Cookies and Hot Chocolate Christmas Tablescape

Forget the hot chocolate bar and set a pretty and creative Christmas tablescape for serving some homemade cookies and cocoa to your holiday guests this year!





Cookie and Cocoa Tablescape



Around the holidays, we all tend to have dinners to go to and friends and family to visit.  And of course you want to put a little extra effort into making things nice and memorable for your guests.


A few weeks ago, I shared a few ideas for setting a beautiful dinner table for the holidays and there are so many more tablescapes out there to inspire you with ideas for your own home, but what about just a casual gathering between friends?



My Farmhouse Style Christmas Mantel

An inspiring picture and a few more seasonal touches is all you need to design a fireplace mantel vignette you'll want to see all Christmas season.





Farmhouse Christmas Mantel



So, are your stockings hung and the tree decorated yet?


I know so many started decorating after Halloween and the stores are quickly becoming sold out of holiday merchandise, but I am pretty much in the group of those who don't start with the red and green until after Thanksgiving.


All this week, my friend Kendra from Joy in Our Home is hosting a tour filled with DIY projects, decorating ideas, and recipes.  And today I have the honor of joining in with some fabulous ladies to share our Christmas mantels....one of my favorite things to decorate each season.  The tour ended yesterday with a recipe from Beyond the Butter and links to everyone involved appears at the end of this post.



The Best Peanut Butter Fudge and More Treats for Christmas

The perfect sweet treat for the Christmas season (or anytime of the year!), this Peanut Butter Fudge will have you craving piece after piece!




Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe


In my mind, one of the best parts of the Christmas season is all of the incredible sweets, cookies, desserts, and dinners that we get to indulge in.  There is a reason why diets seem to go out the window during the month of December.


Last month for our Tastes of the Season series, we joined together to bring you our favorite cookie recipes (You can find my Raspberry Gingersnaps here.) and today for our last recipe this year we are sticking with tempting your sweet taste buds by sharing a non-cookie Christmas treat.  Links to everyone participating, including our host Kristen from Ella Claire, can be found near the end of this post.


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