Hello All -
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all they did to make this year’s Blewitt Christmas Gathering a fun filled event – at least I had fun, so I hope you all did too! The food and drink everyone contributed was delicious and much appreciated. There were some interesting entries in the first Ugly/Tacky sweater contest, there was a raffle, (lucky winner Matt could have been arrested for B&E walking down the street with that Flat Screen on his shoulder) ,a rousing White Elephant Exchange with the highest participation ever – I think there were 29 numbers handed out this time around. It took well over an hour and started close to eleven o’clock so it was a late night. Mike wound up with the most coveted item of 2012 (after some stealing and probably cheating along the way) those marvelously hot Band Aids contributed by Monica wrapped in Blue Elephant paper. Mike has most likely cut himself just so he could use one right away.
First individual thanks go to Aunt Sally for her delicious string bean casserole and lovely red wine. She cooks and packs a mean hot casserole, and I think she agrees that our party might be more fun than the Reilly party.
Thanks to Kevin and Pat for the annual shrimp bowl and soda (I am glad you didn’t combine the two). I know LuLu especially enjoyed that shrimp!! We had lots of beer and wine thanks to the Vigilante boys and we all especially enjoyed Charlie’s unique contribution of the the best Ugly/Tacky sweater. He won the contest hands down, especially since it was hand made. Your award plaque is presently being engraved. Look for it via Federal Express, maybe.
Ofie once again out did us all with all her goodies – chicken, and more chicken, Ofie rolls, zepoles, probably something else that I am forgetting, all yummy and some of us might still have some in the fridge or freezer for another day. I have to say that Christina (of the Mike and Christina combo-there could be some confusion with all the Christina/Christine/Chrissy’s these days) is giving Ofie a run for her money in her abilities in the kitchen. We enjoyed her delicious Brie and Raspberry Pastry and healthy veggie platter for starters, then there were some delicious chocolate chip/walnut cookies that the Mullins got to enjoy the next few days because I forgot to put them out along with the fruit/nut loaf we had the next morning – (these items were not on my checklist, they were buffet crashers) that was before we realized their car got towed, and then the homemade Bailey’s I am still enjoying. (Hey, the host can hold back on the extra good stuff!! Maybe that will entice someone else to host next year). And, of course, Mike the Pie Guy showed off his culinary talents with his deliciously pretty Apple and Raisin Pie, fancy, schmancy, show-off lattice work and all. Mom would be proud of his homemade crust for sure. Mike reveled in the fact that there was almost none left of his pie and lots of mine so he wins that one. He did not revel in the car towing/cash only to get it back incident. Oops.
Not only did Joe and Racie bring the ham and salad, Joe was the ham. He looked lovely in his holiday nighty, and if you look on FB you can see a great shot of him hamming it up all dolled up. It later became a chandelier adornment for awhile. He won the Holiday Lingerie contest mostly because he was the only competitor. Next year, we will officially add that category to the contest portion of the evening. Ginnie’s FB comment about the naughty, ooops, I mean nighty photo “This party is getting out of hand” might be true.
Katie added the Italian twist with some delicious pasta/spinach/sausage combo along with some yummy graham cracker brownies. There was also that yummy artichoke salad – oh, you don’t remember that? – it too was forgotten and spent the night in the garage. The Buononatos and Mullins enjoyed that on their own for a few days afterwards. Hey, I was very organized, I had a list, this was also not on the list, thus another buffet crasher.
HOWEVER, Katie outdid all the food and wine and lovely outfits I think with the Angel Gifts. A gift for one and all from one of our many special angels. Each one of us went home (Ok, Ok, so she forgot Joe’s) with an item that belonged to Chris that Katie thoughtfully and painstakingly handpicked (and handwrapped) for us from among the boxes and bags of Chris’s trinkets/treasures. I think she did a great job finding what matched up with our personalities, tastes, hobbies, careers, etc. It is amazing that Chris had all that stuff (and there is more) and I know Blase was very glad to cart it all out of Judith Place. So, a great big Thank You to Katie for adding a VERY special surprise to the evening. And any of you who could not attend (or whose gift was not in attendance) your special something will arrive on Angel’s Wings eventually.
Now, we must also thank Emily for her drink hit – the popular Poinsettia Punch. Much of it was enjoyed by many, down to the final drops being consumed by straw by a certain few I will not mention. And thanks also to one or more Vigilante boy (I think) for making a Shop Rite Liquors run (or two) when the ingredients ran low. Who knew punch would be the drink of the night? Mom’s Sherbert Punch would have been more of a hit if there was some Champagne added with that 7-Up.
And, of course, a big Thanks to Santa for arriving ever so gracefully once again, showering the sweet little and big children with Christmas cheer, showing his rear (almost) in those well fitting pants, and ho-ho-hoing us till his pack was empty and his hat fell off. You are a delightful wonder, dear Santa.
And many thanks to Emily, Maggie, Lydia and Rick for all they did to help get 20 Highview Road ready for the influx of holiday revelry. From the cookie making, spinach ball rolling, house cleaning, snow shoveling, basement cleaning, grocery store running, etc, etc, etc. I appreciated all your loving help. Really. I did. I do. xoxo
So to those who were able to come, I hope you had a good time. To those who could not make it, we hope you can join us next year. And to those who will only ever be with us in spirit, we miss you next to us, we think of you always, and we know you enjoyed Joe’s nighty (well, maybe not you, Mom, but I think I caught a glimpse of that smirk of yours).
Happy New Year to all!