A couple of weekends ago friends and I hosted a Christmas Ornament Couples Shower.
What does that mean? It was a coed wedding shower, where guests were asked to bring Christmas ornaments in lieu of presents. The shower was in January, just after the holiday season and not too far after the new year. If guests planned it right, they could buy a Christmas ornament on clearance!
It was a fun party. And I did absolutely no crafting for it. Which was kind of nice!
My cohorts and I planned a full appetizer, drinks, and dessert menu. We cooked all the food ourselves, but bought a cake. It was a ten inch, double layer chocolate espresso supreme. I had never ordered a cake for a party, but I may do it again. It was delicious!!!
We served chips and queso, meatballs, hazelnut shrimp in endive leaves, cranberry baked brie, artichoke dip, veggies & dip, chocolate dipped strawberries, and my "Minnesota Bars". Let me give you the recipe... they are simple to make and tas-tee!
1 c sugar
1 c corn syrup
1.5 c peanut butter
6 c Cornflakes or Special K
1.25 c chocolate chips
.75 c butterscotch chips
Melt sugar and corn syrup until boiling.
Remove and mix in peanut butter and flakes.
Place in 9x13 pan.
Frost with melted chocolate and butterscotch chips.
Cut into bars when cooled.
Decorations were simple. We made a collage of photos of the happy couple using Picasa software. We bought 30 helium balloons from Party City that we left bunched together for a dramatic statement. Last, but not least, was the small white Christmas tree for displaying the ornaments!
After mingling with guests, the happy couple opened gifts. My favorite ornament was the squirrel. Every tree needs a squirrel!
Look how cute the happy couple looks, getting ready to cut the cake... They are ready for the wedding day festivities!