Greetings from the North Pole! Well, really it’s just Starlight Shores but it’s easily confused this Christmas Eve.
With the coming of Christmas it was time to hold our annual Gift Giving party. We had more folks coming than usual this year. Not only was my whole family going to be there but also Mike Hepworth’s family. He and Liv have gotten pretty serious so we figured they should come, too. Xander Sutton, Penny’s “friend” was also coming. Rounding out the party would be Rory Duncan, a little girl Adam met at school. So roughly 15-20 people, our biggest shin-dig yet!
So I did what I do every time we have a party–I cooked. There were pies to be baked, roasts to be roasted, and of course the cookies were going to be a big hit with the itty-bits!
On top of all my fun, I had to make an early morning grocery store run as well.
Garrett had gotten into Nectar making and wanted to try out some new flavors at the party. Of course he lacked the ingredients so off I went. It’s not like I had other work to do!
I figured while I was out I could stop by the gallery and see how things were going. It was Christmas Eve so it wasn’t busy at all. Nevertheless, I was thrilled.
I sent Lora, the barista, home to be with her family. While I sat and enjoyed a cup of coffee I had to admit I really loved this place. Garrett was right. We needed to have something to leave to our girls. And the $10,000 a week it was bringing it wasn’t bad either! Adam was going to be a teenager in just a few short months so we really needed to save up some money.
That thought made me realize my procrastination and I decided to head home to get the party room ready.
Since Garrett cleaned out the greenhouse we’d been using half for a studio and half for parties. I think I successfully turned it into a winter wonderland. Penny was not amused by my mad elf skills.
When I got back inside I found Adam busy in the kitchen. Well, busy isn’t the right word. He was using his genie magic to cheat. He was so proud of his Angel Food Cake that I just went with it. Tis the season for magic after all.
Adam decided to get in one or two more brownie points with Santa and helped me set up the food outside.
I may have out done myself this year! Along with my usual roast we had three other types of meat dishes and three seafood dishes.
We also had Garrett’s nectar and some coffee. I may have stolen one of the coffees to keep myself going. I mean, the party didn’t even start until 7pm and I had been up since 5am!
Finally we had the dessert table. Adam’s Angel Food Cake was the centerpiece of our dining experience. He was thrilled.
Then everyone started to arrive with their gifts. After that is was just your average Lox-Hanks party.
The kids played tag late into the night.
I cleaned up the mess caused by the dishwasher. It really has something against our parties. It has broken every single time. You’d think Garrett would upgrade the darn thing since he is a master of handiness but whatever.
And no party would be complete without my parents trying to play in the sandbox with 8 inches of snow on the ground.
I hope we didn’t scare the potentially new family members too much!
We never did get to open gifts. They were stolen during the party. It didn’t seem to matter because everyone had a great time anyway.
The last of the guests finally left around 3am. I am getting too old for these parties. I have got to get these kids out of my house so they can take over!
As per my usual course of action after the party I decided to head to bed and leave the mess for tomorrow. Perhaps Garrett could use his genie powers and give the gift of housecleaning in the morning.
Note from SweetPoyzin: The gifts really did disappear. I clicked for everyone to come open the gifts and the pile vanished. This is the second time I have done this party and the second time the gifts went wonky. Sorry! I hope you had fun anyway!