Monday, November 26, 2007

Happy Holidays!!!

Hip Hip Hooray! Christmas is Well Underway!!!

I'm so gitty. LOL This is my most favorite time of the year. I've decorated everywhere in my apartment and in my office on the job. My only problem, shopping for gifts. I have so many gifts to purchase and this is the second week of December. I'm usually done by the end of November. Well I'm not even going to stress.

Other than shopping for gifts everything else is going according to plan. I've finalized my menu (after changing it several times):
Lasagna; party tray of buffalo, fried, and honey bbq wingettes; cold cut platter; deviled eggs; green beans; steamed shrimp platter; potato salad; crab salad; garlic rolls; desserts include cupcakes for the kids, cookies baked from scratch, variety cheese cake platter and one or two other treats. I got my greeting cards out in the mail yesterday. Several craft projects have been completed. I baked cookies which I will be giving out to people on the job later this week. Also I'll be taking in a dish to share with the people in my office. It's just something I like to do for them every year. I'll bake more cookies for my annual Christmas Eve party the weekend before the event.

Speaking of my job. I work at a courthouse and this year the bailiffs are in a friendly competition with the clerks office for best decorations. Let me tell you I didn't think the bailiffs had a chance because last year the clerks office wowed everyone, but I'll admit the bailiffs are holding their own. This morning the bailiffs set up a large electric train set which even the clerks had to admit was really nice. I will try to get pictures of both areas and post them after the competition which will be on the upcoming Monday. But for now I've posted a few photos of my home and my office.

What A Thanksgiving

Well Thanksgiving has come and gone. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a lot to be thankful for. I'm thankful first and foremost for my family. They have always been there to share the good and the bad things with me. Secondly, for my boyfriend. He is truly a special guy. He got sick two days before Turkey day and had to go to the hospital but now he is home and feeling a lot better. Third, is the fact that with looking after my boyfriend and preparing dinner for Thanksgiving, everthing turned out very nice.

Monday, October 29, 2007

What's Next!?

I know Halloween hasn't arrived yet but I'm now getting ready for Thanksgiving. I went to a Halloween bash this past weekend which was a blast. So as far as I'm concerned I'm done with Halloween (lol).

Anyway seems Im not the only one thinking about Thanksgiving Day. I spent Sunday writing up my menu and talking to folks about what dishes they are bringing. This year my parents and a few other relatives and friends will gather at my house. My parents will make sweet potato pies, and my best friend will make a cake shaped like a turkey. She's very crafty with cakes. Along with the traditional dishes - turkey, ham, etc.- I will be making what's become a family favorite, crab stuffing.

On Nov. 1st, the Thanksgiving Countdown will start at Magical Holiday Home and Organized Christmas. I for one am excited. There will be quite a bit to do in the three weeks leading up to the big day. The first week will be getting organized. I have put together a fall notebook which contains a section dedicated to Thanksgiving. In it I have the countdown, shopping lists, menu planner, recipes, everything I'll need to be ready. Will keep you updated on how things are going.

Monday, October 22, 2007

What a Wonderful Time!

Well Saturday I had my harvest dinner party and it was a success. My guests really enjoyed themselves. They especially liked the party favors I handed out. Everyone, including the men put on the masks I made.

The food was setup buffet style. I added lifts so that the food sat at different heights and covered the table with a fall leaf tablecloth. I mixed silk leaves and mini pumpkins/gourds inbetween the dishes and lit tapered candles which gave the table a nice affect. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo to share. I was so busy making sure everything was in order, that I forgot to take pictures. When I thought of it, it was hours later which by then was too late. I served, appetizers: a fruit platter (which was the tables centerpiece), peppered herb cheese balls and bake crab rangoon. The main dishes were: chili, pulled pork, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, collard greens, potato salad and cornbread. For desert there was apple pie and oreo cheesecake. On my bar I set up the drinks for making cocktails and next to the bar in a cooler were soda and beer.

The weather was soo beautiful too. Some of the guests sat out on the balcony to eat and congregate. Then when the sun went down I turned on the orange lights and lit the candles on the chandeliers. We played cards and danced until midnight.

For me, the best part was I didn't have to clean up afterwards. My bf and a couple of my guests took care of everything. A perfect ending to a perfect evening. Now that that's over it's time to get ready for Thanksgiving (along with preparing for Christmas).

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It's Almost Party Time!

This Saturday I'm hosting a Harvest Dinner Party. I'm so excited. I've been following the countdown at Organized Christmas, a very special site to me. I have my menu all planned and my apartment is decorated for the season. I decorated plain orange gift bags by gluing silk leaves around the top edges. Inside will be harvest masks (another DIY craft), fall crackers - like the Christmas crackers but I used fall wrapping/tissue paper, a thank you note and a gag gift for fun. I'm expecting it to be a wonderful evening. Plus the weather will be nice so folks can mingle out onto the patio.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fall Candle Chandelier

Lighting wasn't on my side when taking this photo but I truly love the end results.

Fall Candle Chandelier

Since it's fall I've decided to deck my whole apartment out for fall. On my balcony I've made two candle chandeliers which I am very proud of.