I hope you all had warm and wonderful Christmas celebrations.Â Amoeba and I were busy on Christmas Eve with both church services.Â Amoeba played his horns and sang (Praise Band for the first service, choir for the second).Â I ran the new audio-visual set up for the second service.Â Man that tech is sweet!Â I wanna get me that!Â It was all Mac — a 28 inch monitor, a blue tooth key board and the most responsive little mouse ever.
Christmas Day we slept in, then had a lovely bacon and egg breakfast — treats not often on our menu.Â Then we lazed around.Â Amoeba watched some sports on TV.Â I read a novel in front of the fire.Â Later we had a nice meatloaf dinner with cheesy mashed potatoes, then we (mostly Amoeba, I read for awhile more, too) worked on the Christmas Tree puzzle until bed time.Â It was quiet and pieceful (pun intended).
But what you really want to hear about was our Christmas party.Â We were pleased with the turn out.Â Judging by the compliments still coming in, our guests were quite pleased with it, too.Â I have had several of the women say I made the party look easy.Â Of course, I did a lot of the prep work the day before — and for the party itself I recruited a couple of friends to help get everything sat out so when the guests arrived we could look relaxed and serene.
I set up the buffet table with hot plates and crock pots so it was self-monitoring.Â I had 8 pounds of meatballs (store bought but simmering in my own, homemade marinara) and 5 pounds of chicken wings, 50 bacon wrapped crab balls (made with imitation crab since I didn’t have medical records on all of my guests), both potato and mac salad, Summer sausage, assorted cheeses, veggies, dips, and crackers, hot cider, coffee and tea (hot & iced) and one guest brought sparkling cider. There were peanuts, pretzels, Chex Mix, olives, sweet & dill pickles, assorted cookies … a small mountain of food. I kept worrying about what we’d do with the leftovers, but there weren’t enough leftovers to worry about!
I figured the approximate number of guests by counting plates — I bought 96 and had 48 left. Five or six of the guests didn’t eat because they were just coming from or heading to meals. Our next-door neighbor came but she didn’t eat, either. It was her son’s 18th birthday and they were having their own big bash. And, of course, a few people could have used more than one plate. We estimate 50-60 people came through the house in about 4 hours. I wish I had thought to have a guest book!
We had a basket with brand new activity books, crayons, and pencils for the kids.Â There were also a couple of stuffed animals and an Etch-A-Sketch.Â I don’t think a kid ever got to touch the Etch-A-Sketch, but it was a sure hit with the adults.
We also set the card table up, covered it with a red plastic table cloth and put a 1000 piece border-less puzzle out.Â Â Several of the guests worked on it.Â And we gave impromptu tours of the house.Â Of course the kitchen and the master bath were the two favorite features.Â I had several people ask if we needed house-sitters when we travel.Â They were all female and eying the bathtub when they asked.
We even had a bit of music.Â Jim brought out his guitar and harmonica.Â Amoeba got his horn.Â They played together and JimÂ even sang a couple of tunes.Â According to the comments we received, a good time was had by all.
This is a horrid photo of Jim. My apologies. Some of you might remember him from another party post here.Â He wasn’t quite as Christmas “clean-cut” then.