Typically, we all bring a $20 gift. This year, to keep the unwrapping and swapping going on for a little more time, I asked the ladies to bring two gifts -- a $5 gift and a $15 gift. That way, we have double the opportunities for stealing! We'll run the two swaps individually and I'm thinking about doing one before dinner and one between dinner and dessert.
I'm always the one that bites off more than they can chew with dinner plans, and I end up stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is sipping wine, eating appetizers and chatting. So this year I vowed to keep it really simple.
Appetizers: Cheese selection, two kinds of olives, crackers
Dinner: Crockpot Cheese Tortellini Soup (recipe here) and homemade garlic bread
Dessert: Millionaire Pie (recipe here)
I'm so excited to see these girls that I love so dearly. And I have two wrapped gifts under the tree that I hope will be a hit in our swap (I'm especially excited about the $5 gift!). I'm proud of us for getting together every month for ten years ... that's not always the easiest. There's nothing like good girl time.