winter celebrations

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IMGP8472.jpgUntitledUntitledUntitled%20%20we kicked off the weekend on friday night with a community solstice celebration. zelda got to open on package early in light of the night’s activity, ice skating! we had a great time listening to music and skating (me shuffling in boots sans skates) around the speed skating rink. then with a cup of cocoa in hand we headed over for a horse drawn sleigh ride. it was a lot of fun.
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over the weekend we then had the fortune to host two wonderful groups of friends. first, it was zelda’s turn to have friends over for a winter/holiday themed crafternoon. her and her friends made ice cream cone trees. these are the perfect craft for 3 years olds, easier than gingerbread houses and not as easily consumable as cookies, but still all the ingredients are edible and fun for those who need at least a nibble. the kids were all great and most of the frosting was used for decoration, but the marshmallows seemed to end up more in bellies than on trees.

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after zelda’s party ended, we shifted to the adults. zach and i had our sixth or seventh annual holiday cocktail party. this year we were ambitious and served 20 friends dinner paired with various cocktails, which we called flights of fancy. we asked our guests to dress to impress and they did! the menu is below. it was a lot of fun to plan and prepare and i think we did it well. nothing was too rushed or last minute and there very little stress. it was a great crowd of friends, really our family in alaska, and we really enjoy making this our gift to them during the holiday season.Menu.jpg
IMGP8528.jpgIMGP8529.jpgit was a big weekend, but tons of fun. i love having the house full of decorations, good friends and merriment, whether that’s youngsters running a little wild playing or boisterous conversation and laughter from adults. it’s what makes the holiday season for us. our plans for the next days are quieter with some skiing and more ice skating to be had, some gifts and probably some cuddly family movie dates on the couch. we hope your holidays are joy filled with all of the people and things you love about this season.