Merry Thanksmas!

A few weeks ago Evan and I hosted the second annual Thanksmas celebration with our friends in Chicago. Thanksmas is a celebration we created that combines Thanksgiving and Christmas (and usually falls on a weekend between the two). It is a Thanksgiving potluck (often called Friendsgiving) and Christmas party combined into one! For the Christmas tradition there was a Dirty Santa/White Elephant gift exchange.

Each place setting had a candy cane with a name tag tied to it. We used clear plastic plates for easy clean-up too. Well, that and the fact that we don’t have matching plates for 12+ people.



The drink table featured a tray of glasses as well as the rest of the refreshments.



Different ribbons were tied to the wine/champagne stems as drink markers – so easy and festive.


Spiked apple cider was the signature drink of the party and a huge hit. The idea came from here, but I just mixed apple cider and caramel vodka. It was so good!






Oreo cookie balls – recipe here. I just used white chocolate as the coating instead and added sprinkles. Just warning you these are a bit time consuming to make and messy!


Funfetti cake dip. Basically the best thing ever invented. Recipe can be found here. This recipe is soo simple. I just mix the ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve. You can use animal crackers, teddy grahams, graham cracker squares (or any other small cookie) to dip with.


As for the white elephant portion of the night – the worst gift (or best depending on how you look at it) was a toilet seat and toilet paper. Don’t worry the toilet seat was not used prior. It was such a fun night, and I already can’t wait for next year’s party!