Today marks a very special day. Our last post of 2011 just happens to also be our 50th blog post.  We finally got all of the wedding photos from the photographer. Mi Belle Inc. did a great job! Now that we have all the pictures, the rest of our wedding posts that we have been waiting to share, are complete. Stay tuned in January to see how the wedding came together.

Newlyweds, Lauren and Scott, sent out New Year cards to their friends and family to mark their first New Year as a married couple. They used one of their favorite wedding photos on the card. It worked out perfectly that the left section of the picture is a solid color allowing the message to be more clear. The cards were a  simple and understated, but elegant, way to wish family and friends “all the best in 2012”.

We would like to wish our readers a very Happy New Year!
This Chanukkah was a little difficult with having just lost our grandpa and grandma in Israel. We kept ourselves busy attending parties, all of which were filled with food, activities, presents, and yummy desserts and celebrating each night. As we are nearing the end of Chanukkah, here are eight things that made us smile during these eight crazy nights: 
#1: Lighting the candles on the first night of Chanukkah
#2: Eating lots of festive sweets
#3: Decorating sugar cookies brings us back to our childhood

#4: Attending Chanukkah parties hosted by our family and friends
#5: Tasting delicious blue and white chocolate and caramel covered pretzels 
#6: Enjoying wrapped presents with a sparkly twist  

#7: Setting the table for our cousin’s Shabbat and Chanukkah dinner at Lauren and Scott’s house 
 #8: Adoring Lucy in her Chanukkah flair
When decorating our homes, we each have our own distinct styles, and we carry these styles through when decorating for the holidays as well. We each have our own “side” or way of doing things, which makes us unique. When designing “side by side” our two styles compliment each other. 
T Side (Tami): This year I decided to do all my holiday wrapping in not-so-simple black and white. The white snowflake detail on the black and white paper adds a fun Winter touch.
Using only two colors is fun when you add different patterns and textures. I mixed velvet flocked wrapping paper, with toile printed tissue paper, and fun black and white flowers to achieve this look.

I looked all over for white snowflake tags and ended up making them myself out of leftover white on white snowflake wrapping paper, a black pen, and some festive glitter. This DIY project turned out just as I imagined. 

My home is ready for the holidays now that I have finished wrapping all my gifts. This silver tub proved to be the perfect place to hold the gifts that didn’t fit on my small fireplace hearth.

 L Side (Lauren): My holiday decorating style this year consisted of a mix of rustic elements with a touch of glamour. To achieve this look in my gift wrapping, I used a variety of wrapping paper styles that you wouldn’t think would go together but seemed to mesh nicely; craft paper, wood grain printed wrapping paper, and metallic gold and silver prints.
Mixing in over-sized metallic ribbons and rustic pine cones finishes off the design.
I created round tags using a circle cutter and the various wrapping papers, mixing prints on each package. Some gifts have the names written directly on the wrapping paper in silver sharpie instead.  
As you can see we each have our own style when it comes to decorating. When decorating your space for the holidays, which “side” do you relate to most? Happy Holidays!

This time of year is so much fun with all the holiday parties going on. It can be extremely busy as well; with gift shopping, treat baking, decorating, and making dishes to bring along when you attend parties. Here is a great dish idea that’s relatively easy and is sure to be loved by all.

1. Include only the freshest ingredients: spinach, basil, rosemary, garlic, cream cheese, feta cheese, and and a little bit of honey to balance out the saltiness.

2. Arrange spinach on the serving dish to present it nicely for your friend’s or family’s party.

3. Chop spinach, basil, and rosemary finely. 
4. Mix all ingredients together and form into a ball.
5. Cover cheese ball with a layer of sliced almonds and garnish the plate with green olives to add some color.
Voila! Cheese ball and crackers for all to enjoy! It looks just as amazing as it tastes.
Let the holidays begin… Here’s a special Friday bonus post for our readers. Every year we make treats to pass out to our family, friends, and co-workers. Usually we make “mix” (check it out in our In the “Mix” post), but this year we decided to try something new.

We made three different treats for variety; blondie bars topped with pretzels, peanuts, and caramel, salted caramel brownies, and chocolate covered peanut butter balls.

 We filled cardboard craft boxes with fun metallic tissue paper, and added wrapped candies in gold and silver (Hershey’s Kisses and Nuggets) for even more variety. 
 We finished the look of our gift wrapped treats with a round gold tag and white satin ribbon.