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First House Party

Well I guess you can't really call it a party, but last night was the first gathering of friends at our house.  It was a fun time, and everyone enjoyed themselves, our home and the food.  

I've never prided myself in being the best cook.  But I can follow directions (usually) and if the ingredient list isn't a mile long, I'm set.  Luckily the menu for last night wasn't too extensive.  However, it was delicious.  

I'm hoping for a new camera for Christmas, but until then, you'll have to make due with our crazy camera for now (I call it crazy because the flash sometimes go off and sometimes doesn't, and the colors are usually slightly off.  Grrr).  

Cupcakes are a necessity at every party, right?  I made chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing (thank you Betty Crocker and Wilton cake decorating set for making them look and taste yummy).  You can't really tell in the photo, but the cupcake liners are orange and black and have little ghosts on them.  I was getting into the spirit. 

 I also topped the cupcakes with Sno Caps and orange Dots to add a little decoration.

Here are a few pictures of the whole spread. 

From left to right.  Cupcakes, warm crab and vegetable dip with French bread, peanut butter caramel swirl cheesecake, fruit and ham and cheese (with red onion) poppyseed party rolls.  

In keeping with my Halloween theme, I decided to use yellow plates and orange napkins.  All that was missing was the candy corn.

I also used this galvanized utensil caddy at my wedding :)  I love its rustic, vintage look.

Last but not least, we have the drinks.  I served pink lemonade with fresh lemon slices and water with cucumber slices, a trick I learned for a friend about a year ago.  I was so excited to finally use my ice bucket and pitchers!

I can't wait for the next party!
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