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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.
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.
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.
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.