6th Annual Famous Hollyday Party: 4 Required Elements!

On Saturday night, we hosted the 6th Annual Famous Hollyday Party! Despite living in OKC for just less than two weeks, people actually showed up! Hurray!!

  • This party is a tradition…hence the “6th.” 
  • My name is Holly, and always it occurs the Saturday before Christmas…hence the “Hollyday.” (Get it?) 
  • Nathan’s nickname is Famous, as in the hot dogs…hence the “Famous.” (Get it? Aren’t we just hilarious?)

For a proper Famous Hollyday Party, certain things are required:

1.  Tree and Ornaments
The fact that we just moved is no excuse to not get a tree up! Nathan had to go get it himself this year, since I was busy cleaning and finishing the unpacking (thanks, love)! It wasn’t very romantic that way, but we gottir done. 🙂 Part of the Hollyday Party tradition is suggesting that people bring an ornament for our tree. This started when I lived in my first house, and had no ornaments! Now I have quite a fun collection, and I remember who gave me each one, and what was going on in my life at that time. For example, this year, a new OU ornament joins last year’s newlywed ornament. Thanks, friends. 🙂



2.  Wine / beer / cocktails.
Gotta keep people warm and happy! 🙂

3.  Favorite recipes.
Certain dishes appear every year! Here’s a sampling:
  • Mom’s Egg Nog
    • Usually, mom actually brings her nog to the party, but since the party moved to another state this year, mom wasn’t able to show up as usual. 😦 So, I made the egg nog! And I nailed it! It was gone in a matter of minutes.
    • ⅓ cup sugar
    • 2 egg yolks
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    • 4 cups milk (Option: use part whole milk, part half & half)
    • 2 egg whites
    • 3 T sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • ½ cup whipping cream (Option: use an entire 12 ounce carton)
    • Ground nutmeg
    • Optional: Brandy to spike.
    • Beat ⅓ cup sugar into yolks, beat till thick and stiff. Add salt, stir in milk. Cook above mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, till it coats a spoon. Set mixture aside to cool for an hour or two. Beat egg whites in separate bowl till foamy, add 3 T sugar, beat to soft peaks, set in refrigerator to stay cool while you beat whipping cream in another separate bowl till firm; add the beaten egg whites and beaten whipping cream to the milk mixture (I use a hand mixer to mix all together). Add vanilla, mix thoroughly. Chill 3- 4 hours, add dash of nutmeg to glasses of eggnog when ready to drink.

    • Halve 12 jalapenos lengthwise, remove seeds and pith. Rinse.
    • Using a butter or cheese knife, stuff halved jalapenos with cream cheese (I prefer whipped, because it spreads more easily.)
    • Wrap each stuffed jalapeno with one piece of bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick (I prefer turkey bacon; it crisps better and cooks faster because it’s actually pre-cooked).
    • Bake at 350 degrees until bacon is cooked and cheese is bubbling (about 20-25 minutes for turkey bacon, about 45 minutes for regular bacon).
    • Double or triple the recipe as needed. 
    • Serve right out of the oven! 
    • You can prepare the poppers a day or two ahead if needed, then just bake right when people start arriving for your bash. Just store them in an airtight container in your fridge so they don’t dry out. 
  • Mint Brownies (Source: Brandi Bates)
    • Make brownies according to package directions or your own recipe. (I prefer Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate.)
    • While brownies are baking, remove wrappers from a package of Andes Mints and set aside.
    • Immediately after removing from oven, cover surface with Andes Mints. (One package of Andes Mints is enough for a 9×13 pan.)
    • Once mints have mostly melted, use a knife to spread the melted chocolate around the pan to completely cover brownies.
    • Let brownies cool and chocolate harden almost completely. Don’t wait too long, or the topping will just crumble when you cut it. But don’t cut too soon, either, or it will just be goo, and not harden into a layer. 
    • Loosen from edges of pan first, then cut into squares and gently remove and serve!
4.  Fun Friends and Festive Details.
The 2010 Famous Hollyday Party was populated mostly by people that we just met – except Amy & Ryan – but it’s a small world after all, folks, and it turns out that Burton and Katherine are from Phoenix (pictured below right – photo by Nathan)! Hurray! In addition to new peeps, we also added new party details, like the “Happy Hollydays” sign some Phoenix friends gave me last year. (It cracks me up how easy it is to find Christmas decor with my name in it!) And, our sweet landlord brought us a Christmas poinsettia to welcome us. 
We might not be “Home For Christmas” this year, but this place is starting to feel like a home away from home, and we are grateful! Thanks OKC friends for stopping by!

Already counting down to the 7th Annual Famous Hollyday Party! Mark your calendars! Oh, and have a Holly Jolly Christmas, this year! 🙂

– HBA


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About Holly Baumann Photography

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, a commercial and portrait photographer based in Central Illinois. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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