Sunday, December 7, 2008

So, where do you clothes-shop for YOUR duck???

Do you remember Harmon?? He's our duck that my sister Kathy bought for me about a year ago..

He's been through a lot (actually lost his head once..)so when it came to inviting him to my Cookie Swap, I knew he needed a "make-over" for the holidays!

Trouble is, where do you shop for party clothes for your duck?
All the "Santa" hats were too big, and, the jingle bells, well, none were just "right" for him.....



Until I found these...! Here's his "reveal"!!..


OK, so he really doesn't like the paparazzi, but with looks like his, ya gotta expect some publicity..


So, even though they weren't here, I wanted to be surrounded by my family. Here's Gerri, me
(pre-gray), Kathy and Larry..


And Mother & Daddy, looking like Mr. & Mrs. Claus - all he needed was the beard..


Prepping for the party was an all-nighter...bags to be filled, cakes to be baked..."door prizes" to be decided...


Labels for the tops of the jar cakes to be cut out...


Quick! I need a diet Coke to help me stay alert!.....uh, at least awake...


Don't they look cute!!

All lines up waiting for their twine ties..24 of these little suckers...


Can you say .."ahhhhhh.."



Lookin' good...

You know, when you go to the dollar-store, you sometimes get "tricked" into thinking you're getting the "good-stuff" for a lesser price? I mean, they copy the labels and sometimes you have to read really carefully?..then you get it home and notice it's Ivery soap, or Spic & Spawn..
..or V-7 juice? How about Peter Pin Peanut Butter ?? Yeah..

So we thought we were safe to buy gift bags..when we found this poor misfit...


Notice anything?? Yep. Trying to carry this would be...akward..


Here's the one woman assembly line...


Lots of goodies from the House Party on-line party line (where you hold a party, and you have sponsors that send you, the hostess, gifts to promote their stuff..not like preach about it, just make the goodie bags..) http://www.houseparty.com/

Mother-in-Law picked up some door prizes as well...




Here's a look at some of the decorations..this strainer I picked-up at an Estate sale..(I bought it..didn't want you to think I "picked it up"..if you know what I mean..)


The nest is real as are the eggs(shells- no eggs per se)..


A rooster and a hen Gerri got for me..


Yes, even my kitchen has a "splash of red"..)




Because we were having s "soup day", I didn't want to have flimsy paper bowls and you know me well enough to know I'm not really "into" cleaning ..so we got these at the dollar store for the soup - then the guests could rinse them out and take them home..(notice I said the guests could rinse them??..yeeeaah..)






Some of the guest are arriving!!


We even had one young man who helped entertain the pups..so they got cookies too!


In keeping with a simpler Christmas this year, we decided to get a teensy-tree. That way I'll only get half as depressed when I have to take it down in March...hahahaha..didja catch that one? Seriously, I take it down the end of the first week of January..



Bring 'em young and teach them about cookie swaps early..

"Let the swapping begin!" Had so many cookies, we used 2 tables downstairs...


Yes, I made them wear name tage..after all, I was up late the night before and ..well..you know how easily I can forget things..like the names of my co-workers...

Braxton waited patiently for someone to drop something..(no one did) and Lulu was having a bad-hair day and decided she didn't want it captured on film...

Everybody's cookies were incredible as is evident on the faces....

There were 13 of us there, co-workers, neighbors and old friends...here's the "office" bunch...
Don't expect us to be serious for too long...


When the eating, the cookie swapping and the photos were taken, it was time for ....CRAFTING!





We made gift tags and origami gift boxes..all were adorable!


So, didja ever have one of those parties that you plan, work hard on to prepare, stay up late then get up early to be ready and no one has any fun????????

Me neither!!!!!!!!!!!

We all had a blast! Next year, I'd like YOU to be here too!


Have a great Monday and don't eat too many cookies.....yeah, right...have we meet??


-me

11 comments:

Neabear said...

What fun!! I felt like I was right there. Thanks for taking us along for the party.

Irish Cottage Dreams said...

How fun! It all looks so yummy too!
Have a happy holidays!

~kimme

Lucy said...

Love the pictures! I've got to move up there and be your next door neighbor. You'd LOVE that. And you know....I don't have an actual addiction for Diet Coke or even the real thing. But I do have a thing for MCDONALDS diet cokes. Do they put cocaine in them or something because I just love'em. They are different in some way. In fact...there's one just down the street........I'll be back in a bit.

Betty said...

When you host a party, you host a PARTY!! Great everything...guess that covers it, eh? Loved the post today.

Lindsay Bunker said...

I must say that this party was the most epic cookie party in existance...!!!! No, the most awesome party period in existance!!! Thank you for all of your thoughtful details and for thinking of us. I was so touched by how much work and love went into this party! xoxo colleen! p.s. I want to steal your house. Well, not steal, but maybe duplicate?

white o'morn cottage said...

Great night was had by all!

white o'morn cottage said...

Great night was had by all!

Jean said...

Wow! I never heard of a cookie swap being so much fun! All that and cookies too! Wish I was there. Jean

La Dolce Vita with LeAnn said...

Official Party Queen...that's you dear Colleen. Thanks for sharing the fun with us all. Blessings, LeAnn

Laurie and Chris said...

You all look like you had a blast at your cookie swap. Now that I see how much fun they can be I may have to have one myself.

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Wow...looks like a lot of fun!