Welcome to my Ladies Christmas Luncheon!
When you arrive, I have a cocktail waiting for you.
I love to make my guests feel special by having an interesting cocktail to welcome them.
This year we had Pomegranate Martinis.
A number of years ago, as I made my way through the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I realized that something was missing.
I host a lavish Christmas Eve and a smaller event on Christmas Day, both for my family.
But, as much as I love my family, I realized that the “something” I was missing, was the that I needed to celebrate this wonderful time with my friends, as well. That began my annual Ladies Christmas Luncheon.
While we’re busy decorating and shopping and wrapping and baking and writing cards and everything else we put into this holiday…
…don’t forget to take time to celebrate your friendships.
Each place was marked with a little gift for each of my friends.
And this year the weather was fair, so our Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen was able to join in my celebration. It was wonderful to have her with us.
I was anxious to use my new Mikasa plates that I got from Christmas Tree Shop. I chose the mistletoe design…
…and the holly design.
I like the crisp white background.
The napkins were a Century 21 purchase. The holly napkin rings are from Walmart, many years ago.
We started with shrimp cocktail followed by creamed mushroom chicken tarragon upon a pastry shell (but I realize you can’t even see the pastry - LOL!); grilled baby zucchini topped with pomegranates; and a salad of mixed Spring greens with red pears, parmesan shavings, candied walnuts and a lemon, olive oil dressing.
Lots of red and green! It’s so hard to take food photos in the midst of entertaining, but I snagged this one so could share it with you. The grilled zucchini don’t look too appetizing, but they were tasty!
Hope that you make time to enjoy the season – with your family AND your friends.
Merry Christmas to all of my friends in blogland. I wish I could gather all of my friends from blogland around my table. Please know that you are there in spirit.
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