Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Impromptu Christmas Party

One of our married couples was babysitting their almost 2-year old nephew this weekend, so we invited them over to play with James (their birthdays are about a month apart).  That led us to invite another couple and their two kids (1 1/2 and a newborn) over, and another couple, and some girlfriends.  Thus, an impromptu Christmas party was born.  

To keep it simple, we just snacked on a few cheeses, meats, crackers, veggies, and nuts.  My girlfriend brought the leftovers from her recent Christmas party (meatballs, pasta, and sausage/peppers/mushrooms).  We just heated it up in the oven and it was delicious.  Then I made my chocolate covered toffee.  The girls drank mimosas and the boys drank beer.  

The kids had fun playing together and it might have been even more fun for the old friends, who've known each other since their single days, to now be watching each other's kids play together.  Have y'all experienced that yet?!  It's a full circle moment and fun to be with people who knew you when.  

I managed to snap a few pics before too many people arrived, but didn't get that many- you know how it is when you get busy refilling drinks, making sippy cup drinks, finding snacks for kiddos, busting out the baby swing for the new newborn, and just enjoying yourself. 

3 cheeses (parmesan, brie, drunken goat), prosciutto, salami, and crackers.  Hummus and pita chips too for our vegetarian friends.  The flags were made with toothpicks and Japanese tape. 

You cannot go wrong with a caprese salad or skewer (mozzarella, basil, and tomato) and a drizzle of olive oil.

Red and white grocery store flowers make a pretty bouquet with a gold bow.

Your friend loving on her friend's new baby.

Hubbies eating and drinking.  Juice boxes on standby:)

Kids playing. 

Here's to celebrating the season with family and friends:)