This year might hold the new record for the number of guests at my annual Saint Valentine's Day party. According to my guest book (and my memory) over 100 people wandered through my house. I think there were at least 50 people there at once. I got wedged in the kitchen at one point and the hallway turned in to a one-way street.
I love getting the house ready for Saint Valentine's Day. Decorating is so much more fun than dusting. It's no accident that the whole house is lit by candlelight and Christmas lights.
Not to say that there was not a well-stocked bar...
I did take a couple of hours to dust the PEZ collection for the first time in years.
These beautiful roses were delivered to my doorstep the day before the party. Thanks Kristi!
In twenty-six years the annual Saint Valentine's Day party as changed a little bit. Some of the early years the refreshments consisted of a keg of beer and a plate of heart-shaped cookies.
Now the food is the focus.
As you see, I added some healthier choices. I made myself eat two vegetables for every cookie. I ate a lot of veggies....and a lot of cookies.
Here he is with his favorite PEZ.
Aunt Nora was so preoccupied with her hostess duties that she absentmindedly handed him a lighter when he asked.
Don't the kids have the a "we're not doing anything look" on their sweet little faces?
I didn't take very many photographs -- I was too busy chatting and laughing. And eating and maybe drinking an Irish whiskey or two.
Michael, Jane, Robert
Beth, Jerry and Ron
Beth, Anna, June Bug and Jerry
Joni and the girls.
We all had great fun with the feather wreath from my front door....
And then the twins arrived....
Caroline and Katy
June Bug, Katy and J.R.
Miss O. and Evan
Jolie and Katy
Katy in the wreath -- look at her little hand peeking out.
Tammy (mother of those cute kids) and Papa.
I had a wonderful time this year. I was able to take Friday off and Beth ran around shopping with me and we had a blast. Things are so much easier with help. I was able to sleep in on party day and still feel slightly organized.
It was fun to dress up and show off the smaller Nora. I love this photograph -- and I have no idea who the guy behind me is. That's the beauty of the party, you never know who will show up in your living room.
post script: The handkerchief in the top photograph is from the folks that live in the Little Red House by the Park. I adore it - and them. I need to apologize to the people that handed me tulips, candy and wine. Unless there was a card, I totally forgot who gave me what. The See's candy was totally worth the Weight Watchers points.