They say it’s better to give than receive, but living up to the old adage can be expensive. This holiday season, keep your wallet full—and your stress level at a minimum—by going the DIY route with your gift-giving. You don’t have to be an expert crafter or pro chef to create a gift that’s memorable and meaningful, and these ideas are proof! Put together a gift basket. Who wouldn’t want to receive a beautifully presented gift basket during the holidays? You can customize a gift basket for every recipient on your gift list, from the foodie to the spa-goer. After deciding on a theme, grab a few inexpensive wicker baskets from the craft store, then fill it with goodies that follow the theme. For the home chef, for example, you could fill the basket with a dish towel, oven mitt, gourmet non-perishables, and a cook book. Whip up something sweet. The
For one of the most spectacular showings of The Nutcracker in the United States, you must go see the Boston Ballet’s rendition this season; we’re lucky to have this incredible show right in our backyard! This age-old holiday story truly comes to life on stage and with each sugar plum fairy and floating snowflake, you’ll be more in the holiday spirit. The show runs at Citizens Bank Opera House through Dec. 29, with plenty of shows to fit into your busy holiday calendar so you don’t have to miss it. Tickets start at around $40 and range to over $200 depending on when you’re going and where you’d like to sit. The interactive seat map will allow you to browse to find the perfect ticket for you and your group. Get ready to experience the magic of The Nutcracker and create holiday memories that will last a lifetime.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’re probably starting to make your holiday plans. And if those plans include hosting the big meal at your apartment, you might also be panicking about how you’re going to accommodate everyone. But don’t worry—just a few of these small tweaks will get your apartment ready for the crowd. Stash your superfluous stuff. Extra clutter will always make your space look smaller, but it can actually become a physical barrier to your guests’ comfort in this case. Clear out the pieces of furniture that serve no functional purpose and stow them in the bedroom or office, and get rid of any knick-knacks or decor that are taking up what could be valuable space for food and drinks. Find some extra seating. Unless you really want to mix things up with a cocktail-style dinner, you’re going to need enough seating for everyone on your guest
Kick-off your Thanksgiving Day with a little movement at the Boston Volvo Thanksgiving Day 5K in Allston. The event is not only a festive, healthy way to start your holiday with family and friends, but it’s a way to give back, as the race proceeds are donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Start time on Thanksgiving Day is 9:00 a.m. but you’ll want to get there early to grab your bib, register and participate in the opening ceremonies. Registration opens at 7:30 that morning, with the opening ceremony starting at 8:45 a.m. You can save yourself some time now and register online for only $35 now through November 25th, if you miss the online registration cutoff you can register the day of the event for $40. The first 700 to register for the race get a race t-shirt to add to their collections! What are you waiting for? Give
Carving a jack-o-lantern may have been fun when you were a youngster—but that was before you were the one in charge of cleaning up. Times have changed, and so have your tastes. So here are a few sophisticated DIY projects you can try with your pumpkins this year. Chalkboard PumpkinsChalkboard paint isn’t just for the walls. If you cover a pumpkin in the black matte paint, you can actually scrawl fun fall messages across it with chalk. Start by finding a faux pumpkin at the craft store that’s smooth enough for the chalkboard paint, and then coat the entire thing with it. Add a stripe of glittery paint—and maybe add some glitter to the leaves, too—for a bit of extra flair. Glitter PumpkinsIf you firmly believe that Mother Nature got the color scheme right, but you still want to punch up your pumpkins, these glittery gourds are for you. Grab
Though it’s rarely on center stage during awards season, horror is one of the most long-standing and successful genres in the history of Hollywood filmmaking. On October 26, The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline will celebrate the thrilling, chilling traditions of the form with the 19th Annual Halloween Horror Marathon. Starting at 11:59 pm, the Coolidge will kick off the 12-hour marathon event with The Amityville Horror Show (Stuart Rosenberg, 1979), a masterpiece of the haunted-house mini-genre. That will transition into another iconic supernatural thriller, Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982). In keeping with the Coolidge’s tradition for marathons, the five other films slated to appear in the marathon will not be announced until they are projected on screen, but you can rest assured that there’ll be plenty of scary cinematic entertainment to last the entire night. Other attractions include a costume contest, presentations by local ghost hunters, and trailers from the