The Movember movement has grown stronger each year and I feel this year it was more apparent than ever…moustaches have made a definite comeback. Now that November has come and gone, shaving should commence, however I am in favor of a year round moustache! Not only is having a moustache the “cool” thing to do in November, but it is a new craze taking over in the wedding world. So gather all the cool kids in your life and create a moustache themed wedding…or just a few accents will do the trick!
Holiday parties…yay!!! Party dresses…yay!!! Spending money on a holiday party dress and an upcoming wedding? No thanks. That is where my favorite place for inexpensive, fashionable, unique dresses with a vintage twist can be your new best friend! Modcloth is an amazing spot to find your holiday party dress that can double for any wedding event you may have set on your spring calendar! Below are just a few of my favorite. There are many more, along with shoes and accessories to complete your amazing outfit. Bonus, every dress below is under $100.00, so you won’t feel as guilty. Hopefully you can find something that fancies you!
Who doesn’t love a little sparkle? Both of these dresses are beautiful and sparkly!
Everyone needs a Little Black Dress! Why not go a little edgy with lace sleeves or a dramatic cut out?
I am a big fan of anything unique. Both of these fit the bill and would pair well with a cardigan and tights for the winter chill!
Feeling a bit more feminie? I can’t get enough of this Navy number!
Speaking of Navy…this lace back zip up is delish!
They put a bow on it and it sparkles! Finding sparkle in unexpected places is oh so refreshing!
Leather AND Lace! Need I say more?
I can seriously see myself wearing all of these. I plan on picking only one though, and am confident in it’s power to sustain. It will be able to handle a holiday cocktail party, family gathering, office holiday party, new years eve and my best friends wedding next year. So bring it on party season…I AM READY!
I love a party. I love to throw a party, I love to attend a party….I guess that is why I do what I do, help people throw the most memorable parties. After gathering some inspiration for my own holiday party, I thought, hey, why not share some of what I am thinking in-case some of our readers are planning parties of their own and looking for special touches and details to pull it all together.
Here we go. Whether it is a Christmas dinner party, New Years Eve party or a wedding, the stage must be set from the start. Your entrance should welcome guests and get them prepared for the amazing night ahead of them. So take some time to punch up the entry , making sure to give a great first impression.
Once inside, what is the first thing people do? Well, look for the bar of course! I always set several bar vignettes around the space so that if there is a steady flow at the beginning of my event, no one has to wait to get a beverage. Adorable self-serve options are definitely best at cocktail parties. Of course, that’s unless you have a mixologist friend or family member that is willing to serve as bartender for the evening. But even then, I suggest you have a self-serve option.
Fruited or herbed ice, not only is this gorgeous, but when the ice melts, the frozen fruit or herbs add another flavor dimension to your cocktail. I love these square cubes. You can find the trays to make them at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Some of my favorite festive cocktails and their recipes:
Crush the candy canes/sweets by pounding in a large resealable plastic bag. Alternatively use a food processor. Mis the sugar and water in a bowl until they are well blended. Dip the rim of your martini glass into the sugar water and then dip it into the crushed candy canes/sweets so that you have a peppermint rim! In a cocktail shaker, put enough ice to fill two-thirds then add white chocolate liqueur, half-and-half, vanilla vodka and peppermint extract. Shake well, strain into martini glasses and serve chilled.
Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Stir the ingredients together in the glass. Garnish with a dozen arils (seeds from the Pomegranate) or an orange zest twist.
After all your friends have a drink in their hands, they can warm up by the fire (if you have a fireplace, you simply must have a fire lit). To add to the wintery feel of things, you can throw some fir bows from your Christmas tree on the flames to create a lovely fragrance and a comforting crackling sound.
Around your space, you should set simple but lovely decorations. Be sure not to go over board here as people will need counter and tabletop space to set drinks and plates while they talk.
Whenever possible I use candles, especially scented in vanilla or sugar cookie. It creates a lovely glow in the space and has the added bonus of treating your guests to the delightful smell of fresh baked cookies.
Food is always an important part of a good party. Again, I take the approach of several separate displays. I absolutely always have a gourmet cheese spread. I find a well designed arrangement to feel bountiful and natural.
I always pair nuts, figs, and other fruits, both fresh and dried, with cheese. It really makes for a stunning display and is delicious.
For your main food display, I say anything goes. You can mix family favorites, with sushi, and a raw bar if you want. But whatever you do, do not just line the serving plates and trays up like soldiers on a table for your guests to herd around like sheep. Create an eye catching spread by displaying all the different serving pieces at different levels.
So, I know this is just a brief look at what you can do at your holiday party. As usual, I could go on and on. I always say that don’t I?
I focused a lot on the drinks and food because they are the most important parts to me. Creating a stunning well stocked bar and a bountiful delectable spread gives you a chance to really show your skills. And though there are many other details that can make your event memorable, there is one VERY important one that I want you to remember, no matter what you come up with, having a smile on your face and welcoming guests warmly ( perhaps with a drink) will set the tone. If you are stressed and running around, they will feel stressed. So relax. This is supposed to be fun after all.
Hope every one had a lovely Thanksgiving! December has finally arrived, which means the holidays are in full swing. Who doesn’t love snowy walks, curling by a warm fire, and drinking hot cocoa? Now add a romantic winter wedding and you have created something magical! We are so very lucky to live in Colorado with our snowy winters and quaint mountain towns. Winter weddings are a bit non traditional, straying away from spring and summer weddings, which make it that more memorable! They can be more rustic or extra glamorous, sparkly or subdued. I love everything about them!
Don’t those photos make you want to run to the mountains and get married? Snow globes, mittens, hot cocoa stations, candlelight, and furry boots. Grab your sweetie and start planning your winter nuptials!
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are having a wonderful day shared with loved ones and delicious food. While giving thanks today, I was inspired to write about charitable giving. Specifically charitable donations on your wedding day! Instead of spending money on a favor for each guest (lets be honest, most of them end up left on the table or in a hotel room), why not donate that money to your favorite charity? You can even go one step further and ask your guests to donate to a charity in lieu of purchasing a wedding gift! There are SO many amazing charities that would be more than grateful to receive your wedding donation. Take a look below at a few donation ideas I can’t get enough of!
Donate money to your local food bank and give your guests a little something to let them know!
With every TOMS product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. Buy a pair of shoes for your wedding day and TOMS donates a pair to a child. They do the same with eye wear! These would make great gifts for your bridal party!
Whatever you choose, giving back on your wedding day is a great way to help your community! There are so many more ideas, but I am off to join my family on this beautiful Thanksgiving! Happy Turkey Day!