Christmas Dinner in the IHOD Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

When Anna asked me to be a contributor to this year's DIY Holiday Gift Guide, I knew I wanted to share what I was already planning on gifting some of my girlfriends: a beautiful dinner on the beach. It was super laid back and not extravagant. {I rented the table and chairs for $4.50!} I just wanted it to be simple and fresh and remind them how special they are. It was such a special night and so much fun. We ended it by blasting our car stereos and dancing in the headlights. Yes! The girls said it was one of the best Christmas gifts they've ever received, and to be honest, it was one of my most favorite that I've ever given. There really is far more joy in giving, especially when it takes a little time & effort to plan and create.

I haven't forgotten about Thanksgiving! It's such an important holiday but thanks to the girls for getting their Christmas present early and letting me snap some photos so I could share this idea with you all.

You can see more on Anna's blog. And if you haven't seen the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide yet, you can see it here. Anna did an amazing job curating, designing and packing it with wonderful ideas!

{all photos copyright@Amanda Marshall}

27 comments:

  1. i loved seeing this in the holiday gift guide.. and now here! what an amazing friend/woman you are..

    and, seriously, this would be my most favorite gift ever!

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  2. love this idea amanda! i think memories are the sweetest gifts and you obviously gave your friends some great memories. love this idea!! xox

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  3. Oh my goodness, Amanda. This is simply beautiful. What an amazing gift to share with girlfriends!

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  4. This is so beautiful! You are such an inspirational lady Amanda!

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  5. I remember seeing pictures of this beautiful dinner on instagram and thinking what a great idea this was!! Such a perfect spot to make memories with delicious food + good friends! :)

    Congrats on the beautiful feature! <3
    xoxo

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  6. This really looks magical, I'm sure your friends were so excited about this! Thanks for sharing the idea!
    http://www.tamarasblend.com/

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  7. WOW! That looks so surreal and charming. Very, very neat!

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  8. Wow! This looks so so beautiful (and delicious!) - what an amazing gift :) I'm sure everyone will remember this for years and years to come!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  9. LOVE this so much Mands!

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  10. This looks amazing! Once I get some space, I would love to do this. If only I lived near a beach! :)

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  11. you are amazing, my dear friend! Okay. that is all.
    go back to being amazing. :)
    love - lanneybear

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  12. Amazing idea! I wish I can do this but work is sooo busy! Probably some other time. Gift giving is 365 days, right?

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  13. insanely jealous i was not involved in this magical dinner on the beach. insanely.jealous.

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  14. YOU. ARE. AMAZING!!! Simply beautiful and such stunning photos!

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  15. I just saw Anna's masterpiece - what a beautiful contribution! The lanterns in the sand make me particularly happy. Gorgeous photography as always :)

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  16. This is quite possibly the best thing ever! SO BEAUTIFUL and meaningful! Thanks for sharing

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  17. Wow- what beautiful photos!

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  18. beautiful!! and such a great gift! something you can share together

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  19. This is amazing! Such a great gift.

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  20. Beautiful feature in IHOD gift guide! I love the letters to your friends. How special!

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  21. i think you should work for martha stewart.

    xo the egg out west.

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  22. Oh. My. Goodness! This makes me swoon! I want to be right there, on that beach, at that table sipping sangria and eating that delicious looking cake! STUNNING!

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  23. Wow, such a dreamy Christmas!
    This is just stunning and enchanting

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous celebration ~ consider me a new fan of you blog :)

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  25. This is incredible! So happy to find you through Anna. :)

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  26. LOVE IT, Amanda! So so so much. What a great gift. You are such a sweetheart and truly talented <3

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  27. What a truly lovely experience. It is so much better to give and to be in community! You are very blessed. Enjoy this holiday season!

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