Fabulous Christmassy Weekend

Happy Hump Day readers!

Can you believe that Christmas is just 4 days away?  I feel like we were just talking about Halloween!

Nonetheless, this past weekend was fabulous and put me in the best Christmas spirit.  And with that, I'll now share with you my picture-heavy, fabulous, Christmassy weekend!

Friday night, AMF got into town and we embarked on Richmond's Tacky Lights Tour.

This family has been decorating their house for 37 years!

Look who we ran into--Claire from Life in the Sweet Virginia Breeze!

AMF and I couldn't resist these Christmas cut-outs!


I loved these kissing reindeer!

Super cool car on Monument Avenue!

Saturday, AMF and I baked the day away and prepared for the party.  Sadly I did not take as many pictures as I would have liked at the party--I discovered that being a good hostess is a lot of work!  The party was a huge success though, we had about 20 people come by, and I definitely think it will become a Christmas tradition for Bryce and me!

The house decorated and ready!

Bryce's mom made us this wreath from greenery around her yard and I picked out the bow!

the spread!

Ham Biscuits, Baked Pimento Cheese, Flank Steaks, and Bacon-Wrapped Duck!

Desserts:  Chocolate Kahlua Trifle, Funfetti Cupcakes, Sugar Cookies, and Chocolate Tortes

The attire for the party was "Tacky Attire Optional" and Bryce's friend went all out with his HOMEMADE LIGHT-UP Christmas sweater!



Sadly, this is the best picture of Bryce and me from the night!

I love this candid I snagged of SEG and her man!

Finally, Sunday, Bryce and I cleaned up from the party and relaxed.  That night, we went to a Christmas Carol service with Bryce's family at his church downtown and then stopped by the historic Jefferson Hotel to check out its Christmas decorations.

I LOVE the Jefferson at Christmastime!

They always have the most gorgeous two story high tree!

One of my favorite things is the annual Jefferson gingerbread house--this one had more than 500 pounds of gingerbread!!

In case you're curious about the other ingredients...

Bryce loves the dome in the Jefferson and snapped this pic!

I love this picture!

Alligator statues are all around the hotel to represent the live alligators that used to live in the hotel!

Love this guy!

Finally, Sunday night Bryce and I had our Christmas celebration together--we were going to do it this Friday night, but both were too excited to wait any longer.  After dinner, we got into our pajamas and opened presents by the tree.

Shaking the box!

I enclosed a dollar in the wallet for good luck!

For my present, Bryce hid the wrapped gift on the tree and I had to find it--then when I unwrapped, I saw that he had wrapped the box not once, but twice!

A monogrammed necklace!!  I have been wanting one of these FOREVER, but had never mentioned it to Bryce--he must know me so well!

I love it so much I wore it to dinner the next night and have worn it every day since...

How was your weekend?  Ready for Christmas?

Have a great day!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

    1. Love you shirt from the holiday party

    2. Love the story about the aligators, so interesting

    3. Love your Monogram necklace, I want one so bad too :) haha What a perfect gift.

  2. Sounds like you had so much fun! The party looks wonderful and those presents you guys got each other are great!

  3. i cannot believe christmas is in 4 days...it doesnt even feel like it to me yet because ive been so busy.

    finally going home today so I hope it starts feeling like the holidays!

  4. That wallet is tremendous...he must love it!!

  5. Love this post and all the pictures! Your holiday party looked like a great success and I love your top/hair! The necklace is gorgeous and have a Merry Christmas!

  6. How fun! Beautiful lights, yummy food and great company is what Christmas is all about!! :)

  7. Bryce did good! Glad you had a wonderful party and Christmas celebration with him! Love all of these pictures!

  8. New follower! Your blog is so cute! Love the necklace! Great gift! And is your shirt a duck stamp shirt? My uncle and his brothers paint those! Small world!

  9. So lovely. YOur necklace is beautiful.

    Happy for you guys.

    Loved seeing your party. And the hotel.

    Merry, Merry Christmas!

  10. I love the gifts you exchanged!!!!
    I am really regretting not getting that plaid red top last year from J.Crew... looks great on you.
    Merry Christmas :)

  11. It looks like you had such a great weekend! The gifts you and Bryce exchanged were adorable!

  12. love the necklace! Love all the fun Christmas events you've been too and your plaid top!

  13. oh wow..that family's house looks beautiful!!

  14. Love all the pictures!!! Particularly the ones of you and B, as well as the gingerbread house--Amazing. It looks like you had a wonderful whirlwind of a weekend :)

  15. Love your necklace! I'm dying for monogram earrings! Looks like your Christmas is getting off to a fabulous start - love the pic of you and Bryce by the tree!

  16. I love all those lights! It certainly looks like you're having a wonderful Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  17. Waht a fun time it looks like you are having!!! I want some of that Trifle!!! YUM!!!! And LOVE your necklace…I'm hoping that is a bday present soon :) (my sister made mention she couldnt get it in time for the holidays…thankfully my bday is just around the corner!!!) Hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! XOXO

  18. 1. Love your shirt with the bow.
    2. They went all out on that tacky light tour! That is awesome!
    3. You and Bryce are SO cute!!

  19. Hope you had a Merry Christmas! xo

  20. I got Husband a Smathers & Branson wallet too - the mermaid! So happy to hear you had such a merry Christmas!

  21. I love the necklace you got! So pretty! Glad you had a great Christmas!

    And this is kind of random, but the hat you are wearing at the top of you blog is just so cute! Love it!

    Hope you have a VERY Happy New Year!



  22. What a fabulous party! You went all out on the food, it looks like such a blast (c: I've said it before and I'll say it again, that Bryce is a keeper! He is *really* good at giving gifts (c:

  23. Love the photos from the Tacky Lights Tour. Amazing!

    Your monogrammed necklace looks so pretty on you :)

  24. LOOOOOVE your monogrammed necklace, so pretty!

  25. What a fun weekend! Love the J.Crew plaid top and the bow one in the fab picture of you and Bryce. :)

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