Happy Holidays!

December 18, 2018. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Happy Holidays, uncategorized

With only one week left until Christmas! We wanted to share what our favorite part of the holiday season is and some of our traditions that we do in our families. 

Happy Holidays! 

Aimee:

Favorite part of the holiday season: I mean, it’s me so food and decorating. I wish I could have Clark Griswold’s house with ALL the lights but we only have some deer, a Santa and a few lights on our bushes.  We do tons of baking, cookies, sticky buns and I have an awesome gingerbread cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe! 

Favorite holiday traditions: My family does an act of kindness every day for advent.  I am really trying to counteract the idea that the holidays are about getting (gifts/candy) but more about giving and finding joy and excitement in that.  Some acts are small, like sitting with someone new at lunch others are bigger, like playing bingo at a retirement home.

Aimee Dominick of A. Dominick Events Events holding a Gingerbread cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe.

Christina: 

Favorite part of the holiday season:  I absolutely love giving back during the holiday season with my family! My mom and dad always made it a point to teach my siblings and I that giving back to those less fortunate than us was simply a part of the Christmas season. It doesn’t have to be giving back in a big way – sometimes giving of your time makes a bigger difference than money!


Favorite holiday traditions: One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to Christmas Eve service at my church with my family. I love taking that part outside of the present portion of the holiday to focus on our faith and our family.

Debby: 

Favorite part of the holiday season:  My family always go to church on Christmas Eve and it is one of my favorite traditions that we do. There is something wonderful about being a part of something that is bigger than you. I always love how beautiful the churches are decorated and the songs that they sing. Now that I have a family of my own it is even more special. 

Favorite holiday traditions: My Family is the most important thing to me in the world, and there is nothing better than Christmas in Connecticut. My mom always decorates the house so beautifully, no detail in spared and she always has a different theme! This year her theme is around “The Grinch” as my 4 year old is just obsessed with him! We also love the message around the Grinch that Christmas “doesn’t come from a store, that Christmas, perhaps means a little bit more!” Spreading small acts of kindness and joy has always been a part of what the holidays mean to my family. So making sure my boys now do that during the holidays is a wonderful thing! 


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Move Aside Candy Spelling – We Have Our Own Wrapping Queen

December 04, 2017. Category: diy, Happy Holidays, holidays

You all know that each of us ladies here at A. Dominick Events have some unique quirks and that is why you love us. Aimee would eat everything with chopsticks if possible, Ashley is obsessed with fonts and I (@cindybastron) invest a lot of time, energy and let’s be honest, money each year into crafting the perfect holiday wrapping theme.

I refuse to have any store gift wrap an item for me and make sure to order each gift early enough so it can be shipped to me, wrapped and then shipped out to my friends and family – before you criticize me remember I am the only one on the A. Dominick team without kids  🙂

I have included below a look back at some highlights from the past few years along with some of my very own wrapping tips and tricks.

2016

2015

2014

2012


Cindy’s Wrapping Tips and Tricks:

– When at all possible use a solid as one of your wrapping options. This not only gives you a pretty base for patterns and ribbon but keeps costs down. My go to is Uline solids paired with more expensive patterns.

– Don’t get stuck in a green and red rut! As you can see I love using neutrals and even black and white to make an impact under the tree.

– Ribbon scissors are a must! No one will care how cute your theme is with a ribbon that looks like your dog ate it! Haute Papier’s gold scissors are a personal favorite and extra sharp!

– If you are struggling for inspiration try starting with your Christmas card. Some of my favorite themes were pulled from the design of our holiday card that year – like the 2016 custom patterned paper that matched the card below with hidden symbols that coordinated with the highlights of our year.

I will leave you with one final wrapping story: in 2015 my parents traveled to DC to celebrate the holidays with us instead of us heading to Colorado. This meant that all the gifts we would receive that year would be under our tree when my parents arrived. I had already put so much effort into matching our tree to my wrapping theme that the inevitable had to happen – 2015 is the year I rewrapped every gift that was sent to us (over the wrapping paper of course so there was no peeking) so that each gift perfectly matched out theme. Call me crazy but it was adorable!

Have a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to seeing your wrapping themes this year and check our Instagram for the reveal of my 2017 theme!

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Happy Holidays

December 23, 2016. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from A. Dominick Events

We look forward to planning your celebration in 2017!

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