As some of you may know, it’s been a rough and bumpy road for me for the last couple of months. I haven’t been ignoring Christmas, per se, but I certainly haven’t been plunging into it with the gusto and fervor that I normally do. So I feel awfully lucky that last weekend, Christmas found me, in two nights and one day of gloriously fun festivities with some of my closest and dearest friends. Oh so good.
More to follow on this soon! There was Moet & Chandon Imperial involved however. Lots and lots of it
Love you lady
With our favorite, @Johnnie_Divine
And with Caitlin’s lovely sister, Hannah:
Twinning in our black dresses with sheer panels yaaas. Mine is from Lux Boutique in West Hartford!
We enjoyed prosecco and, in my case, some reeeally good coquito featuring Tanduay rum (currently in a cocktail contest – vote for it here – I promise it’s worth it). And so the night passed in a blur of glitter and fun (where there are ballerinas, there will be glitter – it’s science)
Photo of the very talented cast, courtesy of Alex Syphers for CTNow
Oh hey there. Check the chicken liver mousse on the far left. At some point in the evening I was basically just speed dipping crackers straight into that pot. No regrets.
Emily also demonstrated her amazing baking skills with perfect macaroons:
And Nick flexed his culinary muscles over some damn good Asian style buns, barbequed pork, and slaw
Come on man
But the highlight of the party was, by far, the three smoked pig heads provided by Jamie of Bear’s Smokehouse. I mean, come on. Look at these things:
Merry Lord of the Flies! I mean, Christmas
I managed to procure a pigs head which I will be chopping up and cooking into Congri – that’s Cuban rice and bean for those who don’t know – throughout the winter. So very good. Nothing like a good pig head. Oh, and here’s a bonus shot of Penelope enjoying the festivities on Saturday night, like a Big Girl:
That smile just melts my heart
P and I hit the town together on Sunday for the Nutcracker matinee and Ugly Sweater Party. And yes, thanks to Venom Vintage, P had her own tiny ugly sweater to wear:
Pictured here, post show, enjoying the show and dancing
I’ve not been in town for the Nutcracker before, and I thoroughly enjoyed Carolyn’s hip rendition of this holiday classic – and also enjoyed Penelope enjoying it too! Plus – we met SANTA:
Hi Santa! We would get a picture with Santa against a step and repeat. Very typical.
The Wadsworth hosts Carolyn’s Suite and Spicy Nutcracker annually and was also home to the Festival of the Trees, featuring uniquely designed Christmas trees which are produced and sold for charity. Simply gorgeous and quite perfect for persuading me to discard my inner grinch and enjoy the season. I’m very fortunate to have such an amazing group of friends – thanks to you all for what you do, you know who you are and you are appreciated.