After a fabulous week in New York (that I blabbed about all week and I'm not done) I was slapped in the face with reality as soon as I walked in the door upon coming home. Clothes folded on the couch right where I left them, no Christmas lights up, and basically.......nothing changed from when I left. Now you all know I don't live alone. How can this happen? The Hubs was suppose to get some projects done for the party we had scheduled the following weekend. NOTHING!
Now your saying to yourself............"why in the hell would she go to New York, come home late Saturday night, then schedule a party the very next Saturday?" "That's just F'in stupid! " Well in my defense, I wasn't going to go to New York. We had chosen this date waaaaaaay in advance of me even thinking about going. Save the date announcements has been sent out already. Still stupid planning.
So frantically this last week I tried to get my act together and some what ready for The House of B's 2nd annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Potluck and White Elephant Party. I never get everything done I had planned. Does anyone? Have you ever thrown a party and had everything completely done, ready and standing at the door greeting guests when they arrived? Me.....NEVER!
So let me set the stage for you on our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater, Potluck and White Elephant party.
This is a party where anything goes. Ugly, tacky, everything you own Christmas worn at the same time, it's all good. Everyone votes on who's sweater is the ugliest and who had the best ensemble overall. Then we also have a potluck competition. We encourage everyone to pull out their best pot luck recipes. Guests vote on what dish they liked best and a fabulous prize is also given. Then comes the White Elephant gift exchange. This is so much fun. Last year we had a few people who didn't really understand how it all worked mixed with a few veterans of the white elephant gift giving. This is always fun when a new person opens up something so hideous they don't even know what to say. We only had a couple new horrified guests and the veterans...........VERY CREATIVE this year. We really had some fantastic gifts.
So here we go with the pictures........................
House decorated and ready for guests. Stocking were hung by the fire. Hey, there are 4 there???? She doesn't have any kids. No we don't but Charlie and Franklin need stockings. Santa likes to bring them a little somethin somethin.
Christmas lights are my favorite part of Christmas. I could just sit with all the lights off and just the Christmas lights on with a fire going. It's my favorite way to relax. Which is hard for me, I'm a little tightly wound. Sun room ready for guests
This is the drink station outside. With temperatures in the 20's we decided that it was the perfect place. The ice from 3 days ago is still out there.
It's freakin cold here!
This is how I cover up my ugly ass doors in the entry way. I cover them with wrapping paper and ribbon. Then put all the Christmas cards I received on one door and pictures from the previous Christmas Party on the other.
So let the party begin.................
Your host and hostess for the evening.
The Hubs looked so cute in his velvet pimp shirt. It had a green sequin Christmas tie that went with it but he couldn't take the tie.
That's my Dad. He never dresses up but he usually comes up with some fantastic White Elephant gifts. He also is the best heckler in the group. He gets the new guests all worried and freaked out when they are choosing gifts.
Our fabulous neighbors Dan and Vic. Vic really gave Mother Madden a run for her money this year in the over all ensemble category. It was a close race.
2600 sqft and everyone always gathers in the smallest room in the house. I swear one day I'm going to take a hammer and chain saw to my kitchen and make it the biggest room in the house!
Mother Madden in her fabulous outfit. She did win the over all worst outfit. I think it was the Dr. Seuss leg warmers that won it for her.
These are two of my very bestest friends. Michele on the left, me, and Suzy. We have been friends since the 4th grade. I love them!
The snow started falling harder, it was getting colder outside and people decided they better head home. Prizes were given out for The Best Of and out the door everyone went.