This is probably my most exciting post to date — Kyle proposed! And I said yes!!! I know you’ve probably already seen the news on my Instagram, but I still wanted to put up this post so these images had a little home on the …
Month: December 2018
Can you believe December is almost over? Every year I know it goes by quick and every year I’m still amazed by how fast it does! With only four days left until Christmas, I thought I would publish my annual Zara Boxing Day picks. This is …
Similar to my 5 things to do this Fall, but Christmas edition!
There is always so much going on around the holidays, and I know it’s easy to become bogged down with a giant shopping list. The following activities should break that up a little bit and remind you what a fun time Christmas is! Easy to do with a significant other OR with family. Just because you don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the festivities!
#1 – Christmas tree shop. Ever since I was a little girl my family has had the tradition of going out as a family to pick a real Christmas tree, and it’s a tradition I carry forward with Kyle. We like to go somewhere local so it seeds money back into our community, and it’s actually pretty fun trying to pick ‘the one’! Afterwards there’s nothing better than grabbing a hot chocolate to warm up.
#2 – Santa’s village. Not every city will have a Santa’s village but if you can find one, they are super festive and guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirits! Kyle and I went with our nieces and nephews this year and I’m convinced there’s nothing better than seeing a child’s excitement about Christmas. To see their little faces light up when they spot Santa is truly something else. Ours also had reindeer you could feed, and that was fun even for me. 🙂
#3 – Christmas light tour. Most cities have an actual tour, or a famous street where the houses truly go to town on the Christmas lights. There’s something so magical about it, definitely worth trying to fit into your schedule!
#4 – Christmas market. Support small businesses this Christmas by buying from locals! You can usually find unique, personalized gifts here, which is a great place to start if you have someone hard to buy for!
#5 – Give back. While it’s easy to buy buy buy this Christmas, try to remember to give! You can do something as simple as donating some non-perishable foods to a local shelter, or go big and “adopt” a family to spoil. I know many charities are out and about collecting donations this time of year so do your research, pick one you’d love to support and make it happen. Every little action counts!
So there you have it! A quick little list that I hope inspires you to get out and enjoy the season of Christmas. Let me know if you end up doing any of these!
I’m not gonna lie. I know I am a hard person to buy for for Christmas. I’m really picky, and oftentimes when I do find something I like I’ll just buy it then and there because I know how picky I am. This list is essentially things …
December is here! Which means entertaining season is also upon us. Personally, it’s one of my favourite parts of the holidays. Not only is it a great time to get together with friends and family you don’t normally see, it gives you an excuse to host! Hosting a dinner party is my favourite. I love having everyone over in my home, laughing and catching up with one another. I love getting to putter around and bring little details together. And so I thought I would share how I normally go about it!
As of late, my favourite way to do this is by suggesting a little potluck. Each guest brings an appetizer, or finger food. That way you aren’t the only one cooking a 5 course meal (and paying for it out of your own pocket). Appetizers are also easy to pick away at as people mingle and walk around your space.
Second, I suggest a BYOB situation but also have a communal drink available in case anyone forgets their own (for me, this is usually sangria, or a seasonal cocktail). It could also be a bowl of punch if you’re not looking to provide alcohol, that way everyone can drink their own drink of choice. While you are putting up a little money as the host to have something for everyone to share, you aren’t paying for every single drink someone has all night.
Third, come up with a final guest list. This can sometimes be hard as you don’t want to overcrowd your space, but also don’t want to leave anyone important out. But more people means less time to chat to each person, and if you want that intimate setting you don’t want 40 people shouting over the volume at each other. My golden number is usually around 20, but it truly depends on how big your space is.
Finally, (and really this is my favourite part) set the mood of the night by decorating. You don’t have to break the bank decking out your house Kardashian-style, but a few carefully chosen pieces can really go a long way in making people feel festive. And sometimes less is more! A couple sprigs of evergreens from the park, a few candles sprinkled around the room and some classic Christmas songs playing in the background can be all you do. It should be fun, not stressful, so don’t feel the need to go overboard.
If you are looking to add a few more touches to your tablescape, below I’ve rounded up some of my favourite (and affordable) decorations. I know quite a few of them are already in my cart!
At the end of the day, hosting should be fun, so remember not to stress too much about the details, know things go wrong and sometimes the best memories come from rolling with the punches. I remember a year where we had a couple people over to see our new house and the power went out that night. We ended up lighting every candle I had and it was such a great night spent crowded around the twinkling of candlelight. Not what I had planned for but magical all the same!
Let me know if any of these tips were helpful. I would love to know if you ended up hosting anything this season because of it!