. Mixing traditional Japanese folk art with contemporary artistic flair, these are truly special pieces. Each is signed by the artist and made in the USA.

Shop for Your Holiday Season Staples with Simply Inspired

We are always honored to be a part of our customer’s holiday season celebrations. From uniquely homewares that tell a story atop the table to expertly crafted décor adorning homes—it means the world to us and our partners. Thank you for supporting our makers this season, and always!

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December 21, 2021 — Darlene Hancox