Happy Holidays to all! While the holiday season necessarily brings along with it an increase in social commitments, this time of the year finds our family particularly festive. We celebrate 6 birthdays between Thanksgiving and mid-December alone and we typically participate in Christmas festivities at four different homes--one of which is always several hundred miles away. Phew-- it is a busy time for us, no doubt, but it is also our favorite time of year.
We were pleased to kick off the season with a lovely birthday dinner for "The Reading Guy," and it turned out better than we ever could have imagined. A small party of 8, we enjoyed the sounds of classic Christmas tunes as we sipped on Cranberry-lime Sparklers and I was even able to showcase our brand new set of china. The hubby's darling grandmother graced us with her presence as well (a rarity, as she no longer makes a habit of going out in crisper temperatures), and we were treated to hours of her charming anecdotes, stories and wisdom.
The decor was minimal, but I made sure to include menus for the guests; this allows every one to know just what they are eating, what they care for and what they can do without. I also designed and printed place cards (simply made of darling cardstock) and I even included a celebratory short poem (personally penned for the occasion, as all guests were very close family).
We dined on delicious yet simple appetizers and three courses of a gourmet-inspired (but VERY healthy) menu, and we topped it all off with a Basque apple tart and homemade cinnamon ice cream (yum, yum, yum).
When the night had come to an end, we were left with six gushing guests and countless unforgettable memories! So, here's wishing you all a wonderful holiday season filled with love, light, and laughter in the company of those you hold dearest.