Friendsmas + A Dining Room Table Makeover

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year! The only thing that can make Christmas even better is hosting a Friendsmas! If it’s even possible, hosting would be one of my love languages. I love the prep, the rush, the cleaning, the cooking, the organizing and of course the staging and designing. Everything about hosting close friends makes me so, so happy!

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Christmas this year will be a little different for us so we are making the most of the season while we can! Kirby will be going home to Houston and I’ll be in Phoenix still for work so we decided we needed to have our nice Christmas dinner before Kirby left, and the only way we could make that any better would be by inviting two of our very best friends over to enjoy it with us.

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On the menu for Friendsmas I tried a lot of new recipes, and a few that I’ve really come to love around the Holidays. First up, the appetizer! Now, I have to give my friends Brie & Tyler the props here because they found this recipe and made the appetizer for us. Man oh man was it delicious! This is going to become one of my new go-to appetizers for dinner parties. This appetizer is a Roasted Brussel Sprout and 3 Cheese Crostini (click on any photo below to see where I got the recipe).

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For the main course we did a Garlic Rosemary Pork Loin, Slow Cooker Buttery Herbed Mashed Potatoes (this actually was a mashup of two recipes, find one here and the other here), Oven Roasted Vegetables with a Maple Glaze and of course my family’s favorite, some good old fashioned Sister Schubert Rolls.

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Lastly, the most important part of a Friendsmas, the dessert!! A pretty well known fact about me is my love for Hallmark Chanel, but what people don’t typically know is that even more than the Christmas movies, I LOVE their program Home & Family. If you’re not familiar, it’s similar to a talk show but it’s everything Christmas! They have crafts, decor, recipes and tips and tricks for the season. Well, I got this amazing recipe for a Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Cake while watching Home & Family.

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Now, the funny thing is that we almost didn’t have a table to eat our dinner on at all… Kirby and I got this kitchen table (for free!) about 6 months ago with the intent to redo it. Well, life got in the way and we kept putting it off until I randomly got the urge to get started about a week ago. I moved it into the garage and got to sanding. It was a slow project that we would work on for a day and then not touch for a few days, until it was two days before Friendsmas and we realized that we HAD to get it done or we would all be eating on the floor. I guess that was the nudge that we needed because we finally finished the table the morning of Friendsmas! Granted, we don’t have the seat cushions reupholstered yet but at least we had somewhere to eat!

Take a look at it now and keep scrolling down to see the before!

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Before Table

I am by no means a DIY expert, actually I’m very far from that. One of my favorite bloggers, Nesting with Grace, always says that the goal isn’t to be perfect but to be better than before and that is exactly what I wanted to do here!

I hope this inspired you to get out there and host your friends or remake something in your home, but more importantly not to strive for perfection but to make your home better than before for YOU!

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Gifting Guide // For Him

Are you struggling with last minute gifts for the men in your life? Well I definitely was today when I went out to get some last minute gifts. This gift guide is brought to you by a guy himself… my guy! Forcing my guy to help me with this gift guide not only helped me, but will hopefully help you as well!

Here are some super cozy gifts for any guy in your life. Four days left until Christmas… Happy Shopping!

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1. Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 Leather-Strap Smart Watch • Fossil • $255

2. Amazon Echo Voice Command Smart Assistant Speaker • $74.95

3. Faux-suede slippers • Gap • $24

4. Fair isle shawl-collar cardigan • Gap • $40

5. French rib trouser sweatpant • J.Crew • $69.50

6. Slim broken-in henley • J.Crew • $39.50

7. Converse Men’s Chuck Taylor All Star Sneaker – Men’s’s • Converse • $49.99

8. Men’s Levi’s 511 Slim Fit Stretch Jean – 32″ Inseam • Levi’s • $44.95–69.50

9. Wusthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife Block Set, Walnut • Wusthof • $299.99

10. Lodge Red 4.5 Quart Enameled Dutch Oven • World Market • $100

Gifting Guide // Hostess with the Mostess

Welcome to my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! Yay!

This year I’ve decided to break up my gifting guides into a few different categories based off of the person that you’re shopping for! Today is for the Hostess with the Mostess. Is there someone in your life who LOVES hosting parties? Or are you headed to a Holiday party yourself and you need to grab a hostess gift to take with you? Either way  you can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas!

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1. Marbled Monogram Cheese Board • Anthropologie • $26.60

2. Agate Bottle Opener • Anthropologie • $11.20

3. Nina Cheese Marker Set • Anthropologie • $19.60

4. Bertie Bottle Stopper • Anthropologie • $11.20

5. Reversible Prep & Serve Board • Anthropologie • $26.60

6. Gilded Monogram DOF Glass • Anthropologie • $12.60

7. Agate Cheese Board • Anthropologie • $54.60

8. Emily Isabella Holiday Spirit Platter • $40.60

9. Slivered Geode Coaster • Anthropologie • $9.80

**Disclaimer: You’ll notice that all of these products are from Anthropologie, but this post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Anthropologie. Just one girl who loves all things Anthro (especially for hostess gifts)**