For the first time in 30 years, we didn’t have our Christmas party. We had a small gathering with our family of six, but it just wasn’t the same.
What a difference a year makes.
A year ago I was so busy! We were hosting 250 people for our Christmas party and I had actually prepared all of the food.
Our home was decorated and looked amazing and yet that wasn’t even the craziest thing that happened that day.
Somehow the LA Times discovered my blog and asked if they could do a feature story on me, my brand, and our Christmas party.
Oddly enough, the article came out on the day of our party. You can read it here.
And so many friends brought me copies.
That was the year 2019.
This year, of course, we didn’t have our “real” party.
Instead, the six of us (my husband and I, our three sons, and my daughter-in-law) got all dressed up last Saturday night.
And we had our own “little” party.
It wasn’t quite the same.
And yet, the house was decorated and the fireplace was lit.
The food was cooked but in much smaller quantities.
We started with champagne and moved on to cocktails and wine.
We ate the crabcakes and the appetizers and most of the desserts.
We talked and laughed and relaxed.
Just like every year before.
Ok, maybe not.
A lot of things were different.
I didn’t have a Color-coded Spreadsheet. (If you don’t know what that is, it’s the secret to how I manage to cook for 250 people.) Click here for the full story.
I also didn’t start cooking until the day of the party. Normally I cook for two and a half weeks. Why is that? Because I normally cook 17 appetizers and six desserts. Here is what my kitchen normally looks like on the day of our party.
Would you like a copy of all of my Christmas party recipes? Just click here for all of them. This is my gift to all of you!
Also, normally I freeze a bunch of vodka bottles in milk cartons. This photo is from last year.
After they freeze and you take off the milk cartons, they look like this. (If you want to learn how to do this, click for my blog post here.)
This year we didn’t buy a ton of alcohol. We actually didn’t buy any. Dave jokes that we usually overbuy so much that the alcohol lasts until about July of the following year. This year we ran out of vodka during our party for six.
We missed our friends. I have always felt like our party was my gift to all of our friends. But not this year.
None of us woke up with a hangover on Sunday morning.
Sport and Dug got to come to the Christmas party. This was their first. Normally they hang out upstairs and bark occasionally. Okay, maybe they bark a lot.
There were no leftovers! Normally I have enough hors d’oeuvres and desserts to last throughout the entire holiday season. Unfortunately, there were none and this was a serious problem. With my boys!
These were the desserts from last year. Yum!
Technically this was our 30th Annual Christmas party.
But it really wasn’t.
It just didn’t feel like it counted. So I am skipping 2020 and next year will be the 30th anniversary of our Christmas party.
Someone once joked that So. Pas. (short for South Pasadena) actually stood for, “So, Party at Saetas!”.
I cannot wait until next year.
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