Thursday, January 17, 2013

Awesome 80's

The very first year that Matt and I moved into our house we decided that we wanted to host a Christmas party.  And of course it couldn't just be a party, but a THEME party!

I love a theme! :)

Previous themes include:
Dress as Your Favorite Reindeer...
A 70's Dancer

My beloved, dressed as Leroy the Redneck Reindeer

Some of the Dashers, AKA runners
Favorite Christmas Movie Character...
Buddy the Elf

The Leg Lamp and Ralphie
Pajama Party... No Pictures, use your imagination!

This year's theme was Awesome 80's!

I love love love 80's hair bands, combine that with way too much make-up, Aqua-Net and neon, what's not to love?!?!  I had intended to do a workout outfit, but just happened on my awesome red dress at the thrift store in town and knew it would be perfect with some long necklaces, bangle bracelets and a headband!

There was no way this party was not going to be auh-mazing!!!

We had some great costumes this year and almost everyone got in the spirit!  To highlight a few, there were quite a few Jazzerciser's, some 80's rockers, and a Lacoste sweater sporting prep!
The fun people who dressed up!
They're really into Motley Crue, can ya tell?
Love me some G N' F'n R!!
 Of course, there was also way too much food!  Everyone is always so wonderful about chipping in and bringing tasty stuff.  This year I made pickle dip, homemade hummus, candy cane cookies, cinnamon-sugar pretzels, frosted sugar cookies.  In addition, every year I make Cheesy Chicken Taco Soup.  It's always a big hit and so easy!  I just throw it all in the Crock-Pot and let 'er rip! 

Cheesy Chicken Taco Soup
1 15 oz can Stewed Tomatoes
1 15 oz can Sweet Yellow Whole Corn
1 15 oz can Light Red Kidney Beans
1 10 oz can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
1/2 package of Taco Seasoning
1 lb. Velveeta Cheese, cubed
1 lb. Chicken, cooked and shredded (It is totally okay to use canned chicken if you're in a pinch!)

Optional Toppings:
Sour Cream 
Corn Tortilla Chips

1. Open all the cans of vegetables and pour them, DON'T drain anything, into your Crock-Pot.
2. If you're using canned chicken, drain off liquid and then put meat into Crock-Pot.
3. Cube Velveeta and put inside Crock-Pot with veggies and chicken.
4. Sprinkle with taco seasoning, stir and cover with lid.
5. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally if you're home otherwise not to worry, it'll be fine without.
***You can cook this on the stove top for one hour over low heat if you prefer, but definitely keep your eye on it because it'll burn.  Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything....***

Serve with sour cream and tortilla chips.
Serves 8-10.

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