1.12.2015

Christmas Dinner Party {Milbank Team Appreciation}

Its been 5 years since our lil family of 3 packed up the Uhaul and traveled from Wisconsin to Kansas. Our journey began with hotel living, a three year old and one dedicated man who had passion and the gift to lead. It became an opportunity that we never imagined and one many never get. 

Long days, months of constant travel and endless hours of learning resulted in amazing growth, not only within the company but with in the man who worked the business from the ground up. Little get to see the behind the scenes of every aspect of the business, yet alone working tirelessly doing them all. My hubs, will never say any of this because he will be the first to say, its about the team. The team is what drives, motivates and allows my hubs to do what he loves. 

He loves every part of this team and appreciates them & their significant others tremendously! So, one small way we can show that is by inviting them into our home a few times a year for fun get together. Our Christmas Dinner Party is one of my favorites because its a beautiful reminder of what blessings this team has given our, now family of 6. Its a time that the significant others can hear about whats going on, the fun they have and most importantly to be thanked for their support. I know first hand that it would be such a hard life for each person on the team if the support at home is were not present. Its the support at home that extends to the office and travel life. Thank you all so much for loving, supporting, encouraging and engaging the way you do.

Here is a partial team picture (missing a few people)


Our Christmas Dinner has year after year been a sit down, full course dinner complete with cocktails and lots of laughter.


Like any other party I host, I strive to decorate with what we have on hand in combination with all thrifted items. I have had my eye on the look out for a vintage suitcase and on a birthday antiquing trip, I found this little gem.


I try to change the decor up a little every year, and this year I had my mind set on plaid & outdoors/woodsy


I swooned over the idea of fresh cut wood chargers and with the help of a sweet friend, I was able to complete the place settings with a hint of lumberjack :)



The challenge has been finding enough space. Our first Christmas dinner was a total of 6 people and now we have over taken the entire house trying to squeeze in 26 people. Some how it all worked out.

           

My all time favorite part is serving each one of these amazing people and sitting back in awe of how amazing this journey has been. To hear the laughter, the stories, and what impacted each of them has been so wonderful. It is truly humbling to know I have the privilege to walk along side such a man who inspires and appreciates his team as he does.


2014 was wonderful, but 2015 holds new adventures, challenges and many opportunities that as a family we will embrace with grace and gratitude.




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