One thing that Jeff and I have in common is a love of entertaining! We love to have friends over, the more the merrier, and don't need much of an excuse to do so. I would say that we regularly have 20-50 people over, and it's always such a blast!

Now, I don't do a ton in terms of decorating, even though I love to decorate, but I try to add a few cute touches for every holiday. My real weakness is taking stuff down--last years' Christmas decorations stayed up well into March. Procrastination: A curse.

A few weeks ago right before Thanksgiving, our house looked like this:


Since we'll be home for Christmas this year, for once it didn't take me long to turn that into this:


As you can see, we got a flocked tree this year. While I love the way it looks, that flocking gets all over EVERYTHING! Just plugging in the lights gets me completely covered in "snow", but it doesn't melt like snow, it just sticks into clothes. Annoying!

But the place where I spend most of my time and effort decorating for some reason is our fireplace mantel! I love picking items to place up here, and it's definitely the focal point of our living room. Overnight, the mantel went from Fall to Winter! I'll admit, I like the Fall photo more, mostly cause our baby Acey is in her usual spot. You'll see that she's got her own stocking this year too:


Speaking of entertaining, we are throwing a PARTY this Friday night, and if you live in or near So. Cal, we'd love for you to come! It's a Shootsac party, and we'll have a hot drink/cocoa/cappuccino station, desserts by the ever-delish My Sweet & Saucy, and some sweet sauce deals on our stuff too. Feel free to stop by and say hi!

Bring friends! As usual, the more, the merrier! It is THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, 7-10. Just click the banner below to RSVP on Facebook, or leave a comment and let us know you'll be there (and how many you're bringing with you). But don't RSVP both places unless you're two different people. Which would be weird:


And a list of where I got stuff for my house for those who have asked:

1. The silver camera on the mantel: Z Gallerie
2. The jars of ornaments: Jars are all from Home Goods at various times, the ornaments are from Target
3. The Sofa is custom from Sofa Craft (they are awesome and can make any sofa in any size super cheap:
4. The Jessica & Jeff sign is from Etsy, it's from our wedding
5. The stockings are all from Home Goods, the grey from last year, the white from this year
6. The weird silver lamp in the corner is from Home Depot, and so is the area rug
7. The cool knit stiched pillows are from Anthropologie
8. The big chairs are from Room & Board

Hope this helps!