As I write this, Elliott is following our handyman around our house as Mario gently pounds nails into our walls. As Mario speaks 10 words of English and Elliott speaks 25 words of Italian, they make a quiet duo. Lena and I check on them every now and then in between eating Cheerios, ironing wall hangings and quilts, and wiping a runny nose.
I've also been writing a loooooong grocery list in preparation for a shopping trip this afternoon. Elliott's staff are invited to our home for a potluck Christmas party this Thursday, and I'm covering drinks and desserts. So far I'm thinking apple pie, pumpkin ginger muffins, peppermint bark, decorated gingerbread cookies (or maybe these fabulous brownies?), pretzel candy cane kiss candy, and definitely this fabulous cheese board!
I'm excited, but I haven't often been the sole party hostess in my life. There's a lot to think about and prepare ahead of time! I'm searching the internet for various inspirations, party games, and wassail recipes. Do you have any tried-and-true desserts or Christmas party suggestions? I'd love to hear 'em!