It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I feel especially blessed to have a group of girlfriends who have really been through thick and thin with me. We all met when our babies were quite young and have remained a close knit group of girls. Tonight they are coming over for Christmas Cookies, Crackers, & Cocktails. We try to keep it all simple by sticking to a few savory treats mixed with some sweet desserts. Throw in some wine and cocktails and it’s an easy way to get together. After all, us mommies just like to take a break from the norm and relax with good friends. Thanks to my sweet friend, Rene, from Cottage and Vine I was gifted a darling Secret Santa Surprise. She was sneaky and knew that I was going with bold colors so the bright red Christmas finials are a perfect addition to my home this season. The cute finials are from Kirkland’s and I am so grateful to Rene. Thanks for helping me bring in the holiday cheer for my party, Rene. The photos were obviously snapped during the day, but the room takes on a cozier feel at night. A few sources: The acrylic tray is from Pretty Smitten. I swapped out the monogram paper for polka dot wrapping paper. The chevron drink tags are from Target. Polka dot plates are made by Rosanna and the striped straws were picked up from HomeGoods. Oh, and the “oh joy” banner is from Minted. And I am big on having people feel relaxed and at home when the come over so it’s serve yourself style! Don’t be shy! Thank you again to Rene over at Cottage and Vine for my fun Secret Santa gift from Kirkland’s! I love it! The sweet treats sign was a party package I downloaded last year. You can see details on that candy bar party here. ………… And thank you to everyone who linked up yesterday with Christmas décor. It’s not too late to join the party. Enjoy your day!