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Monthly Archives: December 2016
Christmas is just a few days away. Crazy right? If you’re like me and still have a few gifts left to get, then let me share with you this easy one for any hostess. I love putting together gifts that go together, sort of like a package. For this one I combined a set of cocktail napkins with stemless glasses, a set of matches and a mini bottle of bubbly. The hostess can you use this gift for a date night, girls night in or any excuse for a mini celebration.
August Morgan is my favorite brand for cocktail napkins as they are classic linen sets that are updated with cheeky sayings for the modern host or hostess. I have a collection of her designs and always gift them to my friends.
Placemats (c/o Emily McCarthy Shop)
Need some Christmas table setting inspiration? Look no further than the great outdoors! Seriously. The inspiration for me came when I saw these feather placemats from the Emily McCarthy Shop. From there I obviously added more feathers, because YOLO. Next I remembered the pinecones I had collected from South Carolina, they’re seriously jumbo sized! I spray painted some and left the others their natural color. You could do the same with acorns in glass vases if you can’t find pinecones
When it came to place cards I went to my local antique mall (which randomly has a rock booth, who knew?) and bought the prettiest agates I could find in varies colors. I used wineglass markers to write the names as they can be wiped off simply with a moist rag and used again. For the antlers, since I only had one actual real antler I found faux antler candleholders at Homegoods and paired with stick looking candles to keep things authentic and rustic.
I finished the table with plaid napkins and plates with ducks that I scored months ago for $1, I knew they’d find their home eventually and boy was I right!
What do you think? How are you seating your table for the holidays?
Growing up we had a “fake” tree. Well actually, we had a real one for a few years when I was little but whenever we replanted them they would die so we got a fake tree instead (to save the planet before it was cool). Last year was the first year in my adult life I got a real tree and to be honest the whole experience is a lot better. Instead of lugging a big fake one up from the basement, trying to put together the parts so they align just right, going to a tree farm, picking out and cutting down your tree just makes the perfect Christmas tradition!
This past weekend we went and got our tree, I searched the whole tree farm Goldie Locks style. This one’s too small, this one’s too dead, this one’s too thin but THIS one is just right! I think we found the perfect one if I do say so myself. So tell me, do you get a fake tree or a real one?