Thursday, December 29, 2011

recap: Christmas at Kelli's

Each year my friend Kelli hosts a Christmas party for the ladies in our Sunday school class. She always decorates beautifully so I couldn't resist taking lots of pictures of details from the night.  
Everyone seemed excited about the hot chocolate bar Kelli had set up. There were lots of mix-ins to add to your cup of cocoa, like crushed peppermint, chocolate shavings, miniature marshmallows, and white chocolate chips. 
Even the windowsill above the kitchen sink was decked out for the holiday!
Kelli got a Silhouette as an early Christmas gift and she put it to the test, creating lots of pretty decorations for her home. I especially loved how she displayed a manger scene on these hanging plates. 
A simple ticking wreath embellished with rolled fabric flowers dressed up the dining room windows.
Potted greens added a festive touch to shelves along the dining room walls.  
The candlelit mantle along with the lights on the Christmas tree caused the living room to glow.
Another pretty wreath hung from the windows opposite the Christmas tree and stockings hung from the stairs.
Even better than all the decorations was the sense of community we shared that night. We chatted over various appetizers, soups, and salads, and then focused on Jaclyn as she spoke about the way Jesus came to earth, shedding new light on an old story. Afterwards, we indulged in lots of sweet treats and participated in a gift exchange. If you can believe it, I'm already looking forward to next year's party! Thanks for opening your home to us, Kelli!  

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