This past weekend we had a cocktail party here at the house for roughly fifty business clients and close friends.
A lot of you have asked for more party pics.
Apparently we had a good time because there are very few pictures except for these of the set up before the party started and when the first handful of guests began arriving.
We had two tents. One for food and one for the bar.
I bought my tabletop items the day before the party at Pier 1
Nothing like last minute.
Because the party was at night and I didn't want to use the flood lights I knew that it would be more important to have candles than flowers.
Lanterns seemed like a good solution and something we might be able to use again.
I couldn't get enough of any one thing this late in the season so I mixed and matched using blues and greens.
I think that worked.
On the bistro tables I used margarita glasses filled with white sand and a candle. It was a cocktail party after all. :0
Tiki torches and strings of lights helped give us the ambience we were looking for.
I wish I had taken more night pictures because it really looked prettier after dark.
I even did some of the tables with Christmas lights underneath so they had a great glow going after the sun went down.
Oh well, trust me, it was pretty.
Mike and I had fun stringing lights the night before and doing the whole lighscaping thing.
He is a fun guy to throw a party with once you get him involved. He is always a little reluctant at first but as ithe party gets closer he totally gets into it.
Usually Liz is on top of the photography but she became engrossed in conversation and the mojitos too so it wasn't until quite late and after a number of the guests had already left that we remembered to take photos.
This was also after what was probably more than a couple cocktails.
A bit blurry.
Hehe. Actually, it IS hard to get pictures in this low of light without a tripod.
These were better.
The food was amazing.
Thank you Cibos.
It only sprinkled very briefly.
Thank you God.
The house is in the middle of a do over but even so I was proud of how we pulled it all together.
This week I will show you some of the new design items that made it in time for the party and the temporary solutions that we used for those that didn't or I couldn't afford yet.
When we threw our very first party here thirteen years ago we hadn't even moved in yet.
We took decorating suggestions from our guests, borrowed lawn furniture to sit on and drew pictures on the blank walls.
The house will never be done and even though we talk about selling it from time to time, everyone says we never will.
Why would we? This house was made for a party.
The next one?
It will be awhile.
A fall party would be fun, we've never done that, but definitely not this year.