This past weekend, Chris and I hosted a Friendsmas party! We had originally planned to host a Friendsgiving, but November was too jam-packed to get anything sorted, so we postponed the party until December and had a Christmas-themed party instead. We filled our apartment with friends and ate delicious food, indulged in sweet drinks, and shared lots of laughter.
Chris and I made a ham and roasted maple bacon Brussels sprouts (one of my favorite side dishes!). Our friends brought an assortment of other dishes, which included bacon-wrapped and cream cheese-stuffed dates, teriyaki BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes, stuffing, a tomato bake, rolls, and lil' smokies. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture any photos before we dug in! It was all so yummy and filled us right up.
After dinner, we continued to drink wine (of course), but Chris and I also supplied a hot chocolate bar! We made creamy hot chocolate in our crockpot, and our friends could choose from an assortment of goodies to finish their drinks: either caramel or whipped cream vodka (or both), candy canes, Pirouette chocolate cookies, soft caramel candies, and marshmallows. I didn't get to drink much of it before it disappeared. For some reason, I wasn't expecting it to go as quickly as it did! It would be super fun to make this again with my family and actually get more than a couple of sips of hot chocolate. ;) I'm so glad everyone enjoyed it! I had a lot of fun making the island display look pretty, as you can tell.
In addition to the food, we also had a white elephant gift exchange! On the bottom of each mug, Chris had taped a piece of paper with a number, and that's how we determined the order in which it would go. The gift exchange was hilarious. To start it off, the one child in attendance (a two-year-old) had first pick, and he miraculously picked the one appropriate gift, which ended up being a Mr. Potato Head toy. We were all in shock! How did he know?! Haha. Other gifts included candy, an adult coloring book, a candle and cute Christmas sign (what I bought and ended up stealing from someone else because I loved them so much!), Poo-Pourri, bubbles, a snowflake ornament made of salt, a stein with a polar bear head (Chris's gift, which was stolen three times!), and a unicorn head (stolen once)!
We finished up the party with an assortment of sweet treats: apple pie, cookies, fudge, and oreo balls. As a parting gift, Chris and I put together little paper bags with homemade cookies. Chris made his favorite cream cheese sugar cookies, and I made peppermint crinkle cookies (so delicious and easy!). I modified mine to be dairy-free for one of my friends, which just involves substituting margarine for butter, Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut spread for Nutella, and buying chocolate with no milk. I also made gift tags out of my old blog business cards!
Our first Friendsmas was definitely a success, and I hope we have another party next year! :)