Our annual holiday party was held at Judy's home......she is so generous to open it for our big group. Without any family coming to visit, our home hasn't gotten decorated in YEARS....ba hum bug.....Judy, on the other hand goes all out.... I loved this charming center piece...greens, pine cones, and candles safely burning away in glass ball canning jars. Her home helped to put me in the Christmas spirit!!
NC is second only to the state of OR in the production and sales of Christmas trees....and Judy's family found a beauty this year.
No detail was overlooked in her preparation....we all felt so grown up! Our group consists of 14. 12 of us were able to attend.AND...then there was the food.....beautifully arranged with a herby spread topped with smoked salmon slices on leaves of endive brought by Kate.
Linda brought her yummy deviled eggs...and some little devil must have thought he'd have a little fun with her on her drive over. A car cut her off....the eggs went sliding....she was concerned about the presentation but she truly didn't have to worry about the taste!
I'll spare you photos of each dish but can assure you everything was very tasty.....
I made favors out of the food container boxes that I used to make an advent calendar for our son's family. Each contained a spool of some kind of specialty thread.
Our show and tell was brief this month as everyone was understandably busy at this time of the year. Connie shared a commission piece she needs to finish BEFORE Christmas.
Lynne showed this piece....we all loved the unusual, yet effective color combination.The highlight (well after the food) is our white elephant exchange. This year was a FIRST.....not one person 'stole' somebody's gift. We thought that might be because the gifts were getting better.......
BUT.....frankly, I'm not sure about that!!!
I feel like I won the lottery....because this antique sewing bird was in my box of goodies. I know they are very collectible so if anyone is interested, please email me.Here we all are.....I couldn't be more pleased to be a part of such a wonderful group of talented friends. It's made my transititon to North Carolina complete!