Gift Wrapping Made Easy

A beautifully wrapped gift really shows someone you care. These clever gift wrapping ideas are sure to impress everyone on your Christmas gift list. They start with plain wrapping paper you can find at any store and are made beautiful with embellishments from local craft stores.

Want to make gift-wrapping fun instead of a chore? Hold a gift wrapping party. Friends can bring an appetizer or drink and you can eat, drink and wrap together while sharing inspiration and ideas – or if you are a slow wrapper like me, your friends will pitch in and help you finish.

However you wrap your gifts this holiday season, have fun with it!

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The Gift of New England History

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If you know someone who appreciates New England Charm and History, they’ll enjoy a thoughtful gift to one of “The Great Tea Rooms of America”, Dunbar House Restaurant & Tea Room located in Sandwich, MA, where there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Owner, James Hegarty, tells us that the Restaurant and Tea Room were at one time the carriage house to the main house, circa 1740. The original the tea room sits in an old wood paneled billiard and gentlemen’s smoking room. Now, it is home to the clinking of tea cups rather than billiard balls and the aromas of baking pies, cakes, shortbread and scones rather than pipe smoke. Both the original tea room and the new dining room have fireplaces that are stoked up for the winter.

Dunbar House proudly serves a fine selection of British Ales and European Wines, Ports and Sherries. Their cozy and intimate atmosphere is world renowned for providing the perfect setting to catch up with an old friend or to meet a new one.

The Dunbar House Tea Room provides a lovely atmosphere where friends and acquaintances can gather and enjoy each other’s company over a hot cup of tea and tea sandwiches as well as a wide selection from their desert display.

The Outdoor Patio, overlooking Shawme Pond, is surrounded by sprawling beautifully-maintained gardens, while their all-new Wine Bar and Tavern adds an extra space for guests to socialize and enjoy lunch, tapas and dinner with live entertainment and a wide selection of wine and beer.

To purchase a Gift Card for Rio Brazilian Steakhouse, visit http://exclusivelygifted.com/dunbar-house-gift-cards.html.   You can purchase and email their e-gift cards instantly or print it out for hand delivery/mail.

 

Beautiful Ways to “Deck the Halls” for the Holidays

The excitement of the holidays and all that they entail has arrived. If you are looking for inspiration to “Decking the Halls” with holiday décor, Exclusively Gifted has found some design inspiration to help infuse your home with happiness and memories of Christmas past and igniting the spirit within that we all look forward to each and every year. 

Inside Inspirations:

Outside Inspirations:

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Easter Basket Fillers

Is the Easter Bunny stumped on what to fill those baskets with? We’ve got you covered with our Easter Basket Filler ideas from your favorite local stores.

Mono Mono Boutique, Once Upon a Time, The Toy Box Hanover, Rock Paper Scissors

New England In All Its Glory Celebrating Independence Day

There are so many festivals and firework displays throughout New England celebrating the Fourth of July. In order to make it easier to decide which one to go to, we’ve tried to compile the most popular festivals and displays in one location.

BOSTON HARBORFEST
July 2 – 7, 2015

http://www.bostonusa.com/harborfest/
Boston Harborfest is a six-day long Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. More than 200 daily events during the festival are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, with sponsored main events on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Visitors to the Annual Chowderfest will vote for “Boston’s Best Chowder” after sampling traditional New England-style clam chowder from some of the Boston area’s top restaurants.

BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
July 3 – 4, 2015

Boston, MA
http://www.july4th.org/
America’s premier Independence Day celebration, this annual event is a Boston holiday tradition which is televised across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come from around the world to celebrate America’s birthday on the banks of the Charles River. The Boston Pops Orchestra leads the celebration, including a famous rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons and the live ringing of area church bells. The entire event ends with a spectacular fireworks show in the skies above Boston. Take public transportation, bring some picnic food and drink, and arrive before noon to find a good seat!

AN 1830’s INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE
July 4 2015

Sturbridge, MA
https://www.osv.org/event/july-4th-fireworks-0
Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeast and portrays life in a New England village in the 1830s. Step back to a time when America was new, and veterans of the fight for freedom still lived. Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizen’s procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign a giant reproduction of the document. Make your own tri-cornered hat to wear as you learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of “base ball.”

STRAWBERY BANKE: AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION
July 4, 2015

Portsmouth, NH
http://www.strawberybanke.org/
A real old-fashioned fabulous 4th of July! Complete with a children’s bike & wagon parade, giant kite fly, potato sack races, kids liberty treasure hunt, garden crafts, live music, historic garden tours, costumed role players, colonial hearth cooking, basket weaving, hand-thrown pottery, food and fun for all. Tour a Gundalow River Boat and meet Abe Lincoln.

AMERICA’S OLDEST INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
July 4, 2015

Bristol, RI
http://www.july4thbristolri.com/
Come to the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, for the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the USA. Overlooking Narragansett Bay, this town has a classic American main street feel with beautiful stately homes decorated for the occasion. There’s also a Fourth of July ball, a Drum Corp show, a visiting ship and fireworks over Bristol Harbor.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4, 2014

Eastport, ME
http://www.eastport4th.com
The largest July 4th celebration in Maine, with dozens of scheduled events over several days, including a Grand Independence Parade, fireworks, entertainment, games, antique car show, and contests. Also free tours from a visiting U.S. Navy ship.

HOMETOWN CELEBRATION
Freeport, ME

http://www.llbean.com/shop/retailStores/100thcelebration
Freeport and L.L. Bean team up to deliver three days of patriotic entertainment and lots of outdoor fun. Everything from road races and parades to terrific live musical performances and even opportunities to see the Red Sox World Series trophies are scheduled, plus a grand finale fireworks show.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Gorham, NH

http://www.gorhamnh.org
Often spanning multiple days leading up to the 4th, this event features live music nightly, plus a carnival, road race, chili and chowder cookoff, horse drawn wagon rides, classic car parade, fireworks and more!

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
July 4, 2014

Stowe, VT
http://www.gostowe.com
A day-long extravaganza of food, music, entertainers, and events. Face painting, politicians dunking booth, pet parade, magicians, clowns, balloons, and a Main Street sidewalk sale. Mayo Farm hosts a field carnival and everyone turns out for the incredible annual fireworks display.