Last night I finally got to host an evening I’ve been looking forward to for a long time- a girls night white elephant Christmas party! See, I really love to play hostess. David might give a raised eyebrow at that statement because he has the pleasure of seeing me those hours before go-time when I frantically wonder those important and rational things like did I get enough cheese?! and what if someone prefers flavored sparkling water?!
The hosting part is half selfish because honestly I really like having a reason to use my Christmas plates.
And if we lugged that big ‘ol tree inside our living room, then darn it, I want someone to see it in all its four-year-old designed glory. Notice all the lights and decoration on just the lower half? Haha. I figure one day we’ll have a picture perfect tree but won’t have the giggling little girls to go with it, so I’m kind of loving this tree just how it is.
And I can attest that it looks better in person.
The only detail I totally overlooked for the evening was my outfit- doh!
I know this would be the first thing many people would think of, but I was too busy stockpiling extra olives and attending to other crucial details. Literally an hour before the party started I went to get ready and realized that dreaded thought all women have at some point: I have NOTHING to wear. No red, no green, no leggings (I shrunk them and have yet to replace them). I thought about texting Molly to see if her adorable reindeer dress was still available, but just said screw and pretended it was fall instead of Christmas.
Note to self: I really need a staple wintry dress like this one in my closet.
Luckily the fire in the fireplace was just for show, as it was about 70 degrees yesterday, so comfort-wise I was fine. I just banked on the fact that people would pay more attention to the food than my lack of seasonally-appropriate clothes.
In an attempt not to stress myself out, I outsourced the dessert portion of the spread to Whole Foods, though I desperately wanted to pretend I created this little coconut beauty.
A baker I am not, though, so no would have believed it anyway.
I did, however, take a page from my friend Jane Marie’s book (who is definitely the hostess with the mostess!) and put together this festive baked brie that she shared on the blog back in 2011.
But let’s be real, the best part of the evening isn’t captured in pictures. It was the people.
This time of year is crazy busy so I understand it’s a tough time of year to plan a gathering. I always get last minute party anxiety that everyone is going to cancel or not show, so it really meant the world to me to see so many of my friends’ smiling faces walk through my front door. We finally had the chance to wear real clothes, sip wine, have uninterrupted conversations while Christmas music filtered through the background… and snap a group photo of course!
I hope everyone had fun because I truly had a winederful time! (No typo there)
Curious what I ended up with in the white elephant exchange? Check it out on instagram 😉
What is the best/funniest white elephant gift you’ve ever given or received?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!