Tiered Trays Five Ways

Tiered trays are fun and functional ways to add height and interest to any room or space. These trays easily transition through the seasons or even throughout your house since there are so many ways to use them! Check out five of the dozens of ways to use tiered trays in every home and every season.

1. Garden Goodness

Summer fruits and vegetables from the garden will soon start appearing in kitchens, so encourage a healthy snack by keeping your fruits and veggies displayed right on the counter!

2. Party Prep

Tiered trays make great holders for cups, napkins, and utensils without taking too much space on the table. They are also great for garnishes for your favorite summer cocktails.

3. Counter Catch-All

Make the most of limited counter space by storing items you use often in a tiered tray. Organize everything from your tea or coffee bar necessities to kitchen utensils to bathroom counter cotton balls in a pretty yet practical way in a tiered tray perfect for any room of your home.

4. Pots & Planters

Make an easy centerpiece in a flash. Stack your pots of succulents or grab buds from your garden to stack in a tiered tray for a fast statement piece for any party or dinner. Your choice of flowers and vases can transform the tiered tray centerpiece into fancy and formal or casual and laid-back – versatility at its best!

5. Seasonal Swaps

Tiered trays make quick and easy seasonal vignettes that can be changed out from Christmas ornaments to Valentine’s Day hearts to Patriotic stars to Halloween cats and cauldrons. Decorating with your favorite seasonal items can transform any space in a flash.

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Mother’s Day Favorites from Our Retailers

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so we wanted to share a few ideas from our retailers to help make all of the moms in our lives feel loved and cherished!

We will soon be saying Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women that pour countless hours into our lives! Let’s show them extra love with thoughtful gifts they will love and a little more quality time.

I think we can all agree that we want to make our mom’s face light up with joy like Beth’s smile from gg Pretty Things in Chanhassen, MN (IG: @ggprettythings).

Do you have a coffee lovin’ mom in your life?

The Southern Sayings Mugs are the perfect gift for her and a great excuse to sit down and share a cup of coffee to make new memories or you can keep her organized for the coffee dates with a new set of Hammered Gold Canisters.

Does your mom love the little touches that make a house feel like a home?

You can’t go wrong with the Flaire Unscented Collection or pick out her favorite scent from Flaire in bath products, diffusers, or home items.

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Does she love always having gorgeous flowers in the house?

She will adore these green-thumb-fail-proof faux flowers that she never has to water or worry about! We have lots of faux and dried botanicals, including Bamboo Hand-Made Camellia Flowers and Faux Lavender. Don’t forget about the Botanist Collection for the ladies that have an amazing green thumb.

Is your favorite mom a dog mom?

We cannot get enough of these faces! The Wipe Your Paws Doormat is perfect for pups of all sizes, but the Kids Chair turned adorable Dog Chair is the best accessory for the little dogs in the house. We also have dozens of seasonal and home decor items just for our furry friends!

Do you have other great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas? We would love to see them! Tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #creativelyyours

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Trend Alert: Indoor Plants

­­­­­­We’ve been swooning over the indoor plant trend. From hanging planters and terrariums to baskets and oversized pots, we can’t get enough! Whether you’re ready to jump all in with a full plant wall or you just want a great accent plant, there’s a way for everyone to take part in the green goodness.

Having a variety of vessels for plants in store is a great way to provide your customers the opportunity to embrace this trend. Pick a few coordinating pots, planters, baskets, or terrariums that can live together in your display and you’ll help your customers envision them together. Having multiple materials, sizes, and colors is a great way for people to personalize their home.

There’s no debate about the benefits of indoor plants – They purify the air, reduce stress, increase focus, and can improve overall health! But what if you don’t quite have a green thumb? What if your store/home doesn’t have great natural light? What if you just don’t want to look after live plants? Don’t worry! You can still achieve the look you want with faux and preserved botanicals! This season, we have introduced a wide variety of stems, trees, and florals to choose from! They look and feel extremely real, some of you were even deceived in the showroom!

How have you brought this trend into your stores and homes? We’d love to see! Tag us with the hashtag #creativelyyours to show off your indoor greenery!

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Fall Decorating Tips

Fall is nearly here! Leaves are starting to change, mornings are getting cooler, and school is back in session. We’ve been shipping out seasonal décor since July! We hope you’re as excited as we are for you to unpack and merchandise your new products. Whether you love a rustic look or a more modern aesthetic, merchandising your products with natural accents is a great way to embellish your store and help your customers envision the products in their own space.

While long branches with fall leaves look stunning in an oversized vase or as a centerpiece, waiting for peak color change in your area may mean that you won’t be seeing those lovely vibrant leaves until mid-late October or even November. Don’t let that stop you from bringing the outdoors in!
Pumpkins and gourds come in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and colors. Wagons, baskets, and shelves are great pieces to accent with these autumn classics!  Remember pumpkins don’t fare well if they’re too hot or too cold, so keep them indoors when the weather isn’t quite right (or plan to replace them).

Prefer lower maintenance décor? You can still join in on the fun! Berry stems, pussy willow, and dried wheat sheaves are lovely additions to vases and buckets. Fill decorative cloches with festive items like pheasant tail feathers or acorns. Tied bundles of cinnamon sticks not only smell amazing but can be used to fill vases and jars. Long branches are fantastic seasonal additions that can be hung on the wall or suspended from the ceiling to display fall textiles and garlands. Have fun with your Fall décor! And remember to tag us when you post images of your displays with #creativelyyours!

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Curating Ranch: Creative Co-Op’s Newest Trend

We would love to officially introduce you to our newest collection: Ranch! While you’ve likely seen this collection in the showroom, your catalog, or online, we wanted to give you an in depth look at how this collection came about and our vision for the products within it.

The inspiration for a collection can start as a small idea. Hours, days, weeks, and months later, the small inspiration grows into the vast array of styles that you see when you enter our showrooms.

Ranch was originally imagined as a Colorado Ranch style.

The color palette and the mixture of materials a key piece of the puzzle when we start to make our dreams a reality. For Ranch, we gathered neutral tones, varying textures, and paired them with warm, earthy tones. Mixed metals, classic leather, and cow hide are staple materials of this collection. Ranch is grounded with Kilim rugs and textiles echoing traditional and Navajo prints.

This eclectic mix is where rustic meets refined. It showcases a western elegance that is masculine and rugged, yet cozy and classic. We’ve updated traditional ranch décor to adopt the fresh, comfortable style that you see in the showroom. You’ll find a hint of cowboy with items like horse-bit taper holders, a brass-finished hat, and “Hey Y’all” and “Yeehaw” pillows, but the thing we are most excited about?  The fact that the items within this collection simply blend beautifully into so many other looks; classic, contemporary, or even a boho vibe. Many of the classic pieces within Ranch are timeless additions to any space.

We hope you enjoy imagining how items from Ranch can be mixed into your curated collections. We would love to see it in your stores! Remember to tag us with the hashtag #creativelyyours on Instagram for the chance to be featured on our website.

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Effortless Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

From daytime picnics to happy hours, summer is the season of outdoor entertaining! Whether you’re having an afternoon of lawn game tournaments and BBQ or treating your friends to classy evening cocktails, planning ahead and having outdoor entertaining essentials lets you spend your time enjoying the event, rather than cooped up in the kitchen.

Having drinks readily available allows guests to choose their own beverage or replenish when needed. This galvanized metal beverage tub is perfect for a more casual event. Equipped with a bottle opener on the side, guests won’t need to hunt down the bottle openers that always seem to walk away. Put a bucket underneath to catch bottle caps to keep them from landing on the patio.

Bar carts are an excellent alternative for smaller spaces because they’re easy to integrate into different spaces in the home. Try it as a bar cart for events and then a guest room side table for everyday use. Fill a large bowl with ice to store bottled beverages and add a pitcher of flavored water or premade punch. Our stainless steel cocktail shaker has recipes directly on the shaker if you opt for a mix-it-yourself bar!

Prep your bar cart with glasses, cups, or mugs – whichever is best suited for the beverage of choice for the gathering.

Utensil holders and food covers keep the bugs away and utensils clean until you’re ready to eat.

Berry bowls, serving trays, and pinch pots are some of our favorite serving essentials because they help make prep easy! Pre-wash your berries and throw them back in the fridge until you’re ready to eat! Pinch pots work great as condiment bowls and can be pre-filled the day of the party! Serving trays and platters are great hostess gifts and are useful for carrying food to and from the kitchen.

Don’t forget a set of napkins and cheerful napkin rings! Not only do cloth napkins look fantastic at the table, they’re much more durable and eco-friendly than paper! We’ve just released these sets that are made of thick woven cotton—perfect for BBQs.

Whether your gathering is large or small, we have a wide assortment of functional and decorative items to complete your tablescapes and make your preparations a breeze. We hope all of your summer gatherings are full of friends, family, laughter, and joy!

 

Tag us on Instagram with #creativelyyours to show off your use of Creative Co-Op products at your gatherings and for the chance to be featured on our website.

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Creative Recipes / Restorative Ginger Mint Tea

It is officially fall! The weather is getting crisp and cool and all of a sudden our urges to be out and about have turned into urges to curl up in a blanket and read a book with a hot cup  of tea. We all have our go-to teas that we love, but if you want to change things up this year, try making your own herbal tea from scratch! This recipe uses ingredients found in most grocery stores and tastes fresh and restorative. See the full recipe below in our lovely stoneware teapot with hand stamped designs and bamboo handle and matching cups in fun colors.

Tea cups with Ginger and Mint

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Tabletop Display Ideas for Holiday

Holiday Decorative Centerpiece

Make a statement this holiday season(or any season really) by arranging your favorite figurines, candles, collected treasures from nature, or other ephemera in a glass large vessel or cloche. This works well for as dining table centerpiece, an eye-catching mantle decoration, or a fun bookshelf treasure. Combine a family keepsake with a magical warm LED light strand or gather pine cones and twigs to compliment animal figurines. Be creative and make a special scene that is all your own. We have gathered our favorite Creative Co-Op items that can be used in infinite ways to make your holidays merry and bright!

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