The first week of December is in the books and judging by the difficult time I had finding a parking space at the mall this past weekend, the holiday season is in full swing! Ever since we had had our first child, Hubby and I joke that we lost our cool points because we rarely get invited to any holiday parties that aren’t associated with our places of work. Our last hurrah was a bangup New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31st, 2003, when we had over 100 people in our new house, an excess of food catered by my mom, a bar tended by our friend and DJ ColdFusion on the 1s and 2s (aka Hubby the web developer). Ironically, that was the same week that I found out I was expecting – I didn’t even sip champagne during the midnight toast! After that, the holiday party scene came to an abrupt halt. I even remember one year being bummed because I didn’t get one invitation to any holiday anything and you know that was a damper for me because LIFE IS THE PARTY, yes? So I decided to take matters into my own hands and be intentional about things.
When the girls were big enough to care, I started hosting cookie decorating parties with our friends who had kids; I think we managed to do it about 4 years in a row, which was great. We eventually graduated to actually baking the cookies with the kids (both fun and disastrous). And then, a few years ago I convinced my girlfriends to have an Annual My Favorite Things gift exchange party. Not only did I get to have my holiday party, but a supper club was born out of it and we’ve been going strong quarterly ever since. Really, I just love any excuse to entertain, usually with the goal of celebrating my relationships with those that lift me up. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to entertaining and more ideas for parties than I can count, so when Tervis asked me to offer some of my tips for casual holiday entertaining for the December issue of Southern Living magazine, I was more than delighted to oblige.
Tervis launched a good-looking line of Entertaining Collection Tumblers that are fit for any kind of gathering. They’re study, they’re pretty, they come in two different sizes and five different colors.
The possibilities for incorporating lively tumblers like these into your holiday entertaining are endless. In the Southern Living magazine piece, I suggested filling them with candy or chocolate as a party favor or hostess gift. If you have a bar at your event, consider matching up the colors of your drink to a complementing tumbler color. [Mom sidenote: these tumblers will withstand the kid abuse, so they can feel like they are part of the party too. Just don’t serve them Bourbon.]
In the spirit of the season, I’m giving away TWO FOUR-PACKS OF ENTERTAINING COLLECTION TUMBLERS, one in each size, in the color of your choice, to one lucky winner.
To enter, just leave me a comment with you favorite way to celebrate the holidays here, and make sure you “like” my Facebook page. Deadline to enter is Friday 12/12 at 11:59pm PST.
Even if you don’t win, you can still visit SouthernLiving.com/gifts every day through 12/24 to enter the Great Big Christmas Giveaway for a chance to win great prizes, including a set of Entertaining Collection Tumblers. They also have some great ideas for gift-giving and entertaining on their blog – check it out!
Here’s wishing you a season filled with family, friends and fruitcake (knowing they may be one and the same).
Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Tervis as well as a feature in Southern Living in exchange for this post.