One of the best parts of Christmas is getting together with friends and having a great time together. Over the past couple weeks I’ve hosted some wonderful friends in my house for some parties. I love planning these Christmas parties and seeing them come to life.
The first party was a Crafty Christmas Party and had some friends over for a evening of Pinterest-worthy crafts. I had planned on a few different crafts, but we ended up only working on a single craft – painting ornaments. I discovered how talented some of my friends were as they created intricately painted ornaments of their dogs and family as snowmen.
This past weekend Brad and I had some friends over for a Christmas Dinner Party. I went for a Red, White & Reindeer theme (even down to the food – although the salad did diverge a bit). Our menu included Cranberry Glazed Chicken, Amazing Cranberry Jell-o, Roasted Red Potatoes and A Mixed Green Salad. Our dessert was a Red & White version of the Berry Trifle I made this summer (strawberries and raspberries but no blueberries). The recipe for the cranberry glaze is included below.
Cranberry Glazed Chicken
- 1 bag fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Combine all above ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil
- Stir continuously until all berries have popped
- Pour over chicken breasts and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
I made these reindeer napkins using white cotton napkins and my Silhouette Cameo. The heat transfer material I used was the Silhouette Glitter Black and the font is Copperplate Gothic Light. The font on the name tag is Christmas Eve.