Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Fun

Our holiday get-together was a success! Thanks for all your tips! I decided to keep it simple, and we all had a great time. Since things got kind of hectic, I didn’t get a chance to take pics of the food… We had ham, potato salad, a green salad, a veggie tray and dip, Anything Anytime Salsa, 5 Layer Dip , chips, baked brie, grapes, cuties, bread, crackers… Easy but tasty food.  But really, the party was about catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in a long time and enjoying each other’s company…

The toddler took care of the decorations…

The “Self-Serve Drink Station” before the ice was added:

Appetizer tray with cookies, cuties, cashews, grapes, and crackers with brie, walnut halves and a drizzle of honey.

I’m glad we decided to have this last minute get-together!

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? I loved catching up with old friends. Are you done with your holiday shopping? I still have a few things to get, but I’m determined not to get stressed.... Are you hosting any get-togethers soon? We are having Christmas Eve at our house, and I always make salmon. I keep things pretty low-key. The toddler gets to open a few presents on Christmas Eve. I’ll try to remember to select some that won’t make him too hyper so that he’ll sleep this year… Winking smile

Be well,


  1. WHAT FUN!

    I am almost done and it was a super low key year this year.

    It's just us this weekend, no family so JJ can get as goofy as he wants ! hehehe

    it's pretty much just another day!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your yummies

  2. I love the idea of the crackers, brie, walnuts, and honey!

  3. Sounds like a great time! I'm just waiting on two more gifts to arrive via mail, and then all I need to do is finish wrapping!

  4. I'm sure you guys are going to have lots of fun! Have a great day, Andrea. And stay warm.
    Cheers, Kristy

  5. So fun! I've been dying to have a holiday party, but it might not happen until after Christmas. About to finish up some last minute shopping today!

  6. What a great time. We spent the day on Sunday sledding and drinking hot chocolate.

  7. Sounds like your party was a hit!

    I love love love the idea of brie, walnuts, and honey. yum!!! So simple too!!

    I am pretty much done with shopping, just have to wrap a few more gifts.

  8. I look forward to the day when I can host holiday parties but my little apt is just too small! We went to a wedding this weekend and it was a blast!

  9. Absolutely love the decorations - too cute! Glad things went well - simple is best sometimes!

    I am done with shopping - I do it all in one day and this past Saturday was the day. I had my daughter with me so we had so much fun - we laugh so much when we are together!

  10. What a fun gathering! You offered all the foods I certainly eat.
    The highlight of my weekend was my first cookie exchange. What fun! What a TON of cookies I came home with.

  11. Looks like fun! Haven't been too good with getting all the shopping done this year =/ but I'm not going to get too stressed! salmon sounds like a great meal to me. We are going to be hosting xmas lunch :)

  12. The party looks like it was perfect! Simple yet elegant, which is exactly how I like it :) The toddler's decorations look fantastic! And I love the idea of crackers, brie and honey, very clever.

    I am done with my Christmas shopping, bow I just need to plan our 26th party and possible new years party....yikes!

  13. What a nice little spread! The highlight of my weekend was not falling totally off the wagon.

  14. I like easy,simple yet flavorful!

    My weekend highlight was our daughter getting home safely from Spain!

    I will be hosting Christmas day. We are going easy and doing something completely different this year by having pork ribs!

  15. Sounds fun. Simple is just my style. (I could have wine, crackers, and cheese every night. One of my favorite indulgences.)

    I cleaned and cleaned all weekend.

    My grandparents are coming out this week and we'll be having Christmas as our house. It will be very simple. My family (extended) is going through a lot right now health wise and financial so I'm hoping this will be a time of reflection and gratitude for the blessings we do have.

  16. Anonymous12/21/2010

    Sounds like you had an awesome time! Hosting parties is so much fun, as long as you like the company.

    I have done all my shopping, but now I'm scrambling to get everything together before I go to London. Eek!

  17. We had a nice family get together with my husbands side of the family. It was so much fun seeing everyone. I'm all done with Christmas shopping (yay!), just need to pick up a stocking stuffer or two.

    Love the toddlers decorations!

  18. Sounds like a fun get together! We've been to busy to host/attend any this year. We did, however, go to Noah's hockey teams Christmas party on Sunday and it was great time! :)

    As for shopping....I just need to finish up my hubby and grab some stocking stuffers....

  19. I just hosted a small dinner party for my hubby, myself and two of my best gal pals. Was fun to spend down time with them in a less hectic setting. I made chicken Riesling stew, herb rolls, an arugula salad with persimmons and goat cheese, and an apple-cranberry cake.