Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A little birdie…


Our annual Christmas Open House was a huge success. 

Deborah Cote/News Tribune
From left, Patti Dudenhoeffer, Deanna Haslag and Belinda Heimericks  all members of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Holts Summit. Each year these three women and their husbands (not pictured) put together a Christmas Open House at the Dudenhoeffer residence in Holts Summit for members of thier church come together and enjoy one anothers company while sharing some holiday cheer.

     I’m the glitzy red number in the middle

Getting ready for the party is about as much fun as the party itself.  We start weeks ahead of time, Patti getting her house ready, decorating and getting all of the fancy party dishes out, and me getting the invitation ready to go.  And of course there is the decision of what to make.  Whatever it is, it has to be fancy and different.  We make things like Asparagus Ham Wraps, Bacon Water Chestnuts, Stuffed Dates, Marinated Mushrooms, and Stuffed Mushrooms.


All of that food was lip smacking good!

The morning of the party we get together for the Booze Run.  It is amazing how many friends you can make when you are tooling through Wal Mart with shopping carts full of beer, rum, vodka, gin, bourbon, scotch and all of the mixers.  Several men were ready to go home with us.  I thought it was because we were so good looking, but Patti clued me in otherwise.

099Not only did our guests arrive, but a little birdie had tipped off the local newspaper about the Open House’s 10th Anniversary… and they showed up!



The little birdie, Rita, always thinks of doing nice things.  She is just that way.  Thank you Rita!  This isn’t the best picture of you, but somehow you managed, for the most part, to stay out of the camera lens.



At some point, many of the party goers retired to the downstairs to sing traditional Christmas carols.


After most of the guests had gone home, Patti (stupidly) pulled out the tequila and a few of the more adventuresome started doing shots.  No, I was not among them!  I learned a long (long, long…) time ago that shots and Deanna do not mix.  The big guy lived down the hill and could slide home.  The skinny guy also lived in the neighborhood, but up the hill, so his wife might have had to drag him home.  I’m not too sure how the middle guy made it home…  Fortunately, Patti was already home and able to just crawl into bed.

 Deborah Cote/News Tribune
As a party favor in honor of the 10th anniversary of their Christmas Open House at the Dudenhoeffer residence in Holts Summit for members of thier church, Patti Dudenhoeffer, Deanna Haslag and Belinda Heimericks  put together a recipe book of all the yummy hors d'oeuvres that have been shared over the past 10 years for all of their guests to take home with them. 

We even prepared a cookbook of our favorite recipes to give to the guests as a 10th Anniversary keepsake.  (I have to wonder how many of those cookbooks will ever be looked at again.)

So there you have it.  Once again, a successful, fun, wore me out, open house.  I woke up the next morning with a rip roaring headache… a head cold.  I’m pretty sure a hang over would have been better.  I could have slept that off.  A cold is not quite so easy to kick.

For anyone interested, here is the New Tribune article:

RULE NO. 1:  Don’t bring anything to this party

Parishioners celebrate 10th anniversary of holiday tradition (by Leah Killebrew)

What began 10 years ago as a way to say thank you to church parishioners has grown into an annual tradition.

Jim and Deanna Haslag, Gerard and Patti Dudenhoeffer, and Gary and Belinda Heimerics – all members of the St. Andrew Catholic Church in Holts Summit – hosted their 10th Annual Christmas Open House on Saturday.

”We invite the folks who are already giving a lot in terms of their commitment to the church to say ‘thank you’ for all that they do,” Belinda said.

”At a time when most employers are foregoing their Christmas parties, these three couples open their hears and pocketbooks to host an elaborate party every year,” Rita Buschjost said.

Buschjost was among approximately 65 couples invited to the festivities this year.

There is only one rule:  you cannot bring anything to the party,” Buschjost said.

Deanna, Patti and Belinda prepared heavy hors d’oeuvres to serve on their finest china and crystal glassware.

We wanted to be the Martha Steward-style traditional party – very festive, but very homemade,” Belinda said.

Everybody has raved about the appetizers we’ve provide,” Heimericks said.

”We thought this was something we could do to make the 10th anniversary special,” she added.  “This party is one way that we as parishioners can say ‘thank you’ for what others have done.”


Toriz said...

I'm glad it was such a success, and sorry you've now got a cold.

spacegirl60 said...

Your red top is very pretty. I'm hungry waiting for our work's pot luck as I am reading what you made for the party. I'm sorry you have a cold now. Maybe it was from everyone being so happy, shaking hands and kissing cheeks? LOL I liked how the takillya (hehe) was brought out after the big party.

Thank you for sharing!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Christmas parties are always so nice. Especially when you are with good friends. Looks like a good time was had by one and all.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

What a great party you girls can throw! So nice to see party clothes too and not jeans and a sweater.
Now for it being a small world . . Rita and I and the blacksmith went to high school together!!!

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

Looks like it was a great party. And I don't think shots don't mix with anyone.

Flat Creek Farm said...

How nice! And it looks like great fun. Your snazzy top is awesome! Thanks for sharing your open house with us. -Tammy

Funny in My Mind said...

Dudenhoeffer was the name of my son's teacher, she is still here, wonder if she is related.
It really looks like a fantastic party and you look wonderful in red!
I have to skip the shots too, I hate barfing.
Cool that you made the paper!

Anonymous said...

Im so glad your party was a success, and all that food looked so yummy. I think I would skip the shots too, my belly would be too full with food anyways LOL
Asparagus ham wraps sound so yummy I will have to look that up. Thats funny about your trip to Walmart and the cart full of booze lol I love how you prepared a cookbook for everyone, that is very thoughtful. Thanks for sharing your success HUGS

That corgi :) said...

How absolutely fun!! What a nice review the paper wrote about your efforts too!! I'm sure it is a lot of hard work, but I'm sure so very well enjoyed!!

you looked smashing!


Rita said...

That looked like a lot of work and a lot of fun! Great job, all of you--and so nice you you guys to put this together every year.

Have a very merry Christmas!! :):)

The Farmer's Daughter said...

What a beautiful table of food! And you gals look beautiful, too! Looks like the party was a lot of fun and a big success. ~Cheryl

myjoyproject said...

Wow what a fabulous party! Thanks for sharing pictures, you indeed look lovely in red :)

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Rural Rambler said...

Very Holiday Festive! The table of munchies looks wonderful and you all look wonderful all decked out in your Christmas party clothes! I have to tell you, I think the Booze Run sounds like a blast! Wish I had been in Walfart when you all were "tooling" thru.

junyah said...

Looks like you girls out-done your selfves , very Nice setting by the looks,im hungry looking at it.LOves Mushrooms stuff ,raw, fried on a pizza, you name it . I hope you had stuffed Boiled eggs and Boiled Oinons ( My personal favorite).You look nice there lady. You guys know how to live. YOP Junyah,MERRY CHRISTMAS.

AliceKay said...

It looks like a great party and the guests all looked like they were having a great time. You three ladies work hard to make such an enjoyable event year after year. So rare these days.

I loved the picture of Whiskey, and that shot of the cardinal was beautiful.

Thank God there are people in this world such as yourself. *hugs*

Intense Guy said...

I'm not surprised you and your friends do this so unselfishly... you just gotta be you.


I like that outfit you have on... and had a good laugh at the to-kill-ya commentary. I hope the big guy got dragged up the hill without having his head hit any rocks.


Dorkys Ramos said...

That table looks incredible! So many yummy things there. I think the cookbook was a sweet touch. Who knows? Maybe your guests might host their own dinner party with one of your recipes.