I’m in the mood for all things cozy and holiday. Here are a few pictures I enjoyed while browsing Google images last night.
November 9, 2010
December 13, 2008
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I’m always looking for ways to show Beachboy that I actually use all of the dishes I have in boxes. This year, he was sweet enough to let me “adopt” a table for our church’s Christmas party. I’ve no doubt that he knew all along that it would be both messy and time consuming (as I tend to do a lot of thinking out loud…in his ear). Nonetheless, he said, “Sure, honey. Just don’t buy anything.”
That would be great except all of our Christmas dishes are gold, along with NOTHING else we own. That makes finding a centerpiece a bit of a challenge. I scavenged through old boxes of decorations and found that, we did, in fact, only have blue and silver decorations.
So, I called upon my teacher-brain for a cheap backup plan and headed to the backyard armed and dangerous.
Our scrubby tree needed trimming, so I thought, why not?
October 26, 2008
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I’m worse than Walmart. It’s not even Halloween yet, and I’m already I’m planning for Christmas.
Or, maybe the real problem is that I went shopping for Halloween supplies at Walmart last night and walked through the Christmas section to get to where I had to be. Yes, that’s probably it…
Either way, I’m thinking of Christmas.
Christmas is THE holiday for my extended family, particularly for my dad. So, it comes as no surprise to me that I have an internal need to begin a Christmas tradition now that BeachBoy and I (3 Christmases into our marriage this year) are finally feeling settled in our first real home.
And then I thought….What better way for a baking maniac to celebrate Christmas than with a cookie exchange!
So, the planned has kicked off, and I wanted to share with you some things I’ve found along the way.
Cookie Exchange Ideas
I have to start with Robin’s Cookie Exchange as her rules made me giggle.
Does that scare you like it scared me? There is a lighter version of a planning time line at AllRecipes.
OK, I’ll be honest. When it comes to planning, I prefer to think of the “cute” side of things instead of the logistic. So, at the moment, my thoughts are of cookie containers and decorations. Here are a few ideas.
These mulling spices would make a great favor.
Right now, I’m considering making centering the party around an afternoon tea, since that’s what people who actually have cold weather drink in December.
I’d love to do an all white event.
More thoughts to come…