Friends Christmas Party

26 Dec

Thirteen Christmas’ ago, I threw a Christmas party for all of my friends.  Since I was only 14 at the time, I was living with my parents.  It was a fun party complete a grab and the slice and bake cookies with the designs in the middle.  I do not think that any of us knew at the time that it would become an annual event.  So thirteen years and three homes later the party still gets a great turnout each year and is one of my favorite events of the year. 

I wore my new pink dress to the party.  I was concerned since my christmas apron did not match my new dress, so I made a new one.

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I spent the days preceding the party cooking and baking for the party.  It tend to make a lot of the same food each year and felt that it was time to change it up a bit. (Thirteen year itch?) I wanted to give up the slice and bake cookies, since I can make something homemade.  When I threw that idea out at Thanksgiving, it did not go over well.  So I made the cookies (they are so easy)  and even found a new design, Mickey with a Santa hat.

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My new recipes this year were cheesy artichoke bread, buffalo chicken potato skins, sliders and cake pops.  (Recipes coming soon)  Each year I make a signature cocktail in a large pitcher.  This year it was Merry Margaritas (pomegranate margaritas)  They are quite simple to make and ended up with a few pitchers.  I was well prepared by the time the party started, the bar was stocked and the table was almost set.

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Each year I end up taking lots of photos but never end up in any of them.  So I had Athena circle the group with me, snapping pictures.  (Thanks Athena) 

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Each year we do a Yankee Swap.   This year I thought that there were more good gifts than bad gifts. (There were still some bad gifts)  I had a decent number, 12 out of 19.  When it was time to pick my gift I went for the Justin Bieber paper. (How could I not?)

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There was some controversy as Johnny and Matt said that I would not like the gift and should pick another one. Since I had already picked up the gift it was decided that I would have to open it.  It was a Maker’s Mark gift set.  Not horrible but I traded for the Guinness.  However I did not keep the Guinness for long.  I ended up with this. (Everyone insisted that I try it on)

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A tee-shirt with Matt on it.  (It was Johnny’s gift and he is notorious for giving the worst gifts)  Apparently there was a Matt theme as there was also a painting of him (Which Matt got)  and a rubic cube with pictures of Matt on it. (I think the only person that enjoyed the theme was Matt)

The rest of that party was fun, a bit more eating and a lot more drinking. (for me)  I might have had a bit too much to drink, as I did not notice that Matt swiped my tee-shirt and took it home.  When I asked him about it the following day, he did not even try to deny it.  I am still waiting for my replacement gift.

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7 Responses to “Friends Christmas Party”

  1. Athena @ Fitness & Feta December 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Johnny ALWAYS brings the worst gifts. I’m still not over the 20 $1 cassette tapes. Or the 5 pack of Heineken cause he drank one on the way. Or the Rick James tee shirt.

    Very fun party, as usual, Shan! Now I need that Merry Margarita recipe 🙂


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