Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

New Year’s Eve in My Neighborhood

Written by Patti on January 2nd, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

Welcome to 2012 – how exciting!

Well, actually, I’m still celebrating. Eric has today off, so I am playing hooky to be with him.

But we sure had a terrific time Saturday night. Our progressive cocktail party went off without a hitch. 3 houses – 3 hours. And then the big party at Rick and Denise’s place.

Here’s how it looked:

First stop – Syretta & Terrance. I really thought our hosts would come up with just one cocktail and maybe two types of nibbles, but everyone totally outdid themselves. It was so great.

Syretta had an array of appetizers and a sangria cocktail, champagne and sparkling cider for our teetotalers. Terrance and his friend Steve took music requests and really did a fab job of setting the tone for the night.

Terrance and Steve

Syretta, our hostess.

I love the gilded pinecones under glass. So pretty!

Next up, Rachel and Kevin’s place. They chose to display lovely desserts with flavored coffee and tea, paired up with accompanying liquors. Very nice.

Miss Rachel

Lots of luscious desserts.

Next up, Stephanie and Reeves. Their house offered lots of southern inspired treats, like the ‘build your own appetizer’ with crackers, pepper jelly, fresh pimento cheese, fried pickle slice and candied pecans. Fabulous. Stephanie also positioned the house so that each room had nibbles and a place to grab a drink. This keeps the flow of the party going and no group is stuffed in one place. Very smart.

So cute! And Yummy!

Reeves cooked all day!

My good buddy, Reeves.

We bundled up and then moved to Rick & Denise’s party deck, where buckets of bubbly, a full bar and lots of treats greeted us. Add some dance music and you have a marvelous way to ring in the New Year – with appropriate party hats and noise makers, of course.

Denise always has the cutest signs to greet us!

A very happy New Year's Eve, indeed.

The evening went off with barely a hitch. Ok, there was that guy no one knew who brought his dog and hit on all the ladies. He was eventually asked to politely leave the party. There’s always one, isn’t there?

Here are some of my favorite shots of the evening. To see the album in it’s entirety, click here.

Arlene makes a point.

Justin said, "let there be light" and there was - Stephanie's handmade chandelier!

Becky & Tim share a laugh with Paige & Alex. I love this shot.

My adorable friend Michelle and me.

Reeves and I find something very funny.

Sarah and Tim.

Kobie and Stacey are everyone's favorites.

Eric photobombs Shane and Celia. See note below on photobombing.

Photobombing is only allowed if the photo is taken with your camera. Otherwise, it is really rude. This was taken with our camera. Oh, and you can photobomb if you are a really big celebrity. I’m talking George Clooney or Brad Pitt here people. You don’t get to photobomb if you are on a reality show. Seriously.

Plus, I captured this lovely photo of Shane and Celia after Eric had moved on. LOL

Shane and Celia, sans photobomber.

Rick, Denise, Landen and Lincoln.

Bestie Jeff and me.

Thanks so much to Syretta & Terrence, Rachel & Kevin, Stehanie & Reeves – and of course to Rick & Denise for the most wonderful evening. I hope your celebration was as much fun and of course, safe. Can’t wait to see what the new year holds for us all!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to U2 – Beautiful Day


13 Comments so far ↓

  1. Maureen says:

    Wonderful, as always! Loved the part about “photobombing.” Excellent point.

  2. Patti says:

    Thanks, Mo! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I was so jealous that all the Walshes and Miss. LJ had a celebration together! xoxo

  3. Rachel Hill says:

    Thanks for organizing Patti… A great time was had by all!

  4. Patti says:

    Thanks to you, Syretta, Stephanie and Reeves and our marvelous Rick & Denise – it was a blast and I know everyone was blown away by the care and love taken by each host.

  5. rick says:

    Patti, you did a terrific job putting all this together. Had a blast at e everyone’s party. Thanks for all your help organizing

  6. Patti says:


    You and Denise are the party hosts with the most. Thanks for the amazing evening!


  7. Syretta says:

    Terrance and I were so happy to be a part of the night and all of us had a great time! I’m so excited of the events to come in this neighborhood! Thanks Patti for organizing and everyone for hosting right along with us!

  8. Patti says:


    You and Terrance did a lovely job setting the tone for the night. Thank you so much for hosting!


  9. Jennifer says:

    Happy New Year Patti! It looks like you had an amazing good time!

  10. Patti says:

    Hi Jennifer!

    It was lovely. Hope your celebration was wonderful – but I’m betting it was!


  11. Patti says:


    We missed you! But you know there is always another celebration around the corner.


  12. Eddie Ross says:

    Patti!! This looks like SO much fun!! What a fabulous way to ring in the new year. We’re taking notes for next year’s party. Hope 2012 is treating you well so far!
    xo E + J

  13. Patti says:

    My Darlings E +J!

    We had such fun! Hope to see you both around my table again in 2012! Miss you both.