My Tuesday Stitching group had its Christmas party yesterday. It is also our last get-together for the year and already I can't wait until we get together again next year!
I know how very lucky I am to have these friends in my life and I am truly grateful for their friendship, the laughter, the "being there" for each other as well as all the naughty, childish craziness that goes along with it too!!! Love these girls to bits and boy did we gave a great day!!!
We had the party at Sandi's house and how is this for a Christmas party entrance? Lucky Tess gave me a heads up with "Santa alert" when I walked in the door as Santa came alive and started singing and dancing. I almost dropped my cheese platter.
The house looked amazing and the mood was certainly "jolly".
Out table was beautiful with glass jars full of Christmas beauties (and chocolates and marshmallows!!!)
Lots of yummy food and non-alcoholic (can you imagine us with the real stuff!?!) wine was shared and devoured.
And the gifts were absolutely, gobsmackingly beautiful. Lots of thought (and sneakiness) went into these I can tell you!
Firstly we all decorated and filled "secret Santa" bon bons for each other.
Inside we had to have a fat 1/8 fabric, some ribbon, a button, a Christmas decoration and a chocolate. As you can see my chocolate caramel koala didn't make it to the photo shoot. Along with the cute button and decoration, I was extremely lucky to get enough fabric and ribbon for a kit to make a gorgeous fabric bon bon. Thank you so much Tess - a lot of thought went into this xx
The presents I received just left me speechless. So many beautiful, thoughtful gifts.
From the lovely Norreen - the sweetest little French zippered bag with an Eiffel Tower charm, a tapestry tote bag and this wonderful tin French sign. The bags are perfect for our next retreat and the sign is already up in the bathroom. Love it all!!!
From Laurel this lovely vase with butterfly and beads on the front. Now to leave some hints for some flowers from my hubby! There are also chocolates and I'm happy to say they haven't been eaten .... yet!
From Helen I received this beautiful sugar bowl and jug which she sneakily bought right in front of me in Warwick after me telling her how much I loved it. Never, ever trust Helen. She's very good at being sneaky! There is also a cute little tea bag there to enjoy.
How simply gorgeous is my French vase??? It's very big and heavy and I love it to pieces. I have the perfect place for it, next to my free standing Eiffel Tower (naturally!!!). There was also this cute as owl candle that I'm not sure if I'll bring myself to light. Thank you so much Tereasa (aka Tess).
These gorgeous gifts are from Sandi. A beautiful mug and box set (another sneaky purchase in Warwick - that shop did well out of us!) which I adore. Sandi also made all of us a beautiful zippy pouch and needlecase set. Mine has the most beautiful fabric, of course!!! The needlecase is just perfect... With our initials embroidered on the front....
And inside there are pockets for floss and scissors and a needle keep. It is so cute and perfect. I can't wait to use it. We all also received the best 2014 calendars ever. Every Tuesday is highlighted for the year, along with our birthdays and loads of photos of us enjoying ourselves throughout the pages. So much work and thought went into this - thank you!!!
So very, very spoilt! And a really fun, wonderful day. It wouldn't be a party if Helen wasn't wearing something festive now would it? Bouncing Santas on her head and Chrissy earrings were the go.
But what's this? Norreen trying to outdo Helen? Nah she's just wearing the moustache that was found in her bon bon!!!
These girls are the friends everyone wishes they had. I am soooo lucky. Thank you for another year of fun and friendship. Thank you for a super Christmas party.
PS There was a parcel waiting for us from the lovely Lynda. Inside was a little Christmas cake each. How good is that???
Just wanted to add that I had mine for afternoon tea today - and it was delicious. Thank you Lynda xx