Christmas Party Weekending

And just like that, the first weekend of December and our annual Christmas partyhas already come and gone.


I had meant to take advantage of the 50% off sale at Ulta for the UD Naked Smoky palette for gifts, and was so busy preparing for the party I dropped the ball. Butttttt I did end up scoring big at Bath and Body Works during their once a year sale on three wick candles. For one day only, they were $8.50 each, plus I used a $15 off $40 coupon to save even more.


Every year, I spend weeks getting ready for our annual Christmas party between planning the menu, the decor, the invites, cleaning, and setting up it's a work in progress. But it never ceases to amaze me how quickly the big night comes and goes. Always a great time with friends over food, drinks, and lots of laughs.

I was a bad blogger, and didn't take many pics except in the beginning of the food and drink displays.

*Even baby girl was festive and ready to party*


*This year I forwent the punch bowl of eggnog, and made a champagne punch and a holiday sangria*




*Camera set up for the photo booth*


*The white elephant gift swap is always a riot*



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Joining Biana and Meghan for Weekending
and
Erin for Weekend Snapshots

*Cheers to a fabulous week*

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Recipes

Champagne Punch

1 bottle of bubbles
1 cup of water
2 cups of cranberry juice
3/4 cup of pineapple juice
Lemon rings
Cinnamon and cloves to taste
Optional: 1/2 cup of sugar

Holiday Sangria

1 bottle of merlot
1/2 bag of cranberries
1 orange
1/2 tsp. of nutmeg
1/2 tsp. of cloves
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
1/2 bottle of gingerale
Optional: 1/2 cup of sugar

51 comments:

  1. We're hosting a NYE party and you just gave me a few ideas to incorporate!! So glad your holiday party was a success - but duh of course it would be!! P.S. got your holiday card - LOVE it!! Happy Monday girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I give you credit being able to organize all of this with a newborn! It looks awesome and I love the drinks that you served--they sound tasty! :)

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  3. You sure did luck out with the swap..that gift is so you!! You are one amazing hostess and an inspiration for moms everywhere to be able to throw a smashing party. When mine were babies, it took me months to do something like this...you rock!!

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  4. Looks like so much fun! OMG that little outfit is so precious. Babies have such cute things for Christmas. Have a great week!

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  5. it looks like such a fun event. I know parties go by so quickly!!
    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  6. So glad you shared your drink recipes because I was going to ask! ;) Always love your party recap - such a great way to get into the spirit! And you really did luck out with your gifts! Happy Monday!

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  7. Such a fun weekend and Christmas party! You got all the goods at the B&BW sale! Marshmallow Fireside and Champagne Toast are two of my faves!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  8. That Merry and Bright once is the cutest thing I've seen! Looks like such a fun holiday event!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  9. Your party looks like so much fun!! That "5 o'clock somewhere" glass in the first photo is so perfect for Christmas! Have a great week :)

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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  10. I love party recaps, and even though you were too busy having a good time, I can tell it was a success! Love your dress too! And I love those champagne flutes!

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  11. It looks like the party was so fun as usual! You look so pretty and you definitely did well with the gift!!

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  12. Looks like it was a fun gathering. Love your 5 o'clock glass. You did well with the food and drinks.

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  13. Looks like it was a fun time! The 5 o'clock North Pole glasses are just adorable!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  14. This Christmas-themed candles you got on sale are so cute!!! And it sounds like your holiday party was so much fun!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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  15. Glad to hear you had another successful party! And champagne punch?! Yes, please.

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  16. What a fun party!! Champagne punch, YES PLEASE! I too got some candles at BBW, what a great deal. I went in the early morning so it wasn't too crazy.

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  17. Sounds like a successful party weekend girl! Your annual Christmas party always sounds so fun!! That food looks so yummy and I love baby girls outfit, so cute!

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  18. How fun!! I love the white elephant gift swap! We would do that at work...it was always SO fun!
    You did luck out with gifts!
    Hope you have a great Monday!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  19. Looks like fun! I'm still in awe that it's December! Love your baby girl's outfit too!

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  20. Such a fun post! Really got me in the mood for the holiday season.

    xoxo
    Rachel
    http://thetrendytomboy.com/bronze-crop-top/

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  21. Looks like a blast! Holiday parties are always so much fun and a great way to kick off the season!! XO -

    Anna | www.parkavenueblogger.com

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  22. Your Christmas party looks like SO much fun! Sometimes it's good when you forget to take pictures because it means that you were really enjoying the moment :)

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  23. Look at all of that yummy food!!! I want those sausage balls right now! And you really did luck out with the gift swap, those glasses are so darn cute! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  24. That holiday sangria sounds amazing!! Love the photo booth setup too :)

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com

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  25. Your Christmas party looks like such a blast, and it really is amazing how this time of the year seems to go by so quickly! You really scored during the gift exchange, and I love the wine glasses that you had for the party!

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  26. Girl, you are amazing planning all of that with a tiny little baby at home!! Major props to you, Momma! And it sounds like y'all had a blast!

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  27. Looks like you had a lot of fun, have a nice week beautiful!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | www.myvoguestyle.com

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  28. what a fun time! serena's outfit is the cutest too! but your dress was equally adorable hehe :) what a great setup and score on the gift you got!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  29. It is always great when you can score on the gift exchange! They are the best! Looks like a wonderful menu and thanks for sharing the drink recipes!

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  30. Thank you for the drink recipes. I can't wait to make them. Looks like you totally made out for the swap.

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  31. What a fun Christmas party! I need that it's 5 O'clock at the North Pole glass! So cute!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  32. Parties are hard work and they are over in a flash! Love the photo booth! Beautiful tree.

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  33. Looks like a fun party! You definitely lucked out with the gift swap! The Merry & Bright onesie is so darn cute!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  34. Fabulous party set up!! Looks like fun! I missed the candles but hit up Ulta!

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  35. Everything looks so nice - such a fun tradition this is! We're having just a little happy hour this weekend but in the new house I defiantly want to do a Christmas party every year too!

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  36. You did such a good job! Everything looks great!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  37. You hosted such a cute (and yummy!) party! And I love B&BW's three-wick candles- amaaaaazing!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  38. Yay for Christmas parties. Looks like so much fun!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  39. Looove that merry and bright onesie! And you look amazing!!

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  40. I love Bath and Body Works so much, I really wish we had it in Hungary! I have 2 candles from their Fall/Halloween collection, but I want a Christmas one too so much :) Looks like your party was so much fun, with a lot of yummy food! that onesie is so cute!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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  41. My mom and I definitely took advantage of the BBW candle deal too! That way too good to pass up!

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  42. Wait - there was a 50% off sale at Ulta?! I totally missed it! Crap!

    Katie | WillowAndWhiteBlog.com

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  43. Your party always looks SO fun- you are definitely the hostess with the mostess! I love the idea of the photo booth fun...how great. I saw that the Bath and body works sale went live online and was like YES PLEASE because I didn't leave the house at all Saturday and it was so amazing. Glad you had a fun weekend and lucked out with some great gifts!

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  44. Wow looks like the perfect holiday party and you looked lovely!

    xx Auna | http:simplyauna.com

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  46. oooh both the punch and sangria sound amazing! you go all out for your party, i love it. everything looks fabulous. and wow you scored big at b&bw! i am trying to be good and i don't *need* any candles right now, so hopefully they have the same sale next year lol

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  47. Love baby girl's outfit for the party! And you did score at Bath & Body Works!

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  48. How adorable is baby Serena's outfit! So sad to miss your party this year because it's always a fun time and the white elephant swap is always a riot! Ha! Love the gift you ended up with...so perfect for you!

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  49. Okay, holiday sangria or champagne punch for work holiday party tomorrow? I'm hosting and these both look amazing!!

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