Jingle & Mingle

We had a little Christmas gathering with some of our friends over the weekend. I wanted to share some of the pre-party pictures. I’m so glad I took these, because my post-party house looks like a tornado hit it!



We had enough food to feed an army!



My favorite part of the party prep…a Bubbly Bar!


I ordered the Bubbly Bar sign from Party Sparkles.




Yes, we live in Tennessee.  Yes, we are big Kentucky fans…go cats!



Every year I have our Christmas cards illustrated.  This is our first Christmas in this house, so it seemed fitting to include it on our card…with our puppies of course:)  Illustration by philoSophie’s.


There’s no place like home for the holidays!

Do you have a Christmas Card Tradition?


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  • Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    Um, quite possibly the most perfect Christmas party of my life.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://[email protected] ooartist1234

    Absolutely beautiful. It looks like a spread out of “Southern Living”. I bet you have a great time getting everything put together. Do you make a specific “todo” list? There are many details.

    I also thought your illustrated card was very original and cool. Do you illustrate it?


    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much!! My to-do list looked more like a to-do book! I have zero creative abilities and hired philoSophies to illustrate our card. She did a great job!!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner

    I love your Christmas card, its so cute! It looks like a fun party, your house is beautiful!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • Mar on the Run!

    wow – if I lived closer I would have totally crashed your party!! These photos are amazing! I’m sure you had a wonderful time :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!! If you lived closer, you would have been on the invite list:)

      • Mar on the Run!

        awww :)

  • Marilyn

    I love the bubbly bar! I am glad you had a wonderful party in your new home!

    No Christmas card traditions here – I just spend hours and hours trying to pick a design and choose a good photo. I will try to remember the illustration for next year!

  • Kelli

    Your house is a dream!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thats really kind of you…thank you!

  • Al Frazier

    While I would have loved to have celebrated the holidays with some of my favorite people, I am secretly glad we had family obligations as that party would have cost me a fortune in Christmas decorative ideas learned by Angela through osmosis. :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Ha! We missed you bunches!!!

  • lmicklich

    Those napkins are so cute! I’ve only lived in Kentucky for a year now, and my husband is a Cardinal, but so many of my friends would love those!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I was so excited when i found them!

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    Aww, the decorations look BEAUTIFUL, Jen, and so does your tree! So pretty! I’m sure everyone had a blast; did they eat all of the yummy food? Your Christmas cards are so great; what a neat idea. Thanks for sharing your pre-party pics; I feel like I was there! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much! We had some leftovers and i made my husband take them to work, so i wouldnt eat them all!

      • Running ‘N’ Reading

        That’s a great idea! I do the same thing…Jonathan’s co-workers love when I have too much food – ha! I can NOT keep it around. 😉

  • alsoranagain

    Your house is beautiful, and I love your Christmas card!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you! :)

  • bobbyjessica2319

    Wow gorgeous house and decorations.!! I hope I have a house like that someday ? lol

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thats so kind of you to say…thank you!! :)