Ahhhh, there is nothing like the magic of the holidays. It's that wonderful time of year when we have the chance to create festive gatherings for our family and friends. To some that is a daunting chore, to other's it's a relished challenge. I have been hosting holiday gatherings big and small for several years now and I loved creating a magical event for my guests.
When I set about to plan a gathering, I try and find something simple to use as my inspiration. So much of the holidays envelope each of the senses and even the simple sight of white Christmas lights, the smell of gingerbread or the cold brush of fresh snow can inspire a special event.
Think back, back when you were a child… What are some of the sights, sounds and smells that you remember from around the holidays? I even have a sweet touch memory that will instantly take me back to those innocent days. I remember every year when we would unpack my Christmas stocking. It was a handmade knit stocking with Santa's face on the side and my name knit in the cuff of the stocking. It always made me feel so special. The woman who made the stocking used a special yarn for Santa's beard and it really looked like his beard. It was so soft, I loved to sit and run my little fingers through his soft beard and dream of what goodies he would bring to me soon. I think if you take a minute to think back, you can find these little memory gems that can help inspire your gathering.
I love trying to tantalize each of the senses when I plan a gathering and I am endless inspired by those who share their talents. Visiting some of these sites are sure to inspire any holiday gathering…
img source // snowflake cookies from baker lady
It would be so fun to plan a whole party just around these cookies!
I would dress my table and room just like Shelley from House of Smiths…
img source // woodsy winter wonderland from the house of smiths
I would plan a rustic yet simple meal and have fun whimsical desserts that take everyone back to their childhood like these Hot Cocoa Cakes along with jars and jars filled with those beautiful snowflake cookies to cap off the night…
img source // hot cocoa cakes from coordinating yours
Now what makes a gathering extra special is the attention to detail. I would have a Glade® Pure Vanilla Joy candles from their new Winter Collection, exclusively at Target, lit all though out our party space.
That way my guest will be transported back to their grandmother's or Mom's kitchen the minute they walk into my home. I can't imagine a better way to celebrate the holiday season with close family and friends.
The Glade® Winter Collection would be a wonderful way to bring those special holiday aromas into your home. You'll have to visit your local Target to select your favorite. They have several fragrances that will for sure take you back to happy holiday memories like; Apple Cinnamon Cheer™, Frosted Berry Kiss, Sweet Holiday Treat™, Merry Maple Morning, Ginger Bread Jingle and several more.
What scent inspires you? How do you like to plan your holiday entertaining?
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine.