Thursday, December 1, 2016

Here Come The Holidays

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Celebrations big or small, we love having something for which to toast.  This week, it was successfully hosting our first Thanksgiving in our house.  The prepping, the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning: it was all worth it to have our family with us this year.  But now, I have to say, I'm exhausted (and sick of turkey).  This weekend will be all about the transition to Christmas, and I've been cooking up new recipes without turkey.
To make our everyday occasions a little more special, we have Sutter Home Family Vineyards.  Whether it's making my favorite shrimp scampi with Sutter Home Chardonnay or enjoying a glass of Sutter Home Pink Moscato while Christmas crafting, it's always the perfect time for a glass of wine!  They have 65 years of experience and have been family-owned for three generations.
I like to start small when it comes to holiday decorating.  Am I the only one who gets super overwhelmed fumbling through all those boxes packed not-so-well last January?  Right on top this year were the Christmas ornaments.  Without having a tree yet, I have a great use of the ornaments to add a little early holiday cheer to your table: a DIY wine glass centerpiece.
You will need: a base (I used a wood slice from the craft store), four wine glasses, and a variety of Christmas tree ornaments.
To assemble your centerpiece:
1. Turn three of the wine glassed upside down, onto the base, and place a few of the ornaments in them.
2. Arrange the three upside down wine glasses in a triangle, and stack the fourth wine glass on top.
3. Place more ornaments on the upside down glasses to create a design you love!
4. Find the perfect spot for your centerpiece to enjoy throughout the holidays!
I love the variety of Sutter Home Family Vineyards.  With our centerpiece in place, we had the perfect his-and-hers dinner.  I love the affordability of Sutter Home because Mike and I can each get a bottle that we enjoy, and with so many different varieties, there is something for every taste!
Cheers to the success of Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season!
Looking for even more holiday ideas? Check out more Sutter Home creativity (I love the DIY wine bag and tablescape inspiration) here!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Weekend In Photos

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I know this "weekend recap" is a bit late, but we've been spending all the time we can with our family in town.  They've all now left, and we're getting back to life as usual.  We had 6 people staying at our house for Thanksgiving, and it was amazing!  So much food, sightseeing, beautiful weather, cards, and food.  Yes, I said food twice.  Here's a pictorial look at our mini staycation:

How amazing are these flowers?  I had my gala at The Sanctuary, and I was in charge of all the flowers.  I just love fall blooms and the oranges, yellows, and reds.  You know I also had to sneak my favorite color, purple, into a few of the centerpieces.  
Kiawah sunsets are like no other.  
Of course I took a bunch of the flowers to reuse for our Thanksgiving table.  I was really sad to have to cover the beautiful table we're refinishing since it wasn't 100% polyurethane'd yet. (On the bright side how cute is the tablecloth and the napkins we chose?)  I will be sharing the whole dining room set refinishing project here soon.  You can also shop our whole dinnerware collection here
Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market with stops at Kudu for a latte and Callie's for my new favorite biscuit (peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chip biscuit topped with whipped cream and bacon, called The Elvis)!
New favorite beers at Revelry: this Star Wars-inspired Flanders red ale and their current secret beer, made with tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation - so many of my favorite things in one glass!
And, of course, Christmas decorations are starting to appear all over the city!! My favorites are always on King Street and the doors of every church downtown.  I can't wait to see what all the houses around the Pitt Street Bridge (below) in the Old Village look like!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Comfort on Kiawah Island

This post is sponsored by Needham Lane.  All product opinions are mine alone.  
Last weekend, Mike and I had one of our favorite weekends of the year: my non-profit's gala out on Kiawah Island.  For working all day Friday at the event, my boss is always kind enough to let us stay at The Sanctuary Hotel for the weekend.  We enjoyed dinner at The Atlantic Room, went to Chesson's art show, played disc golf, walked the beach, and, of course, relaxed at The Sanctuary.  I absolutely love that place.  The rooms are so welcoming, warm, and airy.
When packing for the weekend, I made sure to include my new favorite pajamas and slippers from Needham Lane.  Dan and Maura are a fantastic husband and wife-led company based in New England, that has been making sleepwear since 2004.  Maura was an art major, graphic designer and now creates all of the patterns herself!  Gradually, they've taken Maura's lovely designs to the street by adding dresses, skirts, tunics, and shirts, and I was so excited when they contacted me to share their line of pajamas and brand new slippers!
I chose the Ellie Seafoam Long Sleeve Pajamas and Isabella Navy Canvas Slippers, because the patterns immediately caught my eye.  All sleepwear is made from 100% natural cotton from India and is cool, soft, and comfortable.
The private patios outside each room at The Sanctuary are so calming and the best place to enjoy your morning coffee while listening to the waves.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and in the low 60s each morning - just right for pjs!
It was the ideal weekend of relaxation before all of the Thanksgiving madness begins today!  After you eat all that turkey and are lounging on the couch, make sure you check out Needham Lane, and imagine yourself in the most comfortable pajamas this Christmas!  If you're looking for holiday gifts, how great would a beach tote or scarf be for a gift this year!?  Head to their website and join their mailing list to get 20% off your first order AND use the code 25THANKS to get 25% off all regularly priced items this Black Friday!

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