This red plaid maxi skirt from JCrew is what the holidays are made for. It is festive and so comfortable!

Red Plaid Maxi Skirt

I am in holiday heaven with this red plaid maxi skirt.  I wore it a couple of Friday’s ago for Colleen and Ahmed’s rehearsals and rehearsal dinners.  I was able to chase kids, listen to the priest and the wedding planner and remain comfortable.  That’s a WIN.

I wore it again this past Sunday for the girls’ Christmas program at their school.  I just love that I feel like I am wearing a nightgown, yet totally appropriate for all of the holiday festivities!!  My favorite detail is the velvet black bow at the waist…perfect!!

This red plaid maxi skirt from JCrew is what the holidays are made for. It is festive and so comfortable!This red plaid maxi skirt from JCrew is what the holidays are made for. It is festive and so comfortable!This red plaid maxi skirt from JCrew is what the holidays are made for. It is festive and so comfortable!This red plaid maxi skirt from JCrew is what the holidays are made for. It is festive and so comfortable!

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We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

Holiday Dinner Party

Saturday night, Peter and I hosted an Annual Christmas White Elephant Party at our house.  This tradition began about 5 years ago, but we have always done it out, at a restaurant.  After loving our experience for Peter’s birthday with No Thyme to Cook, we had them again for this get together.

This group of friends are pretty special to Peter and I.  When I first moved back, I had lots of girlfriends from growing up here, but I joined the MOMS group so I could have daytime activities for Matti Jane and I.  These are the same gals and their husbands.  The bond between adults and babies (now 7 and 8 year olds (insert crying emoji)) has remained so strong and I TREASURE it!!

We ran with a White Christmas theme.  Knowing we were hosting this party and Colleen’s wedding last weekend, it put us in full gear to decorate for Christmas, which I am so grateful for as we’ve been able to enjoy it for 2 full weeks already!!  I just added a couple touches to the table and the bar for the evening.

We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

I am in super love with this centerpiece.  The wooden box is from a workshop I attended at Scarborough Farms last Thanksgiving (2016).  And, I saw a gorgeous red poinsettia flower arrangement is the current Southern Living magazine…so that was my inspiration 🙂  Everything is real including the greens from our yard and the pomegranates.

We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

I cut pieces from our Christmas tree and used them on the napkins for a festive feel.

Dinner was prepared by No Thyme to Cook and the menu included –

  • Mixed Greens with Pickled Beets, Manchego & Toasted Walnuts with an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Peppercorn Crusted Steaks with Horseradish Cream Sauce
  • Individual Potato Gratins & Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds & Brown Butter
  • Dessert – Molten Chocolate Cakes

We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

Yes, dinner was delicious AS USUAL, but it was truly about the company…our friends are AWESOME!!

We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

Anyone spot Eddie our Elf?!?!

We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

A huge thank you to Amanda and Lucas for the most amazing and delectable charcuterie plates EVER!!

Now on to the White Elephant Gift Exchange.  So, this is both terribly fun and can be completely inappropriate.  We love it because it’s both.  The best part, the guys participate as well and as you can imagine, their gifts usually sway towards booze or inappropriate 😉 But, it truly makes it that much more fun with them joining in!!

We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

Lucky me got the Mrs. Claus costume 😉  I think I was putting it on display here for the next person to steal from me…hahaha.  But, that is what makes it FUN.

Maybe my favorite part of the night was giving out favors.

We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

I gave the girls monogrammed pearl earrings and the guys received Whistle Pig minis.  It was SO FUN…and yes, I ordered myself a pair of earrings too 😉

It was such a GREAT night, all because of GREAT friends!!  The only pitfall was knowing that not “everyone” was there.  Our close friends Mike and Nicole got stuck in Atlanta because of the darn snow.  They were SO missed!!!

We hosted a small, intimate Christmas dinner with friends. Christmas decorations, personal chef and lots of FUN were the center of everyone's night.

And, thank you to Sara for capturing all of these great pictures!!  I did a terrible job of taking pictures that evening :-/

This hat is warm, colorful and super chic. I love the greys, pink and whites...perfect pop of color yet still neutral

The Perfect Winter Hat

How adorable is this pom pom wool hat?!?!  It is warm and super soft, colorful, yet still a perfectly neutral hat.  But, honestly, the best part…it is made locally!!  The hat and the neck cowl. Josie Bailey from Peony Knits made this hat and neck cowl and she makes so much more.  Doesn’t it feel even better when you’re supporting local businesses?!?!  Also, when you spend $60 or more, you receive 15% off.

The Ellicott hat stood out to me because of the pop of pink (no surprise, I know…) but I also adore the grey and creams.  And the pom pom was the icing on the cake!!

The neutral neck cowl is the ideal layer to keep your neck warm (like this past weekend!!).  And, it is exceptionally soft.  My neck is fairly sensitive to anything scratchy and this neck cowl was perfect 🙂

This hat is warm, colorful and super chic. I love the greys, pink and whites...perfect pop of color yet still neutralThis hat is warm, colorful and super chic. I love the greys, pink and whites...perfect pop of color yet still neutralThis hat is warm, colorful and super chic. I love the greys, pink and whites...perfect pop of color yet still neutralThis hat is warm, colorful and super chic. I love the greys, pink and whites...perfect pop of color yet still neutralThis hat is warm, colorful and super chic. I love the greys, pink and whites...perfect pop of color yet still neutral

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