Our First Annual Holiday Party

We hosted our first annual holiday party on Sunday to start off the week in style.  We had over TWENTY people in our house, which felt warm and festive.  Normally, it’s just the two of us hanging out in our sweatpants with our cats roaming around in peace.

cranberry decorations

We have lived in our house for 3-1/2 years now and don’t really know our neighbors very well, so that was the initial reason for hosting a party. Most of my family and some of Dave’s family and some mutual friends came too.  It was so fun having all these people in the kitchen and family room, talking, drinking beer or wine, snacking, and simply enjoying each other’s company.  I didn’t have time to take pictures of any people, just the decorations and food platters!

snack plate

I spent most of Friday night and Saturday cooking and baking, which was definitely worth it because there wasn’t much food left.  The meatballs were the biggest hit, then the deviled eggs, crab cakes, cheese and sausage, and cookies.  I made chocolate crinkles featured on I Have To Say, molasses cookies from BHG, and white-chocolate cherry shortbread from BHG.

cookie platter

There was a row of shoes by the front door, and our closet was bursting with coats.  It was amazing that so many people showed up because the wind chill was MINUS 25!  We felt very blessed to be able to open our house to family and neighbors… and even look forward to hosting another party again soon.

One comment

  • All the food looks delicious! Food, Friends, Christmas…can’t get better than that. Question, do you have a recipe for meatballs? I’ve used the frozen ones at store and never cared for them.

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