Friday night I started prepartions with a trip to Target. Decorations were first on my list, and - sadly - I spent maybe 30 minutes in the same aisle trying to feel inspired.
A bulb ornament tree was the best I could do. We can't fit a real tree in our apartment. I also filled a small glass vase with bulb ornaments. Very fun and festive, and great colors.
I can't take credit for this one, and I wish I could. My mom came up with this idea. The candle holders are homemade from buckthorn. Though a very invasive weed that runs rampant in our woods, we have found other great uses for it. I filled in the tray around the holders with more bulb ornaments.
Saturday was crunch time. I have found that no matter how far in advance I plan an event/party, and no matter how organized I am, I always end up scrambling the day of. It is inevitable.
The menu consisted of the following:
Artichoke dip with pita bread
Toasted crostini with brie and roasted cherry tomatoes
Cinnamon sugar almonds
Red velvet whoopie pies
I started with baking, Christmas cookie cutouts first. These were far more labor-intensive than they were worth and really aren't my favorite, but festive nonetheless.
Red velvet whoopie pies were next. See my last blog post for the recipe. When I baked them last weekend I filled them with marshmallow cream cheese frosting. I made regular cream cheese frosting for this batch, which was - in my opinion - much better.
More later. (I know this is abrupt. Sorry!)