I pulled a "Sandra Lee" and the food was semi-homemade. I made Mexican Meatballs. Since they need to sit in a warm bath of gooey cheese mixed with Rotel chili's and tomatoes, I placed our slow-cooker on low, on the counter space where the charging station usually is. The three tier dessert stand came in handy to serve Pillsbury's Savourings for more appetizers. One long plate held three bowls for dips for a larger bowl of Tostitos bite sized chips. Steve brought a platter of veggies and hummus...
(others brought more wine - so we're stocked now!! lol)
Although I had toothpicks out, I also used some glasses to set up forks & spoons if anyone wanted them - and later for coffee & desserts. I also made a platter of four cheeses & two cracker flavors with a centerpiece bowl filled with grapes (it was a simple pairing for the wine!). To keep the white wines chilled, I just used a galvanized container from the garage filled with ice. Target had had the larger bottles on sale, so everyone had their choice of reds and whites...
I used two cake plates stacked in the corner to serve cookies and a cheesecake sampler. I stacked the cookies around the base of the middle tier, and used the top tier for the cheesecake. Candles were lit all over and it made for a nice glow with the tree and wreath lights.
We were all so engaged and thrilled seeing one another, unfortunately not many pics were taken... but that's OK. I know I personally just stopped - and enjoyed the moment rather than worrying about getting that perfect shot. I remembered to take pics after some guests had left. Here's a few...
Me and my dear friend (and old boss!) - Steve
Me & Jeff
(He's SOOO tired from the hours & drive!)
Steve, me and Albert.
It was a wonderful evening... (stress free!) time well spent with
good friends - who are almost like family to me.
Hope you are enJOYing some quality time
with those who matter most to you too...
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