Okay, here is the scoop. The Swine Flu reared it's ugly head and caused us to reschedule our party date twice. It seems the Soul Sisters were not meant to get together in the daylight hours. The was only one solution...go out for drinks! So, we tucked our kidlets in to bed, kissed our Big Guys goodbye, and hit up Houlihan's for a mini-martini sampler and some appetizers! Hoo, yeah, why didn't we think of this before???
We got ourselves situated in a round booth in the corner that was really like our own little room. Plenty of room to spread out with our many packages, private enough to gossip, and soundproofed a bit when the occasional hoot or snort escaped! Bonus!
You saw my Light Bulb Snowman last month, and here is what the rest of the girls came up with. Ironically, 3 out of five of us used the exact same photograph in the making of their ornaments!
Marzipan made this cute Christmas ball using a method she learned as a child. Remember these?
Girl in the Sticks made another type of delicate ball with the same photo with the picture printed on one side of a silvery reflective paper.
And Treat Girl framed us in that SAME photo to hang on our trees! By the time we opened the last one, we were in a blubbery mess of laughter that included snots and snorts...not pretty. (Oh, and one quick note about this photo...In my mind, I'm one of the tallest Sisters, I'm beginning to believe this is not the case.)
Finally, Joy found the cutest little birdhouses at the Dollar Tree that she embellished with birch bark, leaves, and a sequined birdie.
Then, Treat Girl and I broke the rules and pulled out some small additional gifts. Treat Girl's Happiness Jar was featured yesterday:
And I made everyone wooden spoons and rubber spatulas with their names on the handles (Walmart specials that cost me less than $10 for one of each for all of them!).
By this time, the booth was a wreck, the waitress was coming over to investigate our ornaments, and another waitress was taking our picture! Who knew so much fun could be had between 9-11:30 on a Tuesday night? For reals!