Forget calling, responsibility and all that stuff..............I'm convinced some people might stay on our leadership team simply because they want to come to our Christmas party! ::giggles::
Every Christmas my husband and I host a party at our home to show our love and appreciation to our Celebration Church leaders. Between 70-80 people usually come as our leaders are invited to bring their spouse and kids.
Everyone loves this party from the youngest to oldest! We do everything from eat (of course!) to play games, and sit around the fire, and sing carols around the piano, and dance, and talk, talk, and talk some more.
We start at 6:00 PM and usually the last person leaves by about 2:00 AM. I did mention that our name is Celebration Church? Emphasis on the CELEBRATION.
Being a person that loves fresh culinary ideas, I'm always wanting to try something new but every time I dare mention changing the menu there is an outcry...."Nooooooooooooo! Don't change it!" These folks go postal if I suggest omitting any menu items. So, I don't. One year I omitted the artichoke dip and someone almost had a cow. So back on it went.
As a general rule Larry and I provide everything for this as a special appreciation to our people but there are those extra helpful folks who always say, "PD, I really want to help by bringing something, so pleassssssssssssssssse let me." I never turn down help. So a few of them will bring dishes to contribute and those are the items on the menu that may be different from year to year. If they bring something I let them decide what it is, but ask that it be along the lines of appetizer or dessert.
People often ask me for ideas along the lines of hospitality and I'm happy to help. In case you're looking for some menu ideas, here's our tried and true one that we've done for the past 10 years straight.
If you'd like any of the recipes just comment and I'll be glad to post a recipe.
Leadership Christmas Party Menu
Hot Crab Puff Appetizers (people go bonkers over these and I do mean bonnnnnnnkers!!)
PD's famous chicken salad sandwiches (I serve them on a variety of breads ~ croissants, King's Hawaiian Bread, 12 Grain Bread, Martin's Potato Rolls among them - we go through several large trays of these.)
Cream Cheese & Pepper Jelly with Crackers
Mexican Layered Dip with Tortilla Chips
Hot Crab Dip with Scoops
Hot Artichoke Dip with Assorted Crackers
Cheese and Olive Tray
Vegetable and Dip Tray
Cocktail Smokies wrapped in croissant
New addition this year: Chocolate, Vanilla and Red Velvet Cake Balls (My husband is making them - new recipe he fell in love with from our friend Kirstyn Visconti.)
All of the photos in this blog post are from last year's event. I'll post some from this year once it's over Sunday night!