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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Perfect Christmas Party

 



 
The Romancing the Home girls and friends were invited to the city last night for a Holiday Soiree- one that did indeed "exceed" our expectations!   Imagine walking up to a Chicago brownstone that is so gloriously lit with white lights and looking up and seeing a magical tree and huge crystal chandelier in the window- twinkling away and just waiting for us!  That was the beginning of the extraordinary Christmas party that Mariterese- the hostess with the mostest-hostess extraordinaire- good friend and fun companion- had ready for us! 
 
 
 

Let me share with you some of the elements that made this party so memorable.
 


Champagne cocktail waiting for us as we entered the home

enter the family room for appetizers and cocktails and to share  a few hostess gifts


 
Christy's pretty wrapped gift with the embellished egg and crown tag
Precious gift- assortment of different size candy canes in a silver mug and tied with a vintage Christmas tree pin.
tartan and rhinestone hat box by Candy
olive oil and candle in gold lame fabric wrap



up the stairs to the dining room for dinner



 
gorgeous salad served with roasted brussel sprouts with bourbon balsamic reduction and the most delicious chicken casserole that we have ever tasted -  need the recipes so much!
 
 
beautiful silver bowl filled with drink of our choice
 

 
enter the kitchen for dessert

 
study the beautiful dishes for daily use

 
so pretty - anyone could learn to love to cook in this kitchen

 
perched above on the banister overlooking the dessert table - the bird of the year



 
the dessert table - oh my!

 
chocolate torte with sugared roses and 14 karat gold sprinkles


 
Hummingbird Cake from Table 52 - moist and deelish
 
 
 
view out the back door from the kitchen- breathtaking angel with snow dusted bouquet
This was my favorite "peek" of the evening
 
 
Off to the powder room to get ready for the long drive home and look what awaits us1
only Mariterese would send us home with red toilet paper!
Oh - a box of caramels from Vosges! 
 
A magical evening in the city for all of us- thank you so so so much .  Holiday memories were made that are not to be forgotten!
 
 



5 comments:

Christy said...

I've been waiting all morning for this blog to appear. It was a most enchanting evening spent with a gracious and beautiful hostess. The holiday embellishments were breathtaking starting with the glowing candles, the glitter, the feathers, the sparkle and the overall feeling of elegance. The house was resplendent with white lghts, snow and that lovely angel blessing us all. The delicacy of the color in the cakes and the cakes itself were delicious. A truly magnificent evening ending with lots of laughter in the kitchen. Christy

Tanya Payzant said...

WOW!!! Not that was a party! Lucky you! :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh my goodness... what a decedent array of Christmas finery!!! You must have been dazzled! The jewel colors and over-the-top opulence amazes me, for sure!!! I'm sure this Christmas party will be one always remembered!

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful, I think my favorite part was the red toliet paper, don't think there is ever a time I leave the city or going to that I don't pull over, two little boys in the back seat just seem to forget before we enter the car! There is nothing like a brownstone I miss the city I keep telling Rosario are you sure we shouldn't try it again;) I love that salad looks like it would liven up are raw lifestyle! Tina marie lindad daughter

frenchbourne said...

All I could say is I have the bestests :-) friends. What more can a girl want...treated like a queen. The Christmas spirit was alive. I know we all felt that way, how could you not. Maritereste has graduated with her masters degree or I should say her doctoral degree from Romancing the Home.