It seems like I have not had more than 5 minutes to sit down in the past week! We hosted a Holiday Open House last weekend for friends, neighbors and Mr.C's business acquaintances. It was cocktails, hors d'ouerves and desserts and we had it catered. Which works out well because I am able to relax and enjoy myself. I felt like a guest at my own party! I didn't have to worry about getting anyone's drinks or taking things out of the oven and they even cleaned up afterwards. Perfect. It is an annual party and lots of fun. I put the girls to bed early and they slept through the whole night. With all the parties and gatherings this time of year, this is the one that is adults-only. I think everyone enjoys that and especially my friends who are stay-at-home moms! I had contemplated including children this year and all of them vehemently said NO WAY. Not that we don't all love and adore our children but it is really nice to look forward to a special night where we can all dress up and have adult conversations (until after the fourth appletini when we all get pretty loud!)
This is what I wore for the party:
I kept my jewelry simple, diamond stud earrings and tennis bracelet. I was so comfortable in this dress, and it is such a pretty color. I bought it specifically for the party but it will definitely work in the spring as well.
Other things going on in the Charming household lately...
L went on the potty for TWO straight days. Then back to diapers. Oh well. She is super excited for Christmas. Asks every night if Santa is coming.
I have bought E's class gift for her teacher. I am the class mom, which I love and try to do every year. So far I have been 3 out of 4 (k, 1st, 3rd)! I have also planned the party for Friday and shopped for the craft items as well as food.
I have menu planned and am 3/4 of the way done food shopping for Christmas Eve (in-laws) and Christmas Day (my family). I usually do Easter and my sister does Christmas Day but for some reason we switched this year. Yes, it was my idea, and No, I have no idea why. We decided this in the summer. It was probably on our monthly night out, after several glasses of wine. I am doing dinners both nights. I will post later my menus.
Today E is home with a cold and Mr.C has had this week (and the next two weeks) off and we are going to make a gingerbread house. We are not vacationing this year until February (except for weekend to Vermont before New Year's) so I am looking forward to lots of leisurely days with the family.