Hey everyone! I know everyone, including myself, is super-busy getting ready for the big day; but I just wanted to share some of the last-minute preparations that have been going on in my home as I get ready for our Family Christmas Eve celebration.
Betty Crocker finally showed up on Saturday, but didn't spend as much time here as in past years. She knew we had been following a very strict low-carb diet and didn't want to throw too many obstacles in our way.
These are Rolo Pretzels -- YUM!
Toffee all ready for the almonds.
Everything fit onto one serving dish -- plenty for our family gathering, but not too much
left over to create temptations!
I love the island for buffet-style serving.
First we had our hors'd oeuvres.
Hot Artichoke Dip
Little Smokies -- the kiddos loved these!
This would be the "Star" of our dinner -- Lasagne!
With four children and four adults, I decided we would eat "family-style" in the breakfast room.
I hung the Grands' stockings on their chairs.
Following my "keep it simple" plan, I used my Fiesta china layered on
Chalkboard chargers that I made.
All of our Grands have nicknames, and I used those on the chargers.
I layered my quilted table runner over an old white tablecloth that has words and stars printed on it in gold. Even though it's white, it washes up very easily and doesn't seem to stain.
I found this Nordic Christmas Sock patterned stainless at World Market yesterday. I was there to buy coffee -- all their Christmas blends were 50% off, and they are all so good. Anyway, I just happened to walk past this stainless display, and these pretties were 50% off!
They just jumped right into my basket!
The stainless looks so cute in these little stockings that I found at the $Store last year.
So cute, but I plan to use the stainless for more than just Christmas -- the colors match a lot of
my Fiesta china!
This is a set of the chalkboard chargers that I made for my sweet DIL.
I found these pretty plaid napkins at Home Goods last week, and I've had the cute napkin
rings for almost thirty years.
I love how the table turned out. It's cheerful, simple, and festive for young and old alike!
I had been wanting to set up a "Cocoa Bar," and finally pulled that together.
It's set up for both dieters and non-dieters! I think it's so cute!
As I sit here finishing this post, our home is again quiet after an afternoon filled with the laughter and excitement of children. Gifts have been exchanged, lots of food and plenty of goodies have been consumed. We played games, and we enjoyed sitting out on the patio while the children ran around burning off some "Pre-Santa" energy. Everyone is on their own for Christmas Day. The Man and I
will exchange our gifts to each other tomorrow morning, and then we are going out to breakfast. Later we are planning on going to a showing of Les Miserable.
Whether you celebrated tonight or you will be celebrating tomorrow, I wish you and your families a
most Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I enjoy partying with these lovely bloggers:
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday