Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cozy Dinner Party and End of Year Reflections

Last night we had a cozy little dinner party for The Mr.'s boss and his sweet wife, who are also our Dear Friends.
Sort of a Holiday Celebration between the Holidays.
Because it was just the four of us, I was able to use some of my jewel colored glassware and dishes.
What I call my 'Ruby' glass.
With my antique green depression ware.

Under the glow of candlelight and twinkling Christmas lights.
A chance to toast the New Year together.
Soft music playing in the backgroud.
But this was no stuffy formal affair.
Hearty Chicken Pot Pie was the main course.
You can find the recipe here:
Later we watched a great 'James Bond' movie curled up on the sofa's with home made Apple Crisp:
I do like to entertain, but don't do it nearly enough.
You know how it is - you always have good intentions, but life sometimes gets in the way.
So one of my New Year's Resolutions is to throw more dinner parties.
It gives me a good excuse to get the house in order.
And spend time with treasured friends and family.
And use those pretty dishes we all like to collect.
Well, this is the last day of 2012!
We woke up to bright beautiful sunshine streaming in through the curtains.
As I went about my morning, I reflected on the year about to close.
A year of exciting opportunities writing for The Tacoma News Tribune.
But also a year of sadness, losing my Dear Father to Alzheimer's.
This little tree graced his bedside table just last Christmas.
But my blessings are many.
I am blessed to have a loving family.
I am blessed to have all of you, my Dear Reader's.
We are a supportive family in Blog land, aren't we?
I am blessed to have such Dear Friends.
And I am blessed to have a home to call my own with sweet animal companions to keep me company.
 This year brought this guy to the family. An abused and neglected rescue dog, who now knows he has a forever family.
So as this year comes to a close, I am wearing my rose colored glasses once more.
In anticipation of what the New Year might bring!
Thank you for being there!


  1. What love ruby dinnerware! I'll come anytime you ask...

  2. Your table looks so pretty, Karen. And so are the glimpses of your home. I would like to entertain more also. But I do get stressed to have everything just right. I need to make a resolution to relax more:)

  3. Dearest Karen,
    LOVELY post; you are a born writer and The Tacoma News Tribune found a good one in you!
    Love your ruby glasses, are they cranberry glass?
    The way you summed up the dinner hosting intentions fit me 100%. It is harder and harder I guess with age but it is such a satisfying thing to do. Cleaning the house, putting your best collections out for setting an inviting table. Sharing memories and laughter and that is so much needed in our lives for healing the scars on our souls. From loosing loved ones and other things... Let's celebrate with the Angels and may they keep us safe and wake over us for a long time to come.
    So glad we met in 2012 and I'm looking forward to many cross-country visits for 2013. Hugs to you and your loved ones; two- and four-legged. May you all have a Happy New Year!

  4. how lovely!!! I always say we are going to entertain more too...and every time we do, we say we are going to do it again..but it is still to rare. your table and menu sound just fabulous!!
    happy New year!

  5. I love your post, you are very sensitive and you have an excellent taste for decoration, you have create a very cozy home. Thank you for being there

    Happy New Year


  6. What a lovely dinner party! I bet you had such fun. So sorry about your dad. My father in law died of a heart attack in March. I'm sure they are close by, looking over us.

    Happy New Year!!

  7. Your table is amazing!! Have a Happy New Year :)

  8. Looks like you had a lovely dinner party! You are a great hostess :) So sorry about your father passing away. I can't imagine how hard that must have been!

    Good for you for rescuing your dog! He is so beautiful. Thank you for giving him a wonderful home.

    Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2013.

  9. Looks like you had a very nice dinner party! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Maryjane

  10. I looks like a fun dinner party. I am sorry to hear about your father, Alzheimer's is am awful disease. My Mom and all of her sisters had it before they passed away.

    Happy New Year.

  11. It has been my deepest pleasure to stop by and visit with you every week in 2012. I hope to do the same in 2013, God willing.


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