There has been a distinct lack of sewing and blogging here this week. We threw a holiday party of sorts for my chamber group last night, so my week was consumed by planning and cleaning for that. Hosting parties always makes me nervous – I usually spend the days leading up to the affair convincing myself that no one will come, and that I will end up having to consume an entire Crockpot of Swedish meatballs and a case of wine all by myself. Luckily, the party was a success, and I actually didn’t get any meatballs because they were consumed so quickly! The meatball recipe I use is always a hit, and it takes about 15 seconds to prepare (minus the crockpot time!)
2 lbs of frozen meatballs (the best ones are the swedish meatballs from Trader Joe’s, but any frozen meatballs will do.)
1 can of Campbells cream of mushroom soup
1 packet brown gravy mix
1 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a crockpot and mix. Set the crockpot for 6 hours and go away. I usually avoid anything having to do with cream of something soup, but I swear to you, these are the best meatballs ever. People never believe they were frozen. Lots of people make BBQ meatballs for parties, but I’ve never liked those. I bring these instead!
Now that the party is over, I can finish my holiday dress!
This actually only took me one day of sewing. It’s completed except for the hemline – the pattern says to let it hang to stretch the bias, and believe me it is necessary! The sides are noticeably longer, possible due to the yoke piece. I will have notes about this pattern later, but I really like it. I hope to have finished photos soon – I’m planning to wear this for Christmas eve!
15 thoughts on “Holiday parties”
So glad your soiree went well – I;m the same way, (thinking no one will come) but they always do! Am wondering what length you are planning to do? Looking forward to the grand entrance!
What a gorgeous dress! I am in envy that you sewed it in only a day!
Wow, that is looking stunning!
What pattern is that? (Sorry if you’d mentioned it before…) It looks lovely and I love the yoke detail on it!
Nevermind, found it in a previous post! =D
Oh my goodness I love the dress! It’s absolutely gorgeous, amazing, so so so pretty. Well done 🙂
That dress is stunning! I can imagine it with a sparkly vintage pin, possibly a wrap too to keep the arms warm.
So glad your party was a success! I always stress about having enough food, and food people will like (I’m a plain eater, and worry about the guests who are more gourmet). Usually we have too much left over.
I love your dress, it’s just beautiful.
Wow! I plan to make this dress, too. I look forward to your comments on the pattern. Your dress looks great!
What a beautiful Christmas dress!!!
Congrats on a party well-done! The dress looks spectacular. Can’t wait to see it modeled once you have it hemmed.
Beautiful! Merry Christmas!
love the dress, & can’t wait to see the final product on you!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!