Yesterday we hosted our Christmas Party. The week before was filled with lots of preparations, and this elf is plum tuckered out.
The invites went out...
And the preparations began.
There were breads to be baked for take home gifts. Three kinds, Pumpkin Nut, Date Nut. and Irish Soda. Irish Soda was also served with the dinner.
Labeled, wrapped and packed.
Little chocolate men to be baked...
Cookie trays to be polished...
Centerpieces to be made and bowed. I cut the greens from my yard.
Stockings to be filled...
Craft bags to be made. ( I put a red ribbon on foam wreaths and foam stickers in the bag)
Packed and ready to go.
Desserts to be made...
Kahlua soaked chocolate cake, layered with pudding, cool whip and few crushed candy bars thrown in. It got topped later with more whipped topping and chocolate curls.
Bake your favorite chocolate cake in a rectangular pan. Let it cool, then pour Kahlua all over it. Let it soak in for a few hours.
Make 2 boxes of chocolate pudding.
In a trifle bowl, ( I needed a lot so the one in the pic is 2 cakes and 4 puddings and 3 containers of cool whip)
crumble the cake and press down.
Make a layer of choc pudding
Layer of cool whip.
Repeat the cake, the pudding, crumble some Heath Bars on top, then the cool whip. Continue till you get to the top. Last layer should be cool whip.
Take a choc bar and use a veget peeler to make chocolate curls for the top.
Let sit overnight, or a minimum of 4 hours.
The tables were set
Each table was named with something Christmasy.
The guests mingle....
The children are entertained by a clown while they anticipate the honored guests..
And then, they came!
Gifts for all!
Songs were sung...
And a good time was had by all!
I hope my guests enjoyed the party, and I hope you did too! A special thanks to my dear sister who made her outfit and was Mrs. Claus, and of course to Santa!
My friend A., of The Tablescaper blog took some pics for me, but her card is much larger than mine so I couldn't download them. When I can, I will add some more. I hope she got some of the buffet table, as I didn't!
Please remember the White Christmas Party next week. See the top of my sidebar for details! A 55 dollar give away from CSN that night too!
Thanks for visiting!
I am linking up with
Marty for Tabletop Tuesday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
And Gollum for Foodie Friday.
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