Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas at the Irish Pub

I am very sorry I mislead a few of you into thinking we lucky people were headed to Ireland. In reality we were 'headed' to...our first Christmas party of the season. My sister, Shannon, and her husband, Ben, chose an Irish theme for their annual Christmas party. (Last year we 'visited' Morocco.) (I do wish we were truly on our way to Ireland, but the party was a blast!)
Many of the guests arrived in green, and Shannon had appropriately dyed her hair red. Shan and Ben again removed all the furniture in their living/dining room to allow space for a sit-down dinner for twenty-three.
On the Menu:
Ale (Ginger)
Beer (Root)
Irish Cream (Soda)
Cheese and Crackers
Dublin Hash
Twice Baked Potatoes
Guinness Beef with Veggies
Irish Soda Bread
Irish Cream Bundt Cake
Coffee (with Irish Cream)
Shannon had thoughtfully draped two of the tables with brown craft paper and provided an assortment of green crayons. These, along with the Irish Blessings and comical Irish sayings provided much entertainment.

For the guests who hadn't gotten the doodling out of their system, we topped the evening off with a rousing game of Pictionary (on two large dry-erase boards). Do I have the most awesome family (and friends), or what?!


Shell in your Pocket said...

What a beautiful table!
-sandy toes

edie said...

Looks so wonderful. I've enjoyed some of your archives this weekend. I love your book reviews.

Anonymous said...

I am fascinated at how much you enjoy your life. You are such an inspiration to all of us out there. During the crazy hustle and bustle of shopping and packages and such, you and your family realize the true meaning of the holidays. Have you always been like this or has it been a work in progress? I long for this simpler life yet I am dragged into shopping and gifts by the rest of my family. I've succeeded at least to remove myself from the craziness of "black friday", etc, by getting my shopping done early and by limiting my purchases for my kids (I at least realize that my spending time with them is more valuable than gifts). But how do I convince the rest of my family to slow down and enjoy life more?

I have 3 children also, a 5 year old boy, a 3 1/2 year old girl and a 20 month year old boy. I would love to hear how you handle the challenges of homeschooling your elder boy while the other two are running around. How do you handle the "mommy, pay attention to me" problem??? Mine only stay occupied with crayons for so long.

Thank you for your beautiful photography and for your lovely posts. I enjoy your blog tremendously!

Lisa (former lurker!)
sorry for the long comment!!! :)

Manderly Ringor said...

Looks like so much fun! What a great way to learn about different cultures and countries. You have a very creative family. :) Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Heidi, I don't have any sisters, but yours are so cool; and so is mom! Could I be adopted into your family? ~Tera

Precision Quality Laser said...

What a fun idea! Where are you planning on "going" next year? :)

We played Pictionary at one of the Thanksgiving parties we went to this year. It was a blast!

I love the idea of using the fork tines as a placecard creative!

*~Dani~* said...

I know that I was one of the people that guessed Ireland, but that might have just been wishful thinking on my part. Looks like you had a great holiday. As always, loved the pictures!

Barb said...

That sounds like a blast. I love it all...but I'm particularly drawn to those arm warmer/hand warmer/whatever they're called that the bonnie wee lassie is wearing in the last photo. I think I might have to make a pair of those.

Heidi said...

Lisa~ You are welcome to leave a long comment any day. :) Thanks for delurking and saying hello! (I will have many more homeschooling posts in January. Specifics and all that.)

Barb~ Aren't those great?! My sister saw a pair on Saturday and my grandmother knitted them that night and Sunday morning. :) I want a pair, too!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome family. You are so blessed!