We are made so intricately in the depths of our being to connect with other humans. There’s something so unspeakably soul-filling about being surrounded by a group of genuine souls. I’m going to humbly brag for a moment and say that I’ve always felt extremely grateful by the types of humans I seem to find myself surrounded by.

As life and being a girl goes, close-knit communities of people like this in my life sometimes ebb and flow; nonetheless, I’ve been truly overwhelmed with the loving and talented people I’ve found in my close circle this past year. Having friends that not only lift you, but inspire you to reach new levels creatively are a gift I accept with the utmost gratuity.

I threw a Christmas party this year to celebrate these meaningful friendships–something I now hope to make a purposeful tradition. I thought I’d share with you some of the joy from the night…

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

I made the little cheesecakes; however, our GORGEOUS dark cherry, black forrest cake was made by the ever-talented Bonnie of Pink Cake Love. If you’re looking for a classy, beautiful, and equally tasty cake, she’s absolutely your girl. I’ve been to a few parties and weddings with her cakes and they are always a hit.

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

My Albert Camus lettered quote framed in gold on the gallery wall is one of the most asked about pieces in my home. For those of you wondering, it’s from one of my favorite hand-letterers, Chelsea Petaja. You can find her stunning work, here.

2016 Christmas Party

SALTED CARAMEL WHITE RUSSIAN:

  • 1 PART Kahlua Salted Caramel
  • 2 Parts Vodka
  • 1 Part Cream
  • Salted Caramel Syrup (for lining the glass)
  • Shaved Chocolate (for garnish)

++This makes for a pretty strong drink. Since we put this into a decanter for guests, I actually added a bit of almond milk. It was the hit drink of the night, for sure.

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

I had these ornaments custom made as favors from Ashley at Bagsby Blue Co. They’re inscribed with the words “Make Life Pretty” and were accompanied by a note to my guests reminding them that no matter the good, bad, beautiful, and ugly life may bring, you can always choose to make a life that’s pretty–a legacy crafted by nothing more or less than the choices made.

2016 Christmas Party

CRANBERRY GIMLET:

  • 1 Part Cranberry-Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 Parts Vodka
  • Soda Water
  • Cranberries + Fresh Rosemary for Garnish

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

We had cheese, wine, gumbo, potato salad, and all of the laughs. And a prize for the most awful Christmas sweater, chosen by our youngest attendee, Miss Emma.

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

We ended the night around the outdoor fire pit with some S’mores Lattes. Twas the best night.

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

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