Simply Inspired Holidays: Opening Your Home

Simply Inspired Holidays: Opening Your Home

I have always had so much fun opening my home for holiday parties. In my 4700 square foot house back in Portland, we had parties for over 100 people and there was plenty of room for everyone. We set up serving tables in many rooms and seating areas everywhere. In my little houses, we just squished together a bit more.

It’s not the size or shape of your house (or whatever else stands in your way) that will make your party a success, but the warmth you offer by opening your door.

Do you ever wish you were the ‘type of person’ who felt confident hosting little holiday get-togethers?

I’m not always feeling like that type of person, but I do try to make an effort to do it anyway. And it’s always fun (once I make the commitment!).

Simply Inspired Holidays: Opening Your Homephoto from our Thanksgiving tablescape last year

Do you ever let insecurities or imperfection prevent you from extending hospitality and hosting friends?

Sometimes I just get out of the habit of hospitality. I get tired or busy or distracted by other things. I often have a long list of fears and 101 reasons to not invite people over, but when I press through and do it anyway, I’m always glad I did.

I encourage you this season to worry less about making mistakes or imperfection or what anyone else will think, and open up your home for even one small get-together of friends or neighbors!

Practice makes it even easier to say yes the next time.

Are you hosting any holiday parties this year?

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a favorite hosting tip and few of my suggestions for being better prepared for holiday events in your home.

Simply Inspired Holidays: Opening Your Home

Catch up with all the posts in our Simply Inspired Holidays series:

Winter Cider Sangria Recipe

Winter Cider Sangria Recipe

Greetings! I’ve got a really deliciously festive drink recipe for you, it’s been a real hit around our house! We do love our ciders. I am just popping in to share it, I hope you all are enjoying a late Merry Christmas Eve! I’ve been way off my usual posting frequency so while I’ve been a wee bit scarce on the blog, I’m still here, just trying to be IN the moment with my family. It’s been wonderful! I miss you all though!

Over Thanksgiving we made a really pretty drink and after it was spied in a pic on my Instagram, I promised followers there that I would post the recipe! Well, a few weeks later (eh hem) but HERE IT IS!

We made it again today and snapped a few pics for you, and it’s quite festive and delicious for celebrating. It would be great to make over Christmas/New Years’ break for parties or celebrating all winter long.

Winter Cider Sangria Recipe

Winter Cider Sangria Recipe

I’ll be coming back tomorrow for with some cell phone behind-the-scene snapshots from this week, to wish you all an official Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

Meanwhile, pin and save this recipe and enjoy! (of course, feel free to modify to be non-alcoholic by omitting the wine and bourbon, it will still be just as festive!).

Winter Cider Sangria Recipe

Festive Holiday Sangria:

You will need:

1 granny smith apple, chopped

1 honeycrisp apple, chopped

1 orange, chopped (you can keep the rind on!)

1-2 cups whole cranberries

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio

1 bottle of sparkling apple cider

1/2 cup of bourbon (optional)

Rosemary sprigs for garnish


Combine all ingredients and stir well. Chill until ready to serve!

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, and better yet, we like to dampen the sprig with water and roll in sugar for a little extra sparkle!


If you missed our cranberry hot cider recipe, see it here! >> Mulled Cranberry Cider