Over the span of 12 days we have either attended or hosted 9 parties. Count them 9.
It all began on December 15th with a holiday party at a friends house- 2 parties actually. One where we didn't even arrive until almost midnight.
We, ourselves, have hosted 4. Allen is such a trooper to run to the liquor store on a daily basis.
This is how the table looked prior to party number one (last Thursday)...for my ex-employees from the flowershop. This is before it was completely laden with platters of food....mozzarella pesto and pine nut tarts, crab dip, salmon tartlets and chicken chili.
This is how the kitchen table looked before we drained the champagne punch and covered it with caramel apple martinis.
Since that night I have washed and ironed the white linens (silver and white was my table theme this year) 4 times.
We then hosted a brunch for the parents from our son's soccer team (they haven't even played together in 12 years). That menu included corn mini biscuits with sliced ham and cranberry relish and a fabulous potato basil frittata (I love the Barefoot Contessa).
That was followed by a traditional Italian Seafood Feast on Christmas eve...for 18 people, no less. Oysters, Steamed shrimp, Fried calamari (Mom's)and Portuguese Seafood Stew with 5 types of seafood added.
It all ended last evening with a Christmas dinner for Allen's family. Butternut squash and apple soup, roast pork loin with fennel, sauteed cabbage. And finally finished off with gingerbread, lemon curd trifle with blackberry sauce and a champagne chaser.
I'M DONE! Except for the cleaning up- that is.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
J. R. R. Tolkien