2nd Annual Plaid Party | 2018

Last year, Evan and I decided we wanted to throw a Christmas Party in our new home. We wanted to do something different than the usual “Tacky Christmas Sweater” parties. I debated on what we should do and I think I finally found the idea of the Plaid Party on Pinterest. Everyone seemed to enjoy it last year, so we thought why not make it an annual tradition!

The party didn’t start til 8, so I prepared very little food. I believe we had the exact same food last year! I made some ham rolls using Hawaiian bread, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and poppy seed. I can’t forget the butter, too! They are so easy and so yummy! My girl, Heather Cannon of All Sugared Up, made some beautiful cookies for me. Seriously, check her out on Instagram, allsugaredup17. My mom makes “white trash” every Christmas season, which is Chex mix, pretzels, and M&M’s smothered in white chocolate. She sent over a tin of that for the party! Melissa brought over some freshly baked monkey bread (be looking for a food Friday post on that). My mom also prepared a delicious cranberry spread that I put over cream cheese. Everyone was asking for the recipe, so here it is:


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 4-5 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about one large lemon)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (8 ounces each) packages of cream cheese light or regular, softened
  • Crackers for serving
  1. Pulse the cranberries in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. Add all other ingredients, excluding the cream cheese, until well combined or finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a covered bowl  and refrigerate for 4 hours (or up to overnight)so the flavors have time to develop and the cranberries lose a bit of their tartness.
  2. When ready to serve, spread the cream cheese in an even layer on a serving plate or 9 inch pie dish. Top with the cranberry-jalapeno mixture, spreading evenly over the top of cream cheese.
  3. Refrigerate for up to an hour before serving. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

I only used one package of cream cheese and half of the cranberry-jalapeno mixture to fit it in my moms Christmas tree dish!

Three Tiered Serving Dish: Macy’s (on sale) | Plaid Table Runner: Amazon| Plaid Tablecloth (not pictured): Amazon | Spode Christmas Tree Dish: Macy’s (on sale) | Cheers Spreader: Swoozie’s (also locally at Something Special)

As I have mentioned before, I have a thing for table runners. You should see my hall closet, it is full of table runners and table cloths! I found a pretty plaid runner and table cloth on Amazon this year. I found some plaid napkins, paper plates, and wrapping paper at T.J. Maxx about a month ago. The wrapping paper was used for the backdrop for pictures. I found the tinsel garland at our local Dollar Tree. It wasn’t the prettiest backdrop, but it got the job done! Check out these party people!

My Flannel Top: Abercrombie & Fitch  | My earrings: Kendra Scott (on sale) | Evan’s Plaid Coat: My father’s wardrobe, circa 1970, haha!

Fun was had by all and the ham rolls were completely devoured once again! Until next year, ya’ll! Merry PLAID Christmas from the Gangaware’s!


Thanksgiving | 2018

The holidays are in full swing around here! My mom has committed to putting her house on the Christmas Tour of Home’s benefiting the local Carl Perkins Center this year, so Christmas decor is everywhere at her house! I tried to sneak some photos without Christmas decorations to show you a preview of our Thanksgiving Day plans!

My mom hosts Thanksgiving and Christmas at her house every year, God bless her! Years ago, we would have Thanksgiving and Christmas at my grandparents, but with aging grandparents we switched it to my parents home. This year we will have a Thanksgiving dinner, so that Evan and I can have lunch with his family. We have the typical Thanksgiving day spread, but I still want to share our menu with you because it may differ a bit from yours!

I went to moms one morning to help her set the table for dinner. We sipped coffee and discussed the menu and what each person should bring. I love my mom’s china, Royal Albert’s Old Country Roses , it’s such a timeless pattern. I feel like everyone now sticks to the neutrals, and I can’t say that I don’t do the same, but some color never hurt! Old Country Roses has more pieces to offer than any other China pattern I have ever seen. My mom has grown quite the collection over the years and still doesn’t have it all. It is definitely the gift that keeps on giving for her. We used her china dinner plates and gold chargers to set the table. Her flatware is not current so I would only be able to link replacements.

Top: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Vest: J. Crew Factory  | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar) | Bracelets: Tiffany & Co.  &  The Styled Collection | Coffee Mug: Etsy (apparently these are discontinued)

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Southern Hospitality | Tips & Tricks


Sweater: Nordstrom Rack | Cardigan: Goodnight Macaroon (use code GMJOY30 for 30% off) | Leggings: Loft (use code WORKIT for 40% off) | Boots: Nordstrom (similar and on sale) | Earrings: BaubleBar | Necklace: Patina | Bracelet: The Styled Collection

The holidays are quickly approaching and I thought what better time to blog about southern hospitality? The holidays bring lots of guests in and out of our homes. Whether you’re hosting at your own home or helping out a family member or friend, it is important to be hospitable. Southern hospitality is simply being friendly and making your guests feel welcome. I am going to list a few ways to show that southern hospitality this holiday season and all year round!

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