Ten of my favorite locations and decorations from this year’s inspiration boards…

{trees}

Originally posted in Board #501: Simple Maple Sugar, 10/6.

Originally posted in Board #493: Blue & Spanish Moss, 7/13.

{candles}

Originally posted in Board #495: Champagne and Cake, 7/21.

Originally posted in Board #509: Eggnog and Gold, 12/22.

{San Francisco venues}

Originally posted in Board #453: Tuxedo and Mint, 1/11.

Originally posted in Board #503: Vermillion and Blush, 10/13.

{bistro chairs}

Originally posted in Board #472: Red Bistro Chairs, 3/24.

Originally posted in Board #456: Juliet and Blue, 1/19.

{tents}

Originally posted in Board #486: Strawberry and Seersucker, 6/22.

Originally posted in Board #477: Lemon Meringue Pie, 4/14.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! To wrap up the year, I like to round up a few of my favorite things from that year’s inspiration boards. Let’s start with some of my favorite cakes pulled from 2010 inspiration boards…

Favorite cake in white, originally posted in Board #453: Tuxedo & Mint, 1/11.

Favorite cake topper, originally posted in Board #500: Autumn Maple, 10/5.

Favorite non-traditional cake, originally posted in Board #509: Eggnog and Gold, 12/22.

Favorite cake with fruit, originally posted in Board #486: Strawberry and Seersucker,

Favorite cake with flowers, originally posted in Board #495: Champagne and Cake, 7/21.

Favorite with color, originally posted in Board #455: Lemons and Paperwhites, 1/13.

Favorite cake in chocolate, originally posted in Board #458: Orchid & Silver, 2/1.

See all of my favorites right here.

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I’ve only been back three days, and it’s already time for another break! I can’t believe it’s already Christmas – Christmas always comes so quickly, but this year, with our wedding in December, it was absolutely supersonic. This week has been filled with wonderful get-togethers and holiday preparations, and I’m looking forward to my first Christmas as a married woman (Married Christmas!). My honey and I made a deal that we wouldn’t spend more than $50 on each other this year, which is such a fun challenge, and makes us both think much more creatively about what to gift each other.

Before I headed out for the holiday, I wanted to leave you with a link round-up – it’s been so long since I did one of these! Also, make sure to stop by next week for my annual series of Favorites posts.

{via Design Crush}

Sweet little shoes.

I’m so late to the party on this, but have you checked out the awesome new 100 Layer Cake site? Those girls are the coolest.

Coffee angel.

My honey and I have started a list of places we’d like to visit. Iceland is definitely on there.

Christmas stamps!

Pale pink wine glasses would be lovely for New Year’s, don’t you think?

If I had an extra $1495 just lying around…

Love What Katie Ate’s Christmas edition.

Let it dough!

100 holiday crafts (in case you don’t have enough to do).

Wouldn’t you love a stocking filled with Matchbook’s favorite goodies?

Free holiday e-cards for last minute holiday greetings.

Paper bag origami.

Like a candy cane dipped in champagne.

Wendy Addison’s Cirque de Noel is just delightful, via simple + pretty.

I’m so grateful for all of my wonderful readers, contributors, and sponsors who help to make Snippet & Ink what it is – thanks to you, every year is better than the last. I hope everyone’s Christmas is merry and bright, and I’ll see you in the New Year!

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I couldn’t let December get away without posting at least one inspiration board, and I knew it had to be a Christmas-y, winter-y one! Right now, I’m loving white and gold – it’s warm and rich, yet it can be surprisingly simple. Here, I’ve imagined decorating with wreaths on the doors and windows, pillar candles on the table, and whimsical menus and stationery. Instead of nutmeg, garnish eggnog with tiny flakes of edible gold. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, how about a gingerbread “town square” cake? A long-sleeved lace dress is a perfectly timeless choice for a winter bride.

Mood: winter warm, sweet and simple
Palette: golden ochre, eggnog white

Top row from left: Chez Panisse menu by Cynthia Warren (photo by Aya Brackett), gold wreath and eggnog both from Martha Stewart
Row 2: church photo by Mark Staff, pillar candle centerpiece from Martha Stewart via This is Glamorous
Row 3: gold frame and leaves from Matthew Mead, solitaire diamond ring by Blanca Monros Gomez, photo of vintage inspired lace dress by Angela Anderson via Ruffled, gingerbread house cake from Martha Stewart

If you like this inspiration board you might also like:

Board #322: All is Calm, All is Bright
Board #446: Ivory & Evergreen
Board #501: Simple Maple Sugar

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