Archives for November 2009

Ideas for Simple Holiday Parties

Ideas for Simple Holiday Parties

I am having an informal and simple holiday party Saturday morning. I’ve invited the ladies from my new church over to my house so we can get in the festive holiday spirit — and we are doing it on a budget! I asked each of them to bring a 4 x 5 card with their favorite holiday recipe or tradition written on it. Then I’ll photocopy and share them the following week. I’m serving a simple homemade apple cake, coffee & cider.

The idea behind having everyone bring their favorite recipes and traditions is to get us excited about the holidays ahead and to give us a way to get to know each other better as we share. I am really looking forward to it!

Holidays can be expensive so it is fun to find ways we can gather friends together without spending a small fortune. Living a beautiful life doesn’t mean we need to host or attend extravagant parties!

Are you planning any fun holiday parties this year? Let’s share simple ideas in the comments! What are some fun holiday party themes or ideas you’ve seen?

photo: Country Living

Related post: Most Simple Party Decorating Idea Ever

A Beautiful Winter House

A Beautiful Winter House

I was drooling over this Sun Valley home inspired by a barn (these images featured on House Beautiful). Then when I saw this mudroom, I was in love. I so enjoy finding houses that are unique and reflect a family’s personality and life. I adore the light coming in the french doors, the chalkboard, the canoe hanging from the ceiling… love love love.

A Beautiful Winter House

Love all the patterned blankets on the built in shelves! These provide a decorative statement that is PRACTICAL too. I love a house that is decorated with every day things that are also beautiful. You really don’t need to fuss around much with accessories if you have lovely colors, shapes and patterns of real life things. You know that is my kind of decorating…I love it.

A Beautiful Winter House
This room has a fun mix of fabrics and patterns. A polka dot ottoman? Love. Pops of red? So fun. Four blue and white club chairs? Swoon. A throw over each chair?  COZY! I think I need a polka dot ottoman. Stat.

A Beautiful Winter House

I can never resist wood walls!  This house is full of them so of course I would love it. These board and batten walls are a beautiful backdrop to the fun bedding and striped carpet.

A Beautiful Winter House

A Beautiful Winter House

This house really gets me in the mood for a winter getaway. It is cozy but still light, bright and happy! The perfect mix! I’ve always thought of myself as a “winter house” girl because I am so into being cozy. It is fun to see a house that has a coziness to it without being dark or dreary. A few quick changes to the accessories would take this home easily in to spring and summer. Yep, love a house that can embrace every season.

Are you a winter or summer house girl (or guy)? Or are you like me, you’d like a home that can embrace all the seasons?

For more images of this lovely home, check out House Beautiful, enjoy!

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