Posted in 2018, Entertaining Kitchen, VVDDP

VVDDP – 2018 Edition- Food, Fun, & Friends

Group VVDDP 2018

These people made me laugh long before the actual dinner party.  If you want to see why, later in the post there is a link to post number two of VVDDP – 2018.   The games started earlier than our night of fun!

This post brings to light the food we ate, the games we played, and the decorations my husband so lovingly hung for me! 🙂  We kept things pretty simple but it was still a great time!


We used the little somberos on the plates as name cards for our seating.  I had to know where people were sitting because we played this Plate Game during the meal.  We gave each guest a “phrase or statement” to say and the point was to not get caught saying it.  It was fun and some of the statements I pulled from the internet, others I made up!

Did you know if you bang your head against a wall it burns 150 calories.

Did you know that hippos sweat red?

For the first time we asked our friends to bring some of the food.  They brought some super yummy stuff! Homemade Spanish rice, refried beans, salsa and guacamole! They all know how to cook and they did it well! 🙂


Menu for our buffet

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Ground Beef Chimichangas

Tacos (Hard shell & Soft shell)

Cheese Enchiladas

Spanish Rice

Refried Beans

Chips, Salsa, Guacamole

Dessert:  Truffles

Chocolate Peanut Butter 

Key Lime

Pecan Sandie 

They were all tasty but our favorite was the Chocolate Peanut Butter.


After we ate, to keep things lively while visiting at the table we handed out this Love Song game sheet.  They did very well and we were impressed with our friends music knowledge!

It was finally time to watch the Selfie Scavenger Date Challenge video!  Our guests refilled their drinks and made themselves comfortable in the living room! It was show time!

To see the blog post on it, please click the link below! The blog post would be super long if I didn’t separate it this year!

VVDDP 2018 Selfie Scavenger Date Challenge!

After we watched the video it was finally time to play the main game for the prizes!  To be honest I procrastinated with choosing a game to play.  We ended up going with Charades.  A good ol’ stand-by and honestly it was fun to watch the couples compete! We had one couple that really stayed ahead most of the time, then they missed one, and another couple ended up tying them!

Sumo Wrestling Charades
Tie breaker = SUMO WRESTLING

SO! That meant that we had to have a tie-breaker!  They came up with Milton & I acting out the tie-breaker, and whomever got it right first won the grand prize.

Well it didn’t take but maybe 5 seconds for that team that had been behind to take first place!  Congrats to my dear friends G & S!  I hope they enjoy the quilt I made and the goodies for a little snack time picnic!

Grand prize winners




We ended the evening with just relaxing and visiting.  It was a time of catching up and laughter most all the night.  Good times really are gems, aren’t they?  Time with friends and laughter and being silly.  It’s just what this gal needed and both Milton and I feel so lucky to call these folks our friends!


2018 VVDDP Highlights

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Party Favors for the guests were!

Valentine teatowel embroidery

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VVDDP- 2017

Our annual dinner party has come and gone. It was so good to re-connect with friends.  The laughter that is shared between friends is something that revitalizes a person’s life I think.  This particular group of friends really does bring the laughter to my life.  I’m not really sure why we don’t spend more time together, I guess life gets in the way.

We decided to keep the dinner quite simple this year.  The first couple years of VVDDP we went the fancy dinner party route.  Although I do enjoy dressing up a table and making delicious food, as the years have gone by I find myself just wanting to go the easier path.  The few short hours with friends seems to have made it’s way to the top of the list instead of impressing them.  I think they are okay with that as well.

The platter was my mother’s as well.

The menu was grilled butterfly pork chops, mashed potatoes, crockpot corn, broccoli, and dinner rolls.  I actually made the same dessert as I did last year, chocolate mousse and strawberry pie, only in miniature form.  I promise next year we’ll have a different dessert folks!

We started the evening out by our daughter playing a couple songs for our guests on the piano.  She also hit them up for girl scout cookie buying and they obliged! 🙂


During the post, you might notice one of the couples looking pretty cozy while at the same time smiling in the same manner every photo taken.  This couple was not able to make it so they sent their cardboard selves to hang out! This particular couple is pretty funny and when the guests arrived I had them sitting at the dinner table, each had their own laughing gasp upon being greeted by them!



I picked up a few table decorations after Christmas at Target and then went with dark pink roses.  The roses were placed in a depression glass bowl that was my mothers.


I guess I decided without even noticing that I wanted this meal to be more like a family meal than a dinner party.  I also used yellow glass bowls from my childhood to serve parts of the meal.


The party favors for our guests were simple as well.  There was a jar of candy, clipboard I decorated, and a “What I love about you today” notepad.  I think this is my favorite thing to do out of everything for gatherings!


Each year we play games and whichever couple won the year before has to provide the games for the next year. S & G were hosts for games and in true form they came with awesomeness!


THIS is harder than you think!

My personal favorite was the one where we had to work together, with our lips, to carry a tennis ball from one spot to another spot then drop it into a jar. I’m not posting a picture, it’s not real flattering but it is fun!

Then the bouncing a ping pong ball to your spouse while they had to catch it in a plastic cup, seven times high.  A few other games and the room was laughing and couples advising each other how to do better.  Thank you to S & G for a round of awesome games and prizes!  Finally after all these years Milton & I won!  So now to start planning for next year!


Thanks to our friends for coming to our home for the evening. It brings us much joy and are grateful you are all in our lives.

If you haven’t met up with a friend or two lately, I would highly advise it! Have a super February folks!  Happy Valentine’s Day!