Last night I went to a party hosted by one of my tennis friends. There were about 30 women young and old that went to the party and it was a blend of her friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Guests were to bring a dish and a $30 gift for a gift exchange.
When I arrived I was in awe with the amount of Christmas decorations she had in her home. It was truly spectacular. Everything was decorated Christmas. There were amazing nativity displays. And she had so many angels. I mean in her living room she had all of the cubbies that house other things during the year decked out with all things Christmas.
So my friends kind of stuck together and we didn’t mingle too much. We did enjoy ourselves. I should mention that the hostess is Venezuelan. And her aunt made the most amazing dish…bollos pelones. OMG this is to die for. They are a meat dumpling in a corn flourish dough. I just googled the recipe and pinned it on Pinterest. I know that there is no way I will be able to come close to this, but I might try for fun someday. Side note… I’ve tried to make other culture recipes that were an absolute flop. Like Brazilian Pao de Queijo :*(.
Back to the party, so we ate and had some eggnog martinis. And do what women do best! Then we gathered by the tree for the gift exchange. I must say it took about an hour to go through the entire gift exchange game. So here is how it goes, everyone draws a number from a bowl. The person that gets number 1 goes first but can steal a gift if it hasn’t been frozen (stolen 2 times) at the end. So I was number 9. And my friend was number 1. I stole a pair of Kendra Scott earrings, but that was quickly stolen from me and I ended up with cream. The items that were popular were the earrings of course, two capes like red riding hood…(interesting), a really cute robe that looked kind of cheetahish but the spots kind of looked like hearts, a really pretty vase and a jewelry box.
So I gave a really nice bottle of French wine and some cheese and breadsticks. I was the only one that gave that, so I hope it was ok. I would have been happy with it! I also had a tough time with what to bring for the side dish. I ended up bringing a tortellini salad (BLT) so it was bacon, spinach, cherry tomatoes and cheese filled tortellini in a sour cream ranch dressing. My family gave it the thumbs up so that is what I went with.
All I can say is I’m happy that I was invited and I really love my friends. ❤