Here’s a few pictures from Eric’s Staff Christmas Party. Ever year he gives me the option of having the party here in our home, or taking the girls out to a restaurant. So far, I keep choosing here. I love parties. I love the decorating, the meal planning, the invitations, all of it. This year’s menu was Italian. Decorating was a Martha Stewart style. The 3 older children and 2 of their friends helped in the kitchen and with babysitting. It was an exquisite night!
Beverages- Cranberry Limade Punch, Sparkling Water, Ice Water with lemon
Appetizers- Antipasto, Bruchetta (tomato, white bean, marinated artichoke)
Main Course- 4 cheese ravioli with creamy tomato-basil sauce, Pesto Gnocci
Sides- Lemon Asparagus Risotto, Steemed Green Beans, Oven baked Asparagus with sea salt and garlic, bread
Dessert- Vanilla Cheesecake with fresh strawberry syrup, Tirimisu
The biggest challenge is having all this food done at the exact same time with only 4 burners on my stove. (Dreaming of that big 8 burner stove). But with lots of help from my kitchen helpers, we did it. The food was amazing! (which like every year, I totally forgot to take pictures.)
I used burlap cloth from Joann’s for the table cloths. Got it on sale. Much cheaper than Table cloths and I like them better. They are my new favorite for parties. I used fresh cedar garland. It made the house smell like Christmas. Joshua and Maryann collected pinecones and bull thistles from our property that I stuck in the garland. I took ornaments and stuck them throughout the garland for added sparkle. We tied tulle around the chairs. Makes them look prettier.
Our Dinner Guests
My kitchen helpers
My waiters. (They dressed themselves, and I loved it!)