It’s almost here! My favorite day of the year is just a few sleeps away. As most of my readers know, we’re hosting the big event this year. First on my list of Christmas prep to-do’s was getting the table set and ready to go. We still need to pop in the leaf and set up a few seats at the bar, but other than that we’re pretty much ready to go. I did a little trial run with the place settings yesterday, these photos are the result of that. I’ve also left all glassware off the table because we’ll be setting up a couple drink stations for easy access throughout the day. Let the festivities begin!
eat & entertain
Hi, friends! How are you!? I can’t believe Christmas is next week! #Crazytown.
We’ve been two very busy bees prepping for our first holiday season in the new house and first time hosting Christmas. We’re currently expecting a full house of 12 on December 25th but that number may grow a bit so we’re doing everything we can to plan for the unknown. Any and all tips are welcome! I’ve never hosted Christmas before so I’m thrilled to finally have an opportunity to bust out my red and green china, play around with a few fun new recipes, and decorate a little more than we usually would. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Now if I can just remember to water the tree I think it’ll be a success!
Last month my friend Cinnamon and I hosted a bachelorette weekend for her sister (and one of my sweetest friends), Dentyne! Dentyne and I met our freshman year of college and I couldn’t be more grateful for our relationship. She’s a gem. And she totally deserved a memorable bachelorette weekend with her girls! Throughout the planning process we learned a few things that I think you’ll find especially helpful if you’re throwing a bachelorette weekend yourself!
If you’re a fan of pure deliciousness, this recipe is for you. I made a batch of these bad boys as a mid-week treat and they were a hit!
We had our first family dinner in the new house last night and it was yummy! My mom came over and did all the cooking (while I photographed her pretty creation, thanks mom!) which was a nice treat. She combined a couple different recipes she found online and came up with the tastiest end product. Rosemary and lemon is one of my favorite combinations! Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we did!
Let me preface this post by warning you – these cookies are in no way good for you, but they’re delicious.
I’m not much of a baker but I sure love a good cookie recipe, especially one that takes about ten minutes from start to finish! These are perfect for Valentine’s Day with the addition of pretty pink frosting!
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix (I used the gluten free option!)
- Preheat oven to 375
- Mix oil, eggs, and cake mix in large mixing bowl
- Roll dough into 1-1.5 inch balls – place on ungreased cooking sheet (flatten a bit with a glass)
- Bake for 7-9 minutes
- Let cool
Recipe adapted from this original recipe.
A few weeks ago I graduated college (#HOORAY) so my sweet family and I threw together a celebration in honor of the occasion. I wanted to say “thank you” to everyone who helped me through such a busy/wild/exciting season (especially my Mr!) and my family wanted to celebrate my big accomplishment. We had a blast pulling together details, catching up over games of cornhole, and watching my niece run round showing off her little personality!
In addition to the time spent with family and friends (a ton of them!) I also got to work with a few of my favorite Etsy shops on this project. I have a huge heart for the little shops that make Etsy what it is. If you’re not familiar with the community, you should definitely check it out. I’ve had my own design shop on Etsy for some time now. I’ve tagged the shops I worked with, below, as well as any other sources. There’s also a “shop this post” link to make finding them even easier!
Of course the food was my favorite part! We kept the drinks simple, offering Sanpellegrino, lemonade, and sweet tea. Family members brought appetizers to snack on (including the tastiest She Crab Soup on earth – thanks Nana!) while my grandpa cooked the Low Country Boil out back. My grandparents live on the 18th hole of a golf course so it’s always fun to entertain on the back deck and wave at the golfers as they finish up.We wanted to combine a few of my favorite things – monograms, southern decor, seersucker, and pineapples. We decided to “mix metals” by throwing in a few silver pieces and incorporating gold wherever we could.
Balloon Bouquet //Hooray Y’all Custom Koozies // Hooray Coasters // Hooray Balloon // Seersucker Table Cloths (I actually made these myself for about $40 using Hobby Lobby fabric & my trusty hot glue gun!) // Monogram Stadium Cups // Gold Dot Coasters // Anchor Napkins (I had these lying around the house) // Hooray Glitter Banner // Cupcakes (Publix! They made these bad boys the day of the event and they were a hit!) // Yay & Hooray Flags // Monogrammed Mint Julep Cups // Large Wooden Monogram (so fun to have everyone sign or hang on the front door at a grad party) // Gold Confetti // Gold Pineapples (these are actually real pineapples that my sister spray painted for us!) // Seersucker Dress
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Thanks so much to my family and friends for everything you do for me on the daily! And a special thank you to each of the Etsy shops who helped make this day so special!
It. Is. Time. Christmas is right around the corner (kinda) so I’m kicking off the season with a happy little holiday playlist! I’m
knee neck deep in papers (graduating in December – PRAISE JESUS!) but I’m certainly not letting my lack of free time crush the Christmas spirit around here! So grab a peppermint mocha + a cozy blanket, and turn up the tunes!