Fighting holiday party fatigue? Help has arrived..

The last few days have been a blur of holiday parties at offices, neighborhood parties and everything in between. So if you're feeling like you might need a little outfit inspiration or an idea for just the right hostess gift going into the final stretch, we've got you covered. Just check our Holiday  Party Planner right here! 

Get your beads out people.. it's almost time to Mardi Gras.

The invitations for Hattie's 14th Annual Mardi Gras Soiree have just gone out and over 200 people have already snatched up their tickets! This year's party is on Saturday, January 17th at the Canfield Casino which will be transformed by Michael Panza and his team at Fine Affairs for one night only into the "New Orleans of the North'. You'll dance, nosh on Hattie's scrumptious food and then dance some more. We are also just getting a peak at the silent auction items and you'll want to take note of some great new items (like a March Madness Package from Peabody's? Yes, please!). If you're a snail mail snob, not to fear you can get your tickets right here or by clicking on the poster below. The recipient of this year's proceeds is local non-profit Jake's Help From Heaven. If you haven't met the Straughter Family yet, take a look at the way they are changing lives in our community right here. 

Guest Wish List: Daniel Berman from Fussy Little Blog

You know what I really want from Saratoga for the holidays? I want our chefs back. Chef Paul moved his TC Paris from Albany to Spa City and Brian Bowden has been up there for a while now too. It’s just not fair. Mark Graham left for a spell, but at least he finally came to his senses and returned to Albany. So I suppose there’s at least a glimmer of hope.

I’m adding hope to my list.

But how about something tangible. The Vanilla Tarte at TC Paris is like the Yeti of pastry. It’s said to exist. Some people claim to have seen it. But those who try to look for it find that it’s just beyond their reach. Some might even go mad in the process. Here’s photographic proof it exists, but it’s almost impossible to get one. Whoever can land me this white whale will surely be treated to a bite.

Coffee is one of my true loves. I’ve got more was to brew the stuff at home than I care to count. That means that I’m always on the look out for good beans. The climate is going to have to change a lot before coffee is ever a local product, but Uncommon Grounds has dramatically improved its roasting recently. Plus they are bringing in some pretty interesting stuff, like El Salvador Las Mercedes. The only problem with freshly roasted coffee is using it up before it’s not so fresh. Going through a pound of the stuff 28 grams at a time takes longer than you would imagine. Ideally, I want a weekly delivery of something special, but only in quarter pound increments. I’d take a half pound every two weeks. A guy can dream can’t he?

So, I guess I’m adding dreams to my list too.

Last one. And this one is tough, because it doesn’t exist yet. But I’m told it’s coming, so I’ll take an IOU. The DZ Farm is setting up a kitchen where they will be teaching hands on cooking classes. I’m kind of smitten by two of their chefs. So a rustic country Italian class with Fabrizio Bazzani or a Spanish tapas class with Roslyn Zecchini would be fantastic. Of course, I’d want to do it in the late spring as the first tender vegetables are ready to eat from their garden.

That’s the wish list. It’s pretty simple really. A tarte, some coffee, and a cooking class. But I don’t need any of it. The joy of the season is being around family, and I’ll be perfectly happy with the sweaters, gift cards, and fruit baskets. Well, maybe not the fruit baskets.

Many thanks to Daniel for sharing his holiday Wish List with us. You know you want more from him, find him here, and on Twitter here (he's one of our favorite local twitterers).

TSS Gift Guides: For the Gentleman

LL Bean Norwegian Crewneck, a classic in 100% wool that will last him forever

Treat him to a little drink with a bottle of Laphroaig, go with the 18 instead of the 10

Go with tradition with this Lock & Co. boater at Yoicks

For the slopes, the Oakley Airbrake Snow

Tennis anyone? Effortless vintage style abounds with this Boast t-shirt

Does he like it hot? Visit Saratoga Salsa and Spice Company to find the hottest hot sauce he can stand

A Barbour can withstand any wear and tear and quite frankly looks good on just about anyone. Find one locally at Yoicks

Golf widow? Join the club. Fill his stocking with Titleist Pro V1 golf balls and he'll be a happy man come spring

If you REALLY want to win the Best Golf Widow Ever award you could pair those golf balls with this Titleist 915 driver

Apple TV + Nextflix means he can binge watch House of Cards and Peaky Blinders on lazy Sundays

Pop into Druthers and get him a growler. Done and done.

Have a hockey fanatic in your life? This will go down in history as best gift ever. Your hockey loving man can join players from the gold medal winning 1980 USA Hockey Team and participate in their inaugural fantasy camp in wondrous and magnificent Lake Placid, host city of those historic 1980 Winter Games. Click here for all the info, space is limited!

Speaking of Lake Placid, why not sneak a little joint gift in there with a couples getaway to the Lake House? We love the cool vintage vibe of this place, some scotch, a roaring fire, perfect.

Get your racing fan a Greg Montgomery print, some sports memorabilia you won't mind hanging in your house

Yoicks has dozens upon dozens of Peter Blair ties to choose from in the best prints that are both unusual but subdued at the same time. May we suggest the Chick Magnet?

No man can resist Oscar's Smokehouse Bacon, slip it in his stocking and then gently insist he fry it up for Christmas breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

TSS Gift Guides: Stocking Stuffers

Sarabeth's jam and La Salamandra Dulce De Leche in Milk Caramel, two delicious gifts from the Savory Pantry

Gouda ornament for your foodie friend

The best needlepoint sunglasses case we've ever seen

We adore British holiday sweets, find a ton at Putnam Market

A little flask for those key moments when you need just a little something, find one locally at Yoicks

An old favorite with the sweetest holiday bottle

We just adore Inslee Fariss' work, choose from any of her gorgeous prints for a thoughtful and unique gift

Consider this on our collective wish list, a gift certificate to Pin Ups Blow Bar

You won't believe the price on this gorgeous statement necklace from the Bauble Bar

A little Blanton's to mix with their 'nog

Gingerbread and Egg Nog macarons. Enough said. We will take a dozen apiece please

Gift certificate for Reform Pilates, also in our personal top three wish list items

Sriracha on the go, because this is genius

Mast Brothers Chocolate, delicious and still remains the chicest wrapping ever. Find it locally at Healthy Living Market and Cafe

Give Corgi socks this year and they will be put on the list permanently, find them locally at Yoicks

A Peppermint Pig to crack after dinner, because everyone always forgets to buy one and expects the other person to have one on hand, hammer at the ready

Snooty fox shot glasses, the cutest. Find them at Silverwood

No one, and we mean NO ONE, would turn down a spa gift certificate from Spa Cascada.

Loving this Crystal Earring Jacket set from Lola Boutique

Click here for gifts for the ladies, vol. 1 and 2

 

 

TSS Gift Guides: Fillies no. 2

These Love Letter earrings from Fornash are the cutest.

This little jewelry box injects serious, no fuss glamor into any room.

This Copper Shot Glass set falls under the category of something they won't buy for themselves but something they will adore.

Once the charm of sending out holiday cards has worn off, PSA Address Stamps takes at least some of the drudgery out of the task. Get yours at Paper Dolls on Broadway.

Every woman wants a gift from D. Porthault {fact}

TOKYOMILK Perfume, Hand Lotion, Lip Balm, find them at Paper Dolls on Broadway.

Diptyque candles are such a lovely little luxury to gift.

How cozy does this Emu King Sound Cardigan look? Find it at Saratoga Saddlery.

Mermaid Hair shine spray's orange blossom flowers & coconut scent is TO DIE FOR. She will be hooked.

Cinco Powell tassels give a great pop of color to any bag.

The Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Tenley Crossbody from Aggie Mullaney on Broadway is quintessential Kate Spade, simple and chic with just a dash of preppy fun.

Barbour + Fair Isle = Yes please

A Garance Doré weekly leopard desk pad will do wonders for brightening up any dreary Monday at work.

Get her a gift certificate for two to Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio and hope she brings you.

Put a stylish spin on those Hunter Boots with black snakeskin and she'll be begging for rain. Find them at Saratoga Saddlery.

Hanky Panky and Lilly Pulitzer teamed up to make the unmentionables of your dreams. Visit The Pink Paddock on Broadway to see what she has in stock {hurry!}

Pont De Gassac Rouge from Saratoga Wine & Spirits, pair it with this for a perfect party favor.

This cheeky Kate Spade hat tells you what you already know.

Silverwood has dozens of {very} affordable accessories, including this cuff that we are currently coveting.

To find our Fillies Gift Guide no. 1 click right here, and stay tuned for more holiday cheer Saratoga style...

TSS Gift Guides: For the Fillies

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Let's start with the tree. Don't overlook the little details like what tree stand to use, get your friend that has everything this wicker basket tree skirt, the absolutely chicest way to prop that tree.

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These pony drink stirrers come in green or clear and are the perfect party ice breaker so you can start talking horses, be it polo, hunting, racing, riding, jumping or just watching (and betting).

These knot door stoppers are a classic look, not something you'd buy for yourself but something you'll appreciate. A solid gift for anyone, especially a mother in law that is on the picky side.

This chain mail iPad case is quintessential Lilly, a bold design, a little flash, practical and eye catching. Find a little Lilly to gift this season at the Pink Paddock.

The snow may be covering the links at the Golf and Polo club, but get that golfer in your life this Samantha Faye golf club and ball necklace from Silverwood to make the wait till next season that much more bearable.

We are obsessed with these hand embroidered "overserved" linen cocktail napkins from August Morgan. Wouldn't mind finding them in our own stocking.

This bold iPhone case, because she has a 6 now and wants to show it off.

Cashmere glittens (glove mittens, obvi). Because, cashmere.

How cute is this Crabberie canvas and corduroy Snowshoe tote?

Buy your best friend an Elizabeth Mayville print, they are simple and chic, beautiful and understated, and surprisingly affordable. You'll be secretly hoping she buys you one too.

The best hairbrush hands down, also looks lovely on a dressing table.

Speaking of things we want for ourselves, a Complexions Spa membership gives your lucky recipient year round access to their sauna, steam room and lounge, as well as private parking.

You won't believe the price on this Marc Jacobs pom pom hat. Go ahead, get one for yourself, you've been good this year (we won't tell).

These earrings add enough edge to a simple black dress or even just a button down and jeans. Get them for a friend that lets you borrow their jewelry.

This vanilla mint scent combo is so indulgent, one of our favorites from Saratoga Botanicals.

Anything Barbour from Yoicks will be happily accepted, you could also throw in one of their custom sweaters just for good measure.

Commission a custom portrait from Your Toy Portrait for the dog lover in your life. Jennifer Maher does such an incredibly thoughtful job with these portraits, the only downside is it will be hard to top this gift next year.

TSS 12 Days of Holiday It Lists

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The holiday season is here and along with the hot toddies and office parties we are here to help you navigate the most wonderful time of the year in style. Coming up on The Saratoga Social we've got gift guides, wish lists from notable locals, cocktail recipes and how tos, info on upcoming not-to-miss events and more. Start off by browsing our Holiday Party Guide here (quickly followed by some hangover advice from our lovely readers here), and be sure to check back for all of the festivities.

Some local treasures..

We had a great afternoon of shopping today! Our first stop was over at the Spring Street Gallery Bazaar & Artisan Fair to support our talented local artists and do some browsing. 

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There was something for everyone on display & we had to snatch up this adorable wreath from Saratoga Sprigs which has already been hung on our back door.  

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We also came home with these two pieces for the kid's rooms, from Get Totally Awesome! art by Benj. He doesn't sell online but you can email him if you're looking to pick up one of his pieces : njbenj@gmail.com. 

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Our last stop of the afternoon was over at Yoicks! on Beekman Steet where we took selfies with owner Michael's incredible vintage Lilly Pulitzer Santa and snatched up a copy of The Fox's Frolic, a classic children's book sprinkled with a few grown up winks. 

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WEEKEND It List 12/12

The holiday party train is rolling on, and coming next week we'll have oodles of cheer to share in our 12 Days of Holiday It Lists. For now, you'll have to happily settle for this weekend's It List.

First up, we got our invitation in the mail today for the SPAC Junior Committee's Annual Winter Ball. This year it has a "classic Hollywood" theme. Will they be able to top the mechanical bull of the Dallas ball? We will find out February 28th...

Ugly Sweater parties seem to have become de rigueur for the holiday social season, and this weekend you can don your most asthetically unappealing knitwear for the 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York. The fun starts at 6pm at Harvey's, click here for more info.

Our brunch pick for the weekend is Hattie's, get the crab cakes Benedict, some deviled eggs and a Café Con Miel. Perfect.

Get your holiday shopping done at The Spring Street Gallery Bazaar from 11am-6pm at 112 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs. This year, deck the halls with crafters and artisans galore. The Spring Street Gallery Bazaar artisan sale is a curated fine art market. DIY projects, handmade and original pieces of art will be on display and available for the public to purchase. Admission is free with a suggested donation of a canned food item for the Franklin Community Center.

The Saratoga Santa is coming to The Saratoga Winery on December 13th from 11am -2pm. Try to hold it together though and leave the wish lists to the kids. Santa doesn't want to hear about how you need a new iPhone.

Go check out Elevator Music 27 at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, which features a new work by New York based artist Kamau Amu Patton. Elevator Music 27 assembles a group of analogue video monitors that present streams of geometric abstraction and video feedback with synthesized sound. The installation envelopes visitors, activating the tangible surfaces of the elevator by covering the walls and floors with elastic materials and filling the interstitial spaces of the environment with light and sound. Then you can start figuring out how to work in "streams of geometric abstraction and video feedback" into your next holiday party small talk.

Next week we'll be giving you our exclusive Gift Guides, but at the top of our list every year is Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People, probably one of the most chic coffee table books of all time. Find it here.

Druthers has a mac and cheese that has chorizo, short ribs, ground beef, chipotle peppers, bourbon, and beer and it is everything you think it will be and more. Comfort food for a snowy and cold weekend.

Speaking of Gift Guides, if Santa sees fit to put this Richard Bishop fox decanter set under our tree we would be thrilled. Santa you can find it at Silverwood in Saratoga, and we've been good. You can just take our word for it.

Finally, when you are in that lovely post-brunch, extra mimosa haze, stop in the Saratoga Springs History Museum and check out their new exhibit, Vice. We checked it out at their gala last weekend and could hardly tear ourselves away. Besides being a fantastically curated exhibit (we can't believe we didn't know the club sandwich was created here) it was so cool to just explore that gorgeous old Casino while learning new facts about this city we all love. The museum is open Wed-Sun, 10am - 4pm.

 

WEEKEND It List 12/5

Yes it is December already, and with the Victorian Streetwalk already behind us you'd better get your party pants on and add some holiday cheer to your coffee because the season is HERE, Saratoga.

First up, it is Saratoga County Winter Restaurant Week and you can enjoy a 3-Course dinner for just $10, $20 or $30 at participating Saratoga County restaurants. Click here for a full list and make your reservations asap!

While you are out shopping at Northshire Bookstore for all of your well-read friends be sure to participate in their Book Angel Program. Names of children who may not otherwise have access to books are collected from local schools and books are chosen by booksellers and customers for each child. The books are then handed out by the schools before holiday break. A must do this season.

These slip-ons from Stubbs and Wooten. Are. Perfection. Better than getting coal in your stocking but sort of the same thing.

Gift idea alert! Ski lodge personalized art! Buy one for those friends of yours that you never see during winter weekends who blather on about how great the powder was during Thursday night drinks.

You will be the hero of the holiday party if you show up with a bûche de Noël from TC Paris Bakery, coming in second place is this one. Okay maybe it's a tie. Speaking of parties, click here for our guide.

Kill two holiday birds with one stylish stone by stuffing this wine tote with your offerings and then leaving them the tote as a gift.

Did you see our piece about how men should be dressing? No? Where have you been? Okay click here for some wise words from our dapper guest blogger Michael Finney. Then click here to brighten up that black tie.

Perfect party pants right here.

It's a little known rule that if you live in Saratoga Springs you must have at least one horse racing ornament/decoration in your house during the holiday season. Impressions of Saratoga has you covered.

Winter party season means plenty of festive grog, and we have one new item to add to our Hangover Survival list, Fire Cider. Find it at Healthy Living Market and Cafe and brace yourselves.

This weekend we will be seeing you at the Saratoga Springs History Museum Gala which features great music by the Audio Stars, games of chance, complimentary photos by the Saratoga Photobooth Company, and great food. A selection of sumptuous food is provided by Steve Sullivan and the staff of Longfellow’s Restaurant, and complimentary beer by Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service.

Saturday night find us at the Flower and Fruit Mission Annual Snow Ball, click here to see some classic photos and our take up some updated dinner dance style.

 

 

 

 

Saratoga Springs History Museum's Holiday Gala

You've probably noticed over the last week or so we have been rotating the featured picture on our home page. All of these classic Saratoga images have come from the Bolster Collection at the Saratoga Springs History Museum. The Museum will be hosting their Annual Holiday Gala on Friday and you can buy tickets to attend by clicking right here. Friday's event will be at the Canfield Casino and will feature music from the Audiostars, fun photos with Saratoga Photobooth, food from Longfellow's, games of chance & much more!

Did you know the History Museum was formed in 1883 as the Saratoga Historical Society? It now houses 15,000 artifacts and a photographic archive of some 325,000 images of Saratoga Springs. All of the funds raised on Friday will go to support the Museum's year round operation, exhibits and programs. 

These just moved to the top of our list!

We just popped into Silverwood & fell in love with just about everything. We couldn't be more excited for tonight's party. Could gifting a bottle of wine look any cuter than with these wine toppers & plaid wine bag? 

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We are just in love with their classic holiday decorations...

 

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And that is just the beginning .. The Moon & Lola jewelery is being put out as we speak & we also spotted these gorgeous new toppers..

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The Holiday Party & Trunk Show will begin tonight at 6pm, join us for wine, shopping & holiday cheer!