Our Christmas Card to the World, from all of us at the Casablanca to You!
(Your Host in his sweater vest and Hostess with her right out of the 1940's 'Donna Reed' hair.)
Well Readers, it was a magical night!
(It's Thanksmass Here at Mick's!)TWENTY TWO Guests in all, friends and almost family came in from near and far to celebrate the end of the 2011 Social season at the Casablanca! After two days of solid rain pouring down, around 1:00 P.M. the Sun came out and Thanksmass was well on its way. The Dress was simi-formal The Girls wore dresses and fixed up their hair, and the Guys sported sweater vests or festive argyle for the occasion!
(Pat, Mike, Evy,Bryson, Russ, Kelcie, Sheldon, Larry, Matt, Dillon, Emily, Hannah, Caitlin, Oliva, Francis, Jordan, Joe, Lara, Spencer, Terrace, Melissa!)
I wish all of you could have been there, the kitchen smelled great! I owe a big thanks to friend Joe who coordinated the food for the event. He made sure everyone brought something and there would be food for all AS WELL as taking on the task of cooking a 15lb turkey and baking a slew of treats!
(Caitlin, Myself and Michael)
While Joe, Larry and Evelyn got the food ready Missouri Michael from Cul-De-Sac Shack and I set the table (He came down all the way from Missouri to spend Thanksmass with us!). While the food was finishing up everyone enjoyed causal conversation and fellowship!
(Spence and Lara!)
Friend Larry carved the Turkey, Bryson said the blessing and with that the formal dinner began.
(Friends Russ, Francis, Olivia, Terrace & Melissa!)
(Evelyn and Larry)It was a tight fit, but with a little overflow in the Den and also on the porch we all managed to find room to eat! After we stuffed ourselves with a smorgasbord of home cooked food, we broke down the table and packed into the Turquoise room for the evenings Entertainment!
Terrace and Melissa are currently Starring as the "Haynes Sisters, Betty and Judy" in the Wichita Theatre's production of "Irving Berlins White Christmas" aren't they just great!
(Dillon, Patricia & Spencer)
After the floor show, friend Evelyn started ont the dishes while a few us us tried to tidy up. Our Lovely hostess Patricia gathered everyone into the lounge, and with help of Miss Casablanca (Kelcie) our "Gift exchange was underway!
(Miss Casablanca & Russ)
The Presents were swapped back and forth, back and forth and had everyone laughing and having a good time!
With the presents all exchanged, it was time to paint ornaments and decorate the tree!
(Hannah Emily, Dillon, Caitlin, Kelcie!)
(Even Michael painted an ornament!)
With the Tree trimmed, we settled back into the den for a viewing of "It's A Wonderful Life".
But first Patricia and I exchanged our own gifts with Michael.
(Click to make it larger, but that's the same dishes alright!)
Michael being the sly devil he is, had Patricia in on this present set up! (We saw a set of these in New Mexico that I flipped over and nearly bought but Patricia talked and led me out of it haha, NOW I understand why!) Mike got the idea for the gift back when I got my Sandalwood Cinderella nesting bowl Pyrex, and I said "I bought it because the Ivy pattern reminded me of the dishes Lucy had on the show" hehe well once again THANK YOU MIKE! (You've redefined "The good china") haha!
Well just as my heart settled back into my chest from this AMAZING GIFT! It was time to ring in the New year at the Casablanca 1958! We bundled up, donned out party hats and noise makers and headed out to the Backyard to watch the "Ball" drop!