Sunday, December 9, 2012

Welcome Christmas with Friends at a Holiday Brunch

As "Monica Geller" from friends proclaimed in happy exhaustion, "I am always the hostess!"  And, indeed nothing makes me happier than a party at our home with my husband cooking up something wonderful!  We love hosting a Christmas Ladies Brunch & Gift Exchange with my best girlfriends on an early Saturday in December. This year's event was especially pretty!

 I had 14 guests + 2 precious little girls.  Tables were set with our Spode Christmas Tree that was both collected over many years and purchased at a smokin' deal for 87.5% off after a huge Colorado blizzard crippled the retail season - still one of my favorite shopping memories!  Each place setting had a small mercury glass votive that I used as a vases holding fresh evergreen and fragrant Colorado carnations.  Each hanging vase was tied with a red gingham ribbon & a place card.  These became the party favor - same as the year before - so that everyone can have a little mercury glass collection.

 Our dining table is set with a favorite tablecloth from Crate & Barrel (never seen again - gosh that store is so hit or miss)  Our red glasses are from Colonial Williamsburg, called "shrub glasses".  Perfect for water or tea - or anything else. 
 The second table in the kitchen was set using a vintage 1970's tablecloth that belonged to my Mom.  The colors & poinsettia pattern work perfectly with the china.  Again, the star votive candles were a Crate & Barrel gift from my god-mother.  It's just as fancy as the dining room and just as pretty!
 The Kid's Table doesn't get any cuter than this! Mini table with Christmas Pyramid and Colonial Williamsburg child's tea set (filled with milk & sugar cubes too!) Each girl received an angel ornament with her place card. They spun that pyramid to death, and felt so grown up at a "Big Girls Party"!
 Our family room Christmas tree is filled - and yes, this took hours!  But, everyone enjoys it - especially us - filled with ornaments from our childhood, and places we have traveled to.  Ornaments from far-away places make a great collectable and invoke wonderful memories.  I think there are at least 8 Eiffel Towers on that tree, plus lots from Colonial Williamsburg!  And, we will always remember our day trip to San Antonio TX with the darling little clay angel we found.
 Dessert after brunch?  Absolutely!  This fabulous cheesecake with fresh berries was made by friend Lindsey of 5280 Cakes.  It was perfect with another cup of hot coffee & lots of conversation. 
Tiny nested Santas are a favorite of our Santa Collection.  They wish you a Merry Christmas - as do I!

1 comment:

  1. Very useful information on Christmas party brunch. I am planning to arrange Christmas party with my friends and have already booked one of grand Los Angeles event venues. Hope to have a good time at the party.