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The Annual Christmas Party

by Courtney on December 4, 2011

Nothin’ like a good Christmas party with family to get you into the holiday season!

Last night, Jay and I attended an annual Christmas party held by very close family friends of ours.

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These friends, Tim & Joan, have been great friends with my parents since before I was even around, and they usually have some great parties for all of the major holidays. Growing up, I was told that I had to wait until I was an “adult” to be invited to the annual Christmas party, which is always held on the first Saturday of December. I can still remember being jealous every time my parents would attend and I would be stuck at home with a babysitter.

But for the past few years, me, Jay, and my brother have been able to attend and join in on the festivities…which always include lots of yummy food.

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I spent quite a bit of time grazing at the table, chatting with my parents, and sipping on some wine before finally deciding to make myself a small plate.

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Don’t let the plate picture fool you. That’s just one snapshot of some of the goods I enjoyed. If I had whipped out the camera for every single snack, appetizer, and cookie that I had, then I probably would have run out the battery. You get the idea.

I also may have found myself a new favorite wine, Riondo Pinot Grigio. It was incredible.

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SO much so that I enjoyed a few glasses throughout the evening.

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Of course, there were also plenty of peanut butter kisses cookies, just like last year and every other year before that. It’s a lovely tradition, isn’t it?

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And in addition to the cookies, there was my favorite table of the entire party…

The Dessert Table.

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Do you guys see the candy cane and tree cakes there on the ends? Well those two cakes are something that I look forward to every year.

Our friend Tim makes them and there is just something about them that I absolutely adore. The candy cane cake is actually made with a strawberry cake mix, with cherry preserves added right to the batter. It’s just amazing and it’s a treat I’m only able to enjoy once a year.

So you know what that means? I loaded up!

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And then I went back for seconds.

And then Joanie did what she always does and sent us home with a little care package.

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They’re so good to us!

I actually left the party feeling a lot less disgusting than I usually do, which was quite a feat. I enjoyed my treats but I didn’t go *too* overboard. Just like I planned. Smile

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This morning, I’m heading out once again to meet up with my mom and Meg for a fun little trip out to Massachusetts. We’re going somewhere that I’ve never been before but I’m really, REALLY excited about it.

I’ll fill ya’ll in a bit later but for now I’ll give ya a little hint…

It snows every four minutes there. Winking smile

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1 Caitlin December 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

That dessert table looks AWESOME! PB Hershey Kiss cookies are such a classic. I think they are almost everyone’s favorite classic cookie! That wine glass is too cute. I love finding a new wine – and indulging in a few glasses of it ;-) glad you had fun!
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2 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

I love those peanut butter kisses cookies! They’re by far my favorite Christmas cookie!
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3 Shari December 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

That dessert table looks amazing — and so festive! Isn’t it awesome how people go all out this time of year? Makes everything even more fun!
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4 Jenn December 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

What a fabulous holiday party!!! There is nothing that makes me happier than a holiday bash. :)

I must ask though- I’m in love with your top. Where did you find it??? So pretty!
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5 Emily @ Relishments December 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

I know where you’re going! I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it–have a great time!
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6 EG Gal December 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

Oooh Oooh, I know where you’re going but I’ve never been there before either. Looking forward to your blog later to hear how it was. I just stocked up with their buy two, get two free!!

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7 Laura H. December 4, 2011 at 10:19 am

Those desserts look fabulous! I love it when people make holiday cakes of any kind, since I prefer cake to cookies any day. Your hair looks great, by the way. I wish I could get mine to look that sleek in the middle of winter. ;)

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8 Marykate Sinnott December 4, 2011 at 11:31 am

It’s a beautiful day here in MA, enjoy!!! :)

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9 Khushboo December 4, 2011 at 11:34 am

I wanna drive head first into the dessert table- what a spread!
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10 Shannon December 4, 2011 at 11:42 am

That looks like such a fun party. I wish our family friends did something like that. My mom has peanut butter kisses cookies in the cookie jar right now. How ironic is that?!?

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11 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Looks like a fun AND delicious evening! :) You and Jay look so cute together in that first photo – beautiful couple! And oh my, all of those treats look amazing. I love holiday goodies. Those peanut butter kiss cookies are one of my favorites.
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12 Jacqui December 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Are you going to the Yankee Candle Factory?! I love that place especially this time of the year. I’m jealous if that’s where you’re going.
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13 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill December 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

What a fun tradition! The dessert table is always my favorite at parties, too!
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14 Shannon @ Healthiful Balance December 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Wowzers, all that food looks SO SO good! :)
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15 Chelcie of Chelcie's Food Files December 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

peanut butter kisses are my favorite holiday cookie! looks like you had a great time!
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16 Mallory @ It's Only Life December 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

you are so pretty courtney! all those desserts look amazing! wow!
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17 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I loveee holiday parties! So fun :D That dessert table looks sooo awesome. Such great goodies!

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18 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Those cakes look amazing and SO cute!
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19 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I love finding a new favorite wine! <3 Yummmm! …..Especially when it was combined with a dessert table like that!
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20 Tracy @ Tracy's Treats December 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm

All those desserts look wonderful!
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21 Jodi December 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm

It looks like you had a great time; but any party with lots of food is good with me!
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22 Sue December 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

Do you think your friend would share how he makes the candy cane cake. I “need” to make one this year for the dessert table. I’m in charge of it and am always looking for new, festive recipes and that cakes sounds and looks amazing. Thanks!!!

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23 Courtney December 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

I’m pretty sure that he just uses a strawberry cake mix, makes it as-is, but also adds in some extra maraschino cherry juice and strawberry preserves. I *think* he puts it in a 9×13 pan and just cuts it as a candy cane and frosts it. It should be pretty easy! Good luck! :)

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24 Laura@mypurposefullife December 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

You look absolutely gorgeous and glowing in these pictures! Also, Peanut Butter Blossoms are one of my biggest addictions. I only make them (or eat them) at Christmas, but they are one of the cookies I always looks forward to the most every year. I’m glad you stuck to your “not overdoing it” plan! That’s always easier said than done. :)
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