12.15.2008

Holiday Party Success

My fella and I managed to pull off a pretty great holiday cocktail party the other night!  Our 13 guests just barely fit into our tiny first floor living area, but it made for a festive and cozy evening.  We loved being able to have our friends and family over to celebrate the season and hope we can do it again next year!  Here are some photos, before and during....

Leopard-print stool holding takeout containers with Thai noodle salad

Festive chopsticks (10 sets for $1) are my favorite detail...

The flower arrangement is simply one head of hydrangea with a couple berry stems poked in.  And another fantastic Chinatown find: the black Chinoiserie-patterned soup spoons...

Here they are filled with spicy tuna tartare (yes, Kevin and I made all the food!)

Cheese and dip display on the coffee table

A beauty shot of our pears and camembert (my friend Ingrid really needs to think about becoming a food photographer...this looks like something off of Tastespotting!)

The bar setup, pre-party

We moved our dining table out of the room for space purposes and created this little seating area.  Aren't pink poinsettias so pretty?!

The tree...

And finally, the happy (and relieved!) couple

11 comments:

wolf said...

Hey, even the cupcakes are dressed for the occasion! That's why your events are always so great, Elizabeth--attention to detail.

The branches with the pastel Christmas balls are really cute--whare are the ornaments from? I want to decorate the potted palm on my desk at work!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks so much! The balls are from Urban Outfitters...a box of 30 for $7!

Toast n' Candy said...

Where did you get the gorgeous gold mirror above the little side table? Love your blog. :)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Toast n' Candy, thanks for reading!

The mirror is from Wal-Mart of all places, online though (it's not sold in stores). It's the "Karah Mirror" and it comes in gold and black.

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LindsB said...

What a fun party! I love how you served the asian noodles, so fun. Everything looks amazing, you did everything perfect!

kay* said...

everything looks so great and well presented...can totally see the event planner in you! i must try that recipe for tuna tartare!

Retta said...

What an amazing party! Your house is gorgeous...love your blog (found you on flickr)!

Elizabeth said...

To Linda and Retta, thank you for your sweet comments. I am so happy that you both found my blog.

And to Kay, yes, definitely try the tuna tartare! It was the hit of the party, and so easy to do.

My @ tha Hotness said...

Your party looks super FAB!!! You make me want to plan a small gathering.

Toast n' Candy said...

Thanks so much for the great lead!