Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dessert and Drinks Party

It is a wordy Wednesday today:

Saturday night we hosted a party for the girls I went to school with (it has been 5 years since I got my BA - wow!).  I asked everyone to bring a dessert to share and I would provide the drinks.  The turnout was a little disappointing, but it was still fantastic! 

Our entry. 

A chalkboard sign Michael made for me using old barn wood. 

Our very simple mantle complete with a beautiful "fire."  This a great idea if you have lived in your house for two years and still have not gotten your chimney swept or it you don't want to have to worry about a real fire during a party. 

The hot chocolate bar ... I wanted this to be self service so, I had everything out and ready to go and even included some cute instructions!
We had peppermint schnapps, whipped cream vodka, and fluffed marshmallow vodka.

Mugs, spoons, and hot chocolate mix.

The hot chocolate mix had marshmallows in it. 

I used a frame I got at The Will (gosh I love the show Two Broke Girls!) and played with fonts and colors on Microsoft word until I was happy with it.  The frame is taller than a piece of paper so I used some red card stock (that was a thank you card from a graduation on the fridge) to make up the different. 

I love this serving platter from Ikea - I use it all the time and it looks so nice!

Spaan's cookies - they have THE BEST holiday cookies!!  They are butter and almond made locally and addictive. 

Chocolate covered macadamia nuts - one of my students gave me a box so I shared it (otherwise I would eat it all myself).

Sliced apples with caramel I made in the crock pot.  We shook the sliced apples with 7-up (instead of lemon juice) and they didn't turn brown AND didn't taste like lemons!

One can of condensed milk submerged in water in the crock pot for 8 hours make a caramel dip - next time I try this I will leave it in for longer. 

And, I had random dished of candy on the bar, and in the family room. 

We put out some chips and salsa so nobody would go into a sugar comma. 

I didn't take pictures of what the others brought but I should have because they were amazing desserts!


Leslie said...

I'm not much of a drinker, so I live a little in the dark on liquor availability. I've never seen whipped cream or marshmallow vodka before. Are they available anywhere? I think my college friends and I would really enjoy those the next time we get together.

Sarah said...

I think they are new - I saw them on pintrest! My grocery store didn't have them so I had to go to the liquor store to get them.

Thanks for the comment Leslie!

TexWisGirl said...

oh my goodness, you got my mouth watering on the caramel apples! :)

i love our two catahoula girls. one is mixed with pointer (she howls) whereas the brindle is more pure catahoula, i think. they were dumped on the back road and were starving before we rescued them 7 yrs ago. they've been raising heck here ever since. :)

Dawson Cattle Company said...

it all looks amazing! what a fun idea.. our group of gals shoots for every 6mnths. and you have to bring something thats not good for you!

teresa said...

I love the hot chocolate bar idea! It all looks so yummy! Have a Merry Christmas!

Viktoria with a K said...

This looks like it was so much fun! I love your welcome sign!!

Kimberly said...

Wow, I am in love with your party setup! How fun! I will use this for inspiration next time I have a girls dinner...we do it annually around Christmastime but are looking for excuses to have them more often. A new vodka is a good reason, right? :)


rebecca @ older and wisor said...

How fun! And that barn wood chalkboard? LOVE. If it goes missing from your front porch you know where to check.... :)