Scenes from my Week

Cottage essentials {all packed for the cottage}

Last weekend my family and I headed up to the cottage to imbibe in a whole lot of nothing – the good kind of nothing. The best kind! And after a busy few weeks for most everyone I know, it was exactly what the doctor ordered. We sipped sparking wine for breakfast, went on multiple wintry walks (with nary a soul in sight), and didn’t change out of our sweatpants until early Monday morning (and only because we had to). In other words, it was weekend perfection. The week followed suit in that slow and meandering way. Apart from one successful client meeting, in which I actually got dressed (hurrah!) the rest of it was spent crossing my t’s and dotting my i’s as I prepare for a few days off at Christmas. Here’s a peek at said week, in photos!

Wintry walks {wintry walks with my people (not shown: the rest of said people)}

Champagne breakfast {champagne breakfasts: acceptable around the holidays}

Holiday gift wrap {getting my Christmas on! Beautiful custom gift tags c/o Minted - I ordered these and these!}

Christmas movies! {making some serious headway on my Christmas movie bucket list}

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Eggnog Donuts with Bourbon Butter & Spiced Sugar

Eggnog donuts with bourbon butter & spiced sugar

Hello again, Friends! I’m thrilled to be back, this time to share a little holiday cheer with y’all! In my home, nothing symbolizes the arrival of the Christmas season more than our annual tree trimming festivities — always with carols, and always with a creamy glass of bourbon-spiked eggnog, garnished with plenty of freshly grated nutmeg. After that first taste, I end up craving eggnog all season, so it’s only natural that it finds it’s way into my baking habit. These eggnog donuts are Christmas morning perfection. They are baked until fluffy and golden brown, then brushed with an indulgent layer of bourbon-butter, and rolled in spiced sugar. It doesn’t get much better than that! Enjoy! XO, Katie

Eggnog donuts with bourbon butter & spiced sugar
Eggnog donuts with bourbon butter & spiced sugar
Eggnog donuts with bourbon butter & spiced sugar
Eggnog donuts with bourbon butter & spiced sugar
Eggnog donuts with bourbon butter & spiced sugar

Photography, Recipe & Styling: Butterlust Blog

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My Christmas Dinner Party for 20

Romantic 

A few weeks ago, the sweet folks at Artemano invited me to host a dinner at their furniture showroom. The idea was simple: they provide the location, I deck it out as I see fit, and then invite twenty of my nearest and dearest along for the ride. Being the self-proclaimed holiday aficionado I am, I set out to design a simple, elegant, yet undeniably festive Christmas dinner party. The comfy-cozy stick-to-your-ribs type where dinner is rich, and wine is aplenty. With the help from Sweet Woodruff & Coco & Mingo, what resulted was a magical evening filled to the brim with food, drink and laughter by candlelight (so much candlelight!) Plates were stacked with wood-smoked brisket and spiced salads, glasses were filled (and re-filled) without our realizing, and mini s’more tartlets (and apple turnovers!) were enjoyed by all. At the risk of tooting my own horn (and there’s a very good chance I’m biased), it was the most romantic 20-person dinner party I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending! A night I most certainly won’t ever forget.

Of course, my darling friend Heidi Lau was there to capture it all – and I had to resist squealing when her photos landed in my inbox the other day. I apologize in advance for the abundance of documentation – but I seriously had trouble narrowing it all down… 

A Holiday Tablescape

A holiday table Christmas table Tufted chairs Festive tablescape DIY Menus Christmas tablescape Cozy vibeChristmas tablescape Stamped favor bags Setting a Christmassy table Simple festive decor
Chicken lolipops Romantic

Note: though Artemano did kindly foot the bill for the evening (thanks again guys!) this is not a sponsored post. In fact, I wasn’t even asked to write a post  but I truly couldn’t help myself!

linePhotography: Heidi Lau | Tablescape Design & Execution: Lark & Linen Interior Design | Garland: Sweet Woodruff | Menu: Coco & Mingo | Furniture & Venue: Artemano 

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