Sunday, December 26, 2010


... was the Second Annual Holiday Family Gift Exchange! Since holiday baking is a passion for me, the buffet table was heavy! On this end of the table you can see the family candelabra holding court over many kinds of cookies, a cheese stand and a tower of mini gingerbread cupcakes. On the other end of the table is a mountain village of lighted ceramic buildings, tiny trees and people. Here we have fresh fruit kabobs, meat, cheese and chili empanadas and Ricotta cheese, spinach and bacon empanadas.
I had so much fun putting this all together! We also had wine and coffee and water for the children.
After we had finished eating we had the "Secret Santa" gift exchange. It was so nice to see the care that each family member took in selecting just the right gift for their recipient. And of course, the hand made and imaginative gift wrappings were fabulous!
The children sat around a plastic tablecloth to eat and pretended it was a picnic in December. During the week that Erin was visiting, she made friends with Buttercup. Here they are sharing a meal.
Three generations !
I am already starting to plan next year's event. It was so wonderful to have so many of the family able to attend. I am hopeful that one year, my sisters who live far away will be able to make the trip. Happy New Year to each and every one of you!


Kris said...

What a wonderful holiday spread of food you created.
Looks like a very comfy and enjoyable time with loved ones.
Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Kris! I have a wonderful family and our gatherings are fabulous. I am very lucky!
Jude *