Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Holiday Recap

Happy New Year friends!!

We had a fabulous holiday filled with travel, family, work, friends and fun.  It was a fabulous season...I am sad it is winding down.  I want to relive it through pictures now.

We went to Hattiesburg for Christmas.  Sammy was a great passenger.

"I love Hattiesburg."

The husband got smothered in love in the morning we arrived.

Sweet Nieces

Chelsie had really changed a lot since I last saw her.

Silly Girl

My sister had several trees up in her house.  This was the girls' tree.

Santa was good to me.

Fun stocking stuffers.
Necklace from the husband.

Christmas night we all stayed in and enjoyed a cocktail.

Girls night in.  :)

We had to leave the day after Christmas and head back to Houston...I was bummed our trip had to be so short, but I had important work to do while the campus was closed.  We had a big project go live over the holiday and if you work in IT, you know you try to only interrupt production systems when there are the least amount of users in the system.  For college campuses that's when they are closed.

After working for a while (23 hours to be exact), the husband and I switched gears and started to get ready for our New Year's Eve party.  I am not going to lie.  I had a great time decorating for the party.

I made a wreath for the front door.
Inside the front door.

Stole this idea from pinterest.  Loved it.

Ready to party.
We got champagne glasses on the cheap from Target for our midnight toast and fun hats and tiaras from the party store.

I set it all up on the dining room buffet for our guests.  Since this party was also our housewarming party I included before pictures in each of the rooms in the house.  You can see the dining room before picture on the far right above.

I set up the bar on the new counter top in the kitchen.  This new addition is close to the freezer making ice very convenient.  Awesome.  The cocktail I offered for the night was a bellini and I made it on a grand scale and put it in my grandmother's punch bowl.  I floated frozen peaches it in.  It was a huge hit!

I set out the food on the opposite counter and the breakfast room table.  On the menu: pulled pork sliders, grilled bacon wrapped shrimp, sausage and cheese dip, green bean salad, zucchini bites, cheese board, and hummus and goat cheese dip with veggies and pita chips for dipping.  Yummy!

Sammy was exhausted after the party.  :)

I hope you had a fantastic holiday as well!  All the best to you in 2013!!


  1. what a great way to combine parties, love the layout and the before pictures in the rooms is such a fantastic idea!!! Happy 2013!


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