First TREE decorating party and dinner!

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Happy Holidays People! We can officially start saying that! The first “CHRISTMAS’ party has arrived, and it was a blast!
Every year miss Haley hosts a great tree decorating party along with a fabulous home cooked feast. Full flavor of course, don’t bring your diet to this party!
She’s always had a knack for cooking, but is getting better and more sophisticated every year!
This chick loves a knife in her hand!
( god forbid she put it down for 2 secs to vogue) hehe.

I’m a bit late in posting this because I had to go through so many pics from this evening. I couldn’t choose which ones were my faves:)

How good does this look!
Lemony kale with olive oil, Parmesan slice, over crostini

Arugula pomegranate salad with hemp seeds, manchego cheese, shallots, with a pomegranate molasses dressing. Wow

Homemade spinach artichoke dip in a sourdough bread bowl. This was a freakin HIT. Especially with me! I don’t know anybody who isn’t a fan of this dish, I mean, c’mon . This went fast:)

Who doesn’t love champagne for a celebration?!
We were doing lots of toasting this evening.

Haley working hard in the kitchen, making green beans blanketed with asian style filet mignon .
Ridiculous. Don’t be jelly! The beef was just simply marinated in sugar and soy sauce, wrapped over the beans, and thrown in the broiler for, something like 5-10 mins. Soon easy. Great dish for a party and not messy

Gorgeous right! Not gonna lie I had like 5 of them;)

Bacon wrapped baby potatoes. Another great easy recipe to throw together for a party. She’s really great about choosing recipes that won’t keep her in the kitchen during the while party. You have to prioritize, clean as you go, and the most important thing, spending the time to enjoy your guests. I must admit, I’m bad at this. I tend to over complicate things at times,pick hard recipes,and make a MESS in the kitchen. Working on it. Promise.

Hehe, Mr. Wilbur waiting for food to drop. What’s new. God, he’s so cute.


Time to decorate…ok, can you tell I’m a ill tipsy here. Btw… I forgot to tell you guys!

I came to Haley’s 2 hours after the SPARTAN RACE, so I was exhausted. Physically and mentally, but I was NOT missing the yearly tradition. With that said…. After a couple glasses of champagne , I was done for.

We busted out the ornaments and lights and started goin nuts;)
It took us a while to get tree to stay centered. For some reason that thing kept tipping over. How many girls goes it take…..


I’m really loving creating traditions with friends. It gives us days to really look forward to, you know.

Yasuna brought dessert. An amazing cake from a local Korean market. We always tell het to bring it when we get together for parties, because it is so damn good! Really super light and fluffy. Nothing heavy about it.
I think it’s chocolate mousse,thin sheet cake with light whipped cream, strawberries, and shaved chocolate.

Aaaaaaanddddd, for some odd reason we decided to put birthday candles on top and had Haley blow them out. So weird.

Check out the almost empty table, yeah, we cleared it out! I ate tons!
Pretty soon after this shot, I was passed out on the couch with Willy sleeping on my head.
Tired and tossed in every sense of the word. Haha.

I will have you know that I slept from 5 p.m this evening till 5 a.m the next morning. Yep. On the couch. Somebody was TIRED!

What are some of your holiday party ideas?