Monday, December 12, 2011

Our Holiday Party! (on a budget)

Saturday night, Jenelle and I threw a Christmas party in our apartment for some of our closest friends. Of course, it wasn't anything too fancy, but we'd like to think that it turned out pretty well!

First things first, we had to decorate. If you're in need of holiday decorations, I highly recommend Walmart. You can buy a bin of 35 ornaments (like these) for only $15! They also have super cheap strings of lights for the walls and the tree. Here's a pic of our tree! Sorry for the poor quality, hopefully Santa will be bringing me a new camera this Christmas :)

Next came the menu. Again, we bought most of our groceries at Walmart since the produce is affordable. Here's what we whipped up:

Santa Hat Brownies - Photo Courtesy of Blog Daisy's World
The food ended up costing us around $150 total... not too shabby for feeding 20 people. If you're looking to spend less, I'd probably sub out the mac n' cheese. The cheese (especially Gruyere) can get a little pricey.  Although I thought it was sooooo worth it. 

Hope everyone has a lovely holiday season and enjoys time with family and friends!

Anthony and I in our ridiculous Christmas outfits :) 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Apologies for the lack of posting over the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately, my mom, dad, sisters and I lost two very important members of our family within a day of each other last month: My grandfather (known to my sisters and me as 'Papa') and our English Springer Spaniel, Nina.

Fortunately, they both lived long, happy lives and we're all a bit luckier for having felt their warmth and love in our home.

(from left to right) Me, Papa, Mary and Claire circa 1994

Nina and me
Although their gone and very much missed, they'll always have a special place in my heart. Love you both <3