favorite things christmas party

For most of the day on Wednesday, I was prepping for our annual Christmas party.
Our dear friends, the Robertson's, are home from Hawaii for a short break.
So excited to have them here!
Eight of us all together for the holidays.

I sent out evite invitations outlining our party.
This was a combination of a few things- our annual wine tasting party,
which we normally do in the fall; our Christmas party;
and a Pinterest party idea I've been wanting to try for a while.
The "Favorite Things" party.

The instructions were to bring your favorite bottle of wine, your favorite appetizer, and a favorite item costing under $6, wrapped, for a gift exchange.
Our wine tasting party is one of our favorite parties that we do every year too!

I set our table in white, silver, and natural colors.  
Very Woodsy Elegant.

I kept our vintage white runner on the table, and bought some fresh mini wreaths from Trader Joes.

I slipped them onto the wood candle pillars that we have in here right now.
They smell fabulous.

While I was working at Aunt Bee's the other day, I spotted this pretty glass glitter garland in another vendor's space.  
Loved the silver tarnished beads!

I added in a few mercury glass votives, and some small vases filled with white mums.

The linen wine bags went in the middle on top of a vintage butcher block.

I cut some strips of burlap, to act as runners under each person's place setting.

Once again, I borrowed my mom's silver chargers for the place settings.
(Let's see, two years in a row borrowing.....I might need to get some for myself!)

Simple white plates, and some white napkins.

I cut small lengths of Christmas ribbon,
and added a pinecone on top with each person's name tucked in.

If you know our group, this was kind of funny, because nobody follows the rules.  
Everyone just sat where they wanted to, and that is fine with me!

Since we were hosting and have a lot going on this time of year,
I kept things ultra simple with the food.

Everyone here loves the Trader Joe's caramelized onion and feta puffs...so I made those, and some gingerbread cakes, also a mix from TJ's.

Baked in mini bundt molds, with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
I whipped some cream, and added dollops just before serving.

After all the wine tasting and yummy food, we settled into the living room for our gift exchange.
We drew numbers to see who would go first and then selected a gift from the basket.

Our friends also brought us special gifts from Oahu.
For our coffee shop friends, they brought these:

So yummy.
We got the sour cream and onion version- our favorite~ and so appropriate since Jon's family had onion farms!

Me, selecting my gift.

Anything that comes in a chocolate bar/ brick shape is fine with me!
...and with sea salt sprinkles?
Well, it's no wonder these are our BFF's, that's all I can say.

We had a wonderful evening, and the nicest complement I heard was,
"this is the fanciest table I've ever eaten at."

He got an extra helping of dessert and a refill on the wine.

Merry Christmas!

If you'd like to see previous Christmas table settings, you can click

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  1. Hi Denise~ Looks like a fun dinner party and the table does look so pretty. I love that Christmas ribbon:)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family
    xo~ Cheryl

  2. Hello Denise,
    Beautiful tablescape! Love the pine cones and burlap runners. Wishing you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


  3. Everything looks awesome. I love that you incorporated burlap and the favorite things idea. looks like a great time (and food) was had.

  4. Denise- Your table looks beautiful. What a nice compliment to overhear! You did a great job- xo Diana

  5. Hi Denise,
    I enjoyed visiting with you and appreciate your sharing your party plans. Trader Joe's is coming to a city near me this next year and I can't wait.
    Merry Christmas.

  6. Beautiful! I am loving the look of using chargers - I don't have any and think it is time to change that!


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