The hostess gets to decorate her table as simply or elaborately as she pleases (as long as it all fits!) and it is great fun! The dinner is buffet style, but each hostess provides her own dishes at each place setting for her guests to use. No paper plates here!
My theme this year was A Partridge in a Pear Tree :)
I got the idea for the gilded pears from Martha. I bought that tiered stand from Hobby Lobby last year for about $7, I think, on sale. Bought some nicely colored pears and "gilded" them with this stuff and a small paint brush.
The dinner is catered and always great. The hostess also usually provides some little ornament or gift for each of her guests and some yummy candy for a treat during the entertainment.
Mmmm..............Chicken stuffed with mushrooms
Nicely done, Lia!
My gift for my guests this year was a glittery "partridge".
I picked them up at Michael's for $1.49 each (on sale) and dressed them up with some brown organza ribbon and a few pearls.
Strawberry Shortcake for dessert!
Yummy salad with feta, cranberries, and walnuts with a raspberry vinaigrette.
Speaking of the entertainment, our Women's Ministry coordinates the program and this year was all about Christmas Memories. Even our Hispanic Ladies' Bible Study participants played a part this year! It was fun and touching to hear the stories told.
This year made my third year to hostess a table. I had been so nervous in years past that I couldn't pull it off that I didn't hostess. Then, I just decided to dive in and it was the best fun! What a nice, creative outlet for decorating for Christmas using fancy, fragile things I could not leave out at home right now because of my children's young ages.
Here's my table from my first year:
Fun hurricanes I made from Dollar Tree items (ideas all over blogland).
They cost $3 to make!!!
My first year to hostess, my mom, grandma, and sister were guests at my table. We have now turned that into tradition. Hey, for my family, this is about the only Christmas event we get to go to!
Me with Mom and Granny
My sister, Susie with Mom and Granny
So much fun! I wish more churches would do something similar for their Women's Ministry as it is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and celebration of Jesus' birth!