Something to Smile About

My minister-husband and I host a Christmas dinner for the church staff each year. Our goal is to give them one event for which they don’t have to prepare a lesson or music or anything. The party is my excuse to dig out my punch bowl and pretty dishes, to make rich recipes, and to have my favorite pineapple punch. This year my husband deep fried a turkey (a picture of which is on my Facebook page) and I roasted a ham. We served scalloped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, corn, yeast rolls, and two kinds of cake. And of course the wonderful pineapple punch.

You may remember that I made candy bouquets to use as centerpieces and to give to each of the staff members as a gift. They were well received and there was some teasing as each staff member selected which bouquet to take home. Perhaps the highest compliment came from my son, who had just arrived home from university for Christmas break, when he told me he thought the candy bouquets were “pretty cool” and that he’d like to receive one. I thought that was amazing!


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A festive dinner with special people is something to smile about! | A Chat Over Coffee

And as you can see from the photo, I used the same red cellophane I used for the candy bouquets to surround the punch bowl. Besides the candy bouquets, there were punched tin candle holders with a gingerbread man motif on the tables along with different types of candy canes. The candy theme was a sweet choice for a festive, fun evening.

So my entire family is back under one roof. The makings of Christmas cookies and fudge and Christmas dinner are in the pantry. We have Christmas music and Christmas movies. And since the staff dinner was just yesterday, we have plenty of leftovers to enjoy. I hope you are also celebrating special times with special people as you anticipate Christmas!

What are you smiling about today?

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5 responses to “Something to Smile About

  1. It looks like you have the same punch bowl we do. Wedding present?
    That sounds like a nice dinner you treated the co-workers to, no fuss for them, just come and enjoy.


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