Saturday was our first big party in our new house. We had spent all of that time decorating the inside and out that we wanted to make sure people saw it. Plus parties are fun!
I found a cute evite on paperlesspost.com and sent one to just about everyone we know in Morgantown. I recommend electronic invites for a party like this, they make keeping up with rsvps so much easier.
Food-wise I went a little over board. I wasn’t sure about the crowd and what people would eat so I made more and more. But it looked awesome on the table! I used the salad and dessert plates from my Christmas china and a vintage Wedgwood set that I inherited.
- Mini Beef Wellingtons with horseradish cream sauce
- Almond Pinecone – will really impress your guest; holiday staple for both Lainey and Me
- Sausage Palmiers – I had a hard time cutting and keep the rolls together so I end up cutting the pastry in the middle and just making pinwheels
- Bourbon whiskey meatballs
- Mini goat cheese balls – this was a winner and you could do it with any cheese ball recipe
- Beer cheese dip – holiday staple for both Lainey and Me
- Meat and Cheese board – just get a variety of meats and cheeses you like
- Veggies and dip – I bought a precut tray and just replated!
- Gingerbread dip – get the thin gingersnaps in the red tin at World Market…this stuff is crack; holiday staple for both Lainey and Me
- Snowball cookies
- Red velvet thumbprints
- Peanut butter Kiss cookies – holiday staple for both Lainey and Me
For drinks, we had beer, wine, and a holiday punch that you could add your own bubbles (ginger ale or champagne). The punch was easy: 1 part cranberry juice, 1 part pineapple juice, cranberries and lime slices for garnish. It was 60 degrees outside (Texas weather!) so we put the drinks on the patio table.
We ended up having about 20 people who have really made our first 6 months in West Virginia awesome!
Next year, I’ll probably go overboard again. If you can’t go all out at the holidays when can you?