Hello friends from snowy, frigid NY. We got blasted yesterday and it was a perfect day to stay in, warm and relaxed. Hope your new year is off to a wonderful start. So finally put this post together, better late than never, right? It’s been such a busy month between planning my Christmas party, having a house full of guests for Christmas and then leaving for Palmetto Bluff that I just didn’t have a lot of time to get all my pictures together. My Christmas party was so wonderful and honestly turned out exactly as I had hoped and envisioned. You know when things just turn out exactly like you had dreamed up? Yep that’s the case here. It was a beautiful winter night with some snow still on the ground and the evening started off in the afternoon, getting things ready once the caterer arrived (kudos to Elegant Affairs for always a job super well done) and my carolers…that’s right my carolers. The theme was “Cocktails and Carolers”, I had always wanted to do this type of holiday party, so we invited 80 of our nearest and dearest, and went to town with the planning. I did not do a sit down dinner, that’s so 90’s lol. Seriously though I wanted tons of passed elegant Hors d’ Oeuvres and a huge buffet table loaded to the gills with lots of things to nibble on and that is exactly what we did. The presentation by caterer extraordinaire certainly delivered with no detail left out. People really prefer to eat this way, that way you get to sample lots of different things and mingle. We had a big bar set up, a small bar in the library and even a cigar table on the covered porch for the men. We had carolers (amazing Yuletide Carolers) for the first hour and a half and then a friend gave me as a Christmas gift, a wonderful piano player and her talented voice for music for the second half of the evening. We did a lot of group singing, including The twelve days of Christmas which was such fun and really livened things up:) It was a really lively, beautiful Sunday evening that started at 6 and my last guest left around 11:30. It will always remain a wonderful Christmas memory and I just might make this an annual gig:) The carolers would absolutely be on my list to do again as they created such a magical feeling to the party. My only regret was not getting any of the food pics, it was that good….so much and all so delicious. Next time. might have a photographer come to capture it from start to finish ______________ Set up..the most fun part! That is Stephanie from Elegant Affairs doing what she does so well… And here are my carolers just waiting to greet our guests! Here is a little sneak peek of them warming up right before 6pm (start of the party, once they arrived the music went more uptempo:) IMG_5679 IMG_5662 Meanwhile the rest of the house was party ready, candles were getting lit, music cranking up and things were heating up in the kitchen- This was taken just as the food table was getting set up….look how they “hung” the crostinis, love it! My adorable mom doing a last minute check to be sure things are up to snuff And here they are welcoming our guests along with a server serving our holiday cocktail, Pink Prosecco with a cranberry and mint- Look who it is again…Mimi:) Unfortunately once everyone started to arrive is when my camera taking abilities stopped, I got busy playing hostess and greeting everyone. So wish I had more pictures, especially of the amazing food, both in how delicious it was and the presentation. It was hard as everyone was scattered in about 4 different rooms of the house. Oh well….next time! Here are a few taken by a friend- If you are curious as to what was served, here you g0. To say we had plenty of food would be an understatement and I am only sorry I didn’t get pictures of it- I also gave favors away as the night was ending we had a big tray of these by the front door. And you might not be surprised to see what they were- (Beautiful wrapping courtesy of Margaret) _______________ Well that’s a wrap on my Christmas party, such a fun, fun night it was! Everything turned out exactly as I had hoped it would. Just putting this post together made me happy all over again, getting to relive this amazing night. I think I might just do it again next year! It was magical and will always be fondly remembered. Only regret not getting more pictures but know for next time! A special thanks to ELEGANT AFFAIRS (click on name for info) for another outstanding party, suburb food and military like precision with every detail, and to THE YULETIDE CAROLERS (click on name for info) for setting the mood for a wonderful night for my guests and doing it with such elegance and holiday spirit. Thanks for stopping in, wishing everyone a great end to your week, a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend. STAY WARM if your temps are anything like what ours are, absolutely frigid. The kind that makes you want to stay in and hibernate. Until next time…. PS STARTING FRIDAY, ALL SILVER IS 20% OFF! Nothing left out, use code “silver” click here to see all silver.