Sunday, December 4, 2011

2nd Annual Elf Party

Last year we had our first Elf movie viewing party at our house and it was a great success.  So we decided to do it again this year, and hopefully make it an annual tradition!  :)
Even better this year, because I got some Elf hats for everyone to wear!

The menu this year was fantastic!  We had a feast!

Anne brought over a potato casserole.  It looked and tasted like a baked potato with sour cream, onions, cheese, and bacon!

We had “Pan-Seared Chicken” from America’s Test Kitchen.  This is literally the BEST chicken dish that I’ve ever tasted.  We’ve made it three times now and every time I just want to eat it all! 
Our guests all thoroughly enjoyed this for sure!  :D

We also had “Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter”, one of our favorite dishes from Cooking Light. 

And the main attraction of the evening was most certainly the “Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake” that Todd made. 
The recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen, and when we watched that particular episode, they said this was the BEST dessert that they’ve EVER made!  Todd made this the night before and I had to wait a whole 24 hours before digging into it!  When it was served, the whole room went silent, because all our guests were too busy eating it to say a word!  And because it was so good, here’s another photo.
The bottom layer is flourless chocolate cake, then chocolate mousse, then white chocolate mousse on top.

Gilbert, Anne, Roby, and Dejah enjoying the food and company.

And what would an Elf Party be without some mischief?

When everyone left, I sent them home with some Elf Treats. 

Todd and I LOVE the “Best Ever Hot Cocoa Mix” recipe from America’s Test Kitchen.  We made it for the first time last year and couldn’t get over how creamy and chocolatey it was.  So Todd made a couple of batches and put them into some mason jars and I decorated them.
For more info on what I used to decorate the jars and bags, you can head on over to The Lilypad blog to read my post!


  1. So fun and festive. I seriously love that reindeer. He is so darn cute!

  2. I have made that cocoa recipe too and it has always been a huge hit. Love how you used the stamps and such to make tags--so cute! And now I am going to need to try that chicken dish and cake recipe!

  3. So happy to be among the lucky elves this weekend. You and Todd were the ultimate hosts ... you didn't even mention the homemade salted carmel ice cream you made for me because I don't like chocolate. I can still taste that confection!

  4. What a fabulous party! And THAT cake!!! Everyone looks like they are having so much fun..but who couldn't have fun in elf hats, watching Elf, and eating from the four main food groups..OK, say it with me.."candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup". :D

  5. Love your little treat bags and decorated jars. It looks like a fun party!! Happy holidays to you and Todd!


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