Holiday Time Saver How-To's

by Lynn Lilly, Nov 04 2016


The holidays are quickly approaching and it my calendar is filling up faster than I can send calendar invites. From gift giving to holiday cards to party planning I am the queen of finding products, hacks and time savers that will free up your schedule and allow you to enjoy a stress free holiday! I am going to let you in a few secrets that will make you ohhh so happy….. 

Holiday Party Invites

It is lovely to send out beautiful physical holiday party invitations but when it comes down to it, who has time for that especially when you clearly want to use that time send holiday cards. Minted has a solution that is going to make yourlook like an allstar party planner and save precious time. 

Free Digital Party Invitations with Beautiful Animations 

For a limited time is offering free digital invitations that were designed by their community of independent artists. You can create a gorgeous invitation in minutes that will be delivered to your friends and family with a chic animation that is optimized for desktop, mobile and tablets. Bonus…. if you utilize this free service, Minted will give you a $20 credit on your next order. Did I mention they have corresponding items like menus, place cards and linens to match their digital invitations! 

Minted also has hundreds of holiday card designs from their community of independent artists that you can customize in minutes. Here is the best part, they are saving you time by offering concierge recipient addressing services.


My Top 5 Tips to Planning a Stress Free Unique Holiday Party

  1. Plan a simple menu with items that can be pre-prepared and taste delicious at room temperature (avoid having to use ugly sternos)
  2. Prep all food the day before (morning of party if necessary)
  3. Ask for Help! Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family member to come over early and help you set up. 
  4. When planning your menu think about some of the items that are favorites of your family and friends. Name the foods on the food tags after the person who inspired you to serve it. This provides a fun story telling opportunity and makes your guests feel special. 
  5. Add unique touches throughout the party like wine bottles turned into vases, creative food tags, simple interactive food stations (let your guests do the work), tablescapes created with edible party foods.     
  6. Create a welcome cocktail that is pre-mixed and pre-poured. This will get a drink in your guests hands immediately and stop the bar from getting slammed. One of my favorite recipes is a Bourbon Meets Turkey (just batch it and pre-pour in glasses)                               

Gift Giving at It’s Best (and quickest)

One of my favorite timesavers is smart shopping tool ShopRunner, a site and app that offer exclusive deals like 2-day express shipping and free return on shipping at more than 140 fashion, beauty, lifestyle and home decor retailers. It’s a must-have membership for your online holiday shopping. You can start with a 30-day free trial and as long as you are an eligible American Express Card Member, you get it for free. They have fantastic luxury brands (that you can’t find on Amazon) like Tory Burch, Calvin Klein and Lord & Taylor. Visit to sign up. 

Legacy Republic's Keepsakes Collection brings family memories to life in the form of quality creations like home accents, wall decor and premium prints. Keepsakes is a great way to preserve precious moments past and quite literally save and re-live the time you spend with your family. Order holiday decor items like these beautiful ornament cubes (starting at $24.99) before December 6 to get your holiday gifts under the tree early. More details at

Give the gift of healthy snacks with Love with Food, a organic and all-natural snack company that delivers curated boxes of snacks to your door once a month! is the easiest way to SNACK SMART and DO GOOD. With each purchase a portion proceeds are donated to a charity. This is the perfect gift for anyone in your life, especially those that have a hunger for healthy! 

Look Good in a Cinch

Prepping for holiday parties and have no time to hit the salon? L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up is the perfect option to help cover up roots and grays fast! In just three seconds, get seamless coverage with no smudging or residue. Available in six shades. L’oreal Paris Root Cover Up is now available in drugstores & mass retailers. 

Get the shiniest hair this holiday season!  Kérastase Elixir Ultime Bi-Phase Spray Oil - the brand’s first-to-market spray oil that is designed specifically for fine hair. The product helps to expand hair’s thickness, while providing ultimate shine and softness. After use, hair is left feeling lightweight and voluminous with enhanced body. No blow out needed with this fantastic product. Find out where to purchase on

Happy Holidays!! 

xoxo- LL

Portions of this post feature products that were part of a sponsored television segment I hosted on Good Day Baltimore. All opinion, tips and ideas are my own! 


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