I hosted my fourth annual wreath-making party today, and as always, it did not disappoint.
Yesterday, my dad and I went out and harvested piles of noble fir and western red cedar for the occasion. The weather has been pretty rainy and miserable lately, but fortunately, it wasn’t so bad while we were out in the woods.
There were at least a dozen varieties of fungi poking out of the forest duff.
I got a bunch of really nice holly from Henry’s dad who has a couple holly trees at his house.
Only a small crowd of good friends and neighbors turned out for the festivities. This time of year, it can be so hard to gather a group together just because there are so many different events happening every weekend. Even I was invited to two different parties today that I unfortunately had to miss.
Levi was pretty excited to create his own wreath this year even if he acted more as “art director” than actual maker.
Nearly every person in attendance was wearing some form of flannel and/or plaid. It made me pretty happy.
I borrowed a big party tent from my in laws, and I’m so glad that I did. The weather looked like it was shaping up to be pretty nice this morning, but as my guests arrived, it started pouring buckets and continued to rain on and off for the rest of the afternoon. Luckily, we were all able to stay pretty dry under cover.
I don’t know about you, but during the holiday season, I tend to get a little sugared out. Don’t get me wrong. I love cookies as much as the next guy, but holiday fare can sometimes end up being carbs on sugar on carbs on butter, and after a while, it’s just not pleasant anymore. I tried to avoid this by offering a snack buffet for my friends including green olives, pistachios, dill pickles, satsuma mandarins, almonds, crackers and goat cheese, lots of tea, and persimmon slices. Fortunately, a couple friends brought gingersnaps and sweet breads, so we weren’t totally deprived of treats.
We had a fire in the fire pit to take the chill off.
Overall, we had a great time.
(You can see photos from last year’s wreath party here.)