(in the interest of 'full disclosure', this post was started as I was waiting to go to the party, but ended up just leaving early, instead of waiting around, after a call from the host saying I could come over 'whenever'.)
So, now I can just post ABOUT the party...as it happened!
Auntie sent out the cutest little invites, instructing us to come in our festive attire (usually 50's inspired, though I'm more of an early 60's type, myself!)
I wore my sequined 'Vegas' dress and shoes. This time, though, I fashioned a hat out of one of my spring hats and a blue feathered wig. I wish I had more occasions to wear it...I don't know what it is, but I love having all those feathers on my head!! It makes me think of Mag Wildwood from Breakfast at Tiffany's. (sorry, can't find any pictures or links for that, though)
I put together my cheese platter...I thought the chocolate coins would be cute. I never actually cut up the apples I also brought, and the crackers had to go on a separate plate...maybe I over did it? It was all very yummy, anyway.
Auntie also made some tasty treats: baked brie, deviled eggs, smoked salmon/cream cheese on pumpernickel toasts, and a lovely punch. Baby sister also made some lovely tiny cheese and smoked portabella quiches. I also made a 'white cranberry spritzer', which I found in my latest Cooking Light magazine. It tasted like a Mojito...I thought it was good, and I drank most of it myself, but I might as well have just made Mojitos. We also had champagne cocktails, and frozen grasshopper drinks. Later, Uncle made us Manhattans, as well.
We played some card games, which Monty (Auntie's teacup chihuahua) also wanted to play and a game called Bananagrams. I wasn't familiar with it, other than knowing it existed, but it was fun. Good clean fun...you can't beat it!
And of course it all wore out the dogs!