Weekend Recap…Christmas Style!

I decided to take a couple days off from blogging so that I could spend time with my family and so that I could prepare for hosting the holiday.  We had a great couple of days and a very successful Christmas Day.

One of the details that I was excited for my family to see was the cups that I decorated for the big day.  I bought stemless wine glasses for the women, pint-like glasses for the men, and some plastic Christmas cups for the kiddos.  I wrote everyone’s names on them and used them instead of place cards.  I thought it made the tables look so cute and was a fun alternative to traditional place cards.  We hosted 27 people, 2 babies, and 5 dogs!  12 people ended up spending the night, along with all 5 dogs!  Thor was so happy to have doggies to play with throughout the day and night.

I tried to keep our menu pretty simple because I didn’t want to stress myself out.  As much as I love filet on Christmas, I was a little worried about cooking it too much or too little and accommodating people’s different preferences on meat temperature.  We decided to do 4 pot roasts and a tray of chicken francaise for the meat, mashed potatoes, pasta salad, roasted brussel sprouts with proscuitto, roasted carrots, and a yummy green salad.  We, of course, had some left overs, so I decided to buy some to-go containers for everyone so they could pack a little something to-go.  I learned from our Italian Thanksgiving that as much as I love Italian food, it is nearly impossible for Dan and I to finish all the leftovers!  We just used a sharpie on the lids to designate all the leftover containers.  It worked out very well.

The one thing that really helped for hosting was to create a diagram with names and table sizes way ahead of time.  This way when it came to setting up, anyone could look at my diagram and figure out what I was thinking.  I am very thankful for my mom and dad for sleeping over and helping us get everything in perfect shape for our guests’ arrival!

I am super excited because one of my gifts from my husband is a consultation with California Closets.  I have a very tricky closet in this house because it is sort of a walk in, but it has a roof that is sloped down because of our dormers.  I am excited to see what the closet people recommend to make it a more organized space for me to store my things!  Dan told me that once I have an organized closet, I will be expected to put my clothes away…yikes, this is going to be a little bit of a challenge for me, but I will do my best.  I usually do all my laundry, fold it, and leave it on top of my dresser haha…it’s a really bad habit, but hopefully with some organizational assistance, I will feel for compelled to put things away.

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and spent some quality time with your loved ones.  It’s such a special time of year and a perfect time to reflect on all the wonderful people and things that you have in your life!  Enjoy your last week of 2015!  I will be working hard in the city to finish the year strong at my job!

Thank you for reading and have a fun day 🙂

Here is my picture of the day…

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Ponzo Claus came to town again this year!  Although he was a little more tired this year due to taking care of twin Ponzitos since August.  His Santa suit was a little bit hotter this year, as the weather was around 70 degrees on Christmas day!  It was still, as always, a very FUN time!!! Thanks Ponzo Claus!!!

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