I’ve thrown a Christmas dinner party for a few friends in our old apartment for the past couple of years. I didn't throw one last year. This past Saturday, I threw our first holiday party in our new house. We’ve lived in our new house since August 2003, but haven’t really invited anyone over. In fact, we haven’t even had a housewarming yet because we're still doing a lot of home improvements.
However, since I'm a big fan of Christmas and dinner parties, we decided to have a holiday party this year even though our house is still under construction. I invited a small group of people over (I wanted it to be small since we didn't have a lot of room). We had a great turn-out and folks had a lot of fun. We had about 20+ people attend (a lot more people came than I thought!) and that’s a lot considering our home is on the small side. We had the food going (I ran out of food); the drinks flowing (we went through 3 bottles of Grey Goose Vodka); and a cut-throat game of Texas Hold ‘Em. My friend Julie won the $80 pot. I didn’t even get to play because I was too busy being the hostess and making sure everyone was comfy. Nonetheless, I thought the party was a blast. Clean-up is another story. Someone threw up in our sink (in our still “under-construction” bathroom that we opened up just for the party) and clogged it up! Jeez, and I thought we were all past that kind of crap. We are in our late 20's after all, not in college! But it’s all good!
I can’t wait to throw a housewarming BBQ when the warm weather returns. That way, I can invite more folks because people can actually go outside and chill in the backyard.
Here are some party pics. I would've taken tons more but I got a bit buzzed as the night progessed and forgot to take more...
Our Christmas tree (trust me, it looks better in person)
My Pumpkin-Gingerbread Trifle (I made it for my family this past Thanksgiving and it was a hit. But not so much at this party...boo!)
The first people to arrive...
Chilling by the steps
And more guests...
Lawclerk Reunion! (We all met while doing our judicial clerkships 2002-2003)
The Five Locas Reunited (It's a rare occasion when the 5 of us are actually present in one room. We usually resort to cutting-n-pasting each other's heads to our pics if one is missing!)
Gail and Brian
Ola and Priya
Me, Jill, and Chris
I'm definitely throwing another Christmas party next year. It'll be a lot smoother since I'll know what to expect. I was worried that it would be too crowded in our living room, and I should've ordered more lumpia!