I REALLY LOVE getting my friends together. So several years ago I started having a Christmas party with a white elephant exchange. I look forward to it every year and always wish I had room in my house to invite all of my friends to join us for what is now one of my favorite Christmas traditions.
When Kerri Lawrence showed up with a gold fish a few years back we all died laughing. That poor fish didn't even make it home with the winners, he was passed around with a poem, and doorbell ditched from cars to porches and home to home until he landed at the Van Wagenen's and sweet Kylie couldn't bear to see him go. Since then our gifts have gotten more and more creative. This year was the most hilarious so far. It's all fun and games until you have to imagine your son in law lounging in a leopard print Snuggie...
It's all fun and games until you are the new owner of a a mini sewing machine straight from the info-mercial where you learn all about hemming your pants on the go! Now you have no excuses for anything but a perfect fit!
It's all fun and games opening info-mercial specials until you can't choose between the punk tattoo sleeve gift you drew for your friend who had to leave early,
Or the Neckline Slimmer you won for yourself!
It's all fun and games when you blow up a giant picture of yourself and sign it for the white elephant exchange, but it's hilarious when it shows up again the next year and YOU don't!! We missed you Aaron and Haley!
It's all fun and games when you realize your husbands first gift of the season for you is acquired at the white elephant exchange! Happy shopping...
It's all fun and games when your gift turns out to be a "Leg Lamp" like the one in the Christmas story, until you realize it's such a hot commodity that you definitely won't be the one to take it home.
It's all fun and games until you almost go into cardiac arrest when you get a better look at your gift that you could have sworn smelled like cologne! Inside a Huggies box, inside a garbage bag, on a bed of ice,you find you are the proud owner of this little guy!!
Rod and Alison brought him so they helped us cook him up after most of the guests had gone home. But don't worry they received some pretty funny gifts themselves.
It's all fun and games till you have to explain to someone else why you have a traveling companion who isn't even alive!! Her name is Natalie. She came with a shell necklace and scrapbook of her past adventures compliments of Tara and Jason by way of doorbell ditching by Tiffany Madsen last year. For the rest of that fun story you'll have to read my sister Tara's blog. (Click here)
It's all fun and games until the mother of 9, has way too much fun opening her gift and defiantly looks me in my obsessive compulsive neat freak eyes, and then proceeds to throw the tinsel and tissue paper from her gift ALL over my living room. She was the one in for the shock though when her New Years Eve Survivial Kit came complete with a pregnancy test!
When Shelley stole the kit from Alison she followed in Alison's defiant footsteps. It's all fun and games until you spray the silly string at your hostess!! To everyone's shock I grabbed another can and retaliated, dirtying my own home in the process!!
It was all fun and games for everone watching me cover Shelley until I turned on THEM too!!!
But fun and games went out the window when perfection went up for grabs!
Twilights' Edward was stolen so many timesAnd everyone wanted their picture taken with himEspecially all the ladies. He was passed around and then negotiated for even after the game was over. Chris we can't thank you enough for the entertainment this one provided!!