Since it's Christmas Eve, I thought I'd share some photos of my Crafty Day friends from our Crafty Christmas Potluck Party. I freakin' love my Crafty Day friends. I talked about how much I love them here. This group is so very special to me and I love any reason to celebrate with them. We generally have at least two parties a year: The Crafty Costume Party (yes, the name needs to be capitalized) and the Crafty Christmas Potluck Party. We might have an extra celebration thrown in there for a birthday or whatever, but those are the main celebrations.
As much as I love the costumes and the weird food of the fall party, I love the Christmas party so much more. The Crafty Costume Party is so much fun, but it's a lot of stress for me. I have to borrow decorations, find costumes, make food with ingredients I NEVER have, and our small house is filled with a ton of people...the stress is worth it because it's such a great time, but sometimes it takes me a while to calm down afterward.
But the Crafty Christmas Potluck Party...it's the best. It's generally pretty low-key. I already have a ton of decorations up (For the Crafty Costume Party, I put up and take down the halloween decorations with in a couple of days of the party, so there's an added stress), everyone brings a side dish and whatever gifts we want to exchange, and we just enjoy each other's company. It's family time.
Last year was our second Christmas party, but to be honest, I don't remember the first one and I didn't take any photos. Here's a look at last year's party.
The guest list this year was a bit smaller than last year's. Some friends had to work, vacations, etc. but it was still a fun time. We had a very special party guest this year: Oberon!
|He attends every Crafty Day function in a bow tie. He's one classy cat.|
|Puck anxiously awaited our party guests! She loves parties!|
|Ophelia does not love parties.|
This year I set the table with Blue Willow dishes Daddy bought for me at a yard sale, along with plates we got for our wedding. I also used four great green glasses that my Nanny gave me before Jared and I got married. They were a gift from her mother at Nanny's wedding, and she passed them on to me. What better time to use them? My wonderful mother-in-law gave me some other Christmas glasses, so I mixed those in as well.
I thought the table was simple, but I liked it. Also, in a dream world, I will have a table that was actually made to seat so many people. I made a ham, along with a creamy chicken and rice soup. Others brought a green bean casserole, potato salad, corn, fruit, and cheesecake! I also made Oreo truffles covered in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes for dessert! As for beverages, we drank the two house wines of the South: sweet tea and Coca-Cola.
|Here's the one moment I managed to catch from supper. Everyone's not even at the table!|
Handmade gifts are the best. Everyone gave each person the same thing, so we all ended up with a hand-painted bag, a microwaveable heat pad with lavender oil in it (IT SMELLED AMAZING!), awesome earrings that were made from funky fabrics, a hot cocoa gift bag and some ornaments and other Christmas-y goodies. I missed everyone that couldn't make it, but I hope it works out better schedule-wise next year.
I love these ladies so much!! What a blessing it is to have friends like these.
Merry Christmas, y'all. I hope your home and heart is filled with Christ's love during this season and everyday of the year. I love y'all.