Our weekend was a huge success. I left the office early on Friday to work from home the rest of the day, because a pretty serious winter storm was coming our way. And despite the fact that this is Ohio, people act like they've never seen winter roads in their life. I also stopped at the grocery on my way home, and it's a good thing I did. I had some friends post pictures of the lines after work and it did not look like a good time.
Saturday I spent literally from 8am until 7pm getting ready for the party. Though I did take one break to play in the snow with the puppies. I managed to take about 100 pictures, but none of those included my food set up :( Considering all the time I put in to this I'm pretty sour about it, but what can you do.
Besides the normal fruit tray, veggie tray, cheese + meat, etc. kind of foods, my list of preparation included:
Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Reduction
Mint Chocolate Chip Birthday Cookies
Ricotta + Honey Dip
I think I made about 30 servings of each of these items, and it took a lot more time and prep than I anticipated, but I am so glad I did it. Not that they would probably have told me otherwise, but everyone said the food was great. There was NOTHING left at the end of the night, so I consider this a huge win. The only thing that was a little questionable was the red sangria. I followed the recipe, but the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors were WAY too powerful.
I think I've talked before about how me and my 5 best friends from High School are pretty much a permanent fixture in the universe. I have lots of close friends (feel very lucky for this) but they are my oldest and dearest. It's rare we can all get together, so I was happy 5 out of the 6 of us were able to spend the evening together.
This is my bestie (am I too old to say that?) Julianne. She started dating one of Will's friends not long after he and I started dating. Now they're engaged! And live 5 miles away from us. It's pretty perfect.
I think we will continue to have our Christmas party every year, but over all, I know I will never be someone that throws a lot of big get togethers. Throughout the night we had 30+ people show up. It was great getting to see all my friends, but I hated not being able to sit down and spend a lot of time individually with each one of them. I woke up thinking "Oh, I never got to so ___ to so and so" and "I wonder what ever happened with such and such conversation".
Sunday will and I spend the entire day lounging around the house. We watched a ton of ABC Family movies. The Mistle-Tones and Holiday in Handcuffs were pretty phenomenal. We accidentally missed the end of The Mistle-Tones so I may or may not purchase the DVD.
Today, it's back to the grind. How was your weekend?