Home for Christmas 2017






















Holiday Housewarming Party

I thought the perfect way to share our new home with friends and family would be to combine a holiday AND housewarming party. It gave me time to get my home ready and kick off the holiday season with loved ones.

Drinks and appetizers were served to greet our guests. I kept the fare light finger foods to keep it easy and delicious.

This Lime Mojito drink was refreshing and so easy. Crushed mint leaves added to equal parts sprite and soda water garnished with lime was a crowd pleaser.

Simple finger foods with something for everyone were perfect for the casual night. I made these tiered platters by applying putty to candleholders and the platter base to allow for more food display. Something that is easily removable put perfect for larger gatherings.

Candles and twinkle lights were everywhere to allow for a dimly lit, moody atmosphere.

The dessert table included mini chocolate toffee trifles and raspberry shortcake trifles. This table was empty by the end of the night- definitely what I’d hoped for!!

Such a fun night celebrating with friends and family. Everyone’s kind comments and support of our new home left me full of gratitude for this new chapter of our life!!

Big thanks to she.be.still.photography and sydney.carpenter for the photos

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It was so fun to decorate our first Christmas in the new house! This year I added lots of greenery, twinkle lights and blush pinks as accents…..so happy with how it turned out!

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Easy Gift Ideas

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Some years I don’t have time to bake or DIY something to give out as Christmas gifts to neighbors, friends and clients. This was one of those years!! So this year I came up with some easy gift ideas that look well put together and most people could enjoy.

I found this great gold bowl to put festive colored fruits in to give to clients and friends. I love that they can eat what’s inside but still have something pretty to use afterward.

nutsWhen I was a kid we always had a bowl of nuts sitting out at Christmas with a nutcracker. I loved cracking the nuts to get the goods inside and I think they are great for displaying as well.

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These cheese and crackers are my favorite right now- Havarti cheese with Rosemary crackers from Trader Joes – so good! I tied them to a pretty cutting board for the perfect savory gift.

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Sometimes I don’t want to give food as a gift. I found these cutest tiny pink poinsettias and potted them in a cute pot. Something small that can easily be displayed in any home during the holidays and a cute pot to use for a small plant later.

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Smaller simpler gifts are great for teachers and kids friends. Here I boxed some star shaped dark chocolate shortbread cookies in a cute clear container from The Container Store. These small candy cane sticks are in a decorative glass dish that can be used after the holidays to hold small candies. Christmas towels are one of my favorite small gifts to give because they’re fun to display at Christmas.

mallowThis small treat was so easy to make. I dipped large marshmallows in melted white chocolate and rolled it in crushed up candy canes. So cute and so delicious!

Home for Christmas

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We love being home for Christmas!!! When I decorate for this holiday I like to keep it simple and uncluttered. I feel like even the littlest detail adds so much for the holiday.familyroomchristmas

There’s never a shortage of wreaths, garlands and ribbon at Christmas in my home- I add it wherever I need a pop of color or hint of Christmas.details2

I love putting unique ornaments in bowls and jars to bring in a touch of the holiday.

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Last year I started adding touches of pink to replace the red and I’ve never looked back! Still loving the pink.

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We found this train a few years ago and have loved it ever since! Our kids look forward to using it every year.

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Another one of my favorite things to decorate with are mini Christmas trees- I pretty much collect them.

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I love how the advent calendar turned out this year. Filled with treats, notes and small toys, the kids get excited to open their package every morning!

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A pink feather wreath? Why yes! Of course I had to have this as soon as I saw it!

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I’d never seen a real holly plant until this year. What could be more Christmassy for a table centerpiece??

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I only add subtle touches of Christmas in the kitchen but for me it’s just enough.

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I always leave a tiered stand out on the buffet for treats I bake or receive so they get eaten!

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I add a touch of Christmas in each bedroom- but the girls’ room is my favorite!!