Thanks for such a warm welcome back!

As planned, I braved the “blizzard” last night so that I could attend Joey and Nicole’s annual Christmas Party. I’ve been hearing about it for ages from Erin Gunn Brennan, but this was the first year I was actually able to go. After an intricate commute involving the subway, PATH, and NJ Transit, I finally arrived to this beautiful sight:


Nicole had cooked up a storm, and more food kept arriving with every guest. I obviously had some of everything, with everything including cheese and crackers, baked brie, risotto balls with marinara sauce, 3-later bean dip, bruschetta, celery and cheesy buffalo chicken dip (the best!).

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The party had two requirements for entry. First, every guest had to come attired in an “ugly sweater.” Erin Gunn and Allan modeled:


(Allan decorated his sweater all by himself!)

The appetizer table continued to grow, with spinach artichoke dip …


… and bacon-wrapped cream cheese toasts …


… and a taco roll:


Of course, I was full by the time dinner came out. (Oh wait, did you think all that was for dinner??) There was a 6-foot salami and cheese sandwich, but the real star was Nicole’s penne a la vodka and meatballs!


I made myself a plate (with tomato-mozzarella salad, too) because I loooooooooooove penne a la vodka:


And then, Santa arrived!!!!


Everyone was SO excited:


Which brings us to the second requirement for entry: a gift for the White Elephant (aka a Yankee swap, headed up by Santa himself).


I picked lucky #19, and the gift I chose contained two bottles of Jameson. But I’d had my eye on #2’s present:


Obviously, I swapped my two bottles of Jameson for the cheapest ice cream maker ever.

After the gifts, some brave souls bundled up to go sledding in the backyard:


Others were less bundled:


Significantly less bundled:




Rationally, I stayed inside and watched the dinner table transform into this:


I made myself a dessert plate including red velvet cake, Erin Gunn’s red and green cupcakes, an oreo ball, and a macaroon:



A broom became available after a few ornaments met an unfortunate fate, so AK demonstrated his broom bass abilities:


I finally broke into the liquor supply around midnight:


The chocolate liquor supply, that is!


I love everything mini …


… but it was cuter than it tasted.

Meanwhile, the boxes of beer on the porch primped for their photo shoot:


Just like in the commercials, as Erin Gunn pointed out:


Eventually, everyone started to feel too old for this craziness:


We moved the party downstairs, where I napped on the floor until Erin Gunn gave me permission to go to bed for real.

This morning, there was a mad rush to inhale the breakfast of champions: penne a la vodka, macaroons, meatballs, and PBR:


I had two plates of pasta, a meatball, and approximately five macaroons. I hope I don’t have to eat again for a long time!



24 hours, 30 pounds of food, and unquantifiable amounts of fun after I departed from Brooklyn, I was home again (with my ice cream maker safely in tow). I think a nap is definitely in order 😛

6 thoughts on “Frosted

  1. MaryB says:

    That guy’s Christmas sweater actually made me laugh out loud! So did the almost naked guy but really they were both just too cute!
    And all that delicious food! Groan!
    I really really want to be invited next year!


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