Everyone seemed to have a good time, the food was pretty good, it was a darling location, and we all felt especially girly, which is out of character for most of us.
kesterly, frolicswllamas, Tiffany, and I all climbed into the car wearing skirts and flowery, sparkly jewelry and carrying glossy, super-saturated colored gift boxes.
A super-tasty punch (mostly cranberry, like candy!), turkey cream cheese roll-ups, bacon thingies, shrimp cocktail, cheese and broccoli mini quiches, a hearty and superlative chicken salad (I even liked it), a simple but scrumptious cheeseball, dinner mints and an enormous cake were laid out. I brought four bottles of champagne, and we ate, chattered, played silly ice breaker games, and opened presents.
kirk_daniel's mother polished off a whole bottle of champagne by herself then followed us back to the house where she just made herself at home on the porch. It was unexpectedly comfortable and nice! :)
If anyone has pictures, please share!