There were 5 kinds of M&Ms : regular, peanut, peanut butter, pretzel and mint flavored.
Rachel had given the variety of sweets a lot of thought, and each kind of candy represented family Christmases from our generation's growing up years. Candy was a very special treat in our house, so to have free range of it at Christmas get-togethers was really exciting! The excitement is obviously being carried on with the next generation. :)
Julia made these wonderful signs so everyone would know the history behind each candy.
The M&Ms were from Christmases at Aunt Jo & Uncle Joe's house...
Hershey's Kisses and Hershey's Miniatures were from Christmases at Grandpa & Grandma's...
Great-Aunt Marion always provided Rice Krispie Treats for Grandpa & Grandma's Christmases...
(I realized later that I did not get a picture OF the Rice Krispie Treats!)
And the signature treat of Granddaddy & Grandma's was candied orange slices and marshmallows.
The dessert/snack bar minus the M&M buffet. Aside from the aforementioned candy, there was pistachios, oyster crackers, party-mix packaged into snack baggies, O'Henry Bars, and a variety of cookies and cupcakes. There were also a few pies, Apple, Pumpkin & Pecan, but they didn't get in any of my pictures.
As soon as everyone was there that was going to be there, we gathered 'round and sang the Doxology, then a family friend asked the blessing on the food and we dug in! I did not get a picture of the main buffet table, but it was delicious, simple fare: Lasagna & Garlic Bread (all homemade), Fruit Salad, Vegetables and Dip. This was the first year we did not do the full-blown, 10 course, days-of-preparation, turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, and so on meal and it was SO much easier to prepare, prepare for, and manage throughout the day.
Last summer Mom bought this little picnic table for the little cousins to eat at for these kind of parties. They think it is the bees knees to eat at their own little table. :)
Here are Gail and her son, Sam, Sally and her daughter, Marie, and my Susannah. These three cousins were born in the same year. :)
Here at the "big kid" table are Hannah (Sally's) and Bobby (Gail's). Paul (Sally's oldest) also sat at this table.
Auntie Juls (Julia) is feeding Sylvia ground up lasagna,
which she ended up not liking.
Andrew (Sally's husband) is feeding their youngest,
Rachel Anne, her lunch.
Luke, the oldest brother,
and his girlfriend, Katelyn
The men going through the food-line:
Ted (Rachel's husband), Andrew (Sally's husband),
Glen (youngest brother), Daniel (my husband),
James (Gail's husband) and Sherman (Katie's husband)
4 of the guys are not pictured here!
Coming next will be Part 3.