Every single year I say I’m going to get a head start on my holiday shopping and not be seriously stressed as we get closer to the holidays. And then I never do. But this year, thanks to Nespresso and Sur La Table, I actually did! Nespresso has been seriously good to me over the past couple years and I can honestly say my regular workdays are made so much happier due to the fact that I have a Nespresso VertuoLine Machine sitting on my office desk and I’ve been starting each day with a large foamy coffee. So, when Nespresso and Sur La Table wanted to partner on a holiday feature, I was most definitely in.
The challenge was a fun one… To start holiday planning by seeking out festive finds from Nespresso and Sur La Table. I started by day at the Nespresso Boutique on Newbury Street with a delicious meal to fuel my shopping day. The Nespresso November drink of the month is a Spiced Honey Latte and it was pretty much everything I dream about in a coffee. Must learn to make this one at home!
I’m also in love with the wall of Grand Crus at the Nespresso Boutique.
It was a gross rainy day, but the breakfast warmed me right up. After browsing the boutique a bit, we were shuttled off to Copley to hit up Sur La Table.
About two minutes in and I was seriously in the holiday spirit. Sur La Table was all decked out for my very favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!
See that turkey right there? Yup, that is now sitting on my dining room table. It took everything in me not to purchase that turkey platter, too.
And those amazing napkin rings.
Turkeys aside, I’m actually not one for ridiculous holiday decorations. I’m much more about taking everyday decor and putting a holiday spin on it. So, many of my festive finds can be used year-round. Again, aside from the turkey… though I’m going to have a hard time putting that sucker away at the end of the season.
If you haven’t been to Sur La Table yet, you should know it’s a Le Creuset heaven.
It’s a Nespresso heaven, too! While I was in the store, I heard at least 4 people inquire about Nespresso machines. Something tells me it will be the holiday gift of the year (I like to think I’m ahead of the times seeing that I bought my mom a machine for Christmas two years ago).
I spent about two hours in the store and still don’t feel like I had a chance to look at everything. I was joking with the salesperson that I could never work there because I’d just stare at stuff all day and plan out what I was going to buy with my paycheck.
The Sur La Table in Boston’s Copley Plaza has an awesome kitchen where they teach hands-on cooking classes. Adding this to my to-do ASAP list!
I had no trouble finding a plethora of Festive Finds that will help make holiday planning a little brighter. Check out my full list of Festive Finds below:
1) Nespresso VertuoLine Machine. Of course! This is an every day item, but waking up to a Nespresso coffee on Christmas or Thanksgiving morning will make you SO happy. Plus, Nespreso has lots of seasonal recipes on their website, so you can totally get in the holiday spirit with your machine. 2) The Turkey. Enough said. 3) All-Clad Griddle. What goes best with coffee? Bacon, of course! This griddle will help you feed a holiday crowd. And you have a chance to win one at the end of this post! 4) King-Sized Ice Cube Molds. These molds make HUGE ice cubes for holiday cocktails and I am envisioning cranberry and sage ice cubes being made in these. 5) Beverage Jar. I’ll be whipping up batches of holiday cocktails for parties in this. 6) Marble Cake Stand. Red and green baked goods will stand out perfectly on this cake stand. Expect to see lots of this in future posts! 7) Ice Cream Containers. I actually make more homemade ice cream in the holiday months than I do in the summer because there are so many festive flavors. I can store homemade ice cream right in these containers. 8) Peppermint Crunch. One of my least favorite holiday “chores” is smashing candy canes for baked goods. King Arthur did it for me here. 9) Nespresso Capsule Drawer. I always have a ton of Grand Crus around and when I have people over for the holidays, I can now whip out this holder and let my guests choose their favorite. Plus this fits under the Nespresso Machine, so you can keep it out of the way, but still handy.
I’ve already broke a few of my finds out and have started getting crafty in the kitchen. Though some may think it’s a bit early to get fully into the holiday season, I’m telling you these next few weeks are going to go by SO quickly. And I want to squeeze out every last bit of holiday joy that I can!
And one last photo of the turkey on my table. Just because.
I want to give you a chance to get into the holiday spirit, too, so I’m gifting one of my festive finds to one lucky reader! I’ve been using my All-Clad Griddle for a couple years now and it’s one of my most useful kitchen tools. I make bacon, pancakes, french toast, grilled cheeses, and more on the griddle. It’s especially perfect for holiday entertaining for a crowd… Just this morning I made an entire pound of bacon on it! You’ve definitely seen at least 30 photos of it on this blog 🙂
Want to win an All-Clad Griddle so you can make a ridiculous amount of bacon and pancakes for your holiday guests? Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d make on the All-Clad Griddle to serve alongside your morning coffee!
Comment by Wednesday, November 12, at 11:59 p.m. for a chance to win! (winner must live in the U.S.)
Full Disclosure: Nespresso sponsored this post along with Sur La Table, but I think you can tell I’m a pretty huge fan of both brands and have been for a long time! All opinions are always my own!