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Friends Christmasgiving 2016

For the last several years, Zach and I have hosted a get together for our little group of friends to celebrate Christmas with each other. The night is typically filled with laughter, presents and way too much food. This year was no exception, but to be honest, it was my favorite one yet. Over the years we have had many themes for these Christmas get togethers – but this year’s theme was food. When the theme was first decided, I knew that I wanted to make this year extra special for my friends. After all, they put up with me being busy with weddings on most weekends and my constant need to photograph – well everything. They deserve to feel fancy! With a little creativity, the plan came to life. Plus, I was able to incorporate my brass deer. I love those little guys.

The evening was perfect. My best friend, Megan, came over early in the day and helped me get everything ready. From the cooking and cleaning to making sure the table scape was just right – I couldn’t have done it with out her and Zach. Plus Megan made the best Dr. Pepper ham of all time! As friends started arriving the kitchen doubled with food and happiness. We all sat down to dinner and had enjoyed laughing over silly jokes and awkward stories. After dinner we had dessert. My friend Jennifer brought a yummy cheesecake and I made a pumpkin pie bites and chocolate mousse shooters. I also made peppermint Oreo truffles (recipe can be found here) – if you like peppermint and Oreos, this is the treat for you!

Following dessert and presents, we moved on to a tradition my family has celebrated since my teen years. Finding the pickle ornament. This is a supposed German tradition where you hide a pickle ornament on the tree and the person who finds it receives a special prize. The origin of the pickle hiding is up for debate (you can read about that here) but nonetheless it is still fun for everyone. Each year Zach and I try to make finding the pickle more and more of a challenge for our smarty pants friends. One year we didn’t even hide it in the tree – so now our whole living room is searched thoroughly while Zach and I stand nearby giggling. This years search was no different – as I had cut open a Christmas bulb and hidden the pickle inside – moohahaha. Finally, after about twenty minutes of vigorous pickle hunting, our friend Brian proved victorious.  The evening ended with one of the most hilarious games of Scribblish I have ever played. We laughed so hard we cried – so worth it. If you have never played this game, please do so right now!

This years Christmas party was just as I had hoped that it would be. Food, friends and tons of laughing – that’s my kind of party! It meant so much to me that each of these wonderful people came to celebrate – some even drove from over an hour away! I appreciate each one of them and consider myself lucky to have such fun, quirky, witty, kind and giving people in my life. The holidays are a magical time and I am glad I was able so share some of the splendor with some of my favorites. Merry Christmas everyone! 

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