I wanted to share some photos from our Christmas party last week. Unfortunately, we were too busy hosting to think about photos during the party, but we got some shots beforehand.
I spent the day before baking and preparing. This little cutie and I had fun in the kitchen!
Elliott and I eagerly prepared our house for this event, and I think we gave the impression that we are [almost] settled in! Elliott had a fire going in our “hobbity” fireplace to keep our guests warm:
The other half of our living room:
I made a Christmas tree cheese plate and added sundried tomatoes from the local market and green olives grown and harvested by our neighbors. The “star” atop the tree is a mushroom; I used the tip of a knife to press the star shape into it. This was a huge hit! After the party, not a scrap of the tree remained.
And many desserts, including the sweetest mandarins from our neighbors’ groves:
I did hours of research on recipes before this party. Here are links to some tried-and-true goodies: