Who: Talia Rogers
Where: Newberry, FL, near Gainesville
How many guests: 20
What time of year: December 2010
Reason: Annual Christmas Celebration
I was going to post a different party today, but when Talia emailed about her family’s new holiday tradition, I knew I had to post this instead.
Her party just goes to show that any event with a lot of love will be a success.
Check it out.
This year, my hubby and I decided that instead of giving gifts, we would host a family holiday party and call it the “Annual Rogers’ Christmas Celebration” to make our family aware that this was becoming part of “our” tradition.
This year has been rather tumultuous for us, as my husband’s mommy was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer back in August.
She has always been the glue that holds us together, and usually the holiday dinners are mom’s doing, but since she is still recovering, we decided that now is the perfect time to take over and put our spin on this tradition.
The design theme was all things purple and pink, with accents of green and blue and it definitely wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a little BLING too!
Because I was designing for my home entertaining space, I tried to incorporate the colors of my home in the theme.
In my living area the walls are a deep teal and bright, yet warm lime green and my favorite colors are purple and pink. Of course every girl loves her glitter and ice, so I tried to infuse elements of that as well.
Instead of the “normal” party foods everyone is so accustomed to (we love BBQ) we decided we would expose the family to some of the things we love the most. We even dressed up (at my mommy-in-law’s request).
Since the entertaining space is small on the 1st floor of my 1500 sq foot home, I wanted to created an atmosphere that was warm, inviting and appealing to the eye.
We offered shrimp cocktail, fresh breads and assortment of fine deli meats and cheeses (which my family was not used to). Trust me, they had no clue what Humbodlt Fog was…lol. However a great time was had by all.
We also had an assortment of sweet treats that included cake pops, caramel apple wedges amongst other sweet treats.
When throwing a family holiday party remain true to yourself, while incorporating things you know your family will love. For example, my sissy-in-law loves butterflies, so there were butterflies all over the tree.
While I am a jeans and heels kinda girl, my mommy-in-law requested we dress up, so we did. But we did the decor and food our way. We love LOTS of variety!
While we were ambitious in the overall feel, we weren’t so ambitious that we felt overwhelmed. Most importantly remember why you’re hosting the event in the first
place…so that a fabulous and unforgettable time will be had by ALL and to show just how much you love your FAMILY and FRIENDS!