I went to a Christmas Party last night, hosted by long time friend Jen's mother, Mrs. Jackie (and yes I will always call her that). Mrs. Jackie has a beautiful home and is an amazing cook. The display of food, the holiday decor, and of course the rocking tunes all were great! My favorite dish of the night was actually a side- broccoli casserole- but this was no ordinary (or healthy) dish. It was the hit of the night and I left with a copy of the recipe (I'll post shortly). The decor ideas to incorporate the holiday spirit were done tastefully and simple, for example ornaments hanging from the chandelier and from door knobs.
The main event of the night however was the secret Santa steal game...bring a gift valued at $25 dollars, wrap it, and place it in the pile. We all drew numbers and then a non participant drew another number to see who started first.
There is a lot of strategy that goes into this game. First, bring a gift that doesn't totally suck. Second, to leave with a gift that doesn't totally suck. Some people worked together and others went for the steal. My strategy, to leave with the gift I brought.
This was a ladies only party, so the gifts definitely reflected that... some hot items of the night were the crock pot, nail salon gift card, and wine set complete with electronic bottle opener.
In the end, I was victorious and left with the gift I brought :)
Large hot beverage tumbler, cold beverage cup, and a Starbucks gift card!