Where on earth do the days go?
My daughters and I had a lovely evening last night, sitting around the cozy living room wrapping gifts together. The tree was lit, the fire blazing, the Christmas music playing. A perfect evening, indeed!
Some of the gifts were wrapped in Christmas craft giftwrap...but many were tucked into these super cute gift bags, courtesy of Oriental Trading. I had no idea they had such a wonderful selection of gift bags and wraps! And let me tell you something, their prices are amazing!
They were kind enough to allow me to select some products for free in exchange for my honest review.
I love it when that happens!! :)
Even better is when those products turn out to be terrific - that's what I call a win/win!
I selected the following gift bags, and they are just adorable: 12 Country Gingham Gift Bags, Christmas Craft Bag Assortment, Small Red Gift Bags, and Winter Mitten Gift Bags. The bags are wonderful quality, and just look at those low prices!! I will definitely keep Oriental Trading in mind when stocking up on gift bags in the future.
They have such an amazing selection of Christmas items, which made it extremely difficult to narrow down my choices to just a few things! I also selected these super cute Candy Cane Dessert Plates. They are just perfect for nibbles at a holiday cocktail party, or for Christmas cookies and sweets after our annual family Christmas dinner.
Another great item I selected was this Lighted Christmas Barn Star, which I hung from a red satin ribbon on the door of my china closet. It adds just the right festive touch, even when not lit. I love the gingham bow, twigs, and berries....this rustic star definitely suits my little country house.
In the opposite corner of the dining room, I replaced a lamp with a skinny Christmas tree, which originally I was not planning on decorating with ornaments.
But then I saw these completely adorable Big Head Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments, and I knew they would be perfect for that little tree!
Seriously, they are just so cute - and they look so realistic it's hard to not want to bite off their heads!
I did not add another thing to that little tree, all it needed were those simple ornaments. The tree makes me smile in the mornings when the sun hits that corner....and in the evenings when the tree is lit and reflects off the bottles.
I love my happy little dining room!
The last item I got from Oriental Trading went into my bedroom. I have a completely different feel in this room than the rest of the house, with the colors kept very soft and tranquil, almost spa like. This room gets minimal decorations for Christmas, just a little pop to send me off to sleep on a holiday note.
My little tree on the dresser got decked out this year with these lovely Iridescent Sparkling Snowflake Christmas Ornaments.
It's hard to capture just how pretty these are - they have a hint of icy blue when the light hits them, which works perfectly in my room.
And they pair wonderfully with my little sparkly snowman! Just the simple, sweet Christmas touch my bedroom needs!
Meanwhile, I love sitting in my little chair by the fire enjoying the glow of the Christmas tree and all the colorful gifts beneath.
Until I get up for a second, to throw a log on the fire....
...and THIS happens.
Yup, every single time.
Spoiled little Monkey.