Thursday, December 12, 2019

A Night with the Shepherds Table 2019

Welcome to our home that we have transformed 
for a special night for our Young Single Adults, 
for a night in Bethlehem, A Night With The Shepherds.  

We greeted them in our outfits that we brought 
home from Israel years ago. 

Tables were set low on boxes and covered in 
purple satin tablecloths.  The stone floor was 
covered in various rugs so people could sit on the 
floor if they chose to.  Pillows were strewn around 
the edges.  Of course, the tree was lit, and lighting 
was kept soft and low. 

We have done a couple of dinners like this 
with our children, but this was on a much 
larger scale as we ended up having about 85 
people attend the dinner.  

Something new was to drape the room with 
purple, orange and hot pink fabric, and then 
to add lights to it.  We were trying to create 
a tent like feel. 

We had the stable made out of plywood about 30 years 
ago, and it has survived yearly use for our 
Christmas Eve Nativity.  I added the blue backdrop 
last year, and we tape it to the window and then backlight 
it.  We also had a custom made manger, but someone 
borrowed it and left it and it disappeared, so I 
purchased a kit online to make a new one a couple 
of years ago.  My collection of lambs gather around 
the manger.

Brass chargers were used on the table for food and 
disposable plates.  Electric candles softly lit the tables. 

I added greenery and grapes to the tables. One of the leaders 
walked in and just gasped.  He said he had been to a fancy 
restaurant in New York and the food had been served like 
this, on low tables.  

We had the food brought in from a restaurant in Salt Lake, 
Souvlaki.  They have the softest, most amazing pita, 
wonderful chicken kebabs, savory rice and a fabulous 
Mediterranean salad.  That made my job easier.

I just made the Chocolate Pistachio Baklava, and 
put out dates, nuts, grapes and some chocolate.  

And of course, prepped the house!  It was a huge hit, and the 
Young Single Adults ate and ate, and visited, and stayed into 
the late hours, enjoying our Bishopric Christmas Dinner. 

Tonight I have a home tour dinner party with 
my craft group, and rather than take all of the 
Bethlehem items down, we decided to remove 
the extra rugs, put some of the furniture back, 
but leave the draping, stable and low table.  They 
have all seen my house before, and we thought 
this would be a fun change for them. 

The food will be presented on the single low table 
tonight, and I added some purple pillows around the 
room to tie everything together.  Hope they enjoy it! 
Just one more big party after that, but I think I 
might leave the living room like this - the 
dramatic draping is just too fun!  Hubby is sooooo 
supportive and fun.
(If you are interested in this gorgeous throw,

Thanks for coming to visit our Christmas party table.

I will be posting it with 


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  1. Oh Jackie! Each time you set a party I always wonder how you manage the energy to do it all. To say readying the house and making the baklava is all is an understatement! I'll bet the young adults truly enjoyed it all. The atmosphere is magical, and I love it even more set for your craft group! May all your blessings extended be returned to you and yours!

  2. OMG Jackie! Those lucky young, single adults must have been speechless! What a gorgeous presentation and the food looked positively delish! I wish my #2 lived there because I would love for her to meet a wonderful young man! Thanks for sharing your spectacular evening.

  3. looks like another wonderful event for all to attend - as always, you put on a spectacular gathering that will always be remembered by your guests!

  4. So amazing Jackie!! 85 guest, wow! So glad you had help from a caterer! The draped cloth tent is so stunning as is your manger! I bet all your guests were gasping, and enjoyed a party they will never forget!!

  5. Jackie, I am amazed at how authentic your set-up looks, amazing!!!! Wow, glad you had help with the food for such a large group. I'm sure the young adult guests were stunned at how beautiful your home looks. You and your hubs are the perfect hosts. I'm still in awe of your parties! Fabulous Jackie.............

  6. Wow, queen of parties. You and your hubby are so awesome to plan this event for the young adults. I am sure they were thrilled beyond belief. You put your heart and soul into these parties. You both look wonderful in your costumes brought back from Israel. The food looks wonderful/ Everything looks perfect, especially with the back drop. Way to go Jacqueline.

  7. Jackie, this is a beautiful event. It looks so authentic and I know the young adults felt so special that you did all of this for them. I am amazed at all of the time and effort to provide this exquisite setting and the food looks delish!

  8. Jackie, your parties are amazing. Honestly, I don't know how you continue to come up with these incredible themes. I admire your husband and his enthusiasm for entertaining with such pizazz. You two certainly know how to entertain. I know the young singles left feeling as if they had been on an amazing trip.

  9. Wow! Wow! Wow! That is an amazing transformation.


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