Monday, December 12, 2011

Fun Like a PARTY!!!!

We have been done here in the Houston area with Amber and Mike the last few days and it has been a blast!!

I know he doesn't LOOK like he's having fun! We arrived Saturday morning after leaving at 4:30 AM! I napped all the way down and since we were in his big Dodge Ram 350 Diesel truck......HE did all the driving. So he had to nap as soon as we got here!

Mike's parents had arrived on Thursday so Amber and his mom had already been at work on some kitchen curtains. They are made from painters drop cloths and were EXACTLY the fabric Amber had tried to find by the yard.

These drop cloths were much LESS expensive!

I joined in the group effort and on Party Day we finished them right up!

That's my grand dog, Shiner, checking out things through the window.

Many hands made light work!
Mike set out the wine bar....

The dogs were kenneled so we could do the patio area.
Mike and his dad strung up lights and decorations......

I took this picture looking in through the window.
Everything just looked so PRETTY!!

Lit the candles.......

......plugged in the lights!

We took the opportunity to take a family pic before the guests arrived.
What part of 'Turn around and smile' did Louis Dean not understand??

STILL not getting it!!!

There you GO!!! He DID it!!

Now he can sit and look pretty!

I love Amber and Mike's parties. They hosted over 30 people of all ages......friends, co workers, family members, neighbors. Everyone had SUCH a good time. The food was amazing! Ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli - rice casserole (thanks, Carla!) green bean casserole, dinner rolls, red velvet cake.....and on and on!! Delicious!!!

I KNOW the party was a huge success because it was after midnight when the first guest left! Everyone but family was gone by 2 and we were all in bed by 3 am!

Sunday was spent basking in the glow of Saturday night!
We sat around watching the new Jeff Dunham DVD, movies and football.
Houston is not often cool enough for a fireplace but this weekend was perfect for one.

I love it when something you have been looking forward comes to pass and it is just as wonderful as you imagined it would be.
That's how it is when we visit here with Mike and Amber.

We will head home tomorrow. The good thing is all my decorating is done. I left the house clean. Except for the millions of leaves we will need to blow and sack and/or mow.....there are no big jobs left for this month. All that remains to be done is some baking and entertaining. The FUN things!!

I AM wondering about stopping at the Collin Street Bakery on our way home, though.

Remember that Apricot Pie???


  1. Dang the pie really looks delicious. LOL Amber DID decorate very nicely. She comes by her talent honestly. :-) Glad you had an awesome time. Luann

  2. It looks like a fun party, Linda.

    I think it was in the 70s that I made that ornament!

  3. You just CRACK ME UP every time you say "Louis Dean"! I can just hear you saying that and it is so cute. You two make such a cute couple. Looks like ya'll had a good time. Their house looked pretty for the party. I do think you should stop and get that pie since it's been on your mind. It would be something to look forward to when you get home.

  4. What a darling couple. You both are just too cute for words. Loved the family picture. I know everyone had a great time their beautifully decorated surroundings. hugs ~lynne~

  5. sounds like you are having fun....great photos...

  6. You make me smile...great post!

  7. I love a party and this looks like it was a fabulous one! What a perfect weekend, and a busy evidenced by Louis Dean! And what a treat to come home to a clean house, that's never happened to me! ;-D

    Happy Holidays, Linda!


  8. That looked like a good time.
    I sure hope you got that Apricot Pie!

  9. O, I am so glad you had such a great time.
    And, now, I am going to HAVE to make an Apricot favorite pie, EVER !!

  10. Ohhhhhhhh, you look soooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!

    And a totally lovely party it must have been. More lovely memories. :-)

    "Heap on more wood!~~The wind is chill;
    But let it whistle as it will,
    We'll keep our Christmas merry still."

    ~~Sir Walter Scott

  11. What a wonderful time! Safe drive home. And yes you need another apricot pie why not stop and shop!

  12. WOW! I love the way the house is decorated, it looks so elegant and the spirit of Christmas is there, I can feel it from here! It sounds like a magnificent party, well worth the drive. And for sure, you'd best stop off at the bakery and get a few of those pies, one won't be nearly enough! :-)

  13. AS a guest at that party I will confirm it was an awesome party. The hubby and I stayed till almost 1. That's a record for us. And I'm glad you enjoyed the broc-rice-cheese casserole.

    I hope you stopped and got that pie. You've probably already posted about it. I'm catching up on my reading. lol