Well we survived our Christmas party today that we hosted and I have to say, it was a hit!! All of the planning and work was well worth it when I got to see my family all together, having a fun time, laughing and enjoying being together!!! My parents kept all 4 kids overnight last night so hubby and I could get some last minute shopping done. We went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Red Lobster, and boy was it good! After we ate, we headed out to pick up the things that we still needed to get for the party and then we came home and enjoyed the peace and quiet........we don't get that very often!!!
We got up early this morning and got to work! There were things we could have done ahead of time (that we didn't!) so we had a lot do. My husband hasn't had a day off in so long it's not funny but he helped me so much today and didn't complain a bit! He helped me cut and clean veggies for our vegetable tray and helped me decorate too! I am so thankful that I have a great husband that helps me!!!
We kept things so simple!!! We ended up making a simple vegetable tray, sliced oranges and a cheese tray! We also ordered 8 pizzas from our favorite pizza place and then everybody brought a dessert!
My sister also made this awesome pasta salad from Hormel Foods! The guys loved it so I thought I would post the recipe for you all!
1 (7.75-ounce) package Classic pasta salad mix
1/2 (8-ounce) package Hormel® Pepperoni
1 cup chopped Roma tomatoes
1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
1.Prepare pasta salad according to package directions. Stir in pepperoni, tomatoes and olives; toss to mix well. Cover; refrigerate.
This was a big hit at the party! Our husband's LOVE pasta salad..... this stuff definitely got eaten up fast! If you are looking for an easy recipe to use as a side dish, pasta salad is a great choice!!
After we got done eating, we hung out and the girls did crafts. The boys all went outside and played Nerf Flag Football in the mud! They thought that was awesome and they made my mud room a really muddy room! LOL But that's ok....I am just glad they had so much fun! The craft kits came from my mother-in-law...she ordered them from Oriental Trading and the girls had a lot of fun!!!! I have to say though...they made a big mess. Crafts are good. Unsupervised crafts is really messy. LOL
After the kids got done playing, it was time for presents. I don't know if you all have seen the video floating around Facebook but I was really inspired by Jimmy Kimmels challenge of giving your kids a gift that they really wouldn't want. I have been watching the videos on YouTube and thought they were hysterical so we set it up for all of the kids at the party today. I hid their real presents and gave them the funniest stuff! We gave all 3 of the girls acne products. It's funny because all 3 of them are 8 years old and they were definitely not happy with getting acne medicine for Christmas!!! We gave Drew a bag of clementines and Josh got a stack of Barney DVD's. My oldest nephew is 13 and always talks about wanting to be a chef so we gave him some old spatulas and some half-filled bottles of spices. My 11 year old nephew is big into sports so we gave him some old soccer shin-guards and a pair of dirty old baseball pants. It wasn't as funny as some of them that I have watched on the Jimmy Kimmel show but nevertheless, it was pretty funny and the kids were really relieved when they got their real gifts!!!
What an awesome weekend. I soooooooo love this time of year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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