Christmas {youth} Banquet

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It was a gorgeous night with gorgeous people. The brilliant idea came from Kelsey to plan a Christmas Banquet for the youth. I think it was a success and hopefully to be repeated in years to come. I only wish we would have had a photo-booth set up with all the props that go with it, because everyone came so handsomely and beautifully dressed.

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It was a black-tie event. I liked Ralph’s red bow-tie. It felt Christmasy and classy at the same time. Ladies, believe it or not, he’s still single! (Actually, there are a lot of beautiful single people on these photos! =) and I can give every one of them a good recommendation, I’m available if you need to talk. In fact, I actually enjoy giving good recommendations of my friends to potential suitors so it would be my pleasure.)

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Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushrooms. (recipe located in the savory appetizer section of this blog=)) The filling is good enough to eat with a spoon.

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It’s what was for dinner! I didn’t get pictures of the food because we were so busy serving the young people.

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Kelsey arranged these beautiful rose/evergreen centerpieces. She’s got talent. All of the decorating that you see was her handiwork. It was beautiful enough for a wedding. All we needed was the preacher!

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The table we served! Lovely people. I’ve always wanted to be a waitress and getting to serve with my handsome waiter husband was just about a dream come true.

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Joe and Renae served these fine young people. I couldn’t get a picture of this group without someone making a face, so I chose the one with Alex since he kind of deserves it.

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Lester and Deborah served these sweet people. See that handsome guy in the purple shirt and silver tie? Well, he’s mine. Not available. Just making that clear.

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This good-looking couple (who I’m privileged to call my in-laws!) opened their hearts and every inch of their home to hosts this beautiful banquet. Dad can make a killer prime rib, just sayin’!

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The talking competition. Joe organized this…. he put 4 people up on stage and started with giving the one guy a topic (e.g. “The many uses of duct tape” or “Lecture your chickens for not laying more eggs”) It was hilarious to watch. They would talk for 1 minute on their given subject and sit down. The next guy would get his topic and talk for a minute, when they each had their turn, we had a closed eye vote on who gave the best speech.

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The gift exchange! Let me tell you, I was blown away by these guys generosity to each other! I thought it was really sweet. They exchanged names a few weeks ahead and went to shopping. I don’t think one person stayed in the $15-$20 range but it was okay because no one got a bad gift. I loved hearing the exclamations of “This is exactly what I’ve been wanting!” It brought tears to at least one persons eyes.

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It was a happy night.

…and that’s when we left to go pick up our little guy that was spending the evening with Craig & Mary Strain. So sweet of them to help us out like that and babysit so that we could totally focus on serving and making the party special.

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4 thoughts on “Christmas {youth} Banquet

  1. I sure missed being with you all!! It looks as if you all had a wonderful time together!!

    Joy, your comments about all the lovely single people are just too much!

    Love you all!

    Tim

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