Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Festivities


One of the social events of the season is Jolie's Christmas Party. You may remember my post about her last year's party.  This year's party did not disappoint.  The food, the holiday decor, the company, was all superb.



Jolie's home is so warm and cozy.  She has an artist's eye for decor and her home especially sparkles during the holidays. I just drink it in and snap away, wanting to share it all with you. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing all the details of her home.



She has a collection of lighted buildings. It looks so gorgeous when it is the only illumination in the living room.


Greenery decorations on each window. And there are so many windows in the house.


Another view of the lighted village. There are some whimsical touches here like a flash of light illuminating Santa as if Santa is being photographed.


Jolie created this yule log complete with meringue mushrooms and real greenery on the tray. The outside of the log tasted like chocolate ganache. There was a "dusting" of snow on the top. It was crazy good!


 I mean really, these meringue mushrooms were so realistic! And tasted so fantastic!



All the food was so exceptionally presented. I vowed to try one of everything but there was so much to eat I could not eat it all.


See what I mean? This was so festive and delicious looking, how could one resist?


I loved this pot rack with all the copper pans and Jolie put them to good use. Jolie and her kids made everything for the party. The preparation is immense and takes days I am sure.


Red and green olives for Christmas. All so artfully displayed.  I am taking notes on all of this.


Lots of smiling faces on this night. The two people on the left travelled all the way from Sweden to attend Jolie's party! Only kidding, they were here for a few weeks visiting the US.


More great food to be consumed. The meatballs were delicious! So was the cranberry sauce and the tarts with cream cheese, goat cheese, parsley and peach jam. I lost count of how many of those mini tarts I ate.


The tree looked lovely and the gifts were already wrapped. Where does she find the time?


Back to the food, look at the bread selection. More than at Panera Bread!


Wait til you see all the main courses. There was a baked ham with sauce.


And a pork tenderloin and turkey with gravy and sauces to accompany them.


Guests were helping themselves to the meats from the stovetop. There was no room on the island for the big meat platters.


There were many generations of people at this party from kids to a woman in her nineties.


Those in the dining room were the luckiest of all as they were closest to the desserts!


More of the Swedish contingent. They were heading to New York after the party.


And last but not least, Morgan, the family dog. Morgan is a gentle giant and his space was invaded by all those party guests.  He was a good sport and did not make a peep at the party. I am sure he could not wait until everyone went home and he could attack the leftovers.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I was on my best behavior..  After all, I want an invitation again next year!



6 comments:

Marina PĂ©rez said...

Beautiful, charming, cozy and cute, Thank you for sharing Elaine and a Happy New Year.

Marina

Robin Larkspur said...

What a fabulous party!! How can some women manage to do it all, while making it look easy and fun?! All that food!! But you showed no photos of the desserts!!! I bet they were stunning.
Thanks for sharing this!!!

Salmagundi said...

WOW! Beautiful house, beautiful food, beautiful people, beautiful occasion! Can't beat that. Thanks for sharing this. Sally

Two French Bulldogs said...

so beautiful and comfy
Snorts,
Benny & Lily

val said...

what a neat evening....the yule log and mushrooms were my favorite (must be the crafty girl in me!)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a lovely party. I can see why you want to go back. The food looks amazing! The Noel log is beautiful!

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