How many things can I check off my "list"???

To be completely honest, I am ready for all the things to be crossed off my list...I have so much going on...only a Starbucks can keep me "grounded" this week! From Christmas parties to decorating for a teacher's brunch to kids school parties..concerts..going to the Nutcracker...basketball tournament, shopping, cooking, wrapping, traveling to N.C. and celebrating Christmas!

Sunday we had a little Christmas party with adults and kids. This was a first b/c usually I do not do a mixed party(kids and adults). However, with my kids getting older and the "nature" of this group....we did! It was great fun. Everyone brought their favorite Christmas dessert.

I made my peppermint punch and snowman cupcakes!

We did a white elephant exchange...I still don't think my 4 yr. old understands this "whole" concept. Even during the exchange...I kept thinking "oh please no one steal her gift...it will be a meltdown!"

Also, we did the "reindeer antler game". Everyone gets an antler when they come in. The host throughout the night will take it off. When you see the host take it off..you quickly take it off..last person with the antler on their head is out. There is a gift at the end of the night to the person still wearing the "antlers". It's crazy but the kids love, love it!

Well, Sunday was crazy with church, basketball game, Nutcracker and then hosting a Christmas get-together. The Nutcracker was very sweet. I even got teary eyed at one part..OH MY! I know I am just exhausted when I cry at the Nutcracker. Do you know how many times I have seen this? I COULD BE THE NUTCRACKER..Just hand me my sword, please!

I did not take one picture during the party. By the time, I sat down for the exchange...I did not have one ounce of energy to go back upstairs to get my camera. Well, off to eat an energy bar and wrap some more gifts!


p.s. I saw the snowman cupcakes on Family Fun. However, recently I saw them on the most wonderful "blog". It's like looking at a magazine...a true delight! Check this talented lady out...her cooking is so beautiful and her pictures are like a storybook!


56 comments:

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Are you ready to collapse from exhaustion yet? You have a lot on your plate! The party you had sounds like so much fun and I love the idea for the antler game! And I love those snowman cupcakes, too! So cute! :)

I hope you make it through this week all right, and that you are able to get some rest! :)

AndreaLeigh said...

Wow, you have a lot on your plate! Hang in there and you'll be celebrating with your family soon!

Jan said...

Love the antler idea. That guy looks thrilled :)

Those cupcakes are chilly good. So happy looking. While your eating them you could say- their melting melting....

Liz said...

You have been one busy bee! I love playing the white elephant game although we call it something different. I absolutely love the cupcakes you made. They are so cute! It sounds like everyone had a good time at the party.

Julie said...

Those cupcakes are super cute... how did you keep them together? with a pretzel?

I think most of mine stress was at the beginning of the month... it is a bit calmer now...or maybe it is just because we are all sick...

The Muse said...

Sounds like a grand time :)
I have never heard of the antler game...that is pretty cute!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Get some rest girl!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Those cupcakes are the cutest things I have ever seen....my kids would love them!!

WOW!! You are really busy with lots to do.....keep driving through Starbuck's...you will get through it....I have been doing the same thing...then I wonder why I cannot sleep at night...Can you say caffeine overload?

Just so you don't feel like you are the only one....I have seen the nutcracker over 100 times and participated in it more times than I can count.....I still cry each and every time!! I think it is just a reminder of my old life and what I gave up....this time of year, I really miss it!!

Have a good day....hope you can cross lots of things of that list!

Lisa

April said...

OK, missy...time to slow down a bit! I know, if you're like me, that's never going to happen! You really have been one busy woman!

Those snowman cupcakes are adorable and I really like the concept of the antler game...what fun!

Have a great day, my friend!

Melissa Lester said...

What a great party! And thanks for the mention in the post!

edie said...

I love the antler idea Sandy....I may have to try that.
And the cupcakes are adorable.

Busy Bee Suz said...

The desserts looks so wonderful. I have never heard of the reindeer game, but I like it!!!
I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about my list too....sure wish the crossing off part was going faster!!

At Home In Georgia said...

You go!!! Those cupcakes are SOOOOO cute and that punch sounds so yummy. Please oh please tell me where you got those candy snowflakes! That was so nice of you to host a party.

emily said...

Wow. You do have a lot going on. Love all the photos :) What fun!

Jillene said...

I hope that you have a more relaxng week this week--sounds like you need it!!

Jboo said...

Oh my -- sounds like a great fun party!! I think I need some Starbucks as I have just been exhausted lately and not crossing much off my list at all! Love your antler game -- that sounds like a blast! You have so many good ideas!

Have a great day!

Janet

Mari said...

Your party sounds like so much fun! The peppermint punch sounds wonderful and I love the antler game!

Darlene said...

Golly, you are busy, busy, busy!!! I bet the party was so much fun and that antler game sounds GREAT!!!! What a blast!

squawmama said...

Wow Sandy, I have heard of people being busy but you are way beyond busy... It all sounds fun to me... The party sounded like everyone had a great time amd please you must post your peppermint punch... It looked so good... Thanks for the fun post... Soon you'll be resting and enjoying the memories... Have a fun filled day


(((HUGS)))
Donna

Kasey said...

your punch looks so yummy! I have a Christmas Eve party that we go to each year, I would love the recipe! Your page is super cute!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Phew! I hope there are enough Starbucks to keep you going! Good luck with all the madness, I hope you get to relax at some point!
Carrie

Ginette said...

I happened upon your blog and love it! Oh my gosh...that party is Martha Stewart award worthy. I have to do those snowman cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

i wanna come to your house - fun! ehere did you get the antlers? this would be great at my 1st graders party friday...your list looks like mine, tis the season, right?!

Carrie said...

The cupcakes are great! I might have to borrow the antler game so cute. And I love the Nutcracker love it. I hope you have a great day!

RosyRose said...

Oh I so know what you mean about the white elepahant gifts! That happened to our then 3 year old and it was Horrid!
I like your little snowmen...kids would think that is the best!

Lindsey said...

LOVE the cupcakes! So adorable!

Debbie said...

I’m not sure even Starbucks could give me the energy for all you do. How do you find the time?

JuJu and Family said...

I love the cupcakes. They are so cute. I may have to do those this Saturday for a party that we're going to. HmMMM. Take Care

jennykate77 said...

Those snowmen cupcakes are adorable! You'll have to post the recipe to the peppermint punch sometime...I love peppermint! I'll have to remember the Antlers Game...sounds fun☺ We're having a Christmas party this Friday, maybe I'll give the game a try!

Have a great Tuesday!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

LOVE those santas!!

Smelling Coffee said...

Wow - busy days for sure! You always have such great ideas. I love visiting your blog! :-)

Have a great day- in the strength of the Lord!

D. Marie said...

Thanks for your wonderful comment! It def is the day after and the rest of our days together that will be the most important ones. I love that you wrote that! I also love the snowmen cupcakes and your house decorations! I can't wait to cross things off my shopping list as well! Merry Christmas!

Daphine said...

Wow! Awesome job on the cupcakes! You've been busy lady!
Sounds like the party was a hit though.

I always love visiting you to see what you're sharing next. It's always exciting.

Happy Tuesday!

heather said...

Those cupcakes are awesome. I HAVE to give those a try!

Caren said...

You sure are busy! At least it sounds like some fun stuff! I love the snowman cupcakes and those little candies are adorable! I could find lots of things to do with those!

The antler game sounds hilarious! I'd love that one for sure but I'm so competitive that I'd never leave the hostesses side. ha ha! Unless of course I AM the hostess....hmmmm....

Thanks for sharing all your great ideas, happy holidays!

Montee said...

Those snowmen are precious and so is your family! The Nutcracker is one of my favorites too. I visited the other blog and you are right, it is like looking at a magazine.

The Pink Potpourri said...

i LOVE those marshmallow snowmen. i have got to try making those!

Shannon said...

Can I come to your next party?! It sounds like you throw the best parties!! That punch looked awesome and those cupcakes! WOW!

Erin said...

Wow...what a fun weekend. You were a busy lady! Tis the season huh.

Ashley Griffin said...

those snowman cupcakes are soo cute.... could you eat one for me please?

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I am right there with you-It is 4:37 pm and after a long day of shopping, Christmas with Santa pictures, and sending out the stray Christmas letters I missed-I still have to tutor tonight until 8pm...I cried reading a Christmas card that was so cute...purely the exaustion setting in...

Kacey R. said...

Aaaah! Looks like so much fun! The snowmen are adorable and the antler game sounds like fun too! I"m glad everyone had such a great time. Woohoo! Its a busy time of year, but enjoying our time with loved ones is one of the most important parts.

Anna K. said...

Sounds like what I've got goin' on around here! So glad to hear that y'all are having some fun amidst the mania. ;o)

Maybe the craziness of the week before Christmas is why I soooo long for the quiet that comes in the early morning of Christmas Day!

Yolanda said...

I hope you make it thru th week okay.

Joanna said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I hope you get everything all finished up in time.

Joanna said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I hope you get everything all finished up in time.

Tiffany said...

Wow, those are gorgeous. The punch is beautiful too! How do you do it all and still have time for us?

Merry Christmas! Tiffany

The Blonde Duck said...

You win! You win over the rest of us tizzy-stressed people!

Tiffany said...

Oh, and you should totally make the Salted Caramel Cocoa I linked on my blog. It is a Starbuck's copycat and very satisfying. I made it with powdered cocoa then added the rest of the stuff.

Mom Mavis said...

Where are you going in NC?????? Near Me?? I live outside of Raleigh

Wendy said...

Your party sounds like a blast...love the antler game! Keep up the good work you busy woman, you!

The Arthur Clan said...

You have had one crazy, insane week for sure...but it looks like you had so much fun!

I'm just praying that I'll make it through this week in one piece! :)

Katie said...

OH OH!! I want some peppermint punch! And a snowman cupcake!

Our Complete Family said...

Sanday Toes,
The antler game is a hoot, your treats look YUMMY and are making me have hunger pains sitting here and the box you blogged about in the post after this...how exciting! Can't wait to hear what he's surprising you with!
Hoping your day is going GREAT!
Hugs, Les

Jessica said...

Those snow men are the cutest ever. Have a Merry Christmas.

Susancnw said...

Love the snowman cupcakes....they all have outies!