Every year for the past 5 years now I have hosted a Christmas party during the holidays to celebrate the Christmas season with close friends. The framework of this party has changed significantly over those 5 years: what started as an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, which involved copious amounts of delicious food, celebratory drinks and lots of conversation late into the night, has morphed into an afternoon children’s party filled with crafts, kid-centred snacks and a group of largely distracted mom friends trying to hold a fraction of a conversation with one another. Notwithstanding those changes, the underlying reason for having that annual Christmas party has remained the same: to spend time with friends during the holiday season. In fact, now that many of my friends have children, and their lives are becoming busier and busier, that underlying rationale only seems more important!
With that said, I have (uncharacteristically) not been incredibly diligent with taking pictures of my annual Christmas parties. I barely have any from the first 4 years. Fortunately, I managed to get a few from last year’s party, which are posted below. The theme, Flapjacks and Flannel, was a lot of fun to put together because it involved two of my favourite things: breakfast and buffalo plaid! Check it out!
A sweet treat table was set up with an assortment of cookies and a hot chocolate bar, including sprinkles, caramels, whipped cream, marshmallows and mint chocolates. The slow cooker recipe I use is AMAZING and can be found here; I have been making this recipe for a few years now and it gets rave reviews every year! The background was simply a piece of buffalo plaid wrapping paper taped up on the wall with a moose head decoration I picked up from Michaels pinned up on it – incredibly easy!
The breakfast options included sausage, bacon, baby quiche and, of course, pancakes, with an assortment of fresh fruit and syrup options. The background was made from a large wooden frame wrapped in brown kraft paper that I hung the buffalo plaid “Merry Christmas” banner on.