Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree 2013 

My friend Brandi is the hostess with the mostest - the one in the OCD shirt and homemade bow skirt. 
Not only does she put up 7 Christmas trees in her house, she's an excellent cook, an awesome wife & mom, a crafty McCrafterson AND always looks like she just stepped out of a fashion mag. 

In 2011 she started hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & every year it gets bigger and better. 

Well, this year Angela ramped up her game with her ensemble... she usually just wears a sweater and jeans. 
But this year... this year she ... 
welllll... I think the picture speaks for itself. Check it out. 

She even had jingle bells sewn into her skirt. 
So full of Christmas cheer she was. . .
She won the top prize. 
It was really no contest. 

Here are the big winners of the night -
L-R Alice for Best Accessories; Amy for Most Wearable in Public; Jenny for Best Sweater (best meaning worst lol); and Angela for Best Overall Look

My outfit wasn't good enough for any of the top prizes, but I was still proud of its uglyness. 
My sweater, turtleneck and pants came from Goodwill. . . aren't they precious? 
Pretty sure the pants are pajamas, but the point was to be UGLY so....

I made my hat the night before the party. 
It's made from 3 pieces of cardstock taped together. The garland and mini ornaments were from Dollar General and on the cheap. I made the star from cardstock and I made the lights from cardstock, too. I kinda wished for a strand of battery operated lights, but when ya decide to do stuff at the last minute sometimes ya gotta improvise. 

We played some games at the party, too. After all, what's a party without G A M E S?!

First up was charades/draw on the white board. The theme was Christmas songs and movies. We had some good laughs with that game. 

My team won. Of course.

Next we had to tear a Christmas tree from construction paper behind our backs without looking.

Katie won the prize for the best tree.

Angela did not. 
The next game was to decorate your tree (a person of your choosing) with only some construction paper, aluminum foil and tape. And one pair of scissors. :-/ 

Oh, and you only have 10 minutes. 

My team won - I'd like to think our aluminum foil "light strand" was the game changer. And (ahem) that just happened to be MY idea. 

Another way to win a prize was to guess how many ornaments were hangin' on this here tree. 

I actually won because I was the closest to the actual number. I was within 25. If you're curious about the number, post a comment with your guess. And don't guess 700 like my goofy husband. Good grief.

My prize was an Andy Williams Christmas CD and a bag of Hershey caramel kisses. And that didn't make me mad. ;-) Cuz those kisses happen to be my fave & who can find fault with a classic like Andy Williams?! 

Anyway it was a fun, fun, FUN night with cool ladies. Life is better with good folks like them. 

And I may or may not be already planning my 2014 outfit. hehehe 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tossback to Thanksgiving yall...

We did Thanksgiving a bit early with my inlaws but I was coming down with what turned out to be a whopper of a sinus infection & a touch of an ear infection so I didn't shoot any pics that night.


And yes, I'm much better now. Thank you for asking. 

As for MY family, we did our meal on Friday night (the day after Thanksgiving) at my parents' house.

We had a great meal. And lots of laughs. 

I could write a whole lot about all the things I'm thankful for. But these folks right here - they're at the top of the list... they're the best!

This was our first Thanksgiving with these two little cuties. 
My great nephews. 
7 months old 
Brady (left) has the fuller face, Conner isn't quite as filled out 

I couldn't bear to Photoshop the food off their sweet little faces. I mean let's keep things real, right? Babies eat. Babies are messy. And we'll blink twice and these little toots will be grown. So there. Foodie faces.

Some of us older folk played Phase 10. 

I personally feel like they could make this game simpler. There are so many rules. And I'm pretty sure Anthony, my dad and I were reminded of the rules like 50 times. 

I won. 
It was pure luck.
Kerlandy did help me a little... but with this kind of card game a lot of it has to do with the cards you're dealt...  

 My brother sometimes gets passionate about the game

We Face Timed Caleb (my nephew in the Army) and Anthony pulled out the Barry Gibb impersonation... when Caleb attempted it, well... let's just say it was an epic fail. 

So I think I get my sillyness from Dad... 
pretty sure he was calling himself a unicorn here. Um... ok Dad... sure...
I actually love his silly side! 

The kiddos played some games and there was a lot of wrestling throughout the night. We all fought over the twins. 

But mostly the night was filled with laughter and love!  

So anyway... 
Hope y'all had a nice Thanksgiving, too!


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