[it was no surprise...]

i blogged about preparing a little party for the holidays HERE. i also blogged about my gold silverware HERE.

...[it was no surprise] that i was drawn to this style board i found on pinterest via style me pretty.  now i have never decorated for christmas. 
i used to entertain frequently, but life gets in the way and sometimes my intentions never come to fruition. however this year i have already began planning. 
i have decided on a cocktail gathering, but this makes me think i should also do a formal dinner. i mean it is the holidays right?

when i am creating intimate dinner parties for clients, i often visit wedding blogs and websites as they have a wide range of ideas that can be implemented. such as this one.
i flipped through the photo gallery and saw a number of pieces i already owned and a number of inexpensive items that can be picked up from my local thrift store. there seems to be a few diy projects lurking about as well. 
i am quite excited to entertain this year on a small scale, with close friends and family. 
have you found your holiday inspiration yet?