Happy Thursday Ya’ll!
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful start to the New Year. We had our annual Christmas party for the third year in a row, if y’all remember from the post A Southern Christmas. I started having Christmas parties in my home after a failed attempt to have a large holiday party for my family. All of my guests had an amazing time and the last of them didn’t leave until three in the morning. I can honestly, tell y’all that I was worn slap out and dog tired. It took us all about a week to recover from the party.
In this post I wanted to give y’all an inside look as to how I planned my party. The very first thing I needed to do was to decide who was coming. I already knew that I wanted close friends and family. Since my husband is military, he also wanted to invite some of his colleagues that he works with. Once I had my guest list, I needed to create my invitations. I wanted my invitations to be bold and eye-catching, which is why I chose red ones.
After I finished creating my invitations, I sent them out via; text, email, and Facebook. The RSVPs quickly rolled in and I realized there was no turning back. My third annual Christmas Party, was happening and I had a great deal of work to do. So I headed to the one place that will have just about everything I needed…Hobby Lobby.
I was able to find my napkins, rick racks, Christmas props, and even found some of my Christmas decorations. We also ran into Santa Claus during one of our many stops that day.
Decor : Outside
Since I was planning a Christmas Party I didn’t really need a theme and I didn’t have to stress too much about decor. This is the outside of my home fully decorated, with my hand-made Life-Size Elf on the Shelf. If you’re interested in making your own for next year, click here to find a step-by-step guide on how to create them.
This is the picture of my fireplace, if you would to know where I found all my decorations click here.
I really wanted magical Christmas decorations, which is why I decided to make my very own Snowman Christmas trees. If you would like to read how I made them, feel free to click here. When my guests arrived I had them take pictures by the snowman and I also placed another one on my stairs. I handed out props such as Santa hats and reindeer antlers, because it was a Christmas Party of course.
I absolutely love taking pictures and it was extremely important for me to have a great backdrop for pictures to be taken. However, I was unable to find one anywhere so I made my own. If you are in need of a backdrop for any occasion, wrapping paper works quite well. Click here to see how I created my inexpensive and fun backdrop.
As my guests began to arrive, I made sure that anyone that wanted a prop grabbed one. I quickly began taking pictures, because for me it’s important to document these beautiful moments.
I believe that the key to any successful party, is the food. If the food isn’t good, the party is an automatic failure. I love to cook and love making everything homemade. I decided that I wanted to have a pretty extensive menu, because I wanted there to be something that everyone could enjoy. My menu included:
I absolutely love vegetables especially broccoli, so anytime I entertain I make a vegetable tray. In the South we love eating savory dishes, and I think it’s really important to incorporate a veggie tray. It looks wonderful and it’s a very colorful spread. I also decided to have deviled eggs, sprinkled with real bacon bits because I got so many requests for them. Not to mention they are a Southern staple and easy to make. If you’re in need of a recipe for deviled eggs, click here.
I chose to serve pasta salad, because it’s a really fun, easy, and colorful dish to have at any party. You can add as many different vegetables as you like. I always like to add broccoli, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.The recipe for my zesty pasta salad recipe can be found here. Of course I had potato salad topped with real bacon bits, because in the south it’s eaten year round. It’s a southern staple and it’s also a party favorite.
For my meats I decided to serve Southern Style chicken wings, the recipe can be found here. I also served homemade pepper meatballs, I don’t like store bought meatballs they never taste good. If you’re in need of a delicious meatball recipe, click here. I chose barbecue pulled pork, because it’s amazing. I live in the south, of course I’m having pulled pork at my party. If you’re in need of a good pulled pork recipe, it can be found here.
For my desserts, I really wanted a variety of treats, so I made a decadent three layer chocolate cake you can find the recipe here. I ended up raffling off the chocolate cake, to my party guests. A southern style pound cake, which is another favorite. I always get rave reviews when I make a pound cake for any occasion, the recipe can be found here. I also made a chocolate sheet cake, covered in pecan halves. I made homemade gingerbread squares, with cream cheese icing. I made white cupcakes, and I also made green cupcakes, by adding a little green food coloring in the mix. Lastly, I made homemade Rice Krispy treats, which is a quick and easy treat.
Needless to say I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed the food.
It was imperative that I had a lot to drink, after all on my invitation I stated that it was a party where you could get “Stinkin Drunk.” We also had very potent jello shots, for our guests.
After my guests finished eating many of them spread out and began to really enjoy themselves with one another. Many of them began dancing, playing with rick racks, hula hooping, and even playing drunken twister. It truly warmed my heart that I was able to open my home to family, friends, and colleagues.
The holidays are my favorite time of the year, because it’s about being in the company of good people, eating delicious food, being happy and having fun. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I hope that you’re ready for all the amazing things that 2019 will bring this year.
I hope ya’ll enjoyed this post and I hope that everyone has an amazing week!
Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section.