Despite the fact that we WAY overestimated the food and drink, our open house last night was a rousing success. Neighbors, young and old, seemed to love my husband's glowing farolito (luminaria) display leading to the front door from the driveway ....
The snow cover was a nice touch, too. Fire and ice.
And, the "new" kitchen worked a lot better than the cramped old one in accommodating the crowd that inevitably forms there (and never leaves):
Why do they DO that?
I didn't get to take a picture of the buffet because it was a bit of a mad house, but the excess is going to the homeless shelter today. Those folks will be up to their ears in pulled pork sliders, fruit and Christmas cookies by tonight. The extra booze, we'll take care of ourselves...in time.
Today, we rest. And, open our lovely host & hostess gifts, the best part of 'the day after.' No shopping, until tomorrow.