Ladies Holiday Brunch

Over the weekend, a ladies holiday brunch was served at my sister's home in Hoboken, NJ.


The set-up.


She went all out with the decorations and food - even throwing in a photo-shoot prop session and a traditional German holiday game.


Gabby's Christmas Tree is so cute with it's traditional red, green and gold theme.


Above are "Christmas Crackers" an English tradition. 

"A cracker consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper with a prize in the central chamber, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled by two people, which causes the cracker to split unevenly, with one person holding the centre chamber of the cracker where the prizes are contained. The split is accompanied by a mild bang or snapping sound produced by the effect of friction on a shock-sensitive, chemically-impregnated card strip".

For those of you who don't know, like me (good ol' Wikipedia).

Inside were glass charms.


The real star of the party was Franklin the Aussie Shepard.


Pancakes a'cooking...yummmmm.

(Taken with Allie's amazing new lens!)


Tricks are for puppies.



What's a brunch without a boat load of Bellini's???


Cheddar and Carmel popcorn as an appy.



Golden brown cakes.


For the main course we had:

Pancakes.
Eggs Benedict with a Pesto Hollandaise Sauce.
Homefries.


My mom sent us these props to take photos with.


Rudolph is that you?


Frosty?


SANTA!!!!!


Some were naughty.....


...some were nice.

We also made these ornaments out of cinnamon, flour and salt.


Bake for 3 hours in the oven to dry or let out to dry for 24 hours and wa-la!



Hehehe....mittons and snowmen oh my!


Once dry, the ornaments can be threaded with the string to hang on the tree.

To wrap up the night we played a traditional German game of finding the glass pickled ornament for a prize!



Description of the tradition above.

Whoever finds the pickle gets a special extra gift from St. Nick.


Winner got a game of charades!


It took a few hours and glasses of champagne before we realized these two were dressed as twins.

Admiring the tree:


I love seeing how everyone does their tree just a little differently. 


The beaded branches adds something a bit sparkly & festive on top of the tree.

A tip we got from our mother.


Party was sponsored by: Home Goods ;)


A few gifts for the gal below.


Hostess with the most-ess! 

I'm thinking this should become our own little holiday tradition. 


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