Happy Final Friday of 2014! I'm sitting here listening to some Christmas tunes in front of the fireplace and soaking up the last hours of this magical day. I wanted to pop by the blog with a quick holiday round-up post so of course, the five things I'm loving this week are all about Christmas!
ONE | NYC Blogger meet-up!
Without a doubt, one of the very best things about blogging is getting to meet so many fantastic women from around the world and I was lucky enough to kick off this holiday week by getting to meet Kristen! Her blog is a must-read for me so when I found out she was visiting NYC, I was so excited to get the chance to meet her in person. We met for happy hour with Pam and Kari who I've had the pleasure of hanging out with previously, and the 4 of us (plus Kristen's super nice husband, KC) had the absolute BEST time just chatting over some drinks. It was fantastic to connect, and I hope we'll all cross paths again. I love the cute pic that we were able to snap (since all of these ladies are glamorously tall, I had to stand on a step to be in the same frame, haha!).
TWO | Ugly sweater party
When I heard that my friends Emma and Mike were hosting an ugly sweater party, I knew that I had to bust out my hot glue gun and go all out with the tacky, crafty handiwork (and sadly, that huge bow on my head didn't last too long into the night!). Silly costumes, tasty food and drinks, and a whole bunch of great friends combined to create a perfect event for us to all spend some fun time together before going our separate ways for Christmas.
THREE | The presents
Ok, of course presents are not the most important part of Christmas, but I have to admit that I still get a rush of excitement when I see all of the pretty gifts under the tree on Christmas morning (this may also be because my mom is seriously the best gift wrapper in the entire world, no joke!). Not only did I receive some very thoughtful gifts, but I loved seeing everyone's expressions when they unwrapped the packages that I had carefully selected.
FOUR | The food
Christmas Day dinner is, by far, my favorite meal of the entire YEAR. As New Jersey Italians, my family knows how to throw together a huge feast and this meal is all of our favorite things...baked ziti, sauce meat, antipasto, stuffed peppers, artichokes, meats and cheeses, stuffed mushrooms, and much, much more...I'm already looking forward to eating my way through the leftovers on Sunday!
FIVE | Family fun
And of course, we all know that the best part of Christmas is spending time with those you love...so whether its having a Christmas music dance party (like that blurred pic of my mom and me above), cooking a delicious meal together, or watching Christmas movies while sipping eggnog, the family togetherness is what makes this season so special!
I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and are continuing to enjoy the holidays - farewell to Five on Friday for 2014!