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Fourth Annual Holiday Party

Hosting our holiday party has become quite a fun tradition we look forward to every year. We’ve learned a lot over the last few years and definitely had it dialed in this year. We tried a few new foods and continued our same laid-back approach to the soiree and it was wonderful.

{not our best family photo, but the best of the bunch!}

{not our best family photo, but the best of the bunch!}

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{this year's spread included: a beautiful and bountiful cheese board; crudite platter; chicken skewers; caramelized onion, mushroom and gruyere puffs; brie and apple puffs; Christmas pinwheels;  dips from our local Greek restaurant, paired with their pita; and a big plate of cookies.}

{This year’s spread included: a beautiful and bountiful cheese board; crudite platter; chicken skewers; caramelized onion, mushroom and gruyere puffs; brie and apple puffs; Christmas pinwheels; dips from our local Greek restaurant, paired with their pita; and a big plate of cookies.}

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{Having fun with the "portrait" mode on our new phone!}

{Having fun with the “portrait” mode on our new phone!}

{The chef!}

{The chef!}

{This year's signature drink was Bee Keeper Punch.}

{This year’s signature drink was Bee Keeper Punch.}

{Plenty of bubbly and sparkling rose to go around.}

{Plenty of bubbly and sparkling rose to go around.}

{The Millers arrived a little early to help taste-test :) }

{The Millers arrived a little early to help taste-test 🙂 }

I had so much fun looking back on the last three parties – my oh my how life has changed. We have a really great time putting together these parties and are so grateful to have so many friends in Seattle to enjoy the holidays with.

Third annual party

Second annual party

First annual party

First Annual Holiday Party

Last night we kicked off the holidays in style with our holiday party. We have been planning this party for several weeks and it’s hard to believe how fast it came and went. Alex and I had so much fun both at the party and preparing to host it. The evening went very smoothly and we were surprised how well we were able to estimate food and beverage quantities. We made a solid effort to try to chat with all of our guests and I think we were able to manage that and keeping everyone’s glasses relatively full. We’re hopeful this will be the first of many annual holiday parties! I’ll let the photos tell the story.

{Our spread included a cheese board, gougeres, stuffed mushrooms, Christmas pinwheels, white bean dip crostinis, veggies and mushroom/onion tartlettes, along with a whole boat load of cookies!}

{Our spread included a cheese board, gougeres, stuffed mushrooms, Christmas pinwheels, white bean dip crostinis, veggies and mushroom/onion tartlettes, along with a whole boat load of cookies!}

{Alex was in charge of drinks. We had a big batch of Maple Bourbon Splash and another dispenser with Cranberry Lime Spritzer, along with red wine, beer, homemade Irish cream and egg nog.}

{Alex was in charge of drinks. We had a big batch of Maple Bourbon Splash and another dispenser with Cranberry Lime Spritzer, along with red wine, beer, homemade Irish cream and egg nog.}

{Carrie's cookies were the star of the evening! They were placed next to our holiday photo props.}

{Carrie’s cookies were the star of the evening! They were placed next to our holiday photo props.}

{Alex and I kicked off the photos with our goofy props.}

{Alex and I kicked off the photos with our goofy props.}

{Carrie & Patrick joined in the fun.}

{Carrie & Patrick joined in the fun.}

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{Ali & Tyler snuck a kiss under the mistletoe!}

{Ali & Tyler snuck a kiss under the mistletoe!}

{So thankful for the help of these two!}

{So thankful for the help of these two!}

{The boys were holding down the fort before everyone started to arrive.}

{The boys were holding down the fort before everyone started to arrive.}

{Fun in the kitchen.}

{Fun in the kitchen.}

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{Dave and Ryan enjoying some vino}

{Dave and Ryan enjoying some vino. We were so thankful to my dad’s thoughtful gesture of getting us some additional wine glasses and champagne flutes for the party. They came in VERY handy!}

{The crowd in the living room.}

{The crowd in the living room.}

{Stopping for a quick pose.}

{Stopping for a quick pose.}

{Trish and Mary}

{Trish and Mary}

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{Jamie and Alex getting silly.}

{Jamie and Alex getting silly.}

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{Jackson had a little too much fun at the party! He was passed out all day Sunday.}

{Jackson had a little too much fun at the party! He was passed out all day Sunday.}

We can’t wait for the second annual holiday party next year!