Haven't Planned your Holiday Party Yet?
The holidays are fast approaching! Have you planned your holiday party yet?

Don't worry! We can still make you the hero host. We have just a few spots for private events remaining in December, but January is an option. If your company is like ours where things are totally crazy during the holidays, or your friends and family would rather celebrate in the new year, consider a January party date.

Thinking of a private cooking party to celebrate? We've put together a list of frequently asked questions that will help guide you through The Chopping Block's simple planning process.
Last-Minute Thanksgiving Helpline
How can you avoid dry turkey and gluey mashed potatoes but achieve flavorful gravy and flaky pie crust? 

Thanksgiving dinner is serious stuff. So, we're bringing in our chefs to answer all of your cooking questions.

Join us for a live Facebook chat next Tuesday from 3pm-4pm.
Ready, Set, Shop!
Black Friday may be known for big box store deals, but we have some fun planned for our shoppers on November 28!

Gift Card Search our stores for hidden gift cards, learn How to Make Fondue at the Mart at 3pm (just $5!) and enjoy the last days of our Bonus Bucks promotion.

Lincoln Square will look especially festive for Small Business Saturday (November 29) this year after being awarded one of just five "Main Street Makeovers" in the country by American Express. Stop by to see our neighborhood transformed into a winter wonderland as you shop small.



Save the date for our favorite holiday shopping event, the 14th annual One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart on December 4-7. Stop by our store on your way to or from the show for our Wine & Chocolate reception on Friday 12/5 and Saturday 12/6 from 4pm-6pm. We will be sampling wine and sweets!


Pump Up your Party with a Playlist   
Music enhances entertaining. With the convenience of Pandora & Spotify, it can be easy to set the iPod on a channel and let it go for the night. But a gracious dinner party host knows a good playlist is just another element of the evening for your guests to enjoy.

Here are some tips on creating the perfect playlist for your next dinner party:

Know your Guests
Think about who will be sitting around your table. The choices you make for your close friends will likely be different than if Grandma is there. It's fine to introduce your guests to your music, but remember, it's not all about you. Put your own personal preferences aside and go with some crowd favorites.

Sound Check
Experiment with the volume of the music before your guests arrive so you know what a comfortable level is. You want to be able to hear the music but still be able to carry on conversation.

Good Timing
A good rule of thumb is to make your playlist about four hours. Start with something low-key as people arrive and gradually build up the energy. Who knows? Your guests may want to indulge in a dance party after dessert. Wind things down at the end of the night with mellow and moody tunes.  
Table & Napkin Art  
The food is just part of the story you tell at a dinner party. The decor and setting are important, too.

Achieve Dinner Party Elegance with tips on using elevation, glass and color from our Chef Dionna.

 
If you can't remember which way the knife blade should face on your table setting, PureWow has some easy tips in their video How to Set the Table.

Want more? Here's an extra hostess tip: 3 Ways to Fold a Napkin
The final days of Bonus Bucks are here! Spend $200 on any combination of gift cards in a single transaction and get a $25 gift card to gift or keep for yourself.

Order your Bonus Bucks before the promotion ends on December 1st. 
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