A Christmas Party and Cost Plus World Market go very well together. This year I hosted my 16th Annual Girl’s Christmas Party for several long-time dear friends (and the best sister in the world), and Cost Plus fit right in, since my relationship with it spans equally long. My first apartment in Belmont Shore was basically furnished by them — I was so proud of its style and still have several cool imports and dishes from way-back when. For this Sweet 16, CPWM generously provided a Gift Card that was used to purchase all snacks, prizes, drinks, wrap, and most stylish and tasty party supplies. What a great thing!
Each guest brings an Appetizer, Salad or Side Dish, plus a GIFT for a wild gift exchange with plenty of opportunities to steal what you really want — And this year, as always we enjoyed an abundance of FOOD, fun and laughs.
A PRIZE is awarded to the person bringing the Best Voted Appetizer, an incentive to bring something good. Guests cast anonymous (and sometimes padded and made-up) votes that are tallied to choose a hopefully legitimate winner.
Desserts are always baked by my treasured friend Loretta, whose goodies can’t be beat.
Having one person bring the Dessert is also strategic — In earlier party days, guests/friends were asked to bring an Appetizer or Dessert and I learned that it would produce too many Desserts and not enough Appetizers. Now, Loretta automatically receives a prize for her award-winning Desserts and there’s always enough savory stuff to eat. This year, Patty aka Tricia won a prize for her Salad pictured at top. All tasted fantastic — And I’m now trying to obtain the recipe for the Tapenade pictured above, which was made by my friend, Nora’s husband Brian. If allowed, I’ll share it here, as it was truly outstanding and a runner-up to the Salad.
Wouldn’t you know that I had technical difficulties with my camera this evening, which resulted in mostly blurry and poorly lighted food dishes that can’t be shared. 🙁
Cost Plus World Market recently to stumbled upon Nibbles of Tidbits, and me who is already in love with them — The result is continuous adoration and perfect party supplies (from around the world) for my Sweet 16th Annual Girl’s Christmas Party. We girls appreciated it ALL!
Because I like handing out prizes and laughing at people playing the stupid games I come up with, each year we play several new and old favorites — This year Nora won the red and white votive candles, Arlene won the Oil & Vinegar Cruets, Loretta won the colander, soap and bath fizzies, and Heidi won the Chocolate Champagne bottle and more.
The pictured snacks were chosen from CPWM‘s seemingly endless selection of international goods. It was hard to decide, as one could host a variety of party themes with Cost Plus food.
And a BIG SHOUT OUT needs to go out for the White Cheddar Snowball Puffs! They have a perfect amount of tasty Cheddar flavor and a nicely crisp puff. They were a hit and I want to go back for more before they disappear.
Cost Plus is the only place I’ve seen thus far with Red & Green Tortilla Chips that taste and look good. I served them with a favorite Salsa determined during a Salsa Taste-Off.
And if you don’t know already, Cost Plus World Market offers an amazing selection of Beer and Wine. We enjoyed Stella Artois, Corona Extra and Skinny Dip New Belgium — Had to get it for the name and we were pleasantly surprised by its likable flavor.
To keep our drinks straight, we used the above drink markers, also from Cost Plus. I turned ’em into a game by awarding a prize to the person picking the prized adjective — Whomever chose DESPERATE won.
Photo of this year’s party attendees and BFF’s.
Although I’ve shopped at Cost Plus for years, I haven’t purchased much of their Beer, Wine or other imported beverages, which is probably a bit odd, since many shop there specifically for it. Since CPWM sponsored most of this year’s party, it was a great opportunity to sample their infinite offerings — And ultimately there was an overwhelming response to the Cristalino Champagne. It’s terrifically bubbly, fresh and not too sweet. It’s an excellent inexpensive Champagne. Other photos reflect prizes happily won by guests.
Do you like my Charlie Brown Christmas Tree? It’s easy clean up, but I’m starting to miss a real one. Maybe next year. Also pictured is a giant bottle of the Champagne noted above. The large bottle was fun and oh so good — We went through it too fast. And I probably talked on the microphone too much, but had to get the attention of the rebellious crowd to participate in the next silly game. There were cool prizes to be won.
Cost Plus is an old friend that made my Sweet 16th Annual Christmas Party extra special and tasty — All friends were joyful about it too! Merry Christmas to YOU.