A few of my closest girlfriends and I started a new tradition this year– a wine gift exchange.

This may be my new favorite December get-together because… wine. As kindred vino aficionados, this just made sense, plus it was a perfect evening to catch up amidst holiday craziness. The rules of the gifting are simple – anything wine related goes (wine tools, bottles, glassware, etc.). It’s such a fun and easy night and always nice to learn about new wines.

Our wine and conversations flowed freely until late into the night, per usual when we get to have these catch-ups! Like I mentioned here and here, the Belle Ambiance reds are what I love to reach for, particularly the Dark Red Blend. All of my friends are now hooked on picking this up at the store for their evening wine down, it’s just so delicious and a bang for the buck. Think: raspberry, blackberry, caramel and cocoa with a subtle hint of vanilla… gimme. Another bottle that’s always a hit, is the Chardonnay– the toasty oak always goes over well.

I’ve also had the best time recently testing new tablescapes, with several hosting occasions this month, I try my best to make the tablescape and setting look a bit different. I paired this nude linen table cloth with wild blooms, and loved how simple and chic it looked. It turned out pretty minimal, which was perfect as we were going to be opening gifts.

As for my gift, I ended up with these (so, whoever came up with this idea… you’re a smarty pants / my friend knows my clumsy/spilling ways) and a bottle of red, which I am currently sipping on as we speak. Great friends mixed with wine, music (a few new playlists here), pretty flowers, and twinkle lights is always going to end in unforgettable memories– it was such a fun evening, I highly suggest starting the tradition yourself!



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