Deck the Halls


I made that big this week because this really is a happy Friday!  Tuesday night I turned in my final draft of my field project/thesis and have already received great feedback, therefore (drumroll, please!)--I'm done with my Master's!

On top of that, this weekend is going to be lots of fun and the perfect celebration.  AMF is visiting for the weekend and tonight we're going on the Tacky Lights Tour and tomorrow we're going to cook and bake up a storm to prepare for Bryce's and my first annual Christmas party that is tomorrow night!

In preparation for the party, Bryce and I have been decking the halls quite a bit lately...

On the 3rd we got our Christmas tree!
(we also got Bryce's mom's tree, so we had quite the ride home with TWO trees atop the car)

On the 5th we got the tree up and...

put the lights on!

We decided that the sunroom was the perfect place for the tree, because it looks gorgeous from outside when all the blinds are open!

We added a few decorations the first night...

And finished the next night!

Isn't it beautiful?

Finally last weekend, I got the most fabulous damask fabric to fashion into a tree skirt!

Here's a look at a few of my favorite ornaments...

This polka dotted ball adds some snazz to our tree!

When Bryce pulled this Santa and his sleigh ornament out of his box I gasped--it is so beautiful and was perfect for the top of the tree!

Bryce got this ornament last Christmas for his first Christmas with his black lab Honcho...

see the resemblance?

This was the first ornament Bryce and I bought together--a peacock feather!

Bryce is proud to be a VMI grad!

My mom painted this elf when she was a little girl!

I love this regal Santa!

We also did some other decorating around the house and Bryce was the best sport about nailing and hanging things up for me!

I thought the mantel turned out lovely with the ornaments, nutcrackers, and stockings!


I love this elf advent calendar!

We've added some more trimmings around the house as well that I'll be sure to snap pictures of this weekend at the party!

Also, get excited for some fun posts next week--a book review, a recipe (or 2), and some fashion!

Are you all done decorating for the holidays?

Have a great weekend!


  1. Congrats on being finished with your Masters!

    Your tree is beautiful!

  2. Your tree looks great! Sounds like you have a wonderful weekend planned! Enjoy!

  3. Congrats on your Masters! Have an amazing Christmas party, cant wait to hear about it!

  4. You are too cute!!! And I LOVE the ornament with the pup in the boot!!! XOXO

  5. Congratulations! You've worked so hard!
    Your tree is beautiful. I had a hankering for a real tree this year, but maybe next year. Merry Christmas!

  6. YAY! Congrats on finishing your master's-that is a great accomplishment!

    And I love your tree-and all your Christmas decorations this year :)

  7. Congratulations!!!! I hope you have some great celebrations planned for this weekend. Your tree and decorations look great. :)

  8. Yea for you! Congrats. I know that must be a GREAT feeling. Love your tree with Bryce. Have fun on your holiday party.

  9. Congratulations, you educated girl!!!!! So proud of you! Hope to see you tomorrow night!!! We are still trying to make arrangements to make an appearance and will keep trying :)

  10. your decorations look amazing!!! love love the tree!!!

  11. Heading to Stowe, Vermont with the wife and kids for a New England Christmas...so minimal activity at our house...

  12. Everything looks amazing. Great decorating!

  13. Congrats on being finished with your masters! Your tree is gorgeous!!

  14. A tacky lights tour? That sounds so fun!

    Congrats on finishing your master's!

  15. So proud of you for finishing the masters! I know you have put so much work into it. I can't wait to hear all about the first annual xmas party and see some photos!

  16. You guys did such a good job decorating the tree! Can't wait to read more posts this week!

  17. All of your decorations look great! I can't wait to hear about the resto fyour holiday happenings!

  18. I can't wait to see pictures from your party Allie! Congrats on your Masters- what a huge accomplishment!


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