Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Party in da hood.

Last night, in our humble abode, we hosted the Second Annual Mercy Street Family Christmas Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange and oh what fun it was.

Here's the post from last year and I will say, the 2nd annual was looking like it was going to be a little less stressful. Not that it should have been stressful last year but speaking with an angry tone (translate: yelling in tears) at my husband about plates - in front of my mother-in-law, certainly didn't help me to get that whole laid-back vibe going. The difference this year may have to do with the fact that I cashed in on Trey's Mother's Day gift to me which was a day of house keeping. Lupe, the angel in pink sweatpants, and her daughter showed up at nine and cleaned until three. When I walked in from picking up carpool, I almost cried. And I'm not kidding even a little. The smell of Fabuloso Lavender is a scent so intoxicating, I didn't care what kind of plates we used; as long as they were Christmas-ey, but not tacky-Christmas or cheesy-Christmas. Ok, I still cared a little.

Not having to clean my house top to bottom gave me time to get everything else taken care of in plenty of time for the party to start without speaking in an angry tone to anyone.

Even though we had a day of crazy weather in Dallas and the high was only 32, we had a great turnout and enjoyed a yummy dinner as you can see here...


And the White Elephant gifts were awesome, especially the one Joey brought...

Oh, can you not see anything? Yeah, that's because about five minutes before the party started, our POWER WENT OUT. NO POWER. NOTHING BUT DARKNESS. D.A.R.K.N.E.S.S.

We lit every candle in the house, every votive, every taper, every sconce, and every pillar. By the end of the evening, we had a great blend of 'Holiday' candle mixed with 'White Linen' and 'Orange' along with Mexican food which was thankfully kept all piping hot on chafing dishes. With that little cocktail for the senses, the wine was just a bonus.

We had no heat but a roaring fire, and we asked every guest to say something positive about having a party totally by candlelight. I loved the fact that no-one could tell I didn't really have time to do my hair or put on lipstick, and my mother in law, and Hannah, thought everyone just plain looked better by candlelight.

My children thought it was the best thing ever. Maybe because they could hide in a dark corner, drink Cokes, and eat an entire box of Peppermint Bark without being seen by anyone. They've been studying the Settlers this year in History and thought it was great to get a feel for what life was like before electricity. Olivia said, "They would just light candles like we did, but I don't think they had 'Aloha Orchid' back on the prairie." She's a thinker, that one.

This morning, our power was still out and it was cold and dark in the Hill house which smelled faintly of burning logs and Chili con Queso. We reminisced about the fun party, the good food, and the crazy electricity, but we were most thankful for the amazing staff and board who have partnered with us in this ministry and who, no matter the circumstances, radiate the light of Christ wherever they go.

18 comments:

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a great party! Congrats on no angry-tones this year!

These Three Kings said...

oh I LOVE THE LORD AND HIS SOVEREIGNTY!!!

what fun!!

We are hosting christmas party for the teen girls and their moms and grandmothers at my house tonight..I pray it goes as well as this one!
Merry Christmas girl!
Tell Trey I said hello

love ya!

Holli said...

funny! love the pictures!!:) oh to have a mother in law that cleans- I would never yell at her son again!:) I can say that because it will never happen!:)
Hope you gets lights soon!

S. said...

I would burst into tears if I came home to a clean house. LOve that fabuloso lavender, that is good stuff.

Glad the party went well despite the lack of electricity!

emily said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

Sorry about the power- you got me on the pics! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Melissa! Love you...B.

Hauswife said...

You are too hysterical, Melissa! The non-photos totally got me. :) I'm so glad you had a great party and you didn't have to use your angry voice. God is GOOD!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Holli said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you have a great day!
-from your baby friend:)

Abby said...

Figures(cashing in the gift)! The time you could've totally gotten away with a dirty house too! Hope you gets lights soon- that's awful. And Happy Birthday!

Lori said...

Happy Birthday!

Paul and DeeDee said...

Happy Birthday!!! Hoping you have a great day!

Jess said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Jill said...

Love the story of your party and I am sorry you had to save your cleaning just to have a load of people in your house....Maybe today since it is your BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you got another cleaning. Have a great one.

Bill said...

Mel,
This is really Bunty in disquise. HAPPY BIRTHDAY girl. Now that you are mature enough to not let this go to your head, I am going to let you in on a little secret.
You are my VERY FAVORITE daughter-in-law.

I love you very much,
Bunty

p.s. those Hill boys really know their stuff when it comes to women

Traci @TotalMomsense said...

Happy Birthday to You! Thank you for your hilarious blog entries!

Kelley said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELISSA!!!!! Hope you had a great day!!! Bet your party was a blowout! (:
Love, Kel

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Melissa! You are a blessing to so many ... I hope your day is full of birthday bliss!

ash said...

Happy Birthday! I enjoy reading your blog and getting some tasty recipes too! Your family is an inspiration to help others outside of the "theta" house. I am a Kappa myself so I understand where you are coming from! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas (with power!)
ash