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Saturday, February 15, 2014

First Annual Holiday Party

Is it just me or does the holiday season get busier and busier every year? We love getting together with friends, but around the holidays seem to get so busy that we find it can be difficult to spread Christmas cheer to our nearest and dearest. This year we started what we hope will become an annual tradition in the Snowden household; we decided this year to host a Christmas Open House! It was wonderful to see all of our friends and catch up before the holidays got away from all of us!

Of course we dressed in our red and green and Parker was so handsome in his reindeer sweater!
We hosted the party on a December Sunday afternoon and it just so happened to be day of the first snow we got this winter! The snow was a great way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit! It was so pretty!
Our house on post on Fort Leavenworth:
The Holiday Party was a drop by from 1-3 and every single person on our guest list with the expection of one family was able to come! Having 40 people over, some with children, made for such a fun afternoon! We served only desserts along with punch, cider, wine, and beer. We also served Gluhwein (pronounced "glue-vine") a German wine served warm. Even though I could not indulge it was a big hit with our friends who had been stationed in Germany as well as those who had not!
Our menu for the occasion included: peanut butter kisses, chocolate-mint bark, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, rice krispy "wreaths", cookie dough truffles, cake batter balls, oatmeal drop cookies, and peanut butter squares.
We also asked that each guest bring a gift to donate to Toys for Tots. We were excited to support a wonderful way of giving back and were overwhelmed by the generosity we witnessed!
Parker had a great time showing his little friends all the toys in his playroom.
And Honey and I had a great time catching up with some of our favorite people!
Afterwards, when our guests had gone home, Honey did this. Of course.
It was such a great time, we are already looking forward to it again next year!

A few weeks later we attended a Christmas with Honey's classmates from school at Fogo De Chao, one of our most favorite restaurants! Parker got to come along with us and was really happy that he brought a few tractors to keep him busy. 
After our bellies were full we walked around the Plaza to see all of the beautiful Christmas lights! 

Two fun holiday parties this year! We had so much fun celebrating the season with friends!



  1. Awww. I wish we lived in a neighborhood where we knew so many friends like that! It looks so fun!

  2. The open house is such a great idea! I'm going to suggest this when we go home next Christmas.
    And, the Plaza lights are my absolute FAVORITE thing about KC during the holiday season!!


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