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POST-GAZE'R'E, DECEMBER 18, 2015 PAGE 7 ... As I See It TXvas the night and dance, that no other corn- to buy some specialties, and before Christmas petition have a chance... Santa fills his sled with a happy sigh. . and children is hungry and wants to eat,Ritais there to bid Old St. Nick , were awake lis- Santarpio's pizza is down the a good-bye ... Santa spots Joe tening for Santa, street ... Dave Modica, owner Young and Doug Curtis, deco- baking cookies and cake ... In of Ecco's restaurant, is a stones rating a Christmas Tree, and the North Pole, Santa is gath- throw away, where Santa meets Santa takes the lead by thank- ering toys and gifts for all the Joe Macabee of J&M Mechani-ing them for their generosity little girls and boys ... Santa's cal at the bar and joins Joe and in providing Thanksgiving and polishing his sleigh while giving Dave for a cocktail that makes Christmas dinners to a family orders to Rudolph to obey ... Santa happy thus far ... Next is in need. Joe invites Santa into Santa is studying American law, Kelley's Pub where people party, Elite Donut to dine and pulls liberals want him to be political and Santa lets the Mastrangelo out a bottle of homemade wine. incorrect and not be so direct family know he's no fatty ...... Santa has sung many praises ... Santa begins his assent into Santa's in awe at all the new to the Lombardo family who the sky and waves to his elves housing construction, and asks invested in East Boston when a tearful goodbye ... The night if it's all non-profit construc- it was young ... Last but not is clear, it won't be long before tion or if private industry is least, Santa delivers a speech, Santa will be there... The lights involved? ... Santa wants more announcing his government is are bright, the music loud, "This attention drawn to the working sending much needed money to must be East Boston," Santaclass and says we need a presi- Homeland Security and the FBI smiles from above a cloud ... dent with more brass ... Joe to combat Muslim Terrorists in Santa lands down his gear, Mario of Century 21 and John the USA! Santa loves America and climbs out of his sled as a Laplaca of Realty Ventures of- and wants to keep Terrorists crowd of people begin to cheer fer Santa good deals on prime AWAY! ...Santa with a grin ... Old St. Nick so cheerful in real estate in East Boston, but so wide, says how wonderful red asks if the children are in warns it will cost them ... But American people are, and hall bed? ... There to greet Santa first, Santa has to check with always be on our side! ... Santa is State Rep. Adrian Madaro, First Priority for a mortgage ... then asks this one last time that and Boston City Councillor Santa spots Gus Serra with A1 residents report any suspicious Sal LhMattina who lend him Caldarelli, Director of C.D.C., drug dealers and criminals by a hand while Boston's Mayorand admires how great Gus dropping a dime. Last but not Marty Walsh directs the Band always looks and dresses and least, Santa warns, shed the ... Santa sees State Senator complimentsA1 on hiswonder-political correctness and say Anthony Petrucelli in the crowd ful ways .... Cathy Rush of Ever- it like it is! Adding this isn't and assures him his new ven-ett Co-Op Bank has a CD pl .ahow bizI ... With that being ture is good news ... E.B. Social exclusively for San := :: "d, ,qanta has to go, one last Centers Senior choir with John signs up his elves ai~,, ~ ~"ruder the Mistletoe! Old Kelley begin to sing "Here comes clear it's only good f~r c~ne .... ,~. bids everyone a jolly Santa," and ZUMIX's talented... Santa wants an oraei ~o-o~, o ~d day, and gets on his way children do a Christmas songso he hops over to Spinelti's ... Merry Christmas Another Great Eastie Elves Fundraiser AT HYATT HARBORSIDE HOTEL by Sal Giarratani Revere City Councilor Ira Novoselsky and Rep. Danny Ryan of Charlestown did their part to make the toy drive a great success. I especially like Ira's Santa hat, don't you? The Hyatt Harborside Hotel was once again the site of Senator Anthony Petruccelli's annual Eastie Elves toy drive, and once again everyone came through and the place was piled up with toys for needy children. The musical entertainment was great as was the food on the menu. They were even dancing on the dance floor. There's stiU time to make your holiday party one to remember with tips and trends from Boston's top special event professionals. From festive ddcor to fun cocktail recipes, there is something for everyone on our list! FOOD Eric Car0n, Executive Chef for Lombardo's Events, caters over 20 holiday events each December. catering trend this year has been to allow your guests to do it themselves (DIY!) You can set your hors d'eovures table ahead of time with something like a make-your-own bruschetta station. For dessert, keep it simple with pre-making small bites on a stick and displaying them in a festive way." D OR Jennie Dee, Creative Director and owner of JD Designs, specializes in wedding and special events design in the Bos- ton area. "This year, we have seen a return to nature. Bringing the outside in with branches and drift wood and pair- ing them with metallics to give it a festive look. (Photo by Black Thumb Studios) BEVERAGES Crystal Mills, owner of WanderLush, a cocktail catering company in Boston, shares her favorite holiday punch recipe, ~Maldng a punch ahead of time will allow you to spend time with your guests rather than be behind the bar. I created this recipe specifically for the holidays and it is always a crowd pleaser[~ Poinsettia Punch (Photo by WanderLush) I c. cranberry-infused O'Briens Vodka 1 1/2 c. BottleGreen Elder/flower Soda 1 c. unsweetened cranberry juice Cranberries, Basil for garnish 1 c. Lemon-Basil Sumptuous Syrup Prepare in advance: Make an ice mold for at least three days. The longer it sits, in a Bundt pan that contains water, cran- the more intense cranberry flavor you will berries, and basil, freeze for at least eight have. hours. Chill all other ingredients beforehand. Combine all ingredients in punch bowl, To prepare cranberry-infused O'Briens except for the elder flower soda. Right before Vodka: Add one cup cranberries to a con- serving, add Elderflower soda. Top with ice tainer that has a sealed lid. Add bottle ring. Garnish each soda with a few cran- of vodka, allow to sit in a cool, dark space berries and a basil leaf. Cheers[ The International Spedal Events Society Boston is the local chapter of an international community made up of event planners, suppliers and vendors referred to as the International Special Event Society. ISES is the principal association representing creative events professionals globaUyr Founded in 1988, ISES New England has sup- ported its members and the industry at large, through cutting edge educational programs; dynamic networking events and a peer-to-peer support system that help our members grow their businesses and their careers. The chapter is run entirely by volunteers and guided by a member-elected Board of Directors, which reports to ISES International. 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