Wednesday is Lensday: Cookie Party Edition

I’ve been to several parties this week. A party/reception, a cookie party, and tonight, a dirty santa/white elephant party. Then tomorrow I am going to a local Twitter party! I don’t know a lot of the Lex twitterites, but it will be nice to meet up and mingle, as well as hang out with my friend Chris. This week is going by sooooo fast. Christmas will be here before I know it. I actually am getting together with the fam this weekend, so that should be swell. I haven’t packed a single gift. I’m having a feeling it might be a gift bag Christmas! The sad thing is that I haven’t even gotten my decorations out period for the holidays. I’m just not in the mood this season. Maybe that’s a bah humbug on my part, but there’s been a lot going on! It’s hard to do everything. I live in an apartment and I never get visitors. So, the
lights would be for my enjoyment only. I think it does help put me in the mood, but it’s also another thing to do.

Well, I thought I would share a few quick photos from the cookie party I went to on Monday night!

This is my friend Donna Bush, who hosted the cookie party. She’s one of the craftiest and most talented ladies I know! At work, I call her Donna-Mom. She takes care of me and is so very thoughtful. She’s a very special friend in my life. I wanted to do something special for her, so I picked out the material and got my mom to embroider up Donna’s gingerbread men that she had designed for a project at work (as seen here). She was super excited! My mom also made cute little potholders, too. Donna can do just about anything crafty, so it was nice to have something made for her that she couldn’t do hersef!

Check out this absolutely adorable snowman she crafted up in the kitchen. I think the outside was cream cheese-frosted, but inside was beer cheese! It was way too cute to eat, but we did!

Carrying on the snowball theme, she made these awesome snowmen buckeyes. I swear, she could work for Kraft Foods on those crafty recipe designs!

the food was awesome!
All of the food was so awesome! Everything Donna cooks is to die for!

cookie party presentation!
Everyone presents their cookies in different ways…some turn out super elaborate. There’s a winner for best presentation, but without a doubt, it always ends up to someone who uses an animated stuffed animal!

All the cookies were laid out for judging.

Judging is tough, but someone has to do it! Donna’s husband Barrie and her son John came armed with water in their glasses to cleanse their palette and do the job!

Carey's the cookie winner!
And the winner was Carey’s Oreo Balls! Here she is wearing the traditional winning garb…the gingerbread apron and santa hat complete with the Martha award pin…because her cookies were a good thing!

The 7/11 game
Of course, we had to play the 7-11 game! It’s a tradition!

silly bunch
Here’s everyone who attended. We sure are a silly bunch! It’s a great party and Donna is an awesome hostess! It’s really a nice way to unwind and enjoy the season!

Have you ever attended a cookie party or thought about hosting one? I’d love to hear what you did. We play a lot of different games (ornament pass, minister’s cat, etc) and Donna always tries to come up with something new each year. She puts a lot of work into it. It’s always such a blast!

Until next time Swellions!


Case of the Mondays

Hey everyone. Everything in the house of swell is going alright. I am suffering unfortunately from an eye infection due to a contact I wore yesterday. Yikes! It is so not fun, but thankfully it is hurting less today!

My friend Tasha’s wedding went really well. There were no major flubs or mistakes. It was at a very large church here in Lexington, so we were on 3 jumbotrons…so as I walked down the aisle, I was on camera. They prob. will broadcast it on TV next week, actually. So, this church is very contemporary and during the performance of Amazing Grace, backed up by a professional band, I did everything in my power to not bust a move. I really wanted to! It was so lively!

Anyway, the night before, Marty and Tasha had their rehearsal dinner/small reception and I wanted to share a photo I took of them next to some twinkle lights. I really like how it turned out!


On a whole other note, I am going to be going to a cookie party tonight. Some of the people at this party REALLY get into the packaging and presentation, but I just created some quick funky tent labels and stapled them to my baggies. I had a lot going on with the wedding and the eye setback that I didn’t have time to think too much about the presentation. The cookies turned out really well. Very moist and chewy!

Cookies with tent label

So, I’m off to the cookie party. I hope the weather isn’t too terrible tonight! It can be kind of hard driving back on country roads when it’s bad. If it starts snowing too much, I’m going to have to leave early. This is something everyone that attends looks forward to all year long, so I hope the weather stays calm.

Well, gotta go! Until next time Swellions!