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Merry Christmas! and a Love Shoot

Christmas day just calls for cozy. That warm and fuzzy feeling just seems to go with the season. So while we hope you are spending the day soaking up sweet memories with your nearest and dearest, we just had to share the gorgeous home of Ever Thine Event Planning + Design all decked out for their first holiday at home. Beautifully captured by Brittanee Taylor Photography, it looks like the perfect place to spend the holiday. There’s even more to be merry about here.

My husband and I hit a huge milestone this year: we joined the homeowners club. We both love to entertain, so we made sure that our first home was suitable for hosting tons of family and friends. We’ve spent the past few months really making it our own: furnishing, painting, decorating, all in preparation for the holiday season.

We just successfully hosted our first big event, Thanksgiving, but as a self-proclaimed Christmas junkie, the bins upon bins of Christmas decorations came out as soon as the turkey and stuffing leftovers were tucked away in the fridge. In addition to setting up the decor we had from Christmases past, we turned up our holiday music playlist and decorated our beautiful tree together. I made a few homemade hand-lettered signs and baked a fresh apple pie (the hubby’s favorite). Add a few mugs of Mexican hot chocolate and now we’re ready for the holidays!

Since this is such a special time in our life as husband and wife, we knew we wanted to capture our first Christmas in our new home with photos. We turned to one of our absolute favorite photographers and friend, Brittanee Taylor. She photographed our Christmas Love Shoot last year and she is just so incredibly good at her craft. We’ll always cherish these photos, and like last year’s, we can’t wait to send these out to family and friends!

Photography: Brittanee Taylor Photography | Design, Styling, And Hand-Lettering: Ever Thine Event Planning + Design

Urban Chic Holiday Party Inspiration

What’s a party without champagne? For this holiday shindig hosted by 2Chic Events & Design, Chandon was front and center along with a gorgeous spread decorating their new studio space. A Christmas tree, macaron favors and a bellini bar – all amazing ways to celebrate the holidays. Have a look at the imagery captured by Milou & Olin right here and from all all of us at SMP, cheers to Christmas Eve!

When Event Planners host a holiday party with an invite list filled to the brim with amazing and creative fellow vendors, they must bring their A-Game! Aimee and Kristin of 2Chic Events & Design recently did just that, inviting all of their vendor friends in to their newly expanded urban chic studio space for a sneak peek of the venue and a delicious catered lunch.

Just because it’s a casual lunch, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be overflowing with beautiful details. Aimee and Kristin treated their guests to an amazing Bellini bar, tables set with impeccable detail and delicious macaron dessert favors from the talented chocolatiers at Ginger Elizabeth.

Photography: Milou & Olin | Event Design: 2Chic Events & Design | Event Planning: 2Chic Events & Design | Floral Design: Bloomers Floral Design | Catering: Beth Sogaard Catering | Favors: Ginger Elizabeth | Print Items: Honey Paperie | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals

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Berry Gin Fizz Cocktail

It’s Christmas Eve (yippee) and a festive holiday cocktail is certainly in order. Melissa Bilodeau, our LBB editor and the blogging cocktail connoisseur behind Yours Truly is sharing her favorite holiday sip just in time for cozying up by the Christmas tree. Meet the Berry Gin Fizz, perfect for cheersing with this holiday.

Berry Gin Fizz
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
total time
5 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. Chambord
  • 2 oz. cranberry raspberry juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 raw egg white
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • gold sugar for sprinkling
  1. Place all wet ingredients in shaker with no ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  2. Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker and shake again for another 15 seconds.
  3. With a strainer on your cocktail shaker, pour into your cocktail glass, making sure to let the foam settle on the top.
  4. Top with rosemary sprig and sprinkle with gold sugar!

Photography: Yours Truly | Cocktail & Styling: Yours Truly