Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Hen Party...

I was going to call it a 'soiree' but when I looked it up in the dictionary I found that meant an evening gathering. Then I found "Hen Party"~circa 1885 and it means 'a party for women only'. I got a giggle out of that! :-)
Yesterday at noon, I hosted a Hen Party! ;-) Thinking, because it's after Christmas and all the hub-bub and busyness has died down, it'd be a perfect time to invite some gal pals over.

I snapped a few pics before everyone arrived, then totally forgot to take any pictures after that! Oh well.

I made Poppyseed Cake, Cucumber Sandwiches, Tortilla Pinwheels, and Chicken Salad Sandwhiches..several ladies brought goodies to share, too.

Courtney made to-die-for Shortbread Tartletts!! Soooo good! She's the resident baker in our family.

Coffee and two types of tea for refreshment..

Everything was served on snack-sets..remember them from the 50's? I have several sets of them and they come in so handy..the cup fits on the plate with the food and the ladies were free to sit where ever they wanted in the house..including the dining table.

I had candles lit everywhere...the flickering light was so pretty!
About 20 ladies showed up and we all had a lovely, relaxing time. I think I may be on to Hen Party the week after Christmas every year!

I think Steve and I will ring in the New Year quietly tonight..I'm fighting a cold and getting cozy by the fire sounds like heaven to me!
Hope you all have a Happy New Year!


  1. Looks like the hens had lots of good food to eat! I love your kitchen! Happy New Year!

  2. Aw Myrna I'm bummed I couldn't make it. What a gorgeous 'hen' party!! ;)I'm sure it was a blast. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!

  3. I wish I was there. Is that where the saying "a bunch of old hens" comes from???
    Everything looks beautiful and yummy.
    Hope you feel better soon and Happy New Year!

  4. Now THAT should be featured in a magazine, sweetpea!! Darling, beautiful and all the other superlatives, chick! WOW...

  5. Sounds like a fun idea! Maybe I will get my act together in January and do the same. Happy New Year. Sally

  6. I love it!!! You are quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs to visit! The pictures are wonderful and I just love the 'hen party' idea. I host tea parties throughout the year for friends and this is just one more great idea I will add to my repertoire. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

    I hope you are feeling better soon:).

    Blessings for a Happy New Year,


  7. Myrna how wonderful, leave it to you to throw a "hen" party so beautifully! What a lovely tradition you would be starting! I hope you feel better and I wanted to wish you a wonderful New Year filled with lots of love, laughter, good health and nothing but good things in 2010! Besos, Rose

  8. This looks like alot of fun and a great new tradition! I too have some of those snack sets, they were my grandmother's and I found some extras to match. I plan to use them next for my DIL's baby shower.
    Love your house all decorated for Christmas, so pretty.

  9. How fun and inviting! And I love the title, "hen parties" need to make a comeback.

  10. Love your Hen Party! I've heard the term used in British films and I love it! Looks like a beautiful evening!

    So glad I found your lovely blog tonight--I'll be back often!

  11. In Hen Party, hens revive and go for something special with fun and a night of great bonding with freedom and amusement. You can plan and list out the activities you need to enjoy for this crazy hen party.

  12. Sounds like alot of fun. I've been wanting to do the same thing, but never seem to have the extra time. I think this year I will make the time. Everything looks beautiful!

  13. oh my good grief ... i missed my flight

  14. Hi Myrna.... I've lost track--did you go on another trip? Just asking because I've missed seeing you here. :) Pop over and see my newly-painted stairs and let me know what you think, ok? Blessings (and hoping all is well...), Debra

  15. Myrna, what a lovely Blog, and your hen party looks like fun!! I always like to have a party in the gloomy part of winter, and another one outside in the summer. Your style is very much like mine. Happy day!

  16. Happy (belated) New Year Myrna!!

    Oh how I wish I could've been there at your party - you have some lucky hens there, getting treated to such visual and epicurean delights!! I am always so inspired by your tablescapes and your decorating in have been a big influence on how I decorate at the shop...LOVE your sense of style and attention to detail!!!! (the men's table was exceptionally wonderful, btw)
    I have been meaning to stop by long enough to congratulate you on the addition of PRECIOUS Lindy to your family - you must just be beside yourself with pride and joy! Also, your article and photos in the feature they did on you in the paper was wonderful - and my GOODNESS, what a stunning job you did on the Christmas decorations throughout your home...just LOVELY!! I am partial to the mantle!!

    I wish you all the best in this new year...may it be filled with creativity, fellowship, peace, joy and much love!! I'm looking forward to seeing what all the Lord has in store for you in 2010!!

    Have a glorious weekend!

    Hugs & Blessings,

  17. Hiya Myrn!! Love the "Hen~Party" pics!! That is too cute!
    Wow, everything is just gorgeous!! I know everyone had a wonderful time! All the sandwiches sound de~lish! And how adorable are the shortbread tartletts Courtney made, I know those were yummy too :)

    I have had a cold since Christmas {think it's gone now!}...Doug and I were party animals on New Years Eve....well, not really, we stayed in and tried to stay up until midnight...staying home, safe and comfy always sounds better! :)
    Hope your feeling better by now~
    xo Tiff

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  19. Happy birthday to your hubs girl...I'm at your Hen party post how I missed this is beyond me girl...This is just beautiful my friend WOW!! You are a girl after my heart...I see you live close by me...I live above Jackson, Ca about an hour and half from you ha ha!! Maybe some time we can go out antiquting and lunch today...Think about it...Love Gloria

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