I insisted that we keep our tree up. And you can see some of the bunting from our wedding that we strung crisscross in the living room. In the middle of the ceiling I got a silver snowflake ball on clearance at Target as a makeshift disco ball.
Anthony was our bartender, he mixed up cosmos and mojitos for everyone. At midnight we had a champagne toast in our champagne saucers.
I also found on clearance some festive turquoise swirls that we hung from the curtain rods. I wanted tinsel, but couldn't find it anywhere - do they still sell it?
Jess brought her new beau. Blue swirls in the background!
I prepped the food the night before and so just had to bake a few things. I staggered them to best use the oven and to keep food coming out all night. My favorite was brown-sugar bacon-wrapped pinapple. Those are definitely coming back next year.
I made my favorite spicy corn dip and Naomi brought a great artichoke dip - it was gone in no time. Jess brought bars and chocolate-covered strawberries and oranges - Yum! Melissa provided the veggies and dip, which was a fresh break from the rich dips, chips and cookies. I tortilla roll-ups would disappear just as fast as I could replenish them. We were well fed!
We set up a photoshoot in our dining room with clearance Anna Maria Horner fabric and props and folks had lots of fun with that!
And there are even more photos here.
A little about Christmas.
We got a real tree this year! I was very proud of my present wrapping. We were little Santas and delivered many things in Princeton and Bemidji.
Anthony was overjoyed with his new 250 piece mechanic tool set from Sears.