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The Annual Holiday Dessert Party!

Well, I realize it’s a bit late in the season to be sharing this but I promised pictures from my annual Holiday Dessert Party so…..better late than never.

Actually, I was going to pretend I had forgotten.

You see, I had managed to snap a few pre-party pics of the kitchen as it was being set up.Kitchen dressed up for Holiday PartySome bows on the doors (and idea I have totally stolen from my sister Paula who throws her own Holiday extravaganza) set a festive sort of feel I thought.

And I saw this fun idea in a magazine.  They suggested printing out a couple of drink recipes Christmas Party Bar Set Upfor guest to mix their own holiday cocktail.  This made sense to me as, several years ago, I decided that everyone would enjoy chocolate martinis…… and spent my ENTIRE evening making them….over and over again…..

So the kitchen was looking good and I was feeling positive.  And then, as always, I recognized the enormity of work I still had to do and the camera got put away never to emerge again.

Well, sort of.

My good friend Christine, when she heard there were no photos grabbed my camera and did her best mid-party picture snapping.

The problem, of course, is that the lights are dim so all these shots look a bit like we were partying in a vaguely festive cave but I assure you all was sparkly and inviting looking.Cheltenham Road Holiday Dessert PartyIt’s a dessert party (because that’s all I ever want to eat) so we had:

My mom’s famous decorated sugar cookies in numerous iterations.Moms Sugar Cookies

 Santa Face Sugar Cookies

Sugar CookiesFor me, these cookies ARE Christmas.  I remember my mom sitting at the dining room table with hundreds of these spread out before her ready to decorate.

Of course, since this is my party, there were pies!  And lots of them!

Little, individual chocolate peanut butter pies:Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Frost on the pumpkin pie (graham cracker crust, whipped pumpkin mousse, cinnamon spiced whipped cream)Frost on the Pumpkin Pie

Individual Cherry Pies (gone before a picture could be taken – which is a good sign I think)

Caramel Apple Pie PopsCaramel Apple Pie on a Stick


Brownie Shots (dark chocolate brownie, chocolate chip cookie dough topped with Baileys spiced whipped cream)

In addition there were Khalua Balls, Mini Cheese Cakes, Red Velvet Cake Pops, Vanilla Cake Pops, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Coconut Dream Layer Bars and Cinnmon stars and Peppermint Patty Cookies…there were more but I’ve forgotten….Cake PopsOatmeal Raisin

In short – everyone left in a sugar coma and all was right with the world!

……..and now it’s on to planning for next year (and stealing more ideas from my sister).

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

5 responses »

  1. Looks beyond wonderful!! Your Mother passed down quite a bit of creativity to all of her children……My sugar coma hit me as I LOOKED at the pictures! Can Paula be sure to help only with things this super looking, but WITHOUT those nasty calories!!!!! Remind her that she has almost a year to make them at least appear healthier! LOL


  2. Wow – what a fabulous display! Very festive and I’m sure so much fun! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  3. Everything was beyond amazing, the pictures don’t do it justice. i only have one question…is there some kind of rehab that can help me with the sugar cravings you created?

  4. Wow!! That’s a lot of work…aside from Mom’s cookies, did you make the rest of that?? Impressive! Looks very nice, too.

    • Thanks Jenni. Yes, I’m afraid I make all of it. It’s become a holiday tradition but the party keeps expanding so we’ll see what happens in the future.



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