Getting ready...

Our back patio at Christmas time
Tomorrow night is our annual Christmas open house for the leadership team and their families.  We will probably have about 60-70 people here tomorrow night.  Larry and I do this every year at our home to show love and appreciation to our leaders at Christmas time.  (Although we sure do love/appreciate them all year long.)  Last year I blogged about this night here with my most requested recipes from this event.  I've been cooking yesterday and today, preparing the various dishes for this night.  The menu basically stays the same from year to year with just a few tweaks.  This year's looks like this:

Leadership Open House Menu
Cream Cheese and Red Pepper Jelly on Crackers
Chicken Salad Sandwiches (PD's almost famous recipe) on assorted breads
Mexican Layered Dip Appetizer
Hot Artichoke Dip with Crackers
Hot Crab Dip with Crackers
Crab Puffs    
Vegetable Tray with Vegetables
Cheese, and Cracker/Olives Plate
Cocktail Meatballs
Cream Puffs
Grape Punch
Coffee and Tea

I've omitted some of the desserts from last year, simply because those are ones friends made.     The house will be full with Christmas music, laughter and conversation, people around the fireplace on the patio, kids in the jacuzzi, and conversation over countless cups of coffee.  Sounds like a perfect night.


Melissa said…
ok this picture of your back patio is so enchanting and inviting! I just want to come and sit near the fire and stare deep into the flames! It looks so relaxing!