I’ll be honest, I have mixed feelings about this little party of mine. You’ll see the photo booth pictures below and think that we were bouncing off the walls all the time, but truthfully the whole thing stressed me out a lot more than I anticipated. I spend too much time reading blogs (and thus thinking that everyone has parties with perfectly coordinated details, including matching their outfit to the decor), and not enough time socializing (being able to lead a conversation and keep everyone involved is certainly a skill), and I walked away from this experience thinking that hosting one party a year is more than enough for me. I’m just really, really grateful to everyone who took the time to come. Time is precious and it meant a lot to me.
For the food I kept it simple. Cookies, cheese, crackers, and apple slices.
Ami brought whoopee pies and right after she came I remembered that I hadn’t put up Christmas decorations yet (we only have a handful of things so it didn’t take me long!). Other guests brought things like peppermint bark and chocolate covered popcorn. I indulged greatly.
My big project (though admittedly still an easy one) was a popcorn buffet.
The crowd favorite was balsalmic popcorn. I’ll be making this again in the future. (Kelli I used the balsamic from the Utah place and it was divine!)
2nd favorite, cheese popcorn (I shredded an Asiago rosemary cheese from Costco over this buttered batch).
Fiddle Faddle/Munch N’ Crunch (either or), covered with melted almond bark.
Bacon popcorn. Seems like it would be amazing, but it was meh.
We ate, talked, played some bust-a-move, and then I brought people back into the 2nd bedroom for some photo booth action.
CUTE OVERLOAD. Easily my favorite picture from the night.
These are some friends of ours from church/school. They walked over in the snow to come say hello!
More church friends.
This is Maria and her husband (yes, someone brought their spouse! I was so impressed, TH would never, ever, come to a blogger thing).
I’m still not very good at posing people in a studio style setup. I don’t want any of my pictures ending up here.
Thanks for coming Maria and husband!
Quiches are made with lots of eggs.
Quiche and Avocado, together. I am crazy excited about this.
Those of you who know Ami, know she is a dog person, not a baby person.
Which makes this darling picture extra funny, because TH is the one who was taking it, and he clicked the shutter right as Ami was smiling up at T1 saying “I never want one of these!”
Ami, I’m really thinking you should reconsider after seeing this.
Family picture time. I think I’m going to do a collage for our Christmas card. Ami took all of the pictures that I’m in and she did a fabulous job (she really has an eye for composition!)
Holla to my boys!
I really like this one because of the smirk T1 has and how nice my cheekbones look.
This is Cait. She drinks raw milk (hey, so do I!), and she is having a home birth (I think you know I did that too). Basically we are MFEO in the BFF kind of way.
She was also willing to get crazy with me in the booth.
Here we are acting like the characters portrayed by our hats. She is santa, and I am a deer. See the hooves? And the deer-in-the-headlights look?
Next we tried jumping.
Some spinning. Which I obviously liked more than Cait did.
Cait I’m not insane, really. I just love having my picture taken.
And we ended the night with a little bit of hair-flipping.
Hosting the party was stressful, and rather draining, but when I look at these pictures I remember how much fun we had and I admit I kind of want to do it all over again. So keep your eyes peeled for details about the That Wife Holiday Party 2012!