Suburban Soiree

All I Want for Christmas is Book Club

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Book club is one of my favorite things... the reading, the friends, and once a year, getting to host!  I hit the jackpot this time and got to have our Christmas gathering.  The book I chose was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.  It was quirky, suspenseful, interesting and unexpected.  We give it two thumbs up.

I'm an old-fashioned person at heart and I still prefer to hold and read actual books.  In this case it doubled as a centerpiece.  I put the book on my Pottery Barn reindeer platter and added some bottle brush trees and fake snow. 


I did my best to make the table festive and fun.  I found the pink flocked trees at Walmart and could not resist.


I always love a party favor, and at Christmas there are so many options.  I found these "Oh So Merry in Colorado" cups and put a pair of Christmas socks in each.  The socks are super soft.


For dinner, I ordered in Chinese food from our family's favorite place.  I kept it warm in my Crock Pot Hook Ups.  Do you have these?  They are like a Crock Pot and a chafing dish got married.   They are the best!  I have two of these and one of these.


I added in an Asian-style salad to have something green and fresh.


The lady who took my order was a little alarmed at how many crab cheese wontons I asked for.  You can never have enough!  Ha!


Dessert was easy too - I picked up this little red velvet cake at Target.  It was the perfect size for our group to enjoy with coffee after dinner.


We did a secret Santa exchange and I used to make it simple and keep it secret.  Everyone got lovely gifts and it was a blast to watch them be opened.  My sweet friend gave me these darling Kate Spade popcorn bowls for our movie nights.  I just love them! 


The friendships and laughter are the best part of book club and I loved getting to entertain these precious friends at Christmas.  I can't wait to see where our reading adventures will take us in 2018!