Holiday Party 2019

Food and fellowship

Lisa J. and her hospitality committee really outdid themselves planning a fun evening for our annual holiday party, and members did not disappoint with their holiday attire and yummy food. We were excited to have lifetime member Frances join us – even though she left her reindeer antlers at home.

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Lisa J. was disappointed she could not be at the party because she was off enjoying time with her new grandchild, but she sent cookies so amazing we almost didn’t want to eat them, but turns out they were as tasty as they were cute.

Gift exchange and hospitality fun

Next up was a new take on gift exchanging that will hopefully replace the typical “dirty Santa” routine in the future. MJ narrated a hilarious story about Santa losing his special bag of gifts and all the help he needed to find it. The story was full of the words “left” and “right,” and as we stood in a circle with our gifts, we had to pass left or right each time we heard the word spoken. Mostly we managed to follow along, and everyone ended up with a different gift from the one they brought.

Those gifts were in addition to the holiday mug rug and amazing treat bag full of all sorts of fun items assembled by the hospitality committee. They apparently had so much fun planning the party that they created a video to share with us in which committee members lip-synced “All I Want for Christmas…”

Mystery quilts

The first round of show and tell included completed mystery quilts. The mystery quilt project was introduced in January with new “clues” about blocks to make released each month. Six members managed to finish quilts (quilted, bound and labeled!) and showed them off: Amy, Ann L., Enola, Helen D. with her Christmas themed quilt, Lisa J. in her absence, and Barbara T.

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Charm pack creations

The next round of show and tell included items members made from charm packs they took home from under the tree at the Christmas in July party. Sheila started us off with a cute snake, and Phyllis shared a block with itty bitty squares that will go in a quilt she’s making.

Sandra shared an adorable bunny wall hanging, Ann L. a Christmas tree wall hanging, and Janet a wedding cake wall hanging.

Some people’s charm packs went forth and multiplied! Catherine ended up with a quilt top and two zippered bags, and Enola with a midi bag.

Small pouches were popular. Debbie’s zippered bag was embellished with embroidery. Barbara B’s used her last charm as a tag for opening the pouch, and Barbara T. made a snap bag with one side clear to display contents.

Drawings and winners

There was a drawing that included everyone who brought items made from charm packs, and Ann L. took home that prize. Two winners were drawn from those who brought completed mystery quilts, and Barbara T. and Helen D. were winners there.

The hospitality committee ended the meeting by drawing for a winner from all those who dressed for the occasion, and fittingly Lori won for her outfit. Next up was the winner of the raffle for the Santa made by Sheila. Janet was thrilled to be the winner.

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