My mom, Sherry, is a very talented person! All of her friends will tell you that she is a master of presentation and is a very thoughtful hostess. She and her friend Marsha are the ones who came up with the idea of having our annual Oprah’s Favorite Things party. It started with a lament that as the creators of the Christmas magic for our families, we often are even the ones buying and stuffing our own stockings. So, we decided to have our own mini-Christmas and give gifts to each other!
This year marked our 11th year of celebrating together, which is pretty darn miraculous. I can’t think of many traditions that I have faithfully maintained for that long! Each of us makes the party a priority every year and it is the first date we reserve on our collective calendars months and months in advance. Marsha and Sherry plan intermittently all year for the details.
Marsha is incredibly gifted with graphic design, so she is the creator of our invitations. And really, the invitations are a large part of building the anticipation (since we typically know the date well in advance of the invitations being mailed)! Marsha also plans the games that we play. We all get into the spirit of it. Well, most of us, anyway- we drag Clare along into the fun, even though she says she doesn’t like that part! Ha! One day, I’ll have to tell you the game we played with the plungers and the toilet paper rolls…
Sherry plans the appetizers, dinner, desert, table decorations and hosts the event at her house most every year when we are not doing an overnight event. I wish you could all experience being a guest at one of her parties. She really thinks about the little things that make it such a fun experience.
Since I can’t invite you all, here are a few photos of the decorations from this year’s party!
Here’s a quick shot of everyone’s gifts!
It makes me so excited for next year’s party!