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Christmas Par-tay Time

by Courtney on December 9, 2012

So much food…

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Like, seriously…a lot of food.

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Including some adorable Pinterest finds!

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And drinks…lots of those, too.

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Unfortunately, the one thing I was most looking forward to, my cheese fondue, ended up turning out like crap. The stupid fondue burner kept burning the cheese, and although we attempted the turn it on/shut it off thing a few times, it finally burned the whole bottom of the pot. We threw in the towel after that one, which was even more of a bummer because that cheese wasn’t cheap!

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Oh well…the rest of the party was SO much fun that the fondue didn’t even matter.

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Can you spot the creeper in this photo?? I literally laughed out loud as soon as a I spotted him.

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Me and my co-host for the evening.

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The girlsssss.

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Part of our party also included a Chinese Grab Bag. It was optional to partake, but most people ended up getting in on it, which was really quite amusing.

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We actually didn’t wind up doing this until later in the evening, but we figured we ought to do it sooner rather than later, since some of the party-goers were having a bit of fun downstairs…

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I won’t name names. Winking smile

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The gift I ended up with from the grab bag was this adorable microwave soup bowl + soup.

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It was Sarah’s gift and she was worried that it was something that an “old lady” would want but I love it. Definitely a cute find!

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The party eventually fizzled out late last night around 1am, and although I have a kitchen filled with dirty dishes and empty bottles, it is totally worth it. It was a great night with some awesome friends! Smile

Now it’s time to go brave that kitchen…

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1 Anna Leeson December 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

Looks like it was a great time with food, drinks and friends! Does it get better?! The creeper is beyond hilarious :) Love the soup bowl, any idea where she got it?

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2 Courtney December 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

I believe it’s from Marshalls!

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3 Anna Leeson December 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Awesome, thanks!

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4 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

Ha, I have similar kitchen-things to tackle today. My roommate and I hosted a wine night last night and there are many, many dirty wine glasses. lol

That party look like a lot of fun! And you got a good gift, too!
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5 Megan@funsizedfitness December 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

That soup mug is really cute! Our extended family always does a white elephant gift exchange for Christmas – they’re a blast!
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6 Danielle December 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Our family always does a Secret Santa gift exchange on Christmas. On Thanksgiving we all put our names and 3 items we want in a hat and draw names. We have so many people in our family that it would become way too expensive to buy a gift for each person. The gift exchanges are always fun though!
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7 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections December 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

That soup warmer is such a good idea! I wonder where your friend got that? I’ve never seen one like it. Looks like a fun party. That is such a shame about the fondue though!
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8 Kerry @ Totes My Oats December 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

What a fun night! Seems like your party was a big success!
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9 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Oh wow, that seriously does look like a fantastic party, and the picture with creepster Cody totally cracked me up – he looks like he’s plotting something diabolical.

Hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday! Good luck with the clean up ;)
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10 Brittany Peters December 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Oh my gosh the food looks amazing! Im sorry the cheese didn’t work out. The microwave soup bowl/cup looks so cute!
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11 Andre December 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Looks like fun! I am bummed because I missed my cousin’s annual Christmas party this year since we now live out of town :(
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12 Katie @ skinnyminniemoves December 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I love the fondue idea! How fun :) and mmmmm apples and bread!

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13 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles December 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

That does look like a fantastic party! Too bad the fondue didn’t work out, but it seems like you guys managed without it. Cody is such a creeper, I love it!
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14 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Too bad for the fondue and cleanup, but looks like you guys had a great party!
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15 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Looks like SO much fun! I’d be happy with the soup + mug too!
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16 Angela @ Beauty in Strength December 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

What a fun night! Such a great way to get into the season with friends, food, and drinks. :)
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17 Danica @ It's Progression December 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Looks like a lot of fun!
I’ve never heard of Chinese Grab Bag…is that kind of like doing White Elephant gifts?
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18 Courtney December 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

You choose numbers to pick a gift but then you can steal from others too. It gets pretty amusing!

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19 Jessica Locke December 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Okay – I must be blind – cant find Cody?
Those Reindeer cookies look so festive and cute! My daughter would love ‘em!

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20 Courtney December 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Hahaha…look behind the couch ;-)

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21 Michelle@Peachy Palate December 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Quite the spread!!! What little gift did you buy for some one “grab” ? Love all the lights on the bar, definitely keep them all year round!
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22 Courtney December 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

A bottle of wine and a few shooters :)

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23 Kristen @ notsodomesticated December 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Maybe I’m an old lady, but I love that soup bowl idea! Very cute gift! :)
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24 cait December 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

love your sneaky cat!

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25 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Looks like a great party! I definitely spot some Pinterest finds that I pinned as possibilities for our Christmas Eve party… ;)
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26 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy December 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

That soup bowl is very cute! Do you know where she found it?
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27 Courtney December 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Marshall’s

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28 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Looks like a fun time! And I guess I’m an old lady, because I would have liked that gift!!!
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29 Khushboo December 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

What a great spread of food, especially those reindeer cookies!
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30 Molly @ Happy&Healthy December 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Looks like a great time! I cannot wait for the holiday party season! And the microwave bowl seems awesome, not an old lady thing haha
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31 mandee December 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

ooooh! i love those little strawberry santa hats! what dessert is that?
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32 Courtney December 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

They were brownie bites with frosting and strawberries. So good!

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33 Elizabeth December 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Looks like fun! My boyfriend and I had an ugly sweater recently and I cooked up lots of things courtesy of Pinterest and Jessica at How Sweet it Is…

Two questions- Where did you get that adorable throw with the stockings? And, is Chinese Grab Bag the same thing as a White Elephant exchange or Yankee Swap (I grew up in the Midwest and we called it White Elephant, but when I lived in Boston it was called Yankee Swap).
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34 Courtney December 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

I’m not sure what a Yankee Swap is, but it’s basically where you draw numbers and have the chance to choose an unopened gift or steal a gift from someone who already opened it. It’s a lot of fun!

And I actually have no idea where the throw came from…it took it from my mom and dad’s house when I moved out years ago. ;)

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35 Elizabeth December 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

Well it sounds like a new name for Yankee Swap. I love how different regions have different names for things (drinking games come to mind…)
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36 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm

You can never have too much food or too many drinks! ;)

Those reindeer cookies are adorable!
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37 Marielle December 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I saw those cute little santa strawberry hat things on Pinterest too! Looks like they turned out well ;)
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38 Beks December 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I want one of those bowls! Did she say where she got it?

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39 Courtney December 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

Marshall’s :)

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40 Tara Deal | Treble in the Kitchen December 10, 2012 at 4:39 am

Those pinterest treats looked so cute! :) What a fun night. I love having friends over for the holidays!

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41 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

Looks like such a fun party! I love the pinterest treats. That site is so addicting! :)
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42 Lauren December 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

I just made those reindeer cookies from pinterest on Saturday! And I’ve seen those santa hat brownies on pinterest too, they turned out super cute! Looks like a fun party :)

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43 Renee December 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

Awww this made me miss our annual Christmas party. We haven’t had one in a few years since my son’s birthday is now about the same time :/ Your food looks fabulous…don’t cry over burnt cheese :)

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44 Nancy December 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love the soup bowl!! Been wanting to get one, don’t like the all white ones! This one is so pretty I am going to see if our Marshall’s have them. My luck they won’t, but it is just too cute!!Lucky you!!

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45 Taylor December 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I have that exact same bowl and LOVE it! I also grabbed the next size up but that one has pastel colored birds on it :) TJ Maxx (and Marshall’s!) is great for that stuff. The party looked like a blast – and Cody made me LOL as well.

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46 Trudy December 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Looks like a great time! Love the picture of Cody behind the couch! Hahaha.

Sorry about the fondue…try again! I’ve definitely never tried…yet ;)
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