I meant to write this post yesterday fresh from our Saturday night Christmas party. I was too tired. Plus our dishwasher broke in the wee hours of Sunday morning (it trips if you over-load it which I did) so I had to wash everything by hand and empty out the water with a tupperware container. As I said, I was too tired! Anyway winge over and back to sharing the festivities.
When I have a themed party I’m usually quite reserved with my decorations. That is until I think of extra little things to do at the last minute. Turning the boys’ beers into mini Rudolphs fell into this category. Aren’t they cute? I just used a hot glue gun to stick on the nose and eyes and twisted the antlers around the neck. I totally expected the boys to rip them off as soon as they opened their beers but they all loved them. I might have stood back and laughed at my genius.
We had 12 people to dinner which left me very excited. Why? Because I got to use our wedding silver. Yes I am still totally old school and asked for silver as a wedding present but it’s so special to eat with. I made the napkins and the lanterns you may remember from our wedding.
I didn’t warn everyone that their photos would be on the blog but I’m sure they won’t mind. Who’s that gorgeous man carving the ham? That’s my handsome husband! Note that everyone is wearing matching hats (thanks to my homemade crackers). This was actually our third free-range ham for the season and every one was succulent and so full of flavour. We got them all from Meat at Billy’s at Ashgrove.
Also on the menu was: potato bake, chicken stuffed with brie, cranberry and spinach, a super salad made by a friend and veges.
After dinner it was Secret Santa time. Each year we set a $10 limit for a unisex gift. They get more hilarious every year!
Doesn’t Will look excited to be unwrapping a skateboard? Sadly someone stole it from him (we play where you’re allowed to steal from others or pick from under the tree). I was rather smitten with my gift – Scrabble magnets!
After dinner it was time for dessert. One friend kindly brought a delicious raspberry cheesecake and I whipped up my version of a red velvet trifle. It looked a lot more red in real life I promise. On the bottom I spread out some cream whipped with a little cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla then the cake topped with meringue them more cream, raspberries (repeat) and finished with a layer of cream, berries and grated chocolate.
It was delicious! My only regret was not taking it out of the fridge sooner because it was even better later (no I didn’t eat a lot of it when I was cleaning up).
I slightly over-estimated how much red velvet cake I’d need for the trifle so yesterday I whipped the leftovers up into red velvet truffles. I just threw the cake, some cream cheese and icing sugar in the food processor and whizzed it until smooth, rolled it into balls, chilled it, dipped it in white chocolate melts then added some decoration.
They’ll be coming along with me to Christmas lunch tomorrow.
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