It’s the holidays!

The pics in this post are all using my phone.

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After being invited to a Christmas Eve party, we went a hunting for gifts and a gingerbread house. We hunted high and low in town earlier this week and finally stumbled upon this one. We picked it up today and realised it was really small! I saw one about 1.5 – 2 x the size for almost 2/3 rds of the price. This teaches you that you need to consult your best friend (google) and possible the gossip monger (FB) before going to the ground. Saves you much unnecessary work and heartache.

The party host had decorated her house for the party, with Christmassy balloons and little knick knacks here and there, together with Christmas candles. It was only after we were on the way that I realised I left my DSLR at home, and I thought maybe it’s for the best as it might look weird for me to be taking pics at someone else’s party (like some paparazzi) with such a big camera. But, in the end, ironically, I ended up standing in as photographer, using the host’s DSLR, very similar to mine, but with an additional lens that was super heavy (I really love my camera actually, and I think I should try to spend more time cultivating a relationship with it. LOL). I spent took pics of nearly all her guests and kids and different areas in the house and also the gift presentation “ceremony” whereby one of the family dressed as Santa Claus to pass out gifts one by one. Each recipient posed with Santa (imagine a graduation ceremony) and that’s where I came in. It was quite funny at times! 🙂

I really liked the table setting, not least of all cos it was full of yummylicious food. It looked like A LOT of effort. Just thinking about the effort made me tired. It recalled those times when I did all those parties  – oh, the decorations, the food, the door gifts, the invites (even done avec photoshop!). Wow, it seems like any domestic goddess aspirations have flown out the window, or slowly evaporated. Which is why, I TOTALLY appreciate a good party now and I look at nearly everything (that was not meant to sound scary).

Red velvet cupcakes topped with cream cheese and organic berries! Hmmmm…mmm

My plateful of the goodies! Such beautiful colors.

Oh, hearty home cooked beef stew!

Turkey done to perfection (she revealed she had a wonderful oven that could steam and then bake…should I be looking into that??). She said it took only 3 hours. And it was really nicely done all over, evenly cooked and brown outside. Strangely, now that I look at it, there are veggies together with the turkey that I and hubs completely missed!

Cute Holiday Christmas cookies!

AD’s pressies  with cutie blue (the original one bought by mom in June). One is handmade by the host. Cool isn’t it? Mom was impressed! She said she thought it was bought at first.

My pressie to her was to make her a kitty amigurumi that resembled her cat.

And, we can tell someone likes Thomas the Train. 🙂 Even the toilet had one!

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