First night of Hanukkah and a Holiday party

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. Look at the gifts just piling up. At the same time it was also Ryan's work holiday party last night, so we were pressed for time.

Before the party we lit the menorah. This is my new menorah from my grandmother. It is 8 (technically 9 for the "middle" candle) individual holders and you can arrange them any way you want. I only took out the first candle holder.

After the candles burned out we made our way to the holiday party. I was able to make a nice plate of salad. These rolls were heavenly. The Portuguese make some fabulous bread.
The forgot about my vegetarian meal, so they whipped this together last minute. Boy was I impressed what they came up with on such short notice. These are stuffed tomatoes, filled with a rice/orzo type dish with yummy mushrooms. On the side was something like fried bread with a spicy paste type spread inside.
Sorry for the blurriness!
Me and Ryan enjoying ourselves.
Dessert was some kind of cheesecake like item. It was pretty good.
Coffee as well.
Then we came home to finish the Hanukkah celebration. Ryan got me this awesome cookbook. I think I will make some bread tomorrow.
From my mom...
And my dad got me some clothes...


Then we watched a movie and went to bed. It was a nice evening and I think we fit a lot in with the short amount of time from the end of the work day until bed time.
QUESTION: Have you been to a holiday party or are you going to a holiday party this year?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad they were able to improvise such a nice vegetarion meal! And, nice gifts...

I have no big holiday parties to attend this year, but I have several holiday teas, etc. scheduled with friends.

Anonymous said...

Oohh this looks fun! My first holiday party won't be until next Saturday. Can't wait!

Gina said...

I can't believe that I just saw a picture of Ryan!! I haven't ever, that I can remember.

Nick and I haven't been to any holiday parties, can you believe it??? I like them though, and I can't wait to go to some soon, next weekend maybe?

Glad you had a good time, and happy Hanukkah!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's impressive that they whipped that up immediately just for you. Cool!

I don't think I'll be at a holiday party today...we do it pretty low-key!

Melissa said...

Very cute couple! It looks like a fun party and I love that sweater your dad gave you!

Beautiful new blog look. Enjoy your holiday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Hanukkah to you! I haven't been to any holiday parties yet. I've been so buried in school work, I have almost forgotten that it the holiday season! But in a week I will be on my way to see familyh, hold my new baby nephews, and completley relax!

You and Ryan make a lovely couple!

Mer said...

love the ruffle cardigan! was looking @ one in Ann Taylor :) Let's see...went to one party last night...have 3 next Sat, only going to 2...my work party was Fri...and then there's Christmas Eve party @ my in-laws and Christmas Day @ matt's aunt and uncles...and WE do New Years...then we are partied out!! Wish you and Ryan could be there!!! xoxo!!

Nicole M., MS, RD, LD said...

The grub looks wonderrrrrful! And I LOVE the new look, ma'am!

Beth said...

I love the new look Melinda!

We hosted our 5th annual holiday party last night. It was awesome, as always :-) That's why I'm making all of these crazy cookies!

Melissa said...

Looks like your Hanakah started off great!

I haven't been to any holiday parties yet. All of my events start this week. Yay!

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