Celebrate | Hosting Our First Christmas

December 23, 2015

cake tree topper We’re hosting Christmas at Casa de Pepper for the very first time this year!

Sadie’s surgery has meant laying low for the past several weeks, and I must admit that we were SO bummed to realize that it would mean skipping our usual Christmas week in Arizona!

Instead of road-tripping to my parents house like we normally do, they’re actually joining us here with my brother and Gerard’s parents as well! I’ve been daydreaming about our Christmas Day dinner for the past several days, and here are a few of the details that are inspiring me most:

modern florals with produce Decorating the table with modern floral arrangements that are peppered with seasonal produce.

Apple-Cider-Rum-Old-Fashioned-Dine-X-Design G’s favorite winter cocktail is a classic Old Fashioned, but I’m going to make his with a new spin on fancy apple cider ice cubes.

kale and pomegranate salad No secret that I love my leafy greens, and a side of this kale + pomegranate salad would keep things nice and fresh.

polished pinned back hair Sweeping up my strands when the kitchen gets warm, and choosing a polished pinned-back hairstyle that will work for everything from Christmas Eve church to cozy pajamas to early family walks along the sand.

Twice-baked-stuffed-sweet-potatoes-with-macadamia-ricotta-4 Whipping up some macadamia ricotta to make these twice-baked sweet potatoes extra creamy.

salted-peanut-butter-shortbread-I-howsweeteats.com-13 Swapping in a few healthy staples to make my own lighter version of this salty chocolate-dipped butter cookie.

homemade-peppermint-marshmallow-recipe Hot cocoa is necessary and these homemade peppermint marshmallows will take it to Christmas-y next-level.

pretzel ornament Topping it all off with a perfect holiday playlist that is sure to take us from present-opening to pouring afternoon toddies in no time at all.

Wishing you many blessings and BIG holiday hugs while we count down to the most precious day of the year!

*Images: Sweet tree-toppers and cheeky ornaments.

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  • Reply Libby December 23, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Your Christmas sounds just lovely!
    This year is my husband and I’s first Christmas since getting married earlier this year! We are celebrating by having all of our siblings and their kids come on Christmas Eve, eat spaghetti, and sleep in the living room waiting for Santa. I’m so excited that I can hardly handle it.

    Probably we will check out those apple cider ice cubes, too. They look delicious!

    • Reply Jessie Artigue December 31, 2015 at 9:11 am

      This sounds amazing! We used to sleep in the living room, too. SUCH great memories with my little brother. :) Hope you have had a lovely season so far! XO

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