Merry Christmas everyone!
We hosted a Christmas Party today at our house today for our cellgroup and a few of our close friends. I wanted to order catering but Le hubby thought it will be more fun if we do a potluck party and get everyone to bring a dish of their own.. So we had a potluck instead!
Sent out the invites via Whatsapp cos it's not fashionable to send out paper invites anymore (unless it's for a wedding). That's really sad cos I really like to send cards and paper invites for parties. Guess that's not the trend anymore and it'll be a waste of my effort & money if I do it. The last time I sent out paper invites was for Le hubby's 30th birthday party. I bought Minion themed invitation cards and mailed it out to everyone. #somucheffort
(I removed our address from this picture)
Preparing the goody bags!
Goody bag station!
(I made the mini poms and the banner)
The table set-up!
We only have black ink at home so I printed out black letters and string them up to form a banner over the table. Made a few mini pom pom balls to cover up the blue tac.
The Christmas wreath is donated by Nat who also gave us + help us set up our Christmas tree! Nat also bought the Turkey and Ray came to fry the Hokkien Mee. Both of them came really early to help to cook and prepare. So thankful for their help!!
The Christmas Turkey!
Both of them came in the morning to roast the turkey. It was moist and very flavourful! Well done boys!!!
As our guests arrive, we had more food on the table! I prepared satay, cold tofu, cheeseboard, fruits & the drinks.
I also bought 100 bottles of Yakult in Green & Red colours to suit the Christmas theme! I refilled them cos I don't have an iced box and I don't want them to be sitting in room temperature for too long. I had around 20 bottles left so that's 80 bottles for the whole group! Heh heh! Seems like everyone loves Yakult too!
My very talented and lovable cellgroup sister - Calin baked her signature Oreo cheesecake! My sister is currently holidaying in USA so I can't commission her to bake cakes for the party. It's the 2nd time she's missing our Christmas party!!!! *ROAR* She better come to our party next year or I'll smack her butt.
We said Grace and then it's time for lunch! I bought green plates to suit the Christmas theme! Wanted to have more Christmas decoration but Le hubby said simple is good.. don't overdo it.
Ok lor...... (っ˘̩╭╮˘̩)っ
Christmas Tree with all the gift exchange presents!
I requested everyone to bring a gift not more than SGD20 so we can have fun exchanging presents. I pasted numbered stickers on the presents and everyone takes a number from a box and come to the tree to claim their present.
Stickers for the gift exchange.
Group picture after the gift exchange! :)
I painstaking cut and made this but there's no place to put it.
Calin also prepared all these super cute & fun props! She printed, cut then laminated each piece. So dedicated!! Her favourite food is obviously roast pork as you can see in the picture. Hahahahahaha!
Le hubby set up the camera (thanks Nat for bringing the stand!) for the photobooth. Then we went to test out the lighting for him by being his models.
Obviously Nat wins the #MostSiaoNang award. Hahahaha!
Really FML cos I also had a Arts and Craft station but I can't believe I don't have any pictures of it!!!!
I bought arts and craft staff that are Christmas themed. Things like bracelets, snow globes, Christmas tree ornaments, etc. You can make your own and bring the finished item home. It's quite popular cos I saw everyone crowding there after lunch to try their hand at making something. Next year I'll introduce a glue gun and let the girls make their own Christmas accessories. 12 months to research for new ideas! Heh heh!
We also brought them around the house for a house tour because some of them have not come to our house before. The girls were especially excited to see my 3 years supply of tampons I bought at a Watsons sale a few months ago. They find it so amazing and amusing that I am such a hoarder. Eh! I don't anyhow hoard stuff! I hoard useful stuff that have a long shelf life.
In the evening we had a 2nd party! This time it's much smaller in scale cos it's for Le hubby's family and his close extended family. Had fun with the photobooth again with my cousins-in-law Marcus & Sherise, and of course.. Le hubby!
Brownie wants a picture too.
I received soooooooooo many presents this year! What an unexpected haul! Thank you everyone for coming for the party, for helping out and for bringing food.. also for giving me the presents! Can't wait for next year's party! Yay!!