I was recently asked by my friends at Fresh & Easy to host a local holiday party.

So I was like: "Hey I'd love to, but could we make it a charity event"

And they were like: "That's a great idea, do you know about Project: We See You?"

And that sealed the deal.

Fresh & Easy Holiday Charity Event

And a few weeks later I hosted the event. And it was a great night.

A local friend put me in touch with Bluewater Vacation Homes. After going through their listings I settled on a lovely house in Point Loma to host the event. You must take a look at the photos. If I could, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

At night, the view across the bay to the city is spectacular. I was a little concerned in the morning as I took car loads of food and goodies to the home that the clouds would block the view as it was rainy and overcast, but as the guests arrived the clouds lifted and the city lights twinkled across the bay.

San Diego after dark

San Diego after dark
Yes, this really was the view. I could have pulled up a comfy chair, poured a glass of wine and sat outside all night taking in the beauty.

I opened up the double glass doors, lit a fire and candles, played a little holiday music and dimmed the lights.

Fresh & Easy Holiday Charity Party

Feather trees for a holiday party

And we enjoyed delicious food and wine from Fresh & Easy.

I served finger foods at the event so that we could pack bags, move around and nibble throughout the evening.

Fresh & Easy holiday party platter

FOOD:

  • Appetizer platter: assorted cheeses, meats, crackers, grapes, strawberries, dried apricots and nuts.
  • Hummus and Pita Chips
  • Elegant Mac & Cheese – dished into individual ramekins and baked
  • Mini Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cranberry & Brie tarts
  • Broccoli and Dried Cranberry Salad
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Caramel Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Marshmallows
  • Italian Pralines

BEVERAGES:

  • Spiced Apple Cider
  • Fresh & Easy water bottles
  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais
  • Winewrights Cabernet Savignon
  • Barefoot Moscato
  • Barefoot Pinot Grigio
  • Winewrights Chardonnay
  • Chocolate Shop

And we packed bags for Project: We See You: 78 bags in total – 30 for men, 30 for women, 9 for boys and 9 for girls.

I used Allison's suggestions for the bag contents, but did find that they no longer sell bus tokens here in San Diego and with limited time to collect everything I made a few variations.

Project: We See You - packing blessing bags for San Diego's homeless

MEN'S BAGS

  • Rain poncho
  • Knit hat
  • Socks
  • Water bottle
  • Hygiene items: toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, razor, shampoo, soap
  • Snacks: breakfast bar, granola bar, trail mix, candy cane, holiday candy
  • Tissues

WOMEN'S BAGS

  • Rain poncho
  • Knit hat
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Hygiene items: toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, razor, shampoo, conditioner, soap, pads
  • Snacks: breakfast bar, granola bar, trail mix, candy cane, holiday candy
  • Tissues

Project: We See You - packing blessing bags for San Diego's homeless

BOY'S BAGS

  • Coloring book
  • Crayons
  • Disney Cars reading book
  • Playdough
  • Knit hat
  • 2 pairs of character socks
  • Rain poncho
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Snacks: Penguin crackers, raisins, candy cane, apple sauce

GIRL'S BAGS

  • Coloring book
  • Crayons
  • Fairy wings
  • Soft doll
  • Knit hat
  • 1 pair character socks
  • Rain poncho
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Snacks: Penguin crackers, raisins, candy cane, apple sauce

A friend who attended the event brought toys too which were placed into some of the kids bags.

Note: All food items and hygiene items were separated into separate ziplock bags before being placed in with the other blessing bag items.

The day after the event I delivered the bags to the San Diego Rescue Mission who were absolutely thrilled to receive them and will be handing them out over the holiday season. 

I want to send a big thank you out to the local bloggers and Fresh & Easy staff in attendance for helping to pack these bags. 

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5 comments

Danielle December 1, 2013 - 6:43 pm

It was an amazing night. You did a fabulous job, Tonya! SO happy to be a part of it.

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Melanie @MelanieMedia December 1, 2013 - 8:55 pm

You know how to host a party! Thanks again, it was a great night.

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Kate - Catching Up With Kate December 2, 2013 - 12:24 am

I am so sad I had to miss this event! This looked like such a fun party and what a great cause! I love the idea of blessing bags – Happy Holidays to you!

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Tonya Staab December 2, 2013 - 8:44 am

Thank you hon, so glad you could make it and thank you for helping me clean up afterward.

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Tonya Staab December 2, 2013 - 8:44 am

Thank you Danielle,

And a huge thank you for bringing extra toys to pop into the bags, the kids will absolutely love them.

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