Happy December + Giveaway

December? For Real?  How is it already the end of the year???  I can't believe how fast this year has gone by.  It took me a little longer than normal to get in the holiday spirit this year starting with Halloween.  I will definitely blame it on having a baby in September.  I was just always playing catch-up as you might imagine.  Thankfully, I still had a blast with Halloween and Thanksgiving didn't disappoint a bit.  

Now I feel ready to tackle Christmas.  

December is always such a fun month, but crazy-hectic at the same time.  The last couple of years I have always shared my favorite gift ideas for the holiday season, but I haven't been able to get my act together this year.  Plus, there are 9 million other bloggers doing a great job at that; so you are just as smart to check out all of theirs.   Hopefully I can knock out my shopping soon.  I definitely didn't get it all done during Cyber Monday like I had hoped.  Oh well....25 more days to knock it out, right??

I love decorating for Christmas and am mostly done with the decorating this year.  I shared our decor last year and can't wait to do another home tour this year.   I even had a blast decorating Brody's nursery too.  I can't wait to add those decorations to his big boy room this year :)

Last December, I threw my first Secret Santa Party.  It was so much fun.  I had played some different "dirty santa" games at a few company holiday parties, but I had never done one myself.  I invited a bunch of girlfriends over and everyone had to bring a wrapped gift no more than $40.  We all ate appetizers, drank wine, visited, and then had the gift exchange.  It was a great excuse to have everyone together and a smart way to save some money so you aren't buying so many gifts for all of your friends.  It was such a hit that we will be doing it again this year.  

Do you have any type of tradition you do with your friends around the holidays??

I'm linking up with Sara, Pinky and Katie today for their Countdown to Christmas link-up party.  You can share anything you want every Tuesday from now until Christmas and hop around to get some great ideas from others.  I love getting my inspiration from other bloggers.  

I have a few other fun things planned this December and I hope to get everything done plus have lots of fun doing it.  Thanks for reminiscing with me and tell me your favorite things to do in December.  If buying Christmas gifts for your friends and family is on that list, be sure to enter this dreamy giveaway below!!!

To help Christina at Christina Lea Loves celebrate her second blogiversary, myself and some other fabulous gals teamed up for an exciting giveaway.  We're giving away a bunch of Lilly Pulitzer goodies {including a $60 gift card, wine tote, wine coaster and set of two stemless wine glasses}.  The giveaway will run through next Monday, December 7th.  Enter via the rafflecopter below and remember, every link is one entry closer to winning! Lots of luck! 

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  1. Your Secret Santa party sounds like so much fun, and I'm sure it will be a hit again this year! My friends and I have a monthly Brunch Club where we all get together, so we always include some kind of gift exchange in the December outing :)

  2. How fun to decorate the kiddos rooms! Emily has her own tee and decorations for her room! Can't wait to get all of that up for her when she comes home this Friday! Great giveaway! Xo

  3. I remember how much I loved all of your Christmas decor last year, so fabulous, as always! And your Secret Santa party was perfection!! You really are the hostess with the mostess!

  4. Love the idea of a Secret Santa party! We used to have an annual Christmas party when we lived in Chicago, but we just don't have the huge group of friends here yet that we did there - hopefully next year we can bring it back though!

  5. Fabulous holiday cheer in your home, lady! Love the nursery! Thanks for linking up with us!

  6. The seasonal sheets for the crib are the cutest idea!! That would be such a fun gift idea for a new mommy :)

  7. Your secret Santa party was darling!! That cocktail looks SOOO good!! Did you do the chalkboard yourself??

  8. ahhh i love alll the holiday things! you make me want to finish decorating our place. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  9. The secret santa party sounds seriously fabulous and that pitcher of drinks looks amazing! Loved peeking at your decor from last year, Can't wait to see what you do this year!

  10. You do such a good job with your holiday decor! Can't wait to see this years!