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In the season when people become both irrationally happy and grumpy, perhaps some holiday spirits will get your friends into the holiday spirit. Make your average seasonal cocktail party one to remember with added meaning.
- Invitation: Love this cute invite with lots of color available on Amazon.
- Festive Spirit: Tequila Who doesn’t want to party with a little salt and lime?
- Cosmopolitan Spirit: Vodka It’s not just a drink; it’s an attitude.
- Spirit of Adventure: Gin A new distillery in Arkansas is making gin not just about cotton any more.
- Traditional Spirit: Bourbon What else can you call the spirit in the Old Fashioned?
- Favors: Personalized bottles of champagne from She Said Yes. Your guests will have some holiday spirit to take home with them.
Last year, my friend got married right after her birthday. This year, she celebrated her birthday and anniversary while expecting her first child. While this is all terribly exciting, pregnancy does tend dampen any plans for toasts, if you’re being all responsible and stuff. This meant a slight change of plans for the cupcakes and champagne birthday treat I previously planned.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is hot chocolate with peppermint and marshmallows. This tasty flavor combo never gets old to me. It’s so exciting to find new takes on a classic treat.
- A friend Jerusalem Greer threw a party with a hot chocolate bar. Tasty!
- When I was a kid, I would have given my right arm and possibly my left too for some marshmallow pops like these from the wicked noodle.
- I can’t help myself. Food made into people, animals or in the case, a snowman, cracks me up. Kraft has all sorts of silly holiday suggestions like this to do with your kids.
- I just can’t resist the pretty of how the Elegant Gourmet does candy canes.
- Real Mom Kitchen has even more suggestions for how to set up your own hot chocolate bar.
We have been trying to make our Christmas celebration a meaningful one. It’s important to us our son view this holiday not only as a toy grab, but as a practice of his faith. An acquaintance, Meredith Gould, introduced me to the tradition of a Jesse Tree. I love it!
My long-term plan is to make and buy permanent ornaments to replace the paper ones. Over the next few years, we’ll put together a family collection of Jesse Tree ornaments. I’m hopeful this tradition will help ground all of us during this Christmas season.
One of my best friends adores Audrey Hepburn. Don’t we all? There was no better theme for her baby shower than Breakfast at Tiffanys. We served brunch with champagne punch. However, no one smoked and there was no cat. Times have changed a bit, but not elegance.
This theme could also be easily reconfigured for a bridal shower. Timeless beauty is the same for brides or babies.
- The invitations from docmilo set the tone beautifully.
- We found the perfect “Tiffany” party favor boxes at Sophie’s Favors.
- The favors can be found at any party store: “diamond” rings and “pearl” necklaces.
- The Tiffany box petit fours were made by a fabulous woman named Kelli Marks. She bakes; she decorates; she rocks.
Yesterday was the first day of the Advent. My husband and I didn’t grow up observing the liturgical calendar, but we decided we wanted to teach our son some of the more traditional observances of Christmas, starting with an Advent Wreath.
There’s no delicate way to write this: most Advent Wreaths I’ve seen are tacky. I don’t like the look of them. Then a friend sent me a link to an advent wreath on City Cradle Design. I realized I could make a “wreath” that worked esthetically in my house and was actually pretty.