This weekend was filled with holiday cheer as I threw my first Christmas party at my home (it’s hard to believe I have been living in my condo for almost a year now!) and I also attended another holiday party at my friend’s sister’s home in the beautiful Smoke Rise community in Kinnelon, New Jersey.
Here is a look at my Christmas tree! Although I very much admire a real tree, I decided to go with a fake one as its just easier to maintain and I know I can use it every year. It came with the built in colored lights and I added candy canes, a gold beaded garland, gold glittery ornaments, and a big red bow on top.
My first Christmas tree!
I really wanted to get a star for the top of the tree, but I honestly did NOT find one I was 100% in love with and I’m not going to just settle for any old star unless I knew it was perfect. Instead, I decided the bow was a nice finish (hard to see in the photo, but it also matches with the red decor theme of my living room).
Here are some photos taken from my holiday party along with the other party I attended this past weekend:
Here is a look at some appetizers I put together for my guests that included lox on petite toast (I LOVE lox!!!), fruit, cheese/salami with an assortment of crackers, and an asiago artichoke dip that was to die for.
I thought it would be a nice gesture to give out holiday goodie bags to my guests which included a shower gel, hand lotion, or candle and mixed chocolates/mints.
Here is a photo of one of my best friend's and I exchanging gifts. She arrived hours before my party officially started and came all the way from Connecticut! I only get to see her a few times a year so her presence was seriously a holiday gift in itself!
A beautiful view from Kathy's home in Kinnelon, New Jersey
Look at their main Christmas tree...it's 14 feet tall! Stunning!
Here is a photo take of me with my friend Maria (in the middle) and her cousin Lia (on the left). We love to dress up!