Our Impromptu Christmas Party

One of our married couples was babysitting their almost 2-year old nephew this weekend, so we invited them over to play with James (their birthdays are about a month apart).  That led us to invite another couple and their two kids (1 1/2 and a newborn) over, and another couple, and some girlfriends.  Thus, an impromptu Christmas party was born.  
To keep it simple, we just snacked on a few cheeses, meats, crackers, veggies, and nuts.  My girlfriend brought the leftovers from her recent Christmas party (meatballs, pasta, and sausage/peppers/mushrooms).  We just heated it up in the oven and it was delicious.  Then I made my chocolate covered toffee.  The girls drank mimosas and the boys drank beer.  
The kids had fun playing together and it might have been even more fun for the old friends, who’ve known each other since their single days, to now be watching each other’s kids play together.  Have y’all experienced that yet?!  It’s a full circle moment and fun to be with people who knew you when.  
I managed to snap a few pics before too many people arrived, but didn’t get that many- you know how it is when you get busy refilling drinks, making sippy cup drinks, finding snacks for kiddos, busting out the baby swing for the new newborn, and just enjoying yourself. 
3 cheeses (parmesan, brie, drunken goat), prosciutto, salami, and crackers.  Hummus and pita chips too for our vegetarian friends.  The flags were made with toothpicks and Japanese tape. 
You cannot go wrong with a caprese salad or skewer (mozzarella, basil, and tomato) and a drizzle of olive oil.
Red and white grocery store flowers make a pretty bouquet with a gold bow.

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Your friend loving on her friend’s new baby.
Hubbies eating and drinking.  Juice boxes on standby:)
Kids playing. 
Here’s to celebrating the season with family and friends:)


  1. December 20, 2011 / 12:25 pm

    I love impromptu get-togethers! Even better when everyone brings a dish to share. 😉 Looks like you all had a blast!

  2. December 20, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    Looks so much fun! Impromptu get-togethers are always a blast! 100% agree that you can never go wrong with a caprese skewer.



  3. December 20, 2011 / 12:59 pm

    Looks like you had fun!

    love your blog!


  4. December 20, 2011 / 12:59 pm

    Looks like you had fun!

    love your blog!


  5. December 20, 2011 / 3:47 pm

    Such a fun impromptu event. Love that you are able to celebrate with friends AND their kiddos.

  6. December 20, 2011 / 3:56 pm

    I love it when things just serendipitously (a word? I'm not sure.) happen this way. Two of my favorite things….Christmas and babies!

  7. Designing Domesticity
    December 20, 2011 / 3:05 pm

    I love an impromptu party. No time to stress the small stuff..always makes for a better hostess as well. Thanks for sharing, liz

  8. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    December 20, 2011 / 4:07 pm

    I think impromptu parties are the best. What a sweet group of friends. Fun to see.

  9. natasha {schue love}
    December 20, 2011 / 4:29 pm

    Looks and sounds like a great get together!! We had a cookies and cocktail party on Saturday that was definitely not impromptu…I'm so OCD…it took me all day to get ready!

  10. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    December 20, 2011 / 5:05 pm

    I would have eaten that entire tray of caprese skewers!

  11. A Delightful Design
    December 21, 2011 / 2:48 am

    So fun! You're very lucky to live close to your friends "who knew you when".

  12. Allison
    December 21, 2011 / 2:56 am

    I love impromptu parties. A casual atmosphere, great friends and food and a whole lot of fun!

  13. December 21, 2011 / 11:53 am

    I love impromptu parties.. And Im totally in love with your arrangements.. Merry Christmas!

  14. December 21, 2011 / 9:30 pm

    looks fun and totally beautiful- especially for an impromptu party!

  15. Crissy {house|four}
    December 21, 2011 / 10:15 pm

    So fun…way to throw a last minute party together like a pro! Your food plates have made me hungry now : )

  16. classic • casual • home
    December 21, 2011 / 10:58 pm

    I love impromptu and you are a great hostess.
    Merry Christmas.
    Mary Ann

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