Instead of trying to have a big holiday party I'm opting to have more casual impromptu gatherings with just a few folks at a time. I think this will be better because I'll really get to visit with and enjoy my friends.
Here's my plan and how I'm going to do it:
This past week I finished my holiday decorating (definitely scaled back from previous years!) But I felt this was as important for me as it is for guests. I did a very small vintage looking, gold tinsel tree in my in my bedroom. It’s all new and a little over the top but I’m enjoying it. In my living room I put up a small pencil tree, I wasn’t going to do it but I have some very special “Chloe” ornaments that I really wanted to display. Outside I went all natural, I used live garland and wreaths, and stuffed the window boxes with various evergreens from my property.
|My Bedroom Tinsel Tree|
|My Magazine and Holiday Card Basket|
I’m having a few small, casual and intimate dinners, a few friends for a traditional afternoon high tea, and possibly a nice brunch. I am also taking advantage of our great restaurants in Blue Ridge. For our GH team celebration we are going to Cucina Rustica. Or what could be better than meeting a few friends for sliders, Pat’s great brews and some wonderful soup by Polina at Blue Ridge Brewery?
So here’s how my plan is going so far…The other night I had friends over. We sat in front of the fire (I confess I had the AC on because Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and it was really too warm for a fire!) drank wine, ate Spanish cheese, olives, almonds, pate and French bread. Then we had a very simple salad, along with a shrimp and pasta dish (more wine!) and then a sampling of fantastic cupcakes and truffles from my girls at the Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge. I have to tell you it was a wonderful and stress-free evening with lots of conversation and laughs. Exactly what I was hoping for that evening!
|Tablescape for Small Dinner Party|
Corky's Holiday Snack Mix
1- Can (1 LB 2.75 OZ) Planters Winter Spiced Mixed Nuts
1- Bag (12 OZ) White Chocolate Chips
2- Bag (8 OZ or more if you like) Dried Cranberries
1- Bag (5 OZ) Emerald Brand Glazed Pecan Pie Pecans (Optional but delicious!)
Mix together and store in an air-tight tin or jar! Enjoy!!