HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS

It’s the day before Christmas Eve (can you believe it?!) and whether you’re staying home, hosting, or driving to see family here are a few things to consider in preparation for your celebration on Christmas day.

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If you’re staying home …
Make Christmas Eve the most exciting night of the holiday season.

  • Bundle up and take a little walk around the neighborhood. Christmas lights are always a wonderful sight.
  • Make a delicious meal. It’s Christmas Eve after all!
  • Get cozy and read the Christmas story together or watch a movie in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate or coffee.
  • Open one gift before bed. Just one.
  • Leave a note or cookies and milk for Santa or Baby Jesus.
  • Once the kids are asleep, make sure Santa finds his way into the house, enjoys his snack, and sets out all the presents beneath the tree and in the stockings.
  • Set your alarm so you’re up before the kids with the camera rolling to capture Christmas morning reactions! This will give you a head start on making breakfast as well.

Looking for kids Christmas party ideas for a school party or something fun to do at home? These 25 ideas will get you started throwing a Christmas bash!

If you’re hosting guests on Christmas Day…
a little pre-work can go a long way and help you enjoy the day as much as your guests.

  • Put together appetizer platters and finger food trays ahead of time and save them in the fridge.
  • For all recipes that must be prepared the day of, complete your grocery shopping and any time-consuming chopping or measuring ahead of time.
  • Set the table and table decor the night before.
  • Set out bedding and towels for any guests that will be staying over the next night.

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If you’re driving to see family…
there’s a lot that can be done the day/night before to ensure a smooth ride.

  • Pack luggage and load it into the car the day before if you can.
  • Depending on how long of a trip you are making, think about packing snacks or fun games to keep antsy kids (and adults) entertained.
  • Create a playlist or two.
  • Gather all of the gifts you are planning on bringing along with you and be sure not to leave them behind when you leave.

Winter driving essentials you need to bring on your next winter road trip

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HOLIDAY DECOR INSPIRATION

The holiday season is here! Which means it’s time to decorate and make things look darling … am I right?

Let’s all take a minute to thank Pinterest for these beautiful tablescapes. I want them all.

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We are loving these trendy table settings! Hopefully they bring you a little inspiration! #blancdenver

Such a gorgeous simple holiday tablescape: gold flatware, white china, a neutral table runner, dark gray linen napkin, with silver dollar eucalyptus and votives as the centerpiece. Classic and modern at the same time. This will seriously impress your guests!

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Happy decorating!
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‘Tis The Season

‘Tis The Season

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Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Hello holidays! For those who will be decorating cookies, here’s a little inspiration. Enjoy decorating and eating those sweet treats!

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Cheers Wine Tote / Shaker / Tory Burch Gold Candle / Sapin Scented Candle / You Are the Best Mug / Candle Set / Gold Trim Bowls / Friend Mug / Jewelry Tray / Macbook Air Sleeve / 2016 Planner / UO Notebooks /  Mini Leather Envelope / Garance Dore OMG iPhone Case / Watch / Sleep Eye Mask / Gold Piggy Bank / Backpack / Scarf / PomPom Beanie / Gloves 

Travel Diary: Miami – Misc

Travel Diary: Miami – Misc

Traveling means you eat, meet with old friends, make new friends and stay up way past your bedtime. Wishing I was still in Miami. At least I have these photos to remind me of the past 2 weeks back home.

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Travel Diary: Miami – Christmas

Travel Diary: Miami – Christmas

Although I was pretty sick the first couple of days of my vacation, I was, thankfully feeling better by Christmas Day. Here are some photos from our family Christmas brunch and happy moments.

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Holiday Break … Here I Come!

Holiday Break … Here I Come!

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Goodbye cold weather, hello Sunshine State! I’m off to Miami this holiday break to be surrounded by family, friends and sun. I love this time of year — and I love staring at palm trees and having hot chocolate in spite of the 80 degree weather.

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Hope your holiday break is the best one yet — surrounded with love and happiness. Life is a beautiful gift … let’s use it to bless others this holiday season.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

I love the holidays! It’s a time to remember Christ, the blessings in our lives and the beauty of being surrounded by loved ones. I’m also a sucker for gifts. For those of you who haven’t finished shopping yet.. here are a few ideas to hopefully make your shopping experience less stressful this holiday season so you can focus on what’s really important.

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Hustle Sauce Goodies

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Prints

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Gift Ideas For Her/Him

Because I’m sure we’re all last minute shoppers – Here are a few gift ideas perfect for him or her.

Oh, yeah, and what’s a gift without pretty gift wrapping? Below are some easy DIY gift wrapping options. Enjoy!

// For her //

Kinfolk Magazine Gift Subscription
Kinfolk Magazine Gift Subscription
Rifle Paper Co. iPhone Case
Rifle Paper Co. iPhone Case
Note to Self Framed Art Print
Note to Self Framed Art Print
Kate Spade Earrings
Kate Spade Earrings
J.Crew Colorful Leather Passport Case
J.Crew Colorful Leather Passport Case
Morning Mug
Morning Mug
"It" by Alexa Chung
“It” by Alexa Chung
TopShop 90'S Chunky Temple Sunglasses
TopShop 90’S Chunky Temple Sunglasses

// For Him //

Toms Shoes
Toms Shoes
Bansky: You are an Acceptable Level of Threat and if You Were Not You Would Know About it
Bansky: You are an Acceptable Level of Threat and if You Were Not You Would Know About it
J.Crew Watch
J.Crew Watch
I Pick You Guitar Pick
I Pick You Guitar Pick
J.Crew Ball Cap
J.Crew Ball Cap
Best Made Company Gear Bag
Best Made Company Gear Bag
Vault Hightops
Vault High tops

// DIY Gift Wrapping //

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