I love the yuletide season and for the past five years I’ve indulged by hosting a party to share it with friends. It’s become a tradition that I look forward to more each year. Along with my circle of close girlfriends, there always seems to be a special guest or two. Someone’s parents or friends visiting from out of town. There are a few recurring themes; some variety of sparkling cocktail, a new play on gift’ing and loads of butter in many fattening and fabulous forms. This year managed to deliver on all three rituals. Most fun was the manifestation of the butter in my first attempt at a Buche de Noel.
I did my homework on this one. Read through every recipe I could find, consulted experts (Thank you Jen of Jennifer Knight Custom Cakes and Deserts! Check her out and have her bake you treats. I promise, you won’t regret it.). Both the research and development of this project was a lot of fun. Google image these logs ‘o plenty and you’ll see that like anything, they run the gamut from trashy to sophisticated and tasteful. For those who enjoy a good gingerbread house project, this one’s for you.
I should also say that the special guests at Soiree 2010 were my sweet Mom and Step-Pops Jim who spent the weekend playing in the kitchen with me (well, Jim spent a lot of time reading, watching football and running to the store for us. Thank you Jim!). It was a lot of fun baking with my Mom and learning to make something neither of us had ever tried before and well…nothing difficult turns out perfectly the first time, right?
I hope your holiday is filled with some variety of sparkle, meaningful giving, loads of butter in fat and fabulous forms.
And may you be surrounded by very special friends.