Wow, it certainly has been a while. I’ve wanted to write so many times but the days keep getting away from me. But I’ve been dying to share some photos with you of our house as we set the stage for the Christmas Cookie Exchange we hosted here last weekend.
Let me start out by saying that as all of the lovely ladies came through our door that day, along with their babes in tow, all I kept thinking to myself was how blessed I am to have them all in our home. I moved here 4 1/2 years ago and I was desperately wanting friendships from the moment I landed and now there were 9 lovely ladies (12 invited total) walking in to our home. How on earth did I get so lucky? I’m so grateful for these women. Every single one of them has touched my life in some way and they may not even know it.
I spent last week putting the final touches on our Christmas decorations around the house and we decided not to put up a big tree this year. We couldn’t decide if we were going to go with an artificial or real tree and then decided with the little ones running around, and the fact that we’re not going to be here for Christmas this year, that we’d settle on a table top tree. Don’t take away my home decor blogging license, though, okay? Please! Doesn’t it count that I decorated our little table top tree and a photographer’s studio tree this year?
Anyway, for the party, I set up a self-serve beverage station complete with hot cocoa, homemade marshmallows, tea, spoons, candy cane stir sticks and hot water.
I hung fresh greens in almost every place I could think of, including above and below our Christmas sign in the kitchen. I tied up each bunch of the greens with a strip of burlap and faux berries.