My fabulous sister in law Tia was over at Noon to help me decorate and set up...she brought 3 priceless items with her. A bottle of wine, and my 2 nephews to keep an eye on the kids while we
B and the Birthday boy having fun.
This is my give me my camera Xander, before I harm you face...when there is going to be photographic evidence anyway LOL.
I handed out the Kindles to help keep the big kids entertained.
Auntie Tia did an amazing job with the streamers. The kids wanted to help...it took all I had to over power my inner perfectionist and allow their decorations to remain up Hahaha.
The craft room was all ready, with a gingerbread house wonderland. The kids started showing up at 4 and almost everyone was there and ready to rock and roll by 4:30.
We ended up 3 kids short...so a couple of the teens got in there and decorated a couple houses too. It was a full room with 13 kiddos and some grown ups.
It was a little crazy in there...but I think the kiddos had a great time. We had WAY too much candy LOL. Jason's work will be getting all, non chocolate, left overs.
G was a good boy...though he wouldn't listen and stay on his bed. Too many kids to love on. Today was Jericho's girlfriends actual Bday, she is the big 3! Miss Kianna is scared of big dogs, her Mom and Dad want to get a pittie soon...so they are trying to work with her.
Gangster tried to help...he thought maybe laying his big head in her lap was a good idea. He is such a mellow sweet boy, he is a good dog to help someone work through dog fears.The trio LOVED Kianna's baby sister Layla. So cute!
Our dinner was running about 30 minutes late. We had to wait on the fries...for chili cheese fries. We had a warm you up chili bar theme going, my fave (and skinny shh don't tell anyone) chicken chili, fritos, cornbread, hot dogs, fries...then sour cream, cheese, onions and pickled jalapenos. It was a HIT. I doubled the chili recipe and only had about 2 cups left over, 3 packages of dogs...gone, 2 bags of fritos...gone. So good, and everyone wanted the chili recipe LOL. The recipe is here...it is the bomb, I will never make it any other way.
And the Hot Cocoa bar. Those that know me know I am a cocoa fan...and snob. This was my first time making homemade cocoa and oh was it good. I doubled the recipe and didn't have a single cup left over. The toppings were yummy too...Snowman buttons, AKA chocolate chips. Reindeer treats, AKA butterscotch chips. Mini snowballs and Elf shoes too...also known as mini marshmallows and mini candy canes. We totally forgot to put out the whip cream, now I have 3 cans sitting in my fridge...that is not good for the diet ;)
If you want to try this cocoa of the Gods you will need...
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups milk chocolate chips
6 cups of milk
1 tsp vanilla
Add everything to the crock pot and stir until blended.
Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stir every 30 minutes.
Makes about 12...1 cup, servings.
Finally dinner time!
Then we broke out the party hats and got on to the gifts...Jericho was a pro :)
Thanks everyone for being so generous. He loved everything!
After gifts we moved right on to the cake, it was getting late...I swear our parties always run long LOL.
Thank you everyone for celebrating with us...love to all! XOXOX