Tags archives: holidays

entertaining at home :: A Very Valley Holiday! Day 1

entertaining at home :: A Very Valley Holiday! Day 1
December at the Valley Home means it's garland time! We get our fresh trees each weekend after Thanksgiving from a charming family-owned tree farm (since 1948!) and it's our favorite holiday tradition - I also go full Griswold and get our usual 3 large wreaths and 75' of garland. Nick (what a guy!) knows that means stringing them all up with lights - we have our metho[...]

valley & co. designs :: valentine’s day party

valley & co. designs :: valentine's day party
It's finally February and it means only a few more weeks until spring is here - our snowdrops and hellebores are in full bloom, and we can hardly wait for spring's arrival. Until then, we're excited to enjoy February and to share our spin on Valentine's month - a month where we spread joy through flowers and cookies to our neighbors and friends. I look forward to Ava [...]

valley & co. at home :: easy holiday enteraining ideas

valley & co. at home :: easy holiday enteraining ideas
How is Christmas just 20 days away? It feels like we were just scouring the pumpkin patch for our family pumpkin collection and now we're less than three weeks away from the most magical time of the year. In our house we're prepping for our last big event of the year and travel, as well as Ava's Christmas concert at school and entertaining family. Oh, and throw in San[...]

valley & co. entertaining :: 3 festive holiday drink recipes

valley & co. entertaining :: 3 festive holiday drink recipes
'Tis the seasons for merriment! We love a good drink - whether it's a cocktail or mocktail - and ones that are garnished beautifully and layered in flavor. Here are a few of our favorite festive (and easy) cocktails and mocktails perfect for your next gathering! To make a non-alcoholic version of many cocktails, you can substitute the alcohol with a cider, ginger a[...]

valley & co. tips :: fall entertaining 3 ways

valley & co. tips :: fall entertaining 3 ways
'Tis the time for bringing gatherings indoors (unless you're blessed with year-round warm weather!), and the season for getting together for most any reason. We love entertaining friends, other families and kiddos, and our community, and really find any excuse (hello start-of-summer sidewalk party, outdoor movie party, gingerbread house decorating party, etc., etc.!).[...]

entertaining :: valentine’s day party with pottery barn

entertaining :: valentine's day party with pottery barn
This past week Seattle got a heavy dose of snow and ice, with more on the way. Just in time for a cozy Valentine's Day! When Valentine's Day comes around it signals the ultimate engagement season, and the perfect day to celebrate love, friendship, or just yourself! We gathered to create a beautiful and delicious Valentine's Day sweets and dinner party, complete with o[...]

holiday entertaining :: christmas at home

holiday entertaining :: christmas at home
The season is here - our halls are decked to the nines with greenery garlands, our tree is filled with our favorite family ornaments that each tell a story (and our tree is just starting to dry out! We got it in late November!), and Ava is excited for Santa's arrival. The stockings (Aleah handmade) are hung by the chimney with care, dozens and dozens of cookies have b[...]

holiday entertaining :: festive french blue + cranberry gathering

holiday entertaining :: festive french blue + cranberry gathering
Each year the holidays seem to creep up faster and faster, don't they? This year we're a little back to the basics as we are unpacking 1/2 half of our belongings after being out of our home for 5 months of renovation. Unfortunately our Christmas decorations, with the exception of one box of our dearest ornaments from European travels and Ava's baby ornaments, are stil[...]

holiday entertaining :: merry punch

holiday entertaining :: merry punch
'Tis the season for dusting off our favorite crystal punch bowl and mixing up our merry punch! It's a favorite for our holiday parties - especially game days! It only takes a few ingredients and with the fresh cranberries and mint leaves it's perfectly festive! images: Kerry Jeanne Photography Recipe for Valley & Company's Merry Punch: 1 liter of ginger[...]