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Monday, December 17, 2012

A TALE OF TWO PARTIES

We entertained twice this holiday season.  The first time was for our couples antique group.  That sounds like an odd name, but there are nine couples who get together socially four times a year and one or more persons of the couple is a collector/and or dealer.

We offered to have the winter gathering.

 

For the table's centerpiece, I decorated my old dough bowl with greens, sugar pine cones and my stuffed pheasant!

 We went out for dinner first, then returned to our house to enjoy the vintage Christmas items and have coffee and dessert.

I served my triple chocolate cheesecake, Cocoanut jewels, 

 and acorns that I found the recipe for on Pinterest.  

http://sixinthesuburbsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/chocolate-peanutbutter-acorns.html

Of course, there was a large plate of Christmas cookies and bars, and Buckeye balls, too!
 http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Buckeye-Balls

The second time was when I entertained my Quester chapter, The Okoboji Queen Chapter in the greater Iowa lakes area.  We don't meet in December.  I thought it was a shame not to get together at this special time of year, so I hosted a "Cider, Carols and Cookies" gathering.
 
At this party I served apple cider, and gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon-brown sugar frosting.
Click here for the recipes:   http://tidymom.net/2011/gingerbread-cupcakes/
The house looked very festive with vintage holiday decorations.  Here are a few: 
A small tree with vintage Shiney Brite ornaments and below my chocolate and ice cream mold santas.
 There were reindeer everywhere!  Mercury glass, white plastic, and on the cardboard village tower were silver plastic deer that I gave my mother for Christmas when I was five years old.

 And what holiday blog wouldn't be complete without a Christmas Tree?
 
 MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!