Friday, December 30, 2011
My Mom's birthday is Dec. 26th. We've always tried to make her feel special on her birthday but Christmas chaos can sometimes take over. This year was a big year so we planned to make it special. Two of my sisters and I were in Seattle for Christmas so it was just 5 of us for Christmas and birthday celebrations.
We started with breakfast - our favorite meal. Jane made her waffles, which are the best! Egan had everyone in the family make a card and she taped them to the wall in the dining room.
Going with our theme "You're Sparkly and Wise" we bought her something sparkly to wear all day: earrings from Anthropologie.
After breakfast we sat around while she opened presents. I think my dad wrapped 60 gifts, so sweet. My siblings and I gifted her a photo book with pictures from our family reunion at Bear Lake. We also got her the newest Kinfolk magazine.
We spent the rest of the morning on an "urban hike" in Seattle, going to Pho for lunch and a movie in the afternoon.
pictures from her birthday dinner to come..
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
It sounds really appealing to have a low key New Years Eve (that's not happening for me this year). If I was throwing a NYE party I'd want a small group (8-12 people). We'd talk at table while eating fondue. Then play a rowdy game of Pictionary. And just to mix things up I'd use an unexpected New Years color scheme.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
10 surprise balls completed! Just in time for Christmas. Every Christmas Eve my nieces and nephews unravel a surprise ball. It's such a fun tradition. The kids geek for them!
I love searching for the treasures to go inside. Watches (and a pair of sunglasses for one) for the boys and bracelets for the girls were put in the center. Other goods were fake mustaches, mini hello kitty cameras, stickers, candy, money, etc. And I couldn't resist that tiny water color set! I'll take anything in size mini.
For the outside I added a glittery tree gift tag from target and added googly eyes (they make everything cooler). Wish I could be there when they open the surprise balls this year, I may have to video chat them in.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
My friend Shauna hosted a girls night last week. We arrived at her house to homemade tortilla soup, veggie dip (to die for!) with a lovely assortment of veggies, and homemade rolls. So dinner was delicious! After dinner we spent a couple hours decorating sugar cookies. They are the prettiest cookies I've ever decorated. It was fun to learn a new technique. Shauna's house was cozy and she didn't leave out a detail. I loved it!
After decorating cookies we piled in the car and went to see a Christmas light display in her neighborhood. This house means business. They have their own radio station and the lights are set to the music. Incredible.
See her post about the party here.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
My friend/roommate Cami and I hosted a Sunday dinner at our house. I like having my house full of good friends enjoying a tasty meal. And the Christmas season just adds to the coziness, which I love.
Steamed Green Beans and Carrots
(thanks for iphone pics shauna)
Monday, December 19, 2011
I help with the Activities at my church. For our Christmas party this year we were invited by another ward to do a Christmas Cruise in Newport. It was a huge success. Over 200 people came! The catered food was delicious and there were 3 floors that people could spread out and find a place to sit and eat with friends. The 2nd floor there was a photo booth set up. And the bottom level turned into the dance party after dinner.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I made gingerbread men and delivered packages of them to friends last week. I wish I had had enough red gum drops for the pant buttons but most of them ended up with a snow flake sprinkle. These cookies are easy! And so soft and delicious.
Friday, December 9, 2011
One of many reasons I hate living far away from my girlfriends is missing out on our traditions, favorites party being one of them. Jane posted about the Christmas Favorites party that they had last week. Here are some pics: