Wednesday, December 7, 2011

11th annual christmas party

The Invitation...

The Prep

I've collected these 60 some mason jars over the years.
I used a combination of tea lights, and some battery candles. 
I love them displayed in mass.

Organizing  all the serving pieces ahead of time!

Moved the jars to the kitchen island, which serves as the buffet, 
added fresh greens from our yard.

Setting up a bar cart for serving drinks.

~  Welcome  ~

The Menu

Pomegranate Martinis

Giada's Italian Chicken Salad in Lettuce Leaves
Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Marmalade Meatballs
Stilton Stuffed Dates wrapped in Bacon
Individual  ~ Giada's Mac 'n Cheese

Molten Chocolate Cake
Coffee with Baileys

Sorry, no photos I was busy getting dishes out of the oven, 
but I'll do a post about the do-ahead appetizers and my tips.


The Gifts


These clever girls!! Using the invitation as a bow,
decopaging a wine box with book pages, using the comics as wrapping paper
all in keeping with our 'word' theme.

Here's mine.

 What was in the beautifully wrapped packages?

I'm a lucky girl,
 and so happy they feel guilty stealing from the hostess!
Did I mention I immediately hung it on the wall!
Oh, and my friend made it!

  Here's to my wonderful girlfriends!

I saw this Pooped Party Girl
when I got up this morning, she slept all night with her pearls on!
(she got the fashion advice from this stylish friend)

Till next year...


Unknown said...

Pam what a wonderful party you throw!!!! Love all of your little touches, especially the mason jars! You really had quite the menu and must have been a busy bee getting ready. The gifts look to be incredibly clever and I agree it was lucky they don't steal from the hostess that print is darling!

Shannon Fox said...

Just Bee. So cute. You scored ;)
I adorde the last shot.... so very sweet.

Dana Frieling said...

Wow! You did not disappoint, girlfriend! How fortunate to have such great friends. I'm sure you made them feel very special by your close attention to detail and amazingness overall.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

What a fun party! Your dog is totally cracking me up. Everything looked fabulous-all of those mason jars...Wow! What a great presentation. I think you've convinced me to throw an impromptu party for my girlfriends. We'll see! Oh, and you looked really cute, too!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looked like a fun party and your house looked amazing!! That last pic is sooooo sweet! Martina

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Wow Pam very impressive! Your home looked beautiful and your menu sounded incredible...and nothing beats your sweet golden dressed in pearls, they are the best.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, that is a lot of mason jars. The menu sounds so yummy and looks like a grand time.

Inspired and In Awe! said...

Oh my goodness! The jars, candles, sleds, menu, gifts, and the hostess-beautiful. Your house is glowing. It looks like you can add caterer to your long list of talents! Every detail, even carrying the pearl theme from your invitation post through to the puppy in pearls -AMAZING!

Andrea said...

Looks like it was the perfect night. Love the mason jar candles and what clever wrapping. Love your gift!

Holly Gruszka said...

Mmmm...I know I commented on this post this morning but now I don't see it. At any rate, you throw one heck of a party!! It's beautiful Pam! I love the candlelight and it just looks like everyone had fun. Not to mention the menu, YUM! I'm giving you a shout out or two tomorrow.

Carly {a simple affair} said...

Everything is practically perfect in every way :) Especially the pup in pearls. Perfection. Love the gift you ended up with! Where is your "Have yourself a merry little Christmas!" art from. May have to make that on a canvas.

A Vintage Vine said...

Girl! What do I really are a wonderful hostess, we can call you the "Hostess with the Mostess"..The party looks like so much fun. The mason jars are a brilliant idea all lined up on the counter....Oh, and I got one more peek at your wonderful kitchen! Thanks for sharing!

Calypso In The Country said...

It looks like you had a wonderful party! I love all the mason jars and your kitchen looks gorgeous! What a great menu too! Your golden looks so sweet sleeping. What a darling dog! Have a great weekend!

René said...

Those candles are stunning!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

I love all of the mason jars, that looks amazing! Your golden is precious in pearls too!

Unknown said...

Love all those mason jars! So pretty! Looks like such a fun party - I want to come ;)

A room with a view said...

Your mason jar idea looks stunning and illuminates the entire space. Will be returning to read more and to follow. Great ideas for the party - the menu looks delicious!

Brandi said...

Wow Pam! Such a beautiful hostess you are! Your home looks amazing decorated for the holidays! Love your candle display! So fun that you all get together they way you do!!

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