Hello friends….can you believe Christmas is over? I can’t but still trying to carry the magic of the season with me. Despite all my hemming and hawing about not being on track, things not getting done, being exhausted, not having a spare moment- despite all that, it turned out incredible! Somehow someway it always gets done. This year it was right up to the wire and admittedly I will do things a bit differently next year! One of the highlights is always our Christmas party, such a fun and festive way to ring in the season. Last year we had a very big party with family and friends of nearly 100 people. This year we decided it would only be family but then invited our closest circle of friends. We were about 45. It turned out beautifully with all my white flowers all around and lots of flickering candles that beautifully highlighted all the Christmas decor. And my tree? I loved it so much that I just may keep it up year round:) Love it in the living room next to the fireplace, it is a perfect spot. Next year since I will be so ahead of the game I will possibly put one also in the library, anything is possible! We used Elegant Affairs caterers, the best in my book. They are like an army battalion that descends up on your home and with military like precision take over. They do an excellent job and their food is simply delicious, the kind guests rave about and the kind you pray that there are leftovers of the next day:) So…..today sharing with you some of the highlights, the before, during and after. It was a beautiful memorable holiday and I must say my theme of white flowers will likely be repeated next year, against the blue and white with the fresh greens, its a hard combination to beat! A special thank you to our caterer, Elegant Affairs (based on Long Island who serves the entire tri state area). They always does a superb job coming in and making magic happen, they have the best food and superb service, extra kudos to them for allowing me to feel like a guest at my own party! So let’s get started with my many pictures….. __________________________________________ And here is part of the party prep just around 4:30 as the caterers arrived and did their thing- The signature red truck can only mean one thing… a party is happening Stephanie above who I always work with getting to work on the dining table The chefs prepping The layout of all the dishes And onto the areas of our home where we will host the party, I placed all my pretty flowers about with pretty flickering candles- Forewarning- these pictures might bring on a sudden desire to eat an entire smorgasbord and make you very very hungry:) After about an hour of passed horsdeurves our dining table was filled with a huge assortment of small plates, everything was heavenly good! And if you are now virtually wanting dessert, I have a feeling this spread might be more than ample:) It was a fabulous array of a beautiful assortment of desserts that tasted as good as they looked. Yes, very hard to turn away from this yummy assortment! Loved that everything was mini, so you could sample all of them, even the hot chocolates were minis! Love the giant 4 foot spoon above that held gorgeous Christmas cookies _____________________________________________ Such a fun fun night and I am so very lucky to have this post to be able to look back on! Every ounce of work, frustration, effort was so worth putting into this memorable night spent with family and friends. I am also happy I get to share it with you all! Thanks for stopping in, wishing everyone a wonderful day and hope you are readjusting as we get used to a “new norm” of post holiday living:) Can you believe I was in CVS and I swear there was a Valentines Day display….help me! Until next time…… It’s the second day of our ornament giftwrap, tissue and dog stocking blowout- everything is 50% off!! Click here to see all of the goodies while they last, they are going very fast! All the subcategories are on the left once you click on link.