Christmas Favors

We were asked to make the favors for a friend’s Christmas party this year.  We had fun brainstorming all sorts of ideas.  In the end we hand dipped oreo cookies in milk and white chocolate and then sprinkled them with sugar crystals of green and red.  I found some sugar crystals that were pepermint flavor.  That was fun.  Summer designed a label for the clear bags and we attatched the label and finished it off with Christmas ribbon.

A tip  if you try this idea at home.  The back of the chocolate chip bag has directions for melting the chips to dip.  They tell you to put them in the microwave and don’t stir them until the end.  Being a food snob I turned up my nose at these direction and thought surely this would be better done on the stove.  Nothing good ever came out of the microwave.  …  Twenty minutes later I had a hard glob of golden brown white chocolate in the trash can.  I would recommend following the directions on the package…I will humbly check my pride at the door next time.

Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party this year centered around a gift exchange and some fun hors d’oeuvres.

Menu:

Blue Cheese Walnut Spread

Chicken Satay

Prosciutto, Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Marinated Asparagus

Artichoke Dip

Deviled Eggs

Cranberry Spice Punch

Egg Nog (With Rum!!)

Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Icing

The party was lots of fun.  Everyone helped out.  Steph brought the eggs and famous artichoke dip.  (This dip is better than any restaurant artichoke dip).  Christie brought the chicken satay and egg nog.  The sauce was divine.  You can always count on Christie to spice things up and think outside the box for what to bring.  The kids had their own table in the back to eat and exchange their gifts.  I got to use my grandmas plates for the first time.  They are crystal rectangular plates with a little indentation for your punch cup.  I had just enough for all the adults.  Summer decorated, as usual with beautiful style and grace!  Looking forward to next year.

Christmas Party

This was our second year.  We spent the weeks before decorating.  Dinner was served – sausage and cheese Braciola… and don’t forget the fun drinks!!  I’m looking forward to this year.

Christmas Party

Here it is…. this was our first party we planned together.  It was a Christmas party for our couples group.  We handed out recipes to each couple so as to split up the food.  I brought over my personal Christmas decorations to mix with Laurene’s to make sure the entire house was covered.