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The Blog

Sleigh Bells Ring, I'm SO Listenin'

allie jensen

I said it once and I'll say it again-- I am so PUMPED for this holiday season! Ya know, there are some real scrooges at work trying to rain on my parade, but I'm just gonna keep on singing Deck the Halls at my cubicle all the live long day. The main topic of disgust (in my co-worker's discussion today) was how they have to buy gifts for people or when they receive crappy gifts…but come onnnn there is so much more to the Christmas season than the gifts! Like #TinselandTurkey14. More on that to come. Don't worry, I don't harbor any real hate towards them. I just hope they can put up with my excitement the next FIFTY ONE days. I always say I won't mush together Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there is snow on the mountains now and cold = Christmas in my mind so there you have it. 

Anyway, tonight I went to an instructional class at the most adorable furniture store called Gatehouse. Blogger The Alison Show was the instructor teaching us ‘How to Host a Happy Holiday Party’. She’s an expert party thrower so I sat front and center in order to absorb as much of her festivity as possible. I figure I’ll need it since I am hosting my first annual (it’s the newest yearly Jensen tradition) Christmas dinner party! I’ve been scheming it up for the last few weeks and invites go out next week. Eeeee! Nobody loves an alliteration more than this girl, so I thought the name Tinsel and Turkey was so stinkin clever…until I saw it already had 22 hashtags on Instagram (and the reverse was taken too). So I’ll just add a 14 at the end. It’s still an original name in my realm of thoughts, riiight? Below are the 5 tips Alison gave us as well as some photos. The décor at this store was so on point, I couldn’t resist buying a mini tree. 

Fruit infused waters: Lime/strawberry, mint/orange,lemon/cranberry.

Fruit infused waters: Lime/strawberry, mint/orange,lemon/cranberry.

Those fabric acorns are to die for.

Those fabric acorns are to die for.

I bought the green little frosted tree!

I bought the green little frosted tree!

The Alison Show. I always tell people "she lives in my neighborhood!!" bc she really does! :)

The Alison Show. I always tell people "she lives in my neighborhood!!" bc she really does! :)

I thought the entrance was too inviting not to selfie with.

I thought the entrance was too inviting not to selfie with.

5 tips from The Alison Show for hosting a happy holiday party:

1. Give your guests a grand entrance (something to keep them busy while you're busy i.e. a beautiful drink stand or game--give them something to do immediately and to set the tone of your party)

2. Use what you already have (people and things--repurpose furniture)

3.Do what you do best and hire out the rest

4. Decide on your objective and stick to it (i.e. do you want the main focus to be on the food? the entertainment? the decor?)

5. Your party is not a photoshoot…unless it is.