Hi friends! And Happy Holidays! Let’s see… since I last posted, I wrapped up my most successful wedding season to date, Donald Trump is going to be our new president, and we bought a house. Seems like an eventful few months to say the least! Here we are cheesin’ in front of our new house. To say we are happy here is an understatement! We are beyond thrilled with our home purchase and are basically all settled in. Decorating a house for Christmas? The most fun ever. We’ve totally been missing out.
Speaking of Christmas, it’s Christmas Eve Eve and I still haven’t blogged about our Cookie Party! Bad Jackie Fo. This years theme for the 8th Annual (!) was Jingle all the Way, and we totally brought it with BELLS ON BABY! If you want to check out last years theme, Candy Cane Lane, take some time to peruse HERE! There’s a great Peppermint White Russian recipe on last years blog if you’re looking for a last minute Christmas Cocktail.
So, let me show you how we got our Jingle on for this years Cookie Party! Invites were created by the lovely Natasha at Scratch Paper Studio (contact her for all your paper needs, she’s a local Charlotte business owner!). If you’re wondering if the bell is real on the invitation, you bet your Christmas Cookies it is. It jingled and jangled its way all the way to the mailbox. We wanted a simple, elegant theme for the invite and Natasha nailed it!
For decor, we basically collected a crapload of jingle bells. Let me tell you, despite there being an entire Christmas Song about Silver Bells, they are not all that easy to find. We scoured Hobby Lobby, Amazon, Michaels and the general Internet for our finds. Here’s our bell-o-rific decor and cookies galore!
I found this lovely bell tree at Michael’s on super Christmas sale!
My favorite bell decor was most definitely this score from Crate and Barrel. It’s silver bell garland! How adorable is this?
I set out our flutes and wine glasses on pretty silver trays and scattered some bells (bought on Amazon) for a pretty addition to the drink display.
Prizes were wrapped in festive paper with bells, of course!
I whipped up this front door wreath with supplies from Michaels.
We got everyone good and loopy with our Jingle Juice. Original a holiday punch recipe from Sandra Lee, we tweaked by adding Prosecco to make it less sweet. Next time I would use Prosecco only and not include any Rose so it’s a bit drier.
I made festive ice cubes by simply adding in cranberries and fresh rosemary to ice cube molds. I’m doing this for my Christmas dinner water glasses too! Super easy party trick that will make everyone think you fancy.
Now for the cookies…because isn’t that what this party is all about anyways? We had an excellent cookie showing with people really giving it their best for the 8th Annual.
The Best All Around winner was this adorable Grinch Cookie that I seriously can’t get enough of. It was adorable and tasted delicious! Grinch Recipe found HERE and here’s a secret – it uses cake mix as a shortcut. Holla!
Most Creative were these Pecan Shortbread Trees, also adorable and tasty.
Best Tasting was Lemon Ricotta by first time party-goer Maren but I didn’t snap a pic. Just picture light lemony goodness.
Here are the hostesses with the mostesses, Mom, Drew and myself (clearly something was funny):
This Christmas we are hosting family at our new house for Christmas Dinner and we are so excited! This holiday hosting is no joke, and I’ve been planning my tablescape and menu for weeks! I’m so looking forward to hosting my family and having a lovely day filled with cheer and laughter. (Cheese alert, I know…)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone out there! Here’s to a peaceful New Year.