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If anyone knows how to throw a soirée, it’s my family. My brother and I were taught by my mother, the eternal hostess and dedicated decorator, and my dad, the dinner party planning expert/wannabe gourmet chef. This year’s annual shindig turned out fabulously, and I believe we did the family name proud.
Love my Black Renaissance Dress from Lulu’s. Elegant and under $50.
First thing’s first… the decorations were simple. It’s Christmastime, so obviously we have lights, seasonal decor, and holiday paraphernalia galore. Pinterest inspired me to create a balloon wall backdrop for pictures, and although it could’ve used a few more balloons to fill in some of the holes, it produced some stellar pictures! For its inaugural appearance, we chose white and black stripes. 2014… red, green, and gold chevron all the way!
My lovebug, Ri, and I blew up standard white and black balloons and mounted them in stripes on a gridded surface (in my case, two bookshelves). Aside from the immediate spell of light-headedness, it was relatively quick and easy. I’d just recruit some men next time.
This year our featured drink was the white cranberry mimosa, AKA heaven in your mouth. All you need is champagne, white cranberry juice, and frozen cranberries as a garnish. Simple, festive, and fabulous!
Putting embellished wine classes or champagne flutes on a tray creates an automatic aura of professional hostess. Ribbons, star garland, etc… it all works.
White and red cranberry mimosas… the season’s biggest blessing.
It took T about 30 minutes to get Ashley Brooke‘s, “You could really benefit from the type of recreational classes that I teach” clue.
And of course, my crown made its mandatory appearance, too. Obviously. At every shindig I’ve ever hosted, it somehow makes its way out of my room and into a mirage of photographs.
M wears it well.
MS gives her a run for her money, though. If the pictures weren’t enough of an indication, we had a lovely evening. Such a great way to kick off the holiday season… call me crazy, but the 80+ degree temperatures here in Florida make it hard to accept that there are less than ten days until Christmas.
Who else is having a soirée? How did yours turn out… and what was your signature drink? Only 7 days til Christmas! Holy MOLY!
You look great, Looks like everyone had a great time.
Thank you! We did 🙂 Hope you had a great holiday!
You look gorgeous the party looks like a hit and the ideas are awesome great job.
Thanks, lady! Merry (belated) Christmas!!!
Thanks for including so many good pictures of me.
Just returning the favor.
So cute I love all the party details! And the victorian lace neckline/back of your dress is BEAUTIFUL
I know… I'm obsessed with it (hence why my back is strategically turned in almost all my pictures… hehe). Thank you for your sweet comment! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
Sounds like a wonderful party, thanks for sharing pictures with us!
Thanks for reading! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 🙂
Looks like a wonderful party! I love the decor!
Thanks, Kenzie! We had fun. You can't go wrong with cranberry mimosas and Christmas taboo.
How cute!! Your Christmas soireé looks like it was a total blast! I love the gold garland on the champagne glasses & I love that you played Christmas Taboo!! K & I are are pros at regular Taboo, so now we'll have to up our game with the Christmas version!
Your dress is absolutely gorgeous too! I can't believe it was less than $50!
I'm so happy to find fellow Taboo enthusiasts! And thank you 🙂 Lulu's has some AMAZING dresses; I'm just lucky I got mine before it sold out.
You looked absolutely amazing in that dress!
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Thank you, ladies!
Looks like an amazing, well-planned cocktail party where everybody is having a great time!
Thanks, Katrina! We had a lot of fun. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!
It looks like you had a fabulous time, darling. Anywho, I want to try the cranberry mimsoa. I've had the mango which was delicious but not the cranberry yet. I forgot to wish you a Merry Christmas, yesterday.
You HAVE to try it, Sheila! SO good. Also, Merry (belated) Christmas to you, as well! 🙂