On Tap This Week…

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
The Spirit of Christmas Present will be very busy this week in the PM&P’s household as I’m sure it will be in yours.

For my posts this week I’ll have 4 delicious recipes with one being a hot coffee libation for the December Cocktails of The Month to serve on Christmas Eve and day and a preview of my New Year’s Eve Decorated Cookies if I can get my act together and plan my designs this week instead of next.

I have already bought my presentation ‘baskets’.
I will be using New Year’s Eve hats turned upside down to place the cookies in. I like this idea very much even if I do say so myself. I haven’t seen this done before so I am patting myself on the back. I can do that once in awhile, can’t I? 😉

I think I will make a champagne bottle with gold leaf for the ‘foil’ over the cork, and add a couple of champagne flute shapes with pink dragees for bubbles. Maybe a noise maker or two, a horn, a clock and some confetti-type shapes. I’d like to hand out them out to guests as they leave after Christmas dinner.

I always think of dessert first then the main course, do you do this too or is it just me?

Speaking of New Year’s Eve, our friends are hosting a couples New Year’s Eve dinner/bunco party.

Isn’t that a great idea? I thought so.
Marcia is so clever and a perfect hostess.
She is the owner of OutdoorInteriors.com and has over 3,000 twitter followers.
I’d follow her too if I tweeted but she’ll have to settle for my friendship instead. I admire her so much and I probably don’t tell her that enough.
Make that New Year’s Resolution #1.

I’ll be organizing my cocktails post today but will wait until Monday to publish.
First, my men and I are pulling up anchor and going to the Newport Harbor Boat Parade.

It’s been going on annually for 101 years!
I can’t believe we have never been before but with school projects always due the week before vacation and multiple music concerts to attend we just couldn’t fit it in.

I was mentioning to Mr. PM today that this year seems so relaxed then I realized what was so different this year…no college application deadlines to nag about, no nagging to write the grueling essays for the apps, no homework to stress about knowing I would have to start nagging next week but most importantly… no nagging of any kind!!!

Sometimes I would get so weary of being …

… the nut cracker.

I know some of you know the process this time of year brings.

All I can say is…

“‘Free at last. Free at least. Lord gawd almighty, I’m free at last.’

Now it’s ‘crunch time’ for Friday…

For some musical energy today I have chosen
“Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson
It will definitely put some pep in your preparations.

See you tomorrow!

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  1. Boat parade? Isn’t it FREEZING out there?

  2. Yes! 78. Brrrr. 😉

  3. I’m looking forward to your cocktail recipe!

  4. Sherrie ~ Having 3 boys qualifies you for at least a double. I wonder where I can adopt another.

  5. New Year’s Eve cookies? I worship your mastery.

  6. A boat parade? And The Nutcracker. OK i’m so jealous. Have so much fun love and Merry Christmas to you and your family! xoxo


  7. All great hostesses plan dinner from dessert to appetizers…not from appetizers to dessert. As Ina says, they wont remember what you made for dinner but they WILL remember what you made for dessert!

    Feel free to send the boy – we could use a strapping young man to help with renovations!

  8. Love your creativity. Also, what a great idea to have a game such as bunco for New years, makes it all more fun.

    My parents use to live in Laguna and I wonder if they ever went to the boat parade, I would go to the one in Ft. Lauderdale. Never had to worry about the cold there!

    When ever you send me your address I will get the items out- thanks again for your patience 🙂

  9. I wish I was going to the boat parade. We just got 23 inches of snow yesterday! YUK!! I am snowed in today.
    I love your idea of a cookie container, how clever! I can’t wait to see them, and your cocktail recipe.
    Have a wonderful night, and I’m so glad you are relaxed this year!

  10. Loving this post!! How wonderful and fun for your guests to be entertained by such a wonderful hostess as you! xoox

  11. My three sons are now all adults – 39, 27 and 25…I raised them alone…no child support for the two youngest though Shawn’s dad was great. I had always wanted a girl but I was doomed to a testosterone filled household
    ( they were and are wonderful
    sons ). I am thrilled that the middle one will marry his girlfriend of five years in May…they already bought their house in West Sacramento in April and I hope, by next Christmas, they will give me the news that a grandchild is on the way!

  12. Lots of great ideas to appropriate! You have inspired me to work on my cookie decorating skills. I hope the boat parade was lots of fun; we used to go to one on the Intracoastal when living in Florida. Glad you are enjoying having your boys home!