A month or so ago as David and I were planning our December we realized something. We filled up the weeks with reminders to take the kids to see Santa, check out lights, take them to friends’ birthday and holiday parties, but we didn’t have a single adult only event to attend. We recognized that the friends we hang with have been busy having and raising babies for the past 5 years like we had, but that a large majority now have toddlers as their youngest which means we can leave the house again! (hands up emoji!) I’m being a little dramatic of course, but we had a glass of wine and decided we needed to throw a party- a Friendsmas Party! So we did.
We set our guest list on the smaller side; a gathering of only our closest friends, which is hard for me since I like to invite the world. David set a parameter that close friends were defined as someone that would be comfortable opening the fridge and grabbing their own beer. For some reason this cracked me up and we stuck with that definition.
Then, since I tend to stress about parties (will everyone have fun?!), we split the responsibilities. I’d do food and David was the drink committee. I had nightmares that this would end up like when they put Phoebe in charge of cups, but honestly it was helpful. And though I’m not (too) surprised, David rocked it!
Craft beer, wine variety, water and a bourbon punch that was without a doubt the highlight of the drink station!
It was RIDICULOUSLY good. Like Kindred quality. And I don’t think a compliment gets better than that.
As for food, I worked through several menu ideas and loved all your suggestions you gave me through Snapchat (so helpful!). I finally came up with a spread I was satisfied with, making some of it myself and ordering some catering through Whole Foods to help bring it all together.
Sliced baguettes with horseradish aoili and sliced roast beef with chives
Crudite platter with an herby ranch dipping sauce
Cheese platter with spiced candied pecans and fruit
We kept the decor to a minimum, figuring a lit tree and a roaring fire would do the trick.
At 7:00 there was nothing else to but get dressed, check on the kids upstairs (with a sitter) and pour a beverage!
This dress ended up working out perfectly! It was so comfortable and I look forward to experimenting with dressing it up and down. I got over my hesitation and rocked my favorite booties with it. I felt comfortable and festive; my favorite combo.
Then, it was party time!
I kept my camera put away most of the night and just enjoyed uninterrupted sipping, eating, chatting and laughing with some of my most dear friends. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I had such a great time hanging out, playing white elephant and just being together.
I’m so grateful for the friends we’ve made here over the past 6 years. They’re so much fun, incredibly kind and are cool with our brand of crazy.
We didn’t make it to bed until past 1:00 am, (who do I think I am?!), which led me telling the girls to just eat the leftover cake for breakfast the next morning. I guess you could say the holidays are in full swing!
What is your favorite dish to bring to a holiday gathering?
And on the other side- what dish are you always most excited to eat at a party?