Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hosting For Dummies

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My husband and I began a tradition of hosting Christmas day at our house a few years back, and couldn't be happier- we can eat (a ton), drink (a boat-load), and be merry (woo-hoo!) all within the confines of our own abode.
Everybody is gathered for Christmas day fun!

Avery, as well as any as-yet-unborn children we may have, doesn't have to leave Santa's fare to go off to Aunt Suzy-Q's house, we don't have to worry about driving after four (teen) glasses of eggnog, and both Kyle and I love hosting.

The problem is, we would also like to attend our own party, and not be stuck in the kitchen the whole time. So, the solution: come up with a menu that we can make ahead, find food that is quick to cook, or tell people to bring something. We do all three.
My momma flecked by my aunts in their red ensembles

We usually have a big crowd, so we'll throw a turkey in the oven in the morning, Kyle makes a filet (which is nice and quick), and we have a pasta dish. Then comes the sides.

Like I said, everyone usually brings a little something- creamed spinach, stuffing, cranberry relish, green beans, salad, etc. (I'm currently drooling).

I make an easy, yet delicious mashed potato dish that requires very minimal effort. There is actually no peeling involved! You can find the recipe here.
Santa baby and I- circa 2009

I'm so happy that I have family and friends who love to come and play with us on this fun evening!

Look at all that growing she's done!


  1. Sounds so yummy! We do something similar and it works out great!

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  3. Great pics! Hi~ I found you through the Monday Hop & would love it if you stopped by and returned the love :)


  4. This seems likes its been the busiest Christmas ever for us...but its been a blessed season thusfar. Last weekend we threw a get together for friends, then we have Christmas Eve here with my husbands mom and Christmas Day morning will be at my parents and Christmas Day evening will be here with my husbands dad and my husband sister then his other relatives are coming in later in the month and we will host another celebration. :0)

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  5. Stopping by to email subscribe from Mailbox Mondays- can't find that option so I'm GFC following


    I'm jealous you can host. Someday I will!

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