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Getting Ready for New Years -Great Decor & Food Ideas

I hope everyone had a great Christmas (for those who celebrate!).  It's so nice to be back home and enjoying time off with my family. 

As New Year's approaches, today I wanted to share some fun ideas if you are hosting a small or large party--from drinks to decor and more.

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glam holiday party inspo
via Glitter Guide

champagne glass tower

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New Year's Eve party decor idea - Black, white + gold new year's party {Courtesy of The TomKat Studio}


Loving this cheese board. Such an easy way to feed everyone and looks pretty too. The trick is making sure you have color 
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Fabulously French: French Food Friday...Red Wine Caramelised Onions Goats Cheese Tartlets
Onion Tarts-- Recipe here

Roasted figs stuffed with goat or blue cheese, wrapped with prosciutto and a drizzle of honey.

Rose and Tarragon Gin Lemonade


DIY: A Balloon Photo Backdrop for New Year’s Eve! - Lauren Conrad

See How-To Make a Fringe Backdrop on #SMPLiving: Eileen Ruth Photography


City Guide: Quebec (Our Recent Trip)

Hi Everyone!

We just got back home from a wonderful trip to Quebec! 
We decided we wanted to get out of town (and I guess out of the country) for a winter break with our girls. 

Quebec is a fabulous city!  In the winter, it is truly a fairy tale with snow everywhere. We had to pack very warm clothes as some days it was freezing, but we were able to brave the cold since we bought snow rated boots and coats and definitely layered up. Hot cocoa and mulled wine helped too!

Check out my recommendations on where to stay, eat, and more.

Where to Stay:
We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

The hotel is a gorgeous, 5 star castle-like building with several great restaurants and many amenities

(Scroll down to the end for the remaining recommendations)

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac


The lobby was decorated with many Christmas trees. There is a nice gift shop and art gallery on either side of the trees.

Toboggan Slide Just Outside Hotel

1884 Cafe Just Outside the Hotel

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Available at the hotel)

German Xmas Market

Maison Smith (Cafe)

Places To Eat:
Cafes for Breakfast/Lunch:  

Champlain  ($$$) 
Sam ($$)
Les Trois Garcons (casual) ($)

Things to Do:

Shopping in Petit Champlain (picturesque!)
Toboggan Rides
Ice Skating
Ride the Funicular
Dog Sledding
Horse Drawn Carriage
Museum Tours
High Tea at Fairmont Frontenac
Ferry Tour on the River
German Christmas Market 
Ice Hotel
Christmas Market by the Water



Gorgeous Ways To Wrap Your Holiday Gifts

Hello!  I don't know about you, but around the holidays it gets a little nutty around my house when it's time to start wrapping presents. I usually lock myself in my office and tell everyone to stay out so I can get down to business--aka wrap gifts in a thoughtful way and make them pretty. 

Today I'm sharing some gorgeous inspiration photos of beautifully wrapped gifts that may help you when it's time to get yours done and put under the tree.

This black and gold pairing is gorgeous. There is some amazing gift wrapping inspiration here

32 Unique and Beautiful Ways to Wrap Presents This Holiday Season

Ornaments aren't just for the tree. Tie some gorgeous ribbons through your favorite holiday balls and wrap them around a brightly colored box. Voila! You already you have a beautiful gift to present under your tree. 
Get the tutorial at Older and Wisor.

Add these graphic stickers to patterned or plain wrapping paper for striking messages on every gift.
Get the tutorial at Homey Oh My!

#paperfeathers #goldfeathers #giftwrapping


Favorite Things From Target

I don't know about you, but I can find just about anything I need at Target these days.  From home decor to cute kids' clothes to women's clothing. You never know what you're going to find.

Check out my picks!