Thursday, November 14, 2013


Just getting READY for the annual BUNCO BABES at my house is part of the FUN...

The very first thing I always do is buy

I only have my Bunco buddies at  my house ONCE A YEAR.....

so I want to make it as special as I can.

Next, of course, is
and shopping for all the goodness.

(by the way....those DILL PICKLE CHIPS are AWESOME !!)

A huge part of BUNCO is the great meal prepared by the host.

ONCE A YEAR allows you to splurge on your budget...
spend TIME getting together a good meal...a fun meal...a "something to remember" meal
for your buddies and friends..
It's just a good way to say to your friends,
"You are special to me"

I so love being able to use a lot of my special serving pieces...

This great piece that I bought a couple years ago from a blogger and now have NO idea WHO,
was used by a block of CREAM CHEESE with CANDY KRISP JALAPENOS over the top....
served on little BREAD ROUNDS, good, ya wanna slap yo pappy.

 This large Ironstone piece worked really good, holding chips.

We DO always use pretty paper plates and cups...

to me, that's just SMART.

why, it's pretty much a LAW in TEXAS that you have SALSA and Tortilla Chips...

I loved using this little vintage ironstone gravy boat for the SWEET/SALTY mix
that everybody loves.

 We had CREAMY POTATO SOUP with cheese and Oyster Crackers...

Grape and Pecan laden CHICKEN SALAD, served on special buns..

Since I was host, I was WAAAY too busy to take very many photos.

was delicious  and so easy to serve....

little homemade PUMPKIN BITES ...
store bought (and one of my favorites) THUMBPRINT COOKIES
(what kind of get-together could be fun and successful without CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES..?)

Iced, crunchy
LEMON cookies
dipped in icy cold milk...
some of us had them with hot coffee......

and, one of the most popular...


ummmmmm UM !

( can't eat just ONE)

We have SUCH a great time, once a month.

Some of us have been friends since Elementary school...
some are brand new friends...

and the greatest bunch of ladies I've ever known.

Do any of you belong to a BUNCO group...??


  1. How fun, my Sis plays Bunco o nce a month and she says they always EAT lots. Your table looks so good, love the use of the candle mold! I love salsa and chips too and you have everything displayed so pretty. Hope you had a grand time.

  2. No, I don't even really know how it is played, but I have heard it is fun. I could just and eat the goodies!!

  3. Everything looks so yummy, especially all of those cookies! Sounds like you have a wonderful group of friends and such a good time!

  4. No, I have no ladies group, but seeing yours makes me wish that I did.

  5. Oh! What fun, bj. You are the hostess with the mostest. The best thing at the party though is you with your sweet spirit! I guess MY invitation got lost in the mail????!!!!! xo Diana

  6. I bet your bunco ladies loved your new home; and, as always, your fabulous food! Sally

  7. I believe you are trying to spoil those lady friends. That's what it is all about ... fun ... food ... and friends. Looks like you had it all. Bet they were excited about your new place and you had fun showing it off. Thanks for sharing your fun time with us.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  8. What a wonderful array of yummy food! I know you and your Bunko group have so much fun! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  9. Oh my Lord your table of goodies are put'in the pounds on me as I drool.
    That is a very cool spread my dear! YUM!
    I must live under ah rock...I never played bunko :-(

  10. Dear bj,
    so I always learn something new through blogs: didn't know what a BUNCO group is - but now I do - and your photos show that it is worthwhile to start such a group: the meeting of friends and wonderful food. We meet with friends to play cards or Mah-Jong, but not on a regular basis. Worth to think that over! Britta

  11. No, but wish I could be part of yours, all that food looks so good!

  12. Hi BJness! Oh, this looks wonderful! Now if I lived closer I would have crashed your party! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. This looks fabulous !!! I wish I was there to play and learn BUNCO sister.

  14. Fun! That's great timing since you're just getting the Summer Cottage all fixed up. I bet they loved seeing your new home.

    I'm hosting Bunco in December. Thank goodness, we all bring food. Making all of that would stress me out sister!!

  15. I used to belong to a Bunco group and just loved it! I'd really love to find another one to join. By the way, I spy a Diane Duda print! Don't you just love her work?

  16. This sounds like fun! I didn't know what Bunco was or that it was a game. Where have I been? Loved your photos of the food you prepared. It all looks wonderful!

  17. Your table and the food look delicious. I know you had fun with your friends. have a blessed day. Madeline

  18. What a fun time I know was had by all, bj! Your party food selection looks fabulous. How nice to have new and old friends for special memories.

  19. Oh, that looks like a great time! I've never heard of Bunko before, so I wouldn't have a clue how to play.

  20. So much fun - I don't even know how to play Bunco. Have a friend that plays and she loves it. I would love all the food LOL - sure looks fabulous. So glad that you had a wonderful time with your Bunco friends.

  21. BJ,
    You put on a mighty fine spread, dear friend!!!
    (I adore your choice of treats for your Bunco Babes!)
    Only played Bunco once. . .won every round. . .they won't let me play anymore!
    I'm having our JOY Circle meeting here this week. . .we're using paper items, also.
    Last year, I used all my dainty china, ironed cloth napkins, polished silver,crystal stemware. . .the ladies weren't comfortable.So~o~o this year, I switched!!! I want my friends to enJOY themselves while their in my home!!!
    Who says you can't teach an "old dog" new tricks???

  22. I don't know what bunco is but the food looks so yummy!

  23. Fun time and fun photos ~ lovely decor as always ~ carol, xxx

  24. Looks like a lot of fun, and I'm sure all your friends are so blessed by your flair for making them welcome and special...

  25. I have never played bunco but I would learn if I could come to that gorgeous meal! The ladies must have been blown away by all that good food and beautiful surroundings:>) It looks soooo good.

  26. I hosted our Bunco in Oct and had lots of fun with foods and decor for Halloween...Usually I host the May one but I think I'll try for Oct, again. Lotsa good times to you and your friends♪♫

  27. Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #109!

  28. Oh so many delicacies have you prepared!
    I just do't know, what BUNCO means - I'm from Germany, I understand little English ...
    Have a great new week :-)

  29. You're right Bunco is just an excuse to get together with good friends and eat good food! (LOL) So glad you all had a great time! Everything looked perfect!!

  30. Oh Yum! Now that is my kind of get together! all of your treats look amazing. I bet everyone had a great time! I featured this post on TTG FB page today. Thank you for sharing at TTF last week!


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