Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Merry-Little-Christmas-Party...

Every year - at least for a little while past. we've hosted a little gathering for the neighborhood to come and have some sweets & treats and fun and friendship.

My Grandfather who I never met..

This year, it was smaller {many participants had places  to go - things to do- people to see} but we had fun, and those who missed this year may well be able to attend next year..

My Mother (l) and my Aunt Alice (r) circa 1917
So, it started a couple of weeks ago with a little decorating ...


 


















..put out some treats...

{Parmesan, Cayenne Shortbread}
{Chocolate Chip Cookie Peppermint Balls}


{Corn Chex, White Chocolate and Peppermint Snack Mix}

'Course, had to have ID tags...

{just because Sushi lives on the warm stove, I didn't want the guests to think he was on the menu!}
{Dips..}
{Chips & Mango Salsa..}
{Queso..or.."that's nach-yo cheese"}
{Jeff's "Ooey-Gooey Butter Cake"}
{Peanut Clusters}
{left to right..Cookie Balls, Cracker Toffee, Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Cranberry Bark..}


{Sugar Cookies, Oatmeal - Golden Raisin Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies}

..great neighbors and friends..

and just have fun!

And we did..

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas week and God bless us everyone!

..me

17 comments:

just call me jo said...

I love your decorations and treats. You are such a sweet, charming lady. You are such a holiday treasure.

Laurie said...

Amazing Colleen! I love your decorations, the food is making my mouth water, and your generosity to your neighbors is so sweet, and so you! You've also made me want to do this next year. What a special tradition!! Merry Christmas to you and yours Colleen

Linda Chapman said...

How wonderful!!! I love your tags! My gathering for friends and neighbors is in just a few hours. No tags like yours THIS year! Bet I have them NEXT year!!!
Merry Christmas!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Love your decorations, and your snacks look great.

Merry Christmas!

Breezy said...

Colleen~~ it was amazing fun! I have to say.. love those red-neck wine glasses!!

Sharon said...

I love your home and all the really cute decorations, especially the snowmen, and the two snoozing on the sofa! Merry Christmas and I look so forward to visiting you in 2012. You always make me smile! That truly is a gift. Hugs Sharon

Vee said...

Oh you are the best kind of neighbor! I'd love to live in your neighborhood especially if you're going to feed me all those treats at Christmastime. Everyone looks happy...Mr. B looks content.

Pearl said...

Your house is so cute Colleen, and you sure can cook, wish I was there cause I'd be helping all the way,nom nom Hope you all had fun!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your decorations are so cute! Looks like you had a lot of wonderful treats at your party.
Love the ornament card holders.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

diane b said...

Your decorations are marvellous. They are so funny and quirky reflecting your personality. I guess you made a lot of them. You are so clever. The food too looks delicious. You must have been working on it for hours. I love Mr B and the doggy. Glad that you all had fun. Our street party got washed out with rain.

Karen said...

Everything looks beautiful and delicious! I'm happy you had such a great time!

Garden of Egan said...

Wow!!!!

That's a beautiful home. Your decorations are awesome. What a sweet thing to do something like that for the neighborhood.

Merry Christmas!

ramblingrose said...

sigh.... it is all so lovely.

ramblingrose said...

sigh.... it is all so lovely.

Elizabeth said...

Everything looks wonderful!

Vicki/Jake said...

Aww Dang! Sorry I had to miss it. Maybe next year we could do it a little earlier...but glad to see Gail made it! Love your decorations too, oh and the White Elephant gift was a hoot! Have a warm and cozy Christmas with your family Colleen, then on to another fun year! xoxox

T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh yum! Sounds like a sweet gathering. Parmesan cayenne shortbread -- I have never heard of that one. Happy holidays. Blessings for the new year, Tammy