But lo and behold...people came last year, and they drank, and they were cheerful, and they ate my not-so-gourmet hor dourves and cupcakes and enjoyed themselves! Despite the fact that my house wasn't completely decorated and despite that we used mis-matched wine glasses and despite the fact that my invitations weren't sent out on the finest linen...ha! They got a phone call! But imagine that! That fun could be had anyway :)
So this year I decided to take the simpler road, not get so caught up in the details that aren't any fun if they stress you out, and have a wine and cheese party! I sent out a cute little evite - hello free RSVP tracking without me keeping up with cards! Every couple brought a bottle of wine to share for tasting, and Eric and I provided the cheese, a few choice bottles, and several other appetizers!
And of course...I forgot to take pictures of the setup before everyone arrived! But here are a few snapshots of some of our guests to entertain you :)
|My friend "G" and I paying homage to our friend "B" who couldn't be there...his last name is "Hope."|
|Friends and classmates! Erin (left), Catherine (right), and Ryan, Catherine's boyfriend and fellow law student as of this year in the back :)|
|G, her friend Meg, and I chatting it up in the kitchen :) So happy we got to meet Meg and Greg who were visiting from out of town!|
|Eric and one of his BFFs, Jason. These two met in middle school in SC, and now Jason lives in Tampa too! How cool is that!|
|Take 1 - me tightening up Kyle's "double chin" that he swears he has in all of our pictures...|
|Take 2 - I can hear him now, "JESUS Casey, get it together!"|
|Take 3 - "Fix ya hair, lookin good, lookin good..." With his typical Syracuse accent.|
|Take 4: Annnnnd we got a winner! Despite the shaking camera from Eric laughing behind the lens :)|
Not so different than our first photo together our freshman year of college...
At any rate, Eric and I had a blast hosting our first holiday party as an officially married couple :) Good friends and good times! Thanks to Eric for helping me get everything together after exams and to our guests for making the night so much fun!