Party On! ...and on and on...

Our next door neighbors threw a last Christmas dinner for those of us who live on our cul-de-sac and invited our daughter, Ashley & the boys as well. To begin, they had gifts for Ashton and Dylan. They owned a catering business for years, and so they'd decorated a long table with "visions of sugarplums", beads, ornaments, candles and tiered plates of fruits and candy. And to think I'd thought we'd left the last trappings of Christmas back in Boston! They served a buffet of standing rib roast, chicken scallopini, skewered shrimp with vegetables, pasta, potatoes, salads, and served sliced fruits, amazing cookies and cream puffs with coffee for dessert. We celebrated Christmas, New Year's, and they had a cake and gifts for another neighbor whose birthday was January 1st! We had a slice of that, too, and it was truly an amazing cake; I have no idea where they found it! When Ashley & the boys had to leave to drive back home for the first time in a month since evacuating the fires, Nick and Tina gave them bags and told them to take all the candies with them...you should have seen their eyes!!! Tina told me they'd hosted no less than 7 dinner parties (some with up to 30 people!) in their home over the holidays and this one was the last.

Everyone wants to have another dinner in February as we have two more birthdays to celebrate...and Valentine's Day as well! I'd like to host it, but what can I possibly do for an encore?!!!
Wow! What a wonderful day and dinner! Good luck thinking of an encore to this, my friend!
posted January 7th, 2018  
@elatedpixie Hire a jet and fly everyone to Nova Scotia for a lobster dinner...whatcha think? (haha...ok...not going to happen!)
posted January 7th, 2018  
goodness me, I got a belly ache just imagining it all! you have to post of course if you host the encore :)
posted January 7th, 2018  
Such a lovely portrait of you and Ken! What a fabulous meal - wow they sure know how to entertain - you must have been spoilt for choice! I agree though that the Nova Scotia lobster dinner would top it! Once tasted freshly cooked and dipped in that melted butter never forgotten! Lol! Fav - good to see you both looking so well!
posted January 7th, 2018  
@Weezilou lol that would definitely work!
posted January 7th, 2018  
@koalagardens I put as bit of everything on my plate so I could photograph it all in one place! We chatted and lingered, and I was amazed that I ate it all! And when I saw a photo Ken took of me from behind, I knew at once that I had to stop doing that!!!

@pamknowler Thanks, Pam...I liked the photo Nick took of us, and it seemed impossible to choose one picture of the food and decorations! They first time they put on a spread like that for us, we were all dumb struck! Now we realize it's "what they do"! We feel very spoiled...no previous neighbours ever did anything like that for us!!! Thank heaven they like my photography, so it becomes my thank you gift...and I'm thinking a book might be in order this time!
posted January 7th, 2018  
nice portrait, what a beautiful looking tree too!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Beautiful
posted January 7th, 2018  
Even the tree was elaborate! So the menu was a great gift to all those who were invited! And its a fabulous photos of you two - natural smiles!
posted January 7th, 2018  
awww sweet shot
posted January 7th, 2018  
Terrific Christmas capture :)
posted January 7th, 2018  
Such generous hosts.
Wonderful Christmas portrait.
posted January 7th, 2018  
Oh my what generous wonderful friends. Enjoying their love of entertaining has to be so great. Sweet memories for everyone I’m sure! Love this photo, their home is out of this world I can tell. Fav!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Don't try to compete - your own personal style should be your guide and your warm nature will pull off a delightful event. Try something completely different, something they wouldn't expect - adults love to have a chance to act goofy and childlike.
posted January 7th, 2018  
A lovely shot of you both with that beautiful tree. It sounds like it was a fabulous evening :)
posted January 7th, 2018  
if you can't bring the people to the lobster, let the lobsters come to california! 😊 a few years back it got so cold in the Maritimes that the lobsters decided to leave the waters and they were all over the streets of prince Edward island!

this will make a really awesome holiday card for next Christmas! perfect!
posted January 7th, 2018  
That is a real Christmas card photo!
posted January 7th, 2018  
PS I like your fella's shirt!
posted January 7th, 2018  
@elkereturns Ahhh, Elke, the voice of sensibility and reason! Of course I wouldn't try to do it as they do, and after all my years now in Lunenburg, I've got a pretty good handle on entertaining! It's the Maritime way, after all (perhaps second only to the folks in Newfoundland!)

@summerfield Wow, really?! Imagine stepping out the door and literally "picking up dinner"!!! We were amazed the first time this couple had a dinner like that for our little neighbourhood, and perhaps even more so that they did it again! (They kept telling us how happy they were that we're back in town for the winter!)

@casablanca Thank you! We're a Corvette family, and I was so tickled when I found that shirt for him; he saves it for special occasions!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Will that tree become a Birthday Tree then!
posted January 7th, 2018  
A bit of a 'Royal' pose there Louise! The Queen and Duke! Only funning. A super image.
posted January 7th, 2018  
@jamibann We friends were treated that way...and then he took my camera and asked to take our picture! It would seem he wanted to save the beauty of that tree in a photo! (We got some nice group photos as well, but much of the tree was covered!)

@will_wooderson It's not beyond the realm of possibility that I could set up a small tree in my dining room and cover it with Valentine hearts! Sort of a Transitional-traditional tree!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Sounds like you were royally treated! So sweet of them to give Ashley and the kids the candy to take with them.
posted January 7th, 2018  
Lovely photo of you two and sounds like a super Christmas dinner
posted January 7th, 2018  
most beautiful portrait of beautiful people ... the tree is amazing!
posted January 7th, 2018  
That sounds truly wonderful and so very very kind, it’s alovely festive shot too.
posted January 7th, 2018  
You are really trying to make us all hungry. Sounds delish.
posted January 7th, 2018  
@tunia Sorry about that! I'm wishing I could sit down to it all again today as well instead of wondering what we're going to fix for dinner!
posted January 7th, 2018  
Sounds like they are a very hospitable couple and you had a wonderful time.
posted January 7th, 2018  
Nice to see you again Louse. You and Ken look fabulous as per usual. :D
posted January 7th, 2018  
Wow beautiful photo of the two of you and the tree.
Happy New Year to the both of you!
posted January 8th, 2018  
it can't be over, no. ... I guess Christmas will come again next year...
posted January 8th, 2018  
Awesome shot
posted January 8th, 2018  
Wow, my kind of neighbors! And now you've got your 2018 Christmas card!
posted January 8th, 2018  
Lovely shot of you both!
posted January 8th, 2018  
You two look great!
posted January 8th, 2018  
Amazing photo. It's been nearly 9 years since I saw you in NS and you and Ken have not aged. HOW DO YOU DO IT? :)
posted January 8th, 2018  
What a stunning tree!
posted January 11th, 2018  
@boxplayer it was our neighbour's tree, and I agree! You might enjoy my video I put together with the trees many friends put up this year https://365project.org/Weezilou/365/2018-01-07
posted January 11th, 2018  
a lovely portrait of you both and what a fabulous dinner party!
posted January 14th, 2018  
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