How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was quite enjoyable. I turned off my computer to take the time to hang out with my family. I ate lots of turkey and still have some leftovers in the fridge. We went to the Christmas tree farm to get our tree. We found one we liked and actually chopped it down. A first for us, since we usually buy one already cut. We decorated, made cookies, went to the movies, and just hung out. I enjoyed every minute. While relaxing I thought of some great ideas for girlfriend gifts this year.
With Thanksgiving over, I am now in full-swing holiday mode.
I know it is a tradition for many to go out shopping on Black Friday to start the season of giving. I never embraced this since I worked in retail where it was mandatory for all employees to work on Black Friday and be at the store at 4 AM. It kind of ruins your holiday. I do enjoy Christmas shopping though and buying gifts for my family and friends on any other day except Black Friday.
A few years ago I hosted a short and sweet get together that I called the “After Shopping Hot Chocolate party”. I invited a few friends over after a day of shopping. It was the perfect busy holiday season get-together since everyone is short on time at this time of year. A one hour get-together late in the afternoon for some hot cocoa gave us a chance to catch up and be merry without a big time commitment.
This year I held it for my sisters and daughters.
To start the giving season off right, I had notepads from TinyPrints personalized to give as a gift to each of them. It wasn’t until I started setting up small TV style tray tables in my family room that I realized the personalized note pads make perfect place cards, too!
To make the notepads festive for the occasion, I tied a red ribbon bow around each one and placed it on a dessert size plate. I made place mats from gift wrap called Festively Striped and placed them on the tray tables so we could sit and gaze at the tree, listen to Christmas music, and enjoy each others’ company.
No time to host a little get together for your girlfriends?
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I am a Tiny Prints Home Décor Brand Ambassador and have been compensated for this post. All ideas and opinions are my own.