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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
My Perfect Winter Party
We are fast approaching the holidays, and whether it is
almost your engagement party, shower, wedding, or some other festivity, there
are sure to be parties a plenty to go to! Typically my husband and I throw a
Christmas party at our home, complete with kitschy decorations and party food.
But this year, we are anticipating the arrival of a new family member, and to
celebrate that, my wish is that we could give back to families in need this
holiday season by throwing a party and having our guests bring toys to be
donated to local charities here in Austin,Tx.
A perfect venue for this type of party would be this cool
little club downtown call the Swan Dive. It is a little Oasis of jazz and swing
inspired décor and entertainment, complete with an entirely white interior,
perfect for a Winter Ball. There is hardly need for much décor, given the splendid
lighting and furnishings already adorning the club, but to enhance the holiday
spirit, I would decorate with green and white Christmas trees, scattered
throughout the space, adorned with snowflakes and white lights, giving the
illusion of a snowy forest in winter. Soft candlelight would be nestled in
greenery on each table. The attire for the event should be white and black
formal wear. Food for this event would be anything but vanilla, though. Hot
toddies of buttered rum and spiced wine along with cider and hot chocolate for
those not imbibing. Decadent hors d’oeuvres would be scattered throughout the
winter wonderland, with dishes such as brie with walnuts and honey, smoked
salmon crudités, bacon wrapped shrimp, fig and gorgonzola appetizers, mini
holiday pecan pie bites, chocolate truffles, and of course, roasted chestnuts,
amongst others. The night would be a beautiful romantic celebration with the
entertainment from my favorite Big Band, the Vendetta Big Band, crooning out
holiday carols and all your favorite standards. And the best part is, at the
end of the night, we will have toys to deliver to the kiddos for Christmas!
Celebrating and giving back, what could be better than that?
This party will be a wonderful opportunity to do both of
those things. Austinites rarely if ever, see a white Christmas, and it would
nice to give friends and family and community a small taste of that. But the
Holiday season is not just about spending time with friends, it is also about
remembering others and reaching out to them, especially our children. To make
this night happen would be so special not only to our guests, but also to a lot
of families in our community. Now that is a reason to celebrate.