Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Party, 2012

It seems like I have not posted anything for eons. I was sick for a week, flu, I think. John and I went to mass on Christmas eve and then opened presents, then went to bed. It was quiet but nice and I really needed my rest. My eldest sister, Fe from Illinois, brought my mom here on the 26th so I scheduled our Christmas party on the 27th. My mom will stay with me for 2 months. It worked out pretty well cause it gave me a few days to recover.
I had over 30 people so I decided to just set up for buffet. I used my Lenox Winter Greetings set, my favorite Christmas patterned dishes.

 We had lots of food, turkey complete with all the trimmings, sweet potato casserole,  ham, sushi, sweet and sour red snapper, steamed crabs, kare kare (a Filipino specialty) and palabok, another Filipino specialty with noodles, plus several desserts.

Here is our dessert table. We had fruit salad, flan, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, Cassava bibingka and various cookies and fudge and apple cranberry tea. I could not fit the cups on the table so I placed them on the hutch to the left of the table. The cups were all Lenox Winter Greetings also.

 It was very informal. I just placed the drinks on the round table in the kitchen.

 My mom who will be 95 years old in July. She looks so good and to think that at that age, she is not taking any prescription medicine. She only takes a fish oil capsule and One a day vitamin daily. And look at that skin!....hardly any wrinkles.
 Just as I said, very informal. The guests had a good time picking and eating the crabs with their hands, lol.
 My sister, me and my mom.
 The ladies, just chit chatting.
 We had a Cajun exchange gift afterwards. So much fun!
 We should have taken a group picture sooner cause some of the guests were already gone when I thought of it.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you all had a nice Christmas holiday and will have lots of blessings this coming new year.
Thanks to the hostesses.
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Sarah said...

What a feast, Christine. Glad you are feeling better. Several of my friends have been down with the flu this Christmas holiday. Take care and enjoy the time with your mom. She certainly doesn't look 95.

Lynn said...

Sounds like you had a fun Christmas Christine! Pretty dishes and glad you're feeling better! Wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best in 2013-enjoy:@)

Susan said...

Christina, you amaze me with the awesome entertainment you do with friends and family.
Your home always looks so inviting. How wonderful it is to still have your mother at age 95 years old. That is just so awesome. I lost my mother in the 90's.
Happy New Year to you and yours!!


This was sure worth waiting for, Chris!! I just don't know how and when you get to cook such fabulous and exquisite looking food!! You also make it look so easy to make a party for 30..lord!!!!!! Everything looks beautiful and the best is a buffet when you have so many people, I've done them too..everyone just gets to serve themselves. The Lenox china is gorgeous and it looks like you have lots of dishes too. Wish you, your beautiful mama, (we're so lucky with the NO winkle mamas!) John and all your extended family a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year 2013.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, you always have the best parties and you are such a fabulous cook. Looks like every one had a wonderful time. Hugs, Marty

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a feast! You through the best parties with the best food. Glad your feeling better. Your mom looks amazing. Enjoy your time with her. Happy New Year!

The Tablescaper said...

Looks like a fabulous celebration!So much food and companionship.

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

It looks like a wonderful party! Love your stack of Lenox! They had them for 7.50 at the Outlet before Cmas.
Happy 2013, C, and God bless your Mom. My mom had great skin too, but she never went in the sun like we did!

Marigene said...

Christine, do your guests realize how lucky they are to be invited to one of your parties! The food looks delicious...when do you find time to sleep with all the cooking you do?
Your mother is beautiful...
Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

Traci said...

I want your moms secret! Great skin & no meds!! Glad you're feeling better. We've been sick too. It looks like y'all had as much food as we did. Happy New Year!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh my gosh, your right! Your mother doesn't look that age at all! Wow, how wonderful for her! Sorry to hear that you were sick, so glad your feeling better. Your Christmas buffet and dessert table look delicious! Your Lenox dishes are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed New Year Christine! Gina

Crystal Grandeur said...

Wow...This is fabulous.Happy to see a grand celebration.from food to table decor.... everything looks awesome.Wishing you a joyful 2013.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Such a happy Christmas!! Everything looked wonderful Christine, Happy New Year!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, what a wonderful Christmas buffet. I love that china too (I have some dessert plates in it). Your mother always amazes me. I look older than her. You have a beautiful family, and it looks like everyone had a wonderful celebration in your beautiful home. laurie

sabri said...

Christine...I Just addore your lenox dinnerwear...I only have one peice and was left to me by my grandmother but i do love it..i really love your christmas table setting the most..glad your feeling better and your mom is Gorgeuos !! my grandma is around the same age and she looks so young also ...never drank or smoked a day in her life....I see where you get your prettiness from..hugs ~sabri~

Crystal Grandeur said...

Thank you Christine to drop in to write a comment for my flashback tables capes.yes they are calamondin oranges.we have a big tree in our next compound.hope you had a lovely New Year bash.....Happy New Year.:):):) said...

WOW, your food looks delicious. I would faint and take to my bed if thirty people were coming to my house for dinner!What is a cajun gift exchange? I never heard of this.

Solange Belém said...

Oi, Christine. Esse blog está lindo, como sempre!
Você possui bom gosto para montar uma bela mesa. Sua mãe é de aparência jovem e bonita. Você herdou isso dela, com certeza. Espero que você esteja melhor de saúde. Um abraço para vocês e desejo um feliz 2013 para todos, incluindo sua equipe de funcionários.


Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

What a great post! I loved seeing all the beautiful food and family...your mom looks amazing! Have a blessed and happy New Year! Hugs, Penny

Marlis said...

So glad you are better. This is some nasty stuff going around! Your feast looks wonderful. Your mom is so beautiful. Happiest of year to you! xo Marlis

Alycia Nichols said...

Mama is looking REAL good! I need to know what she eats and drinks so that I can look that good at 94!!!! Wow! She's a very pretty lady! I remember when you posted a photo of her last year and I was floored at how great she looked.

I'm happy to hear you're feeling better. It's no fun to be sick ever, and especially not during the holidays when you're expecting company!!! You put on quite a spread!!!!!! That was a TON of food, Christine! It looks like everyone was really enjoying it, too! i don't really think people care if it's casual in the set-up as long as the food is really tasty. I had popcorn for dinner tonight, so it all looks EXTRA good to me!

Happy New Year to you, John, your Mom, and your whole extended family!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Your festivities look wonderful, Christine. I'm sorry to hear you were so sick! I hope you didn't have to prepare all that scrumptious food by yourself. Your mom looks wonderful. Happy New Year to you and all of your beautiful family! Linda

Entertaining Women said...

Hope that you continue to feel better. Your feast was sumptuous, and the Winter Greetings dishes are gorgeous. You always out on a fantastic party for friends and family. Glad you're back. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

Bernideen said...

Your party food and display dishes look wonderful! I am sure alot of work here but everyone had a great time! Thanks so much for linking to my blog party!

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Ate Xine,

That's really a great gathering. Those food makes me gutom talaga? I missed the cassava and the lecheplan?

I always love your treasures. I drool your flatware resters. Ahhh... wishes...

Enjoy the day and wish you a blessed year to come.

Hugs from Stockholm,

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

It's good to know that you're feeling better, Christine! Now I know where your pretty looks come from...your Mom is so attractive. What's her secret??!! I love that she only takes fish oil and multi-vitamin!! Your Lemox dishes are beautiful and the food looks wonderful. Happy 2013!!

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Wow, looks like you had a houseful of guests and a feast! Lots of yummy food by the looks of it! Hope you are fully recovered now. Happy New Year!


Dolores said...

Oh Christine, what a beautiful and festive dinner you had with friends and family!!! The food sounds and looks delicious!!
Hope you're well now....

Katherines Corner said...

Wow, you know how to celebrate. What a wonderful way to make happy memories. Happy you have kicked the big too. Happy New Year wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop. I hope you will stop by again soon. I posted the new giveaway! xo

Maria C said...

What a feast! There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing a kitchen full of people. That's the heart of the home and it should be filled with laughter always. The food looks fantastic! I love the Lenox Winter Greetings dishes. They are on my wish list. Now that I see them in your kitchen, it makes me ever so much more eager to go out and get them. Your mom looks fabulous! Happy New Year!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Everything looks so good! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Christine, your table looks lovely and everyone looks like they are having a wonderful time. You really had a feast girl! Your mother looks amazing! I would never have guessed she was that old. 95 and no meds, wow! My hubby is 61 and I am 59. Neither of us take any prescription meds and people can't believe that. Oh we take ibuprofen now and then. but nothing regular. But 95, WOW! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. Hope your New Year has started off great!

Amy said...

What a beautiful feast. Pretty sure you had a fantastic Christmas as well. :) You all look happy and beautiful.

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