Hostess with the Mostess13:19:00
I hosted my first proper dinner party in a long while last Thursday night for my mums group. Eight of us mums continue to catch up for a play in the park and takeaway coffees and the like since 2011. We decided the blokes could get on board for once so I thought it would be good to host a Christmas BBQ. We had nine adults and 11 children under two. (I can feel your angst as you read the 11 under two bit) ha ha! Yes it was bedlam for a while as the little ones got used to each other and got the sharing thing on the low down, but with a lot of ice cream cake as a diversion the adults were able to eat in a little bit of calm and peace.
The best part was obviously the company and the fact that we hadn't had a big catch up like this for a while and I also loved that I was able decorate a table all nice and pretty and have everyone sitting around it to enjoy a meal.
A big shout out to Melissa and her family who weren't there as they had just added a little girl Olivia to the clan. Cant wait to see them in the new year.
On the decorating front I went for spots. I purchased some white and gold polka dot material from Spotlight and Cam's mum happily turned it into a table runner for me. I also found some ceramic Christmas trees from Target, along with the gold spotty tumblers. I added to my dinner plate collection and existing polka dot coffee mugs with some matching green and red spotted plates from a local shop out in the burbs of my home town. They are by Maxwell Williams and Im sure you would be able find them at lots of retail outlets around the countryside. I cut a few strips of left over fabric from the table runner to tie the cutlery together and filled a few vases in my collection with my beautiful white hydrangeas. I put up a string of coloured fairly lights and some baubles on the Lily-Pilly tree and you could say I was pretty happy with my efforts. It really did look a bit like Christmas.
Everyone bought either a salad or a dessert to share (Im still tucking into the yummy desserts) and it was a delicious, no fuss, no frills Christmas BBQ.
I did a bit of truffle making so that I would have a little gift to give at the end of the evening. Clever me.
Lets just say I turned this...
These little delights are white hokey pokey truffles and rum balls made out of dark fruit cake. The recipes were from the Women's Weekly and Taste magazine Christmas editions from last year. I found some watch boxes at my local two dollar shops and wrapped them up in cellophane tied up with a bit of Christmas themed twine. (Thank you Kirsten and Co) The boxes hold five truffles perfectly and I think they make a lovely little gift.
We have a Christmas catch up every night this week with various friends and family and we are hosting Cams work Christmas party on Thursday evening. Its going to be forty degrees and Im having a go at a glazed Christmas ham. OMG!!! I will be cranking the air-con inside that afternoon that's for sure. Ill show you the spread next week if it turns out anything a little bit photo worthy and that it hasn't melted!
Im also looking forward to our wine stall that we will be having at our local market here on Saturday. I will definitely be letting you know how this goes. I've got my little Christmas wine holders ready to go. Hopefully there are a few last minute gifts to be purchased out there on the weekend.
Til then, I will be glazing ham, trying some new dessert recipes, singing Christmas carols really loudly and enjoying all the Christmas revelling that I can...and a few quiet bubbles in between. Geez I love Christmas. Ive done all my shopping so I can actually relax and enjoy.
Hows your week looking in the last minute lead up?
Baking any thing spesh?
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