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Christmas traditions

December 2, 2019

It is no secret that I love the holidays so I wanted to share some of my favorite traditions with you! Some of these are events for locals in DFW and some are things to do in your own home!

Santa Clause at Clearfork

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Let me just say…Best. Santa. Ever. $10 donation to the FW Zoo

Here are the dates:

November 23: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
November 24: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
November 25: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
November 30: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 1: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 2: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
December 7: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 8: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
December 9: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
December 14: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 15: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 16: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
December 17: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 18: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 19: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 20: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 21: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 22: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 23: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
December 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Gateway Christmas musical:
Wednesday, December 11 | 5:30 pm & 8 pm
Thursday, December 12 | 5:30 pm & 8 pm
Friday, December 13 | 5:30 pm & 8 pm
Saturday, December 14 | 1 pm, 4 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, December 15 | 10 am, 1 pm & 4 pm
ICE at the Gaylod
ICE! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas
Click here for dates and pricing
North Pole Express:
North Pole Express
Click here for dates and pricing
The Littlest Wiseman:
I sang in this Christmas production for 4 years when I was younger. It will always be near and dear to my heart!
This performance is FREE! It is for children 12 and up. Click here for dates!
Nutcracker at Bass Hall

 Click here for dates and tickets

Other ideas:

Bake cookies for Santa, make gingerbread houses, hot cocoa while looking at Christmas lights (my fav hot cocoa is from QT-no lie), Christmas photos, elf on the shelf, Christmas eve box ( open one gift on Christmas eve that includes pajamas, movie, and a treat)

I hope this gives you some family-friendly Christmas ideas!

xoxo, Alyssa


Finley’s Winter ONEderland

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful 2019 so far! I am kicking off the New Year with a post all about Finley’s first birthday!

I feel like I just planned my wedding all over again. All joking aside, I had so much fun planning her party. I have never used so much glitter, glue, and scissors so much in one month. Her invites turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I ordered them off Etsy, printed them at FedEx, and cut them myself.

We had the party at my Aunt Jens house (we have many parties here). We set up the night before because I wanted to make sure that I did not forget anything. So by setting up early, I could make a list of things I still needed to bring.

(We left the cake on the silver base because we were afraid to take it off)

Hot Cocoa Bar and Waffle Bar

We used the Belgian waffles from Eggo and they are the best waffles I have ever had. They were a hit at the party, as well!


Smash Cake and Presents

She cried the whole time we sang Happy Birthday and refused to eat the cake. Thank goodness, we did a smash cake photo shoot previously!


Friends and Family

Smash Cake Photoshoot

Photographer: Littlefield Productions

Studio: The Lumen Room

Banner, bib, and hat: Mudpie

Garland and smash cake: Target

Cake topper: Berry Pom & James

Finley’s dress: Ivy City Co

My Dress: Amazon

Party Decor:

Invitations: PartyInvitesandMore on Etsy

Snowglobe craft: Hobby Lobby

Guestbook frame: Hobby Lobby

Hot cocoa bar and waffle bar signs: Hobby Lobby (I made the words on Cricut)

Three tiered waffle holder: Hobby Lobby

White ramekins and bowl: Target

Coffee sleeves: The sleeves came with the cups and I cut the snowflakes on my Cricut

Coffee cups and lids: Walmart

Plates and Napkins: Berry Pom & James

Silverware and regular cups: Target

ONE letters: I bought the supplies at Hobby Lobby and made them myself

Fake snow on Mantel: Walmart

Mini Christmas trees on Mantel: Target dollar spot

Monthly Banner: I made it

Chalkboard sign: A local girl in Fort Worth made it.

Pinwheels: Berry Pom & James

Christmas trees on dessert table: Hobby Lobby

Cake: Sugar Biscuit bakery

highchair banner: I made it

Plates for sweets: I borrowed them from my sister

Cake stand: Target

Cake topper for cake: I made it

Cake topper for smash cake: LittleLinDesigns on Etsy

Party hat: LittleBlueOlive from Etsy

Cluster of balloons: ChrissyBPartyShop from Etsy

Rose gold 1 balloon: FancyCelebration from Etsy

Finley’s dress: Target