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Monday, December 12, 2016

Annual Neighborhood Christmas Party (2016)

 Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!
Yesterday we had our annual neighborhood house party and it was such a great time!













I've spent the past week or so making sure I have everything decorated & pretty to help get us all in that holiday spirit.

The past 3 days Mark & I have spent a lot of time prepping the food for our party.  Mark is an amazing cook and always makes way more than we need but he likes to have a variety and everyone always enjoys it!  If you leave this house hungry at the end of this party ... it's no ones fault but yours because heaven knows there's enough food to feed an army!  LOL

 This years menu consisted of:

Pierogies w/onions
Sausage links w/peppers & onions
Bar-B-Q Meatballs & mini weenies

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Beef Dip
Artichoke & Crab Dip

Mushroom/Heart of Palm Salad
Shrimp Cocktail
Christmas Deviled Eggs
Cheese Ball
Cheese/Meat/Cracker Tray
Veggie, Pickles & Olive Tray
Christmas Pasta Salad
Crab Bites
Fresh Fruit Salad
Pepperoni Bread / dipping sauce (brought by friends Lona & Gary White)

Then of course desserts:

All time favorite - Peanut Butter Fudge
Delicious Apple cake
Cranberry Bread w/cream cheese
Apricot bar cookies & Raspberry bar cookies (brought by daughter Carolyn Franjko)

And plenty of Pop, Beer & Wine to drink!

Like I said ... Mark enjoys putting out a SPREAD for friends and family.   

Everyone is so busy throughout the year ... so this has become at least one time of the year when we can all get together and 'catch up' on what's happening in our lives.  And of course, eat some awesome food while we're at it!  LOL



Most of the neighborhood kids aren't little kids anymore ... actually most of them are in college and happy to report all are doing quite well in their studies!!

So, we only had one 'little one' to entertain ... little Miss Lily Shamp!  What a sweetheart!  And, once she warmed up to all the people she had a great time running around through the house giving High Fives to everyone along the way.



















 We were very fortunate to have as many people as we did because it had snowed over night and continued to snow throughout the day making our 'long distance' (1-2 hours) family & friends having to deal with accident delays and slippery roads to get here.  Thank God they all made it here and back without incident!  We did unfortunately miss seeing our 'old neighborhood friends' the Beelmans who due to the weather didn't attempt the drive in from Michigan.  They had even MORE snow & icy conditions so I'm just as happy to see them when the weather is a little better and know they are safe.

Here are a few other fun photos! 

It's hard to believe, but last year the weather was SO NICE, we actually set the tables up out on the deck and fired up the grill ... adding hot dogs and burgers to the menu!  NOT SO MUCH THIS YEAR!!   LOL   With snow in the forecast I thought I'd better prepare for WET shoes/boots and picked up one of those boot holders at Target the other day.

Every year there is a PILE of shoes as you walk in the door but this year we had to be careful and try to keep all the WETNESS in a couple locations ... hence the more organized line up of shoes & boots!  LOL

Then of course our little Miss Lily ... what fun she was having but at the end, she just ran out of steam and fell asleep on the couch while watching a video on her mom's phone.  God Love Her!!











Well that's it for me today!  
I thought I'd rest and put my feet up today after all the evening event excitement but instead I'm headed over to PA to help my mom do a little decorating and put up a small tree for her.  So ... off I go and I'll catch you next time!

Hope everyone is having a FABULOUS start to their week!
As always, thanks for stopping by and . . .

8 comments:

  1. Well, I had to read every word and click on every picture! What a good time and what a spread! Darn it, Darlene, I'm starving now and it's only 10 am. Those Christmas deviled eggs are interesting. I love deviled eggs. Are you close to PA? Happy holidays!

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  2. So Festive! Tons of yummy food I see! WOW! I bet people move into your neighborhood just for your annual party! Fa La La La La

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  3. What a BEAUTIFUL tree and home you have! What a beautiful gathering! Looks like your food was all delicious and I am just sad I didn't live close by to come eat with ya! LOL ... I think that is awesome that you all get together and Mark and you put out all that food. Just a beautiful thing!!!
    Hugs,
    Jo

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  4. Wow, sounds delicious and fun! Can I come next year? Just kidding... love watching your blog nearly each day, feels like we are 'old' friends! Merry Christmas! - Donna D.

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  5. Wish I was one of your neighbors! Your house looks beautifully festive & what a feast! I need to find a good peanut fudge recipe--a treat we'd both enjoy. Glad everyone survived the driving conditions--one reason I'm practically retired--can't tolerate driving in freezing rain which is usually our bad winter days. Happy Holidays, Darlene!

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  6. Looks like you had a fabulous time with a very full house and oh my does all that food sound delicious!! Glad to hear everyone made the travels safely, I have heard of a few pile ups lately, so scary to be out on the roads in that mess.

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  7. Sounds like a fun party...your house looks so festive....and that FOOD...how delish!

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  8. Looks like a good time was had by all and the food looks amazing and yummy...you are lucky to have a hubby that cooks and helps out!! Major difference of weather this year compared to last but it seemed not to stop too many from coming...had to laugh at the shoes, as with 24 kids plus 12 adults at my house each year, I can relate...lol!! I bet your house is gorgeous decorated as pretty as the pictures are, I imagine IRL it is even more sparkle-y and prettier!!

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Darlene