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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Magazines are popping up everywhere, and I am dreaming of my grandmama’s famous turkey and dressing. While I have a strict no Christmas music rule until after we’ve eaten Thanksgiving dinner, I start to get excited about holiday events soon after I pack away my back-to-school decorations! So of course, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting two of our favorite holiday events in December: our sixth annual Southern Weddings Ornament Swap and our fourth annual Gingerbread Barn Building Event!

We’ll be pulling out our favorite holiday aprons for a night of gingerbread barn building fun at the lovely Carolina Inn on Thursday, December 11. Please RSVP if you’re planning to join us, so we know how many graham crackers to purchase and how much frosting to secure!

Not familiar with this SW holiday tradition? Take a peek at the last few years for some inspiration: 2011, 2012, 2013 (ahem, recognize anyone from the 2011 event? That’s where I met the SW gals for the first time!!). Most attendees choose to work in groups, so grab your best friends, your mama, or your darling beau! Everyone is invited, and for the last few years, many people have come armed with building plans and their own holiday aprons–we love the enthusiasm!

For those of y’all who can’t make it to Chapel Hill on December 11, we’d love to have you join us for our sixth annual Southern Weddings Ornament Swap! As someone who loves getting “real” mail, I can personally vouch for how much fun it is to participate in this!

We had an amazing swap last year and would love for all y’all to participate again this year. Here’s how it will work (please read carefully!):

1. By Monday, December 1: Email [email protected] with “2014 Ornament Swap” in the subject line. Include your name, mailing address, email address, website/blog address, and Instagram handle.
2. By Wednesday, December 3: Lisa will have emailed you the names and addresses of up to five people to send ornaments to. Yep, that means you’ll be sending up to five ornaments, and you’ll be receiving up to five in return!
3. By Friday, December 12: Be sure to send out your ornaments no later than this date! Then, all that’s left to do is wait for the holiday goodness to roll in.

Your ornaments can be homemade or store-bought, and we suggest that you make them as Southern as possible!

Everyone around the SW office is so excited for the coming weeks and the chance to spend some sweet time with y’all! Because we know this time of year can get busy, we’ll be keeping you updated on these events as the holiday countdown commences. Keep your eyes open and hurry on’ up and RSVP!

P.S. If you have any questions, leave a comment on this post or email me directly at [email protected]!!

P.P.S. The Southern Weddings Postal Service will be closing up shop on December 18, so be sure to get your gifting orders in before then! There are lots of new Southern holiday goodies to snag!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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    They’re baaaack! We’re so excited to be hosting once again two of our favorite holiday events: our fifth (wow!) annual ornament swap, and our third annual Gingerbread Barn Building!

    Our Gingerbread Barn Building will once again take place at the lovely Carolina Inn, this year on Wednesday, December 4. Please RSVP here if you’re planning to join us! For a peek at the masterful creations from last year’s barn builders, look here. As you can see, most attendees choose to work in groups!

    For readers near and far, we’re so happy to be hosting our fifth annual ornament swap! We had an amazing swap last year and would love for y’all to participate this time around. Here’s how it will work (please read carefully!):

    1. By Monday, December 2: Email [email protected] with “Holiday Ornament Swap” in the subject line. Include your name, mailing address, email address, website/blog address, and instagram handle.
    2. By Wednesday, December 4: Lisa will have emailed you the names and addresses of up to five people to send ornaments to. Yep, that means you’ll be sending up to five ornaments, and you’ll be receiving up to five in return!
    3. By Friday, December 13: Be sure to send out your ornaments no later than this date! Then, all that’s left to do is wait for the holiday goodness to roll in.

    Your ornaments can be homemade or store-bought, but make sure they’re as Southern as possible!!

    Don’t hesitate to leave a comment with any questions! We hope to see y’all soon!

    P.S. Don’t forget: the SWPS will be closing up shop on December 17, so make sure to get your gifting orders in before then! There are lots of Southern holiday goodies to be had!

    emily Written with love by Emily
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    Since I’m sure many of you are (or are soon to be) elbow deep in flour and sprinkles making cookies for friends and Santa, I’m sure our recap of our second annual Gingerbread Barn Building competition comes at the right time! This year, we saw twice as many people come out to build the sweetest barns below the Mason-Dixon and the competition was fierce, y’all. Thankfully, we had the great pleasure of meeting Anna Kirby, who was on hand to document the festivities.

    We gathered at The Carolina Inn, where our good friends Heidi and Melissa had set up a hot chocolate and cookie station for us. Readers, friends and vendors came rolling in with their best holiday aprons and then got to work brainstorming the best barn concept.

    In addition to the Carolina Inn, we loved partnering with Hammond’s Candies again for this event! They gave us plenty of peppermint, green and red candies, chocolate-filled delectables and giant candy canes to build with. The Southern Weddings ladies may or may not have stolen a piece or two from the candy table at multiple times during the night.

    All of our contestants were so creative. The only limitations we put in place were that the barn has to be confined to the plates we gave them and that all of it has to be edible. With those two things in mind, our competitors took off with their ideas! We saw everything from barns with wedding ceremonies inside to plantations with cows and windmills!

    We also had a ton of fun showing off V5, especially because some of our guests were vendors who contributed to the issue.

    At the end of the night, we had to give the first place prize to the ladies who dreamed up this next creation: a gingerbread plantation with a barn, windmill, cow pasture (with little footprints!) and silo. They even had one of the cows breaking through the fence! Too cute.

    We want to give a giant thanks again to our event sponsors, The Carolina Inn, Hammond’s Candies and Anna Kirby and to everyone who came out to celebrate the holidays with us. Spending time with our readers is always one of our favorite things to do (especially when accompanied by sweets and hot chocolate).

    Happy Holidays, y’all!

    Anna Kirby is a member of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

    nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    1. avatar Anna Kirby reply

      It was a blast, thanks girls!!

    2. avatar Dee Shore reply

      It was so much fun being part of this event on Ustream! The winning house was a delicious masterpiece lol. Did anyone ended up eating their houses?

      • avatar Nicole reply

        Yay! We’re so glad you tuned in, Dee! A lot of people brought theirs home to eat (always my favorite part), but a few people chose to leave theirs behind because they didn’t think the barns would survive the bumpy car ride home!

    3. avatar Kathryn reply

      I love the intense photo of my SIL placing our roof! And of course I like the photo of my candy designs ready to decorate the barn. Everything looks so pretty, and we had a great time building our barn! Thank you for letting us participate!

    4. avatar Jessica Clinch reply

      This was such a fun night, and there were so many creative barns! I love seeing the pictures too! Thanks for having us :)

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