This past week, one of my co-workers had her annual Christmas party. I ALWAYS look forward to going to Sandra’s parties because she is the party queen of New Media Hospitality.
She put together a theme this year which was Naughty or Nice. During the night, 2 people were drawn from a hat to be either.. Naughty or Nice. The Naughty person had to fix drinks or fetch food for the Nice person. They could pass their crown along throughout the night as well. I was never nice but… I did get crowned naughty for a while!
Along with the fabulous food and drinks, Sandra always has a gift exchange. Actually, it’s awesome gifts under the tree and then your name is called, you get to get one. So… she’s basically Santa Claus, too.
We have the best time with this..
People get competitive, too…
My date this year was my Dad… he was a hit. A man even got up on the microphone and dedicated a speech to him. Dad is always the life of the party!
We all had the best time picking gifts and giving grief to the people who picked the gifts we wanted..
All in all, Connie got the best stuff. A Cheetah blanket and a tabletop fireplace.. I mean, Come On! haha
After the gifts were given, Mayhem even joined the party to really shake things up! i.e. Tom’s halloween costume
Thank you so much Sandra for such a wonderful night. Though, I have to say… you don’t have too many ‘nice’ friends.. haha! Love you!
Last exam today! Wish me luck!
A little Christmas Cheer from my favorite holiday movie, White Christmas.
And Vera Ellen.. wow. She’s incredible.
Danny Kaye is perfect, too. I wish people still danced like this.
Every year, it’s a tradition in the Moore Family to construct a gingerbread house to enjoy during all of our Christmas parties. I only say construct because after one year of baking our own and it falling to shambles… it’s better to let the experts like Wilton help out with their fabulous kits. I promise it will make you enjoy it instead of actually wanting to cry it’s not staying together. haha
Above is this year’s little village. I couldn’t decide on just one so I have a main house and a whole village around it. The little ones are actually the size of your palm and so cute and easy to put together. On the other hand… the big house was a bit of a disaster.
One big tip- don’t use the icing from a year ago! Trying to be thrifty after Christmas, I bought a gingerbread house on sale for the following year. The gingerbread was perfect however, you need an icing that hardens quickly to keep it all in place… which this did not. Luckily, I had more icing in another kit but poor Mom had to step in with stick pins after I exclaimed, “Why do we even need a Gingerbread house this year!!” Bad holiday spirit- sorry about that. She fixed it right up and I went on my merry way. Moms are the best, right??
Sasquatch was also a challenge this year.. haha. He looks like he’s terrorizing the innocent people of Gingerbreadville! King Kong Kitty!
So here is the house and all the little tiny ones. I love doing different ideas on all and roofs are my favorite. Last year I did Frosted Mini Wheats on the roof and it looked like snowy shingles. The year before, it was the candy wafers called Necco’s stacked. I got that idea from when my high school driving instructor used to eat them during every ride. Not only was I freaking out if I was going to pass my driving test, he was crunching those Necco things loudly beside me. haha
So there you have it! Please, Please start this tradition in your family! It’s so much fun, especially for little kids.. and big kids apparently! haha- Happy Holiday Crafting!
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