A Christmas Twist on a House Warming Party

This Christmas will be my first solo Christmas, and also coincides with my living in my little home just shy of a year. I decided it would be fun to have some friends over and finally have a house-warming party. However, instead of gifts, I asked that people bring Christmas decorations, or ornaments, so that I could start building my own Christmas collection! It turned into a fabulous idea. I bought stickers and for every gift, I put the gifters name/year on the tag, so that every year from here on out, when I pull out the ornament or decoration, I'll remember fondly who gave it to me.

Yes, there were definitely a couple themes that stuck out...
Horses & Western obviously! But then there was some bling, rustic flair and ahem... drinking... ornaments too! ;)

I even went out and picked up this little table-top tree so that I could display the ornaments as I got them throughout the night. However, I received so many wonderful thought-out gifts, that my poor little tree was weighed down, and the ornaments had to move to my real tree! I'm a lucky girl.

As far as decorating my home for christmas, I have tried to not go TOO crazy this year, but it's been hard...

I found this super cute frame from Pier 1 that I put my last three years holiday photos on

& of course, I had to get my own tree!

I got this $21 tree from 'ol wallyworld, it's not great but it'll do. 
Here is my little tree-evolution:

Voila! My first Christmas done & decorated! :)

For those of you that are planning Christmas, or holiday, parties this year. I would recommend asking for ornaments, instead of the traditional fare of wine/chocolates/etc. It's a much more personal way to remember your guests by, at a more affordable price-point than most gifts. It was a fun idea & I was so happy with how it turned out. 


  1. What a fabulous idea. I'll have to remember that for my daughters.

  2. You got some really great ornaments- I've never seen a horse trailer one before, and I like how they paid tribute to Jingle.

  3. I love that idea! Hubby and I have zero ornaments that hold any meaning--definitely going to ask for some next year.

  4. I love that idea, but I have more ornaments than I can fit on my tree as is. Some of those are pretty cool though and the memories are there forever.


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