Sunday, December 16, 2012

Our Open House Celebration

 Season's Greetings my friends! Here are a bunch of photos from our Open House that we held on Friday night. I can't believe that Michael and I managed to super clean the house and prepare food etc on top of our already busy schedules but we did it! I will admit that there were a couple of dishes that I purchased the supplies for and didn't have the time to make, however, we had more than enough food so it all worked out. The dish above is a dip that contains a layer of goat cheese frosted with an olive and garlic tapenade with chopped green pepper garnish. So delicious and super easy to prepare!
These were a hit too! I saw this simple recipe on facebook, posted by a friend of mine. Melted chocolate chips and pomegranate arils - a great combination of sweet and tart!
 Here's everyone's favorite host - Michael - indulging just before our guests began to arrive :) He prepared our annual sorrel drink (a Jamaican original), also a big hit, along with saltfish fritters, kale dip and a hearty quinoa salad.
This is a picture of a basement corner that Michael recently turned into a little office space for himself. He's so HAPPY! to have a little spot of his own and yes, that's a painting of him above the shelf :)
 Our condo isn't very large so we used a desk in our tiny kitchen as our "drinks" centre complete with glasses, ice bucket and corkscrews - it worked just great!
 Our first guests: Stephen, recently back from teaching for TWELVE years in Taiwan!, Julie who I've known for half my life - we went to university together, and Troy who I met through Julie and who has become a close friend.
My gorgeous daughter and her boyfriend, Steve, dropped by early as they were headed out to his work's Christmas party. Steve's a good guy - he laughs at her "princessy" ways and keeps her feet firmly planted on the ground - he works for a landscaping company and hopes to have his own business someday.
 I love this picture of Tiffany! Several times she was about to leave but then would refill her glass from the punch bowl of sorrel. She probably would have left earlier if she'd been sitting somewhere else!!
 Our great friends Robin and Ken, recently married this past June. They are coming winter camping with us in January! Hmmmmm, the pictures are starting to get a bit blurry.....
 A good friend from school - Liz, and her husband Thom - we had so many good laughs that evening - they are both great story tellers!!
 A party isn't a party until Ravishing Ruth arrives (on the left!)
She had me in stitches all night long!
Not sure what story she was telling here but she certainly had our attention!
 Everyone had to have a picture taken with Santa :)
Yikes! I'm too close with my camera! Ruth's cousin, Caroline, beside her and was her DD!
Awwwww, while it looks like we're sitting on Robin she was actually behind the chair we were sitting on!
 I'm thinking Caroline didn't get what she wanted from Santa?!?
 But Santa got what he wanted!  hee hee hee!
 I love my friend Jules!! She's a fabulous artist!
 This picture was taken at the beginning of the evening, believe it or not - I was pretending to be a model doing a photo shoot, spinning and twirling for Michael :)
Jules, Steve and Troy having a deep conversation about the environment - Julie's favorite topic - yes, she's a tree hugger extraordinaire!
See what I mean about Tiffany being too close to the punch bowl?
Before we got TOO rowdy!
 OK, the sideways photos were taken with my OLD camera by Michael. It's been dropped so many times so that every picture comes out in a different direction and can't be corrected...hence I bought myself a new camera as an early Christmas present for MOI!
Caroline, Ruthie and ME!
 Getting mushy for the camera!
Awwww,aren't we cute?
 Oops, there we go again! a BIG smile from Caroline this time though!

Michael getting squished between me, Ruthie and Liz!

No sedate parties at our house!  BUT we did collect a fair bit of food for Michael's workplace. They have a closet where they keep emergency supplies for low-income families in their neighbourhood.

You know what the great thing is about doing all the prep prior to a party???
 You don't have to CLEAN UP!! When I got up Saturday morning this......
...and this...was all cleaned up!! Thanks Michael!
Now it's Sunday morning and I need some breakfast, after which I am going to do some major blog reading! I really need to catch up with you all! 


  1. Yes Jane, blame the blurry pics on the "camera"
    Looks like y'all had quite a fun evening. 8-)

  2. I'm SURE it was the camera LOL! That or the "subjects" just wouldn't sit still! :)

  3. best kind of party, one with friends!!!


  4. Great Party, I noticed the photography was going a little down hill toward the end.....

  5. Ahhhh, you noticed that did you? Me too! I think other people were getting tipsy and kept falling out of the frame lol! Couldn't have been the photographer!

  6. Absolutely! Hate having to make fake chitchat - so not me!

  7. Looks like fun was had by all and you are the perfect hostess!

  8. It looks like you guys throw one heck of a party there Jane! Everyone looks like they had a blast. I'm not sure about that Robin - looks like she was trying to butt in on that kiss :)




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