My daughter is home from college and she happens to be my favorite shopping buddy! The other day we were out together trying to finish our last-minute shopping for Christmas and we found some cool bottle openers. Thinking of a fun way to give them to friends, she said we could make some rein-beer. She pulls up the idea on Pinterest and I loved it! We made some rein-beers and tied the bottle openers to the case. It is a festive way to bring beer to a party, or we are going to make some for Christmas day to put out for fun!
A couple of years ago, the day after Christmas my daughter decided she wanted to surprise her dear friend since preschool, with a Sweet Sixteen party at our house! I have this belief that when my kids want to do something at our house with their friends I always try to say, “Yes“. I love that they want to have their friends over and they want to be here…so I said “sure”….and with a couple other of her friends we threw a together a great party! I think it was one of my favorites! We hit the stores, which equals some great sales, the day after Christmas! We decided for favors to have a “give away” of the birthday girl’s favorite things. The girls handed out gift bags and took turns telling stories of why it was the birthday girl’s favorite! Then we had a cake and filled the desert table with a candy bar and boxes so the guests could take home candy! We had so much fun….I was thinking of this party today, because my house was all decorated for Christmas, but we mixed the “Sweet Sixteen” in beautifully!
It was a whirlwind Thanksgiving weekend shared with family and friends! We celebrated a very special occasion for a wonderful couple, my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary! There was no way it would go unnoticed, since they were married the day after President Kennedy was assassinated! It was such sad day in history, but it was beautiful new beginning for my parents. They insisted that they did not want a party, so my siblings and myself decided to host a dinner with all their children, grandchildren and their siblings in a wine cellar at a local restaurant. Since it was out we didn’t have to do too much, but wanted to add some special touches. I kept the flowers simple, and did white roses with gold and white ribbon. With all the themed wine that they sell now, I thought it would be fun to find a wine related to this occasion for the guests to take home. I was lucky to find two wines, one is named “I Do” and the other is called “Forever”, they looked so nice on the table and of course everyone was happy to take a bottle home!