Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Holiday Party Season!

'Tis the season to visit loved ones and have a good old fashion Christmas dance party. Now that holiday party season is upon us, we’re all busy planning, shopping, and getting ready to enjoy it all!

For me….that means a few things. I think we all know my main priority is making the house perfect and working day and night on projects that only I will notice (no one cares about my new door handle, BUT I DO!!)

…but apart from that I also think about cute party hairstyles, delicious food, and Christmas music! SO I thought I’d share!

This year I’m hoping to mimic this cute hair style found on Martha Stewart weddings. Sadly I lack the amazing red hair, but blonde will just have to do.

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via Martha Stewart Weddings

As for food, when we entertain we always do a buffet style potluck party. This year I plan on making Swedish meatballs, sausage rolls, pasta salad, and of course, the famous artichoke dip. For those of you who will be out visiting this year, I highly recommend throwing this together. It’s insanely easy, and people will actually request it down the road. Some of our friends even have alternate names to it, such as ‘Sex in a dish’, care of Aaron…and I believe Harflett calls it something like ‘Crack dip’. (I promise there are no drugs in it!)

Adriane’s Famous Artichoke Dip

(Notes: I do not measure this at all, so feel free to eye it out if you want. Also, I always make double or triple this recipe, so feel free to do the same! There will be none left, I promise...)

Ingredients:
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves of garlic (or more)
  • Dash of salt and pepper
Instructions:

Throw all of the above in a food processor. Blend until fairly smooth (you still want a little bit of texture). Put in an oven safe dish and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. Serve with LOTS of crackers (don’t forget Ritz, they are the best).

And while you and your loved ones are scrapping the bottom of the artichoke dip bowl, don’t forget the Christmas music! And yes, you do need the typical songs, but don’t forget about the cool ones too….here are my favs:

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
2000 Miles – The Pretenders
Do They Know It’s Christmas – BandAid
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – The Temptations
Put a Little Love in Your Heart – Annie Lennox
A Great Big Sled – The Kills

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