This year was the 11th Annual Christmas Party at my house. I think. I lost track of the number a long time ago, but I’m rolling with 11 for now. I have this party every year. Here you can see where I blogged about the 10th one.
Fun fact, Nicole actually said at one point something along the lines of, “blog about my cookies and make me famous” – which made me smile J – it’s nice when your friends know you so well. She even posed for a picture with her tray.
Honestly, I would tell you that this year was one of the most successful Christmas parties I’ve ever had. Here are some things that went a little bit differently than usual:
- The past few years I have gotten really discouraged because not that many people RSVP and I never know how much food to make or buy or if it’s even going to be worth having the party at all. This year I didn’t have that issue though. I have no idea what I did differently. I was so excited though that I decided to buy everybody cookie tins from Michaels to take home with them. I’ve decided I’m going to play that game from now on – if you RSVP you get a prize.
- There was a decent ratio of boys to girls there this year. I feel like that makes it less “oh let’s talk about high school” and more “let’s have a party”. My friend Josiah who lives in Brooklyn that I originally met in Louisiana showed up (which was awesome), Erin brought her boyfriend, and Chris brought his roommate. That gives us 3 more boys than usual, bringing us to a whopping total of 5 boys. Yeah, that’s what happens when you go to an all-girl high school.
- I made jalapeño dip. Wait. Lies. Josiah made jalapeño dip. That’s what happens when you show up early, I put you to work. And it was wonderful.
- I drank more wine. I admit it. That always makes things more fun, right? I apologize for my singing though, I definitely wasn’t so much on my game this year.
Here were some things that always happen:
- There was a cookie swap. (See pictures below.)
- There was a game played at my kitchen table, this year it was Setback.
- We sang carols, even though this year we were short a few singers.
The only thing that happened that was a bit out of character was that we ate less brie than usual, which was very confusing.
I actually made the Pumpkin Spice cookies which were SUPER easy and delicious (recipe found here thanks to Julia from Black Tag Diaries) and the Dulce De Leche Cinnamon Sandwich Cookies (recipe found here thanks to Cookies Country via my dad). There will probably be another blog post about those all together. They tasted pretty good, but I kind of failed at making them look uniform at all.
Do you have any fun traditions?