This year, I welcomed and danced into my 32nd year gracefully. Every day I feel grateful to see another day. As the saying goes, Another year older, another year wiser. I’ve learned a lot so far and I continue to learn new things every waking day. Thank you for all the lessons, experiences and moments that have brought me to 32. I’m thankful and blessed to have an Amazing husband, family and friends. And last but certainly not least, I can’t forget all of you! I’m so incredibly thankful to connect, interact, engage and meet you all. All your daily love and support warms my heart and continues to lift my spirits which is an added reason for my will to continue to empower, inspire, and enlighten you all.
I’m continuing my journey to living a life with passion, love and saying “I can!” Thank you for all your love, support and for following my journey. Looking forward to what 32 has to offer. Can’t wait to share it all with you!! This year, I’d like to grow even more personally and professionally. I’d like to see my businesses succeed and grow even more, I’d like to add more checks to my bucket list, I’d like to travel to new countries–learn about other cultures and try some more delish foods. I’d like to spend more quality time with my husband, family and friends. I’d like to host more events with my husband. Connect with new friends, old friends and family. I’d like to run a marathon, if not this year one day! These are some of my goals and what I look forward to doing this year. Call me a goal getter, but I’m a creature of habit. Try it sometime (writing out your hopes and goals for the year), see how much you can achieve in a year. I challenge you all do this this, it will not only keep the momentum of living life fully going, but it will inspire and empower you, believe me!!!
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!
This year my husband and I hosted our 3rd annual Friendsgiving. An evening filled with lots of laughs, love and a whole lot of food. We definitely feasted that evening. I may have gone a little overboard on the food–let’s just say that it was enough to feed an army. Another fact about me: I enjoy hosting, entertaining, cooking and creating recipes to share with everyone. All I can say is that it was worth it and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. To be honest, I didn’t take many photos from the evening, why you ask? Although, I enjoy capturing all of life’s moments. I simply wanted to enjoy the evening with our friends and take in the moment. If you follow me on Snapchat (SocFashBeaut17) then you saw a glimpse of the festivities. I love this time of the year, it gives me all kinds of feels. It made me realize even more how blessed, grateful and thankful my husband and I are for family and friends.
Before every Friendsgiving I also prep before the evening. I think of the menu, tablescape and home decor for the evening. My go to source for inspiration is Pinterest. Pinterest is a great resource for all sorts of things, definitely a website to check out if you haven’t already. As for the invitations I make sure to send them out way in advance to give our guest ample time to make work out their schedules. I love a good handwritten letter any day. I’m all about personal notes and touches. But since we live in a Social Media and Tech day in age my go to source to send out invitations is via Evite. It’s user friendly, it has a variety of invitation templates to choose from and your guest will receive your invite instantly via email. Simple, fast and easy. Our theme for the evening was Chic Holiday Glam using accents of Silver and Gold. I love having fresh flowers and candles to add to the table. Fresh roses are beautiful, they smell great and they make for a great centerpiece for any table spread. Candles add a nice touch to your tablescape and home decor. Giving off that intimate and homey feel. I added some glitter pine cones, votive candle holders, gourds and painter hurricanes. With little accents here and there, I kept the tablescapes and decor simple, elegant and chic.
For the Appetizer Table: I added a few gourds to the table I thought they fit perfectly for Fall and our Friendsgiving theme. I filled some silver painted hurricanes with old wine corks and filled red mason jars with flowers to complete the table spread.
For the Main Dining Table: I had fresh flowers in low vases and glass hurricanes with floating candles as the main centerpieces. I added a few glitter pine cones as table accents.
Sweet Potato Bites
Apple Roast Beef Crostini’s with Honey Drizzle
Cranberry and Pomegranate Crostini’s
Assorted Cheese, Grapes, Crackers and Almonds
All Organic and Gluten-Free (Minus the Dinner rolls)
Baked Mac and Cheese
Roasted Garlic Parmesan String Beans
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
Roast Parmesan Cauliflower
Roast Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Turkey Bacon
Honey Roasted Carrots
Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies
Mini Nutella Filled Donuts
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
[PHOTO ABOVE TAKEN BY ENLIGHTENEDBYBRAVERY]
[PHOTO ABOVE TAKEN BY ENLIGHTENEDBYBRAVERY]
This year, we welcomed old and new friends and family to our home. Our Friendsgiving was filled with many fond moments that we can add to the book of memories we’ve compiled over the years. After eating, we enjoyed some laughs, drank wine and played a few fun rounds of Charades. All in all the evening was fun and enjoyable. We thank everyone who came and enjoyed the evening with us. We’re thankful, grateful and blessed to have you all in our lives. Thankful to see another year and share a wonderful evening with friends who’ve become family. Our hearts are overjoyed with so much love and I know how tummies were filled and stuffed with delicious food. Thankful, grateful and happy to end 2016 on a good note and with more memories to cherish forever. May we continue to celebrate the good times in our lives together in the years to come.
What are you thankful for this year?
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.