Ugly Sweater Party.

I’ve been enjoying getting into the festive spirit of the season! The Mr. is against us getting a tree when we’re not going to actually be at home for Christmas and we don’t have a fireplace or mantle like we did in S.F., so this is my little Christmas montage. Our stockings are from Garnet Hill. I love ruffles so love that my stocking has a few! There is something that is insanely comforting about American traditions when you’re abroad… I think Thanksgiving meant so much more here than I remember it meaning back home. So we decided to throw an ugly sweater party Friday night. I love the vest our friend Eric found and isn’t Natalie’s hat quite festive?

Justin and Mitra who are both with other people showed up in almost identical sweaters! We thought they looked like siblings on a holiday card!

Luckily Hong Kong has lots of sweaters they sell for a couple of bucks in the markets… that is where Maddy got hers and I got the Mr.’s. We were worried that the Mr. looked more molester than merry…

I don’t believe you can have a holiday party without some good, homemade eggnog. I like this recipe because you do almost all of it a day ahead of time. And of course you need fresh nutmeg!

I also made boeuf bourguingon, which is another great make-ahead buffet party dish, and served it with roasted potatoes and peas with onions.

For dessert I made this amazing new rum raisin apple pie recipe. It’s my new favorite apple pie recipe! I also tried a new crust (the Mr. pointed out that my crust  on my pumpkin and pecan pies at Thanksgiving was not very flaky or crispy… I blame it on the humidity) but this new recipe, involving precise refrigerating and freezing, worked brilliantly. I think I also over-food process so limiting that makes a world of difference. Do you have any pie crust tips?

And for the next morning… I highly recommend the Mr.’s tradition of a slice of apple pie with cheddar cheese.

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10 Responses to Ugly Sweater Party.

  1. As a former Alaskan, I gotta say I liked the red sweaters with the Reindeer on them! Or perhaps they are Caribou – regardless, I would wear one proudly. But maybe it’s just in my blood! The pie looks amazing, as does your Christmas decor table.

  2. I’m dying to throw an ugly sweater party! Looks like you all had a blast…I too love apple pie with a nice sharp cheddar. :)

  3. I really feel that you are severely handicapped by not having lived in the 80s. Those sweaters are hardly ugly — the reindeer ones are beautiful, and Nick’s snowflake one, why, what’s wrong with that?
    And what’s a molester?
    Or maybe I’m handicapped by having lived in the 80s… :)
    All your food and decorations are tasty and lovely!

  4. Wait, is that MO-LES-TER?
    I was reading it MOLE-STER, like HIPSTER only something I don’t get. Do you think he looks like a molester? Do mo-les-ters have a ‘look’?
    I’m so confused…

  5. Happy Christmas! (I’ve decided I’m stealing from the Brits this year for my festive greetings.) Where did you get your stocking holders? I spend ALL day Sunday looking for some all the cute ones were sold out.

  6. I’m not even sure how I found your blog but I am cracking up, which isn’t nothing. The sweaters are awesome. I know what you mean about being away. I always feel sad when it’s a Brazilian holiday and I’m in the US or when it’s an American Holiday and we’re in Brazil.

  7. I got them at Garnet Hill last year and they still have them… http://www.garnethill.com/shiny-and-new-stocking-holder/bedding-home/holiday-decor/stockings/13822 It’s so frustrating when you try to find something and you can’t!

  8. Also, I do agree that a lot of people did not wear truly ugly sweaters. And, if you could have seen Nick’s sweater in person… you would have been able to tell that it wasn’t even a sweater. It was a thin piece of fleece with a sweater pattern on it and it did not fit so he was joking that he was more molester, as in not the nice kind, than merry…

  9. ummm, yeah, you people all look way too cute for an ugly sweater party. I’m going to try to get photos of the one that happens here on campus and send them to you so you can get a taste of some extreme ugly sweater-ness.

    “The Mr.” sounds very critical for having remarked that way about your pie crusts. I’m sure he did it in a kind and constructive way, but it sounds like you’ve got a tough critic around!

    As always, your entertaining looks so great! :)

  10. Why am I not surprised that you mad an ugly sweater look cute? I love the way you serve from your pots. It’s so french country and rustic-chic.

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