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.

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

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!