The Reason My Friends Think I am Crazy

DF0CFAA6-8A4D-4483-937D-B3F016F51F04I have mentioned our annual Christmas party a few times. Our party is a big event, and it has grown in every aspect over the last thirty years. We invite all of our friends and family (and their children if they are friends with our children) and I cook all of the food. For about 250 people. And no, I am not a caterer.

It’s the “cooking all of the food” part of our party that is the reason my friends think I am crazy. I know it’s a lot of work. It takes me a few weeks to prepare everything. But over the years I have created a very good menu of heavy hors-d’oeuvres and desserts.  In fact, most people say the food is excellent. I don’t change the menu much because anytime I delete something I hear about it from one of our guests!


So I know what you are thinking. What is on the party menu and will I publish the recipes? After considerable thought, I am going to share all of my recipes this year. Every single one. The only catch is you need to follow my blog if you want a copy. All you have to do is fill out this box below with your email address and it’s done. On December 1st I will email a PDF file to everyone on the list with all of my recipes. It’s that simple.

So here is the menu for our Holiday Party:

H O R S  – D’ O E U V R E S

  • Spicy Grilled shrimp
  • Beef Tenderloin with rolls
  • Smoked Turkey with cranberry/orange muffins
  • Teriyaki Salmon Bites
  • Chicken lettuce wraps
  • BLT tomatoes
  • Skewered chicken with peanut sauce
  • Skewered flank steak with peanut sauce
  • Crab cakes with lemon dill sauce
  • BBQ Chicken Sliders
  • Ham and Swiss Sliders
  • Salads on a Stick – wedge and caprese
  • Sweet potato rounds with goat cheese
  • Phyllo with spinach dip
  • Whipped sweet potatoes in crusts with pecan topping
  • Crab quesadillas with salsa
  • Brie cups with pomegranates
  • Ahi Tuna and avocado on sesame wonton chips
  • Pesto stuffed mushrooms

D E S S E R T S 

  • Cran, toffee and chocolate oatmeal cookies
  • Peanut butter fudge
  • Frosted sugar cookies
  • Coconut joy candy bars
  • Chocolate Mint Marvels
  • If you want a copy of all of these recipes, just sign up to follow my blog!

The only reason I can pull this off is because I have an excel spreadsheet that I have made that is color-coded and lists everything I need to cook, by each day, to pull off the party.


I guess I should also share what my Excel Spreadsheet looks like.


See? Now you think I am crazy too.

But the truth is, I love it. Ok, maybe that’s not 100% true. I love it most of the time.

And I am not crazy. I promise.

50 thoughts on “The Reason My Friends Think I am Crazy

  1. Do you ever sleep? I bet when you go to bed your head is spinning with more wonderful, fun ideas! I wish I had half your energy! Enjoy…oh, and I’m a dish whose-set too! LOL

    1. I do sleep but probably not as much as I should. Of course it’s 12:30am as I write this! Oops. I do have a lot of creative ideas. And I absolutely love being able to try a lot of them!

  2. You are a much braver woman that I am! I am tired just looking at your spreadsheet but can’t wait to see some of the recipes. Everything sounds delicious.

  3. Yes yes yes, it’s fun being crazy. They are my best friends and customers and they tend to be the most enthusiastic and appreciative people…just like you

  4. I’m in awe. We are hosting a similar but much smaller gathering this year and I’m having trouble figuring out what I can possibly do ahead so I’m not ‘crazy’ the day of the party. I can’t wait for your ideas and am going to study your spreadsheet carefully. Thank you!

    1. Wow. That sounds wonderful. And I think you are going to love these recipes. So many items can be made in advance which I love!

  5. Holy food Batman! That is quite a spread! I get it though – we host a Thanksgiving day open house that is a long-standing (22-ish years) tradition at our house. Mind you, it’s only around 40 people, not 250, but it’s still a lot of planning and prep. I don’t have a spreadsheet – but now I’m rethinking! I do the same group of appetizers each year as well and I hear about it if I change it up! Looking forward to incorporating a new recipe or two from your list though! Thanks for sharing!

    1. The spread sheet keeps me sane! I know that as long as I get everything done each day I will be fine by the time the party arrives. It keeps me calm!

  6. Any woman who does this year after year is my hero !! But what a way to be remembered ! You’re an awesome person and I’m happy to be among your followers .

  7. Hi Leslie!
    I would LOVE a copy of your recipes! I just recently found your IG account and have been a tad bit obsessed! I could swear I saw a picture of your butlers pantry, but can’t seem to find it on your feed. Maybe, it was in your stories…? Anyhoo, can you please post a pic of dishes side of butlers? I remember being in awe of it and would love to have as an inspiration shot! Can I just say before leaving that I love your home and your style and can’t wait to get the blog posts! Keep inspiring!

  8. Hello! I have just spent the past hour+ reading your blog posts and have reached this one. Is it too late to ask for your holiday recipes?
    I am enjoying your blog so much and love your style, thank you so much for sharing.
    My email address

  9. Oh, my!! I just went from IG over here to your blog for that amazing sounding coconut cake recipe, and saw the link for this post at the bottom.

    How did I miss this wonderfulness back in November? If you get a minute, and it’s not too late, I would absolutely adore a copy of your Christmas party recipes! Your friends and family are some very lucky people!! ????

  10. I would love your recipes, although I already follow your blog and do not see them listed anywhere. I also don’t see anywhere that allows me to follow you..(although, I already do) Right below this comment box, it says I’m commenting using my wordpress account…not sure what that even means…any help or suggestions would be very welcome! Thankyou!

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