Kicking Off The Holidays

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I've started getting into the Christmas spirit with some gift shopping, several upcoming holiday parties with friends, and planning our Winter Wonderland company holiday party for about 200 people.

I decided not to tackle putting up our Christmas tree this year since we'll be traveling for the holidays, but we did spend Friday night putting up some lights outside and replacing Fall decor with Christmas decor around the house.

On Saturday night we attended Kate's 6th Annual Holiday Party which was a blast!

Kate's famous Grinch cookies.

Photo fun with my buddy Jeremy.

The White Elephant gift exchange is always a highlight and we scored some fun stuff! 

I foresee some martini making and other fun cocktails in the near future with the Tito's vodka and funny recipe book!

Sunday was all about sleeping in, relaxing at home, and getting all the Sunday things done before the start of another work week.

Fun weekend all around!

Joining Andrea and the ladies from The Blended Blog sharing some Holiday Spirit with a Q&A.

1. Real or Fake Tree?  We have a small fake pre-lit tree but I do want to get a real tree one year.
2. Favorite Christmas Cookie?  Sugar cookies (my Grandmother's recipe)

3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel?  Usually travel to family
4. Clear or Colored Lights?  Clear lights
5. Send Christmas Cards?  Just ordered my Christmas Cards from
6. Favorite Christmas Present Received?  Jewelry!
7. Favorite Christmas Present Given?  Toys for less fortunate kids
8. Stockings or no stockings?  Definitely stockings (I'll be sharing some cute stocking stuffer ideas on Wednesday)

9. Christmas PJ's?  Cute PJ's but not necessarily Christmas themed
10. Favorite Christmas carol?  Call me a Grinch but I'm not big into Christmas Carols
11. Favorite Holiday Tradition?  Just enjoying time with family
12. Early Shopper or Last Minute?  A little bit of both
13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?  Home Alone
14. Favorite Holiday Beverage?   Ponche-de-Creme (a Caribbean version of Eggnog)

15. Cookies and Milk for Santa?  I always left cookies as a kid


  1. Just looking at Kate's party pictures put me in the festive spirit! I loved your outfit. I love reading your answers! I bet that Caribbean version of eggnog would make me so happy, LOL. Looks delicious. I hope you have a great start to your week beautiful

  2. I totally forgot about ponche de creme!! What anfun start to your christmas festivities!

  3. ah looks like you guys had a blast at kate's! so much fun. and you won out in the gift exchange!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. Cheers to Christmas time being here. I Love all your decor and how fun did Kate's party look? HOME ALONE LOVE IT!

  5. Kate's party looks so fun and I'm loving the grinch cookies. I cant drink Ponche-de-Creme because milk but I know everyone loves it!!

  6. What a fun party!! Kate did such a great job hosting and you guys all look amazing!! I love the stockings that you guys have - they are adorable! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  7. That Q&A was such fun - we always do fake too but getting the real also was fun this year! The party looks great!

  8. Thanks for linking up! I will have to come back for your stocking stuffers ideas- we never really do stockings but maybe this is the year.

  9. LOL at the white elephant gift. I love that in such a ridiculous way. Kate's party looks so fun!! Bring on the Christmas cookies!

  10. So much fun the other night, I'm so glad your headache got better as the evening went on. And now I need to try that Caribbean version of eggnog - YUM <3
    Green Fashionista

  11. What a fun party!! Oh those cookies look so yummie!!

  12. That’s awesome that y’all got some Christmas decorations out this year and that you already started celebrating with Kate’s Christmas party! And I totally agree with you that stockings are a must at Christmas! It wouldn’t be the same without them!

  13. I love very few holiday songs.

    Fun weekend!

    I missed it, are you going home for the holidays or to inlaws?

  14. The party sounds so fun and you scored some fun swag! That ponche de creme sounds amazing!

  15. I really love that top! I forgot about Minted! I was trying to decide who to order cards through this year & couldn't remember anyone so I just went with Shutterfly.

  16. This party looks like so much fun! I LOVE white elephant exchanges. So excited that it's finally December!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  17. It looks like you guys had so much fun at Kate's party! What a fun way to kick off the month- white elephant gift exchanges are always so fun to see what everyone ends up with. I am definitely craving sugar cookies-- one of my favorites too!

  18. It sounds like you had fun at Kate's party and scored some awesome stuff! That drink book makes me smile! Sugar cookies are my favorite this time of year too and that egg nog looks so good!