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Holiday Entertaining

Holiday entertaining is one of my most favorite things EVER and we love finding any excuse to celebrate all season long!! I put together a festive tray of goodies (who needs meat & cheese?!) for a holiday happy hour and decided it’s going to be a staple for all the holiday parties this year! I was inspired by these mini waffle cookies & gingerbread men, they were both too cute & needed to be together on a pretty tray. I added some candy canes & dipped pretzels, some fruit & nutella for dipping. We will definitely be remaking this for our Christmas Eve brunch!!

I thought it would be fun to round up a few of my favorite holiday party ideas, I think we do almost all of these every year and I get SO excited for each of them! Some are more elaborate than others, you can host any of these with just a few close friends or with your whole neighborhood!!

1. Christmas Characters, Cards & Cocktails // We did this last year but didn’t actually give it a name until we started talking about it again this year. Everyone comes dressed as their favorite Christmas movie character, Clark Griswold or the Grinch, himself! Turn the record player on, play a good old fashioned game of cards & serve up some festive cocktails!

2. Favorite Things Party // This is so fun to do with a group of girlfriends. Everyone brings a gift for each person at the party valued at $5 or $10, and it must be all the same, and one of their favorite things. So if there are 6 people at the party, one would bring 5 tubes of mascara, 5 pair of fuzzy slippers, hot chocolate mix, etc. and give to the other five people and then would take home five other presents themselves. Everyone goes home with a handful of new “favorite things” and it is always so much fun!!

3. Holiday Brunch // Pancakes & pajamas is a must. We have done this for a few years with friends and it is always something our girls look so forward to! Friends come over in the morning in their holiday pajamas & slippers, and we make rudolph pancakes. Serve up a coffee (or mimosa) bar and watch something fun with the kids, like Elf or Home Alone!

4. Gingerbread House Making // Perfect for kids (buy premade houses so it’s easier for them to just decorate) or for Adults (and vote at the end for the best one to win a prize).

5. Gift Wrapping Party // Everyone comes with bags of gifts they need to wrap, with all the ribbons and wrappings, sip some eggnog & watch a classic like It’s a Wonderful Life or The Holiday!

Would love to hear any fun or creative party themes you have! There are just not enough days in December to do all the things! Cheers, friends!!


Gift Guide for Her

We are back with another gift guide today, basically a collection of all of my favorite things or things on my wishlist!! You won’t be surprised to find all things coffee + cozy!

1. Smeg Coffee Maker // The prettiest coffee pot I’ve ever seen and I have been wanting it forevvvvvver. I’m typically not a fan of countertop appliances but everything by Smeg is an exception to the rule! They also have it in tons of other pretty colors!!

2. Platters & Boards Book // This is one of my favorite coffee table/cookbooks ever, every single page is so beautiful & inspiring! If you love to cook and entertain, or know someone who does, this is the most perfect gift! Pairs well with pretty dishtowels.

3. Ember Temp Controlled Coffee Cup // A ceramic coffee cup that allows you to control the temperature of your coffee from. your. phone. Yes, please.

4. Pom Slippers // I live in these slippers, they’re the warmest (legit, warmmmmest) and softest slippers that I’ve ever had.

5. Striped Pajamas // You know I love a good grey + white stripe pajama set, and there’s no such thing as to many pairs!

6. Skin Gym Quartz Roller // All the hype right now over these gorgeous gemstone rollers that reduce puffiness, promote collagen production and also just feel so freaking good rolled all over your face if kept in the fridge. The perfect gift for any of your beauty product loving girlfriends!

7. Sorel Wedge Booties // I got these a few weeks ago (after wanting them for years!) when we had our first snow and I am absolutely obsessed with them!!! I love that they are super durable and you can really trudge through snow in them, but they’re also super cute and don’t scream “snow boot.” I wear them with jeans, leggings, and probably even pajamas.

8. Ceramic Diffuser // One of my all time favorite essential oil diffusers, I keep this one on my nightstand and love it’s soft glow at night.

9. Gem Crawler Earrings // I always love big gemstone earrings, and these are no exception. They’re fun for any dressy occasion but I especially love them for the holidays to dress up festive graphic tees or flannels!

10. Saranoni Blanket // You’ve heard me rave about these blankets dozens of times, the softest blanket ever made, that keeps its softness wash after wash. I LOVE giving these as gifts at Christmas!!

I hope that is helpful for those of you shopping for all the special women in your life (or maybe yourself)!!!


Gift Guide for Him

It’s been snowing all morning over here & the girls are at school, so I got to spend the morning drinking coffee and putting together my most favorite gift guide of the year! Brandon did a lot of this himself, he sent me a list of all of his favorite things and some things he has been wanting. I am hoping he wants that sweatshirt in a size Small, because I officially need it.

1. Camp Brand Goods Crewneck // Camp Brand Goods is forever our favorite place to shop for day to day graphic tees and sweatshirts. They’re a family owned company out of Canada and truly they are always the softest, best fitting clothes. I look forward to every single new season of their clothes, trust me, the men in your life would love a sweatshirt or tshirt from Camp Brand and will probably never take it off.

2. Apple Airpods // Brandon has been obsessed with his forever, and finally convinced me to get a pair, even though I swore they couldn’t be any different from the ones with cords. Per usual, I was wrong, they are freaking amazing and anyone who is on the phone often or listens to music during the day should have these!

3. MVMT Watch // Watches are always the most perfect gift for guys because can one ever have too many?! MVMT is our favorite watch brand, I love the brown leather and the pop of blue on the white face. Also obsessed with this one!!!

4. Drone Quadcopter // I don’t think there’s a guy out there who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive one of these as a gift. My husband, dad and brothers are all obsessed with them and they always provide tons of Christmas day entertainment.

5. Dollar Shave Club Subscription // We have both been using DSC for years, not only the best razors for guys, but gals as well! So you can totally steal from his monthly subscription. A super thoughtful and functional gift!

6. Weekender Duffel (on sale!!) // This is Brandon’s everyday bag, I asked him why this one over any other option, and he said because he can fit gym shoes and dopp kit, but also isn’t too big to shove in a locker or put in overhead storage when traveling. Solid answer! 

7. Front Pocket Wallet // I got Brandon this wallet for his birthday over the summer, and we give it a ten out of ten for both style and function!!

8. Sonos Speaker // This was our Black Friday splurge and I’m never looking back. Worth every penny for the amazing sound quality and fun ways you can control it all from your phone!! Prepare to be addicted and to want them in every room of your house.

9. Best Made Weather Station // I got this for Brandon for our ten year wedding anniversary, it is a weather station that the old man in him just really loves. 😉 Another fun idea would be this Brass Pocket Tape or these Solid Brass Dice which would be a great stocking stuffer!

10. Chukka Slippers (on sale!!) // I want these for myself. Seriously these look SO warm but also like you could totally wear them to the grocery store. Sign my cold, lazy self up!! But alas, I will get them for Brandon. And just borrow them on occasion. On the topic of shoes, Brandon most recently bought these, he swears they are the best brand of shoes for the outdoors.

A few more fun stocking stuffer ideas, these beard trimmers, a Carhartt hat and a cribbage board are all great options!

Hope this helps you with your shopping this year, can’t wait to hear if any of these land under your tree this year! Gift Guide for Her (aka. my wishlist!!) coming tomorrow!! XO