Monday, December 8, 2008

2008 Christmas Banquet

Saturday night was our Annual Christmas Banquet. We repeated last year's hit and had another table decorating contest. Below are pictures of a few of the tables. We also divided the attendees into groups and assigned them a Christmas song. They were given three minutes to arrange their song and then each group performed to many hoots and hollering. The group assigned to sing "Jingle Bells," started off singing, "We hear, we hear, jingle bells..." (To the tune of "We will, we will rock you...) They then progressed into the traditional "Jingle Bells." Another group gave a motion filled rendition of "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer." One of the groups had several members of our Spanish congregation and they sang "Feliz Navidad," with a staccato ending of "Cha-Cha-Cha." Unfortunately, I was busy emceeing and didn't get any snapshots of the groups and I am kicking myself for not getting pictures of the tables the kids decorated. We had a very young girl play the flute and Blake played a song on the saxophone with Bryn singing along. One of my favorite moments was Bryce singing "I'll Be Home For Christmas." I have never heard him sing this before and it was a gorgeous performance. Prizes were given, memories shared, and my husband, Pastor Brian Allard closed the night with a beautiful prayer and everyone joined in to sing "Silent Night." It was a great, fun-filled night with our wonderful church family.

A Winter Wonderland.

Snowflakes great and small.

A Beary Merry Christmas.

This table was simple yet elegant. It featured deep red antique glass dishes.

It takes a village to have a banquet. LOL

A Christmas Safari. Four of our senior ladies joined resources to create this festive table set for 10 guests. They won 2nd Place. Several of the people at this table wore animal print clothes accented with red. It was too cute!


  1. Nothing wrong with a good laugh and enjoying friends. Looks and sounds like you had a great time.


  2. Sounds like a great time was had, and I love the idea of the table decorating contest. I loved the banquet you and Brian spoke/sang at for the Santa Maria church. It was the best I've ever been to. BTW: I tagged you. See my first post of today. Sorry?!?

  3. Beautiful! I love the decorating tables contest. :) Sounds like fun.

  4. Hi Jana, Sounds like you all had a great time.