Whew. I am on the couch – cuddled up with a cup of black tea, basking in the aroma of dunkin doughnuts and loving the kids being completely immersed into their new toys! Our Christmas this year was one to definitely remember. Not only was it our first Christmas in our new house – but we hosted Dan’s family for the annual Christmas Eve celebration and it was such a hit!
I know I have been a wee bit absent here lately – but that was completely intentional. You see – I’m a little old school in the sense of trying to untap from technology during the holidays. Of course I peaked at Instagram + Facebook here and there — but really, my phone was never at my side and was the last thing on my list of things to check into. I loved it. Being truly present in the moment — saving the blogging for another day – like today 🙂
Dan and I both are lucky to have large families. So any ol’ get together is never a small feat. Years of growing up with family parties and packed houses definitely made prepping for hosting Christmas Eve SO much easier. We knew what to expect – and just wanted everyone to enjoy themselves. And that is exactly what we did!
Great food, plenty of drinks and amazing people – our Christmas celebration was off to an amazing start.
Setting up for the bash was a cinch – we made sure to have it all done the night prior.
With about 30 adults – we were SO thankful we bought this fixer upper with an amazing addition. We had just enough room to squeeze everyone in for a nice sit down dinner.
We tossed fresh tree trimmings into vases – not quite sure if it looked appealing to most – but it was festive and smelled amazing.
My plaid pillows made their debut – and a super soft threshold throw from Target. Little punches of red to add the holiday zing to the room.
The kids room was SO much fun to set up. Buddy, our elf decorated (our boys said). Simple snowflakes hanging from the ceiling – adorable santa plates and a coloring table-cloth to keep those little stinkers in their seats!
The fire was roaring and as the guests came in we realized the heat was a bit too much to handle. I am still surprised people did not change into tank tops!
Amazing Christmas sweaters and delicious drinks.
Santa Claus stopped by and the kids were jumping for joy !
Even Great Grandma Thome got in on the action – we are all oh so lucky to spend the holidays with the very people who started this amazing family of ours!
The party went into the wee hours of the morning – and the kids were nestled in their beds. We could not of asked for a more amazing first Christmas Eve in our new house.
New traditions and memories to last all our years.
Hope your Christmas Eve was one to remember!