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This past Saturday, Ryan and I hosted a small Christmas party for some close friends. Needless to say, I busted out my best Ina to get ready for the party. I think I had almost as much fun getting ready for the party as I did at the party. As if we had any doubt, I think it’s official; I’ve caught the Gerrard-women, crazy entertaining bug. Thought I’d share some fun “detail” pics of the party.

A day before the party, I pulled out all the serving platters that I thought I’d want to use (I tried to stick with white and green platters) and any decorations that I thought I could make look “Christmasy.” I didn’t buy any new decorations for the party— I either used fresh fruit and herbs to decorate, or used things I already had.

I found these adorable mini-pears—apparently called Seckel Pears— at Foods of Nations for only $2.39 per pound! I got 10! I thought they would go perfectly with my green and purple theme. I nestled them in little folds of fabric around the table. The fabric, incidentally, I used as curtains at one point in college— I told you, nothing new!

I labeled the dishes so people would know what they were eating. Why, yes, in fact, I am related to Terry Gerrard.

Prepped the bar.

And sent Ryan on his errands.

Put the finishing touches on the decor.

And the food… caprese skewers.

Brownie bites with pistachio whipped topping.

I wish I had a good picture of what the table looked like completely finished but, of course by that time, I was so excited about people getting to the party I completely forgot about taking pictures! Here’s the best picture I have from Ryan’s iphone.

Our menu:
Caprese Skewers
Zuchini and Pepperoni Bites
Chicken Meatballs with Ginger and Lemongrass
Potato Salmon Cakes with mustard creme fraiche
Spinach dip with chips
Brownie Bites with pistachio whipped topping
Hot Cider with Whiskey
Ethan & Allison’s Holiday Punch

I get so much pleasure out of having people in our house and (hopefully) making them feel comfortable and welcome. And, I find the process of prepping everything so creative and fun, I’m glad I was able to capture and share most of it. Hope this inspires your next party!

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Gratuitous Photo Sharing

Here are just a few pics from Thanksgiving that I had to share. Grateful.

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