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

Fun Find Friday-Christmas at Callanwolde

Written by Patti on December 3rd, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Whew, this week has been a whirlwind of parties – and we have not even started the weekend. Last night found Eric and me at a palatial mansion in Buckhead where every real estate fantasy was brought to life and Tuesday night I was lucky enough to be Kerry Howard’s date for the Callanwolde Christmas preview party. Incredible.

My dear friend Kerry was chosen to design the dining room and oh, what an amazing job he did! No detail was overlooked. The room was bathed in lush blue and champagne colors, accented by a gorgeous large print by Artaissance and framed by our friends at Larson-Juhl. Two huge trees flank the end of dining room (one of which fell over during the night and Kerry had to redecorate all over again, with unflappable grace, I might add). The fabulous furnishings were supplied by The Foundry (formerly World of Rugs and also our party hosts from last night’s shindig), with lots of Kerry details and beautiful orchids. It is the house show stopper and the first room you notice when you enter the mansion.

The preview party was all about fun. And boy, did we have fun. The food was incredible (catered by Affairs to Remember), lots of lovely libations, a live band and dancing, an organist playing Christmas tunes and just the most lovely setting imaginable.


Kerry's Dining Room, made even prettier with Kerry's assistant, Erin

Close up of the dining table

Now, mind you, this was not just a matter of decorating a couple of Christmas trees and hanging a wreath. No, every single piece of furnishing was carefully thought out and brought into the empty dining room to create a design that was unparalleled.

Sweet Erin and Kerry pose by the sign welcoming you to their room.

And there was food, oh-so-pretty food.

I thought this was the coolest table design. Made better with treats.

Beignet Cup Cakes

An array of tastiness

I love anything served on a tiny spoon

I especially loved the decor in the courtyard.

I might have to borrow this idea.

But the most fun was hanging with friends.

Tyler and Erin

Tyler, Erin and Kerry

Tyler, Kerry and Me

Miss Lisa and me

Another shot from Kerry's room

My friend Ryan, who decorated the study at Callanwolde, and me.

Erin and I find something hilarious.

My sweet friend Slean and me

Kerry takes some time to cut a rug with me.

And we all gather together for a photo (sans Ryan…who was busy in the study. With Colonel Mustard and the pipe…wait, that’s something totally different.)

It was a wonderful night filled with magic. If you get a chance this holiday season, the Callanwolde Christmas House runs through December 12th. It will most certainly put you in the spirit.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to The Donnas – Christmas Wrapping


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa says:

    What fun! You and everything else look gorgeous.

  2. Patti says:

    @Lisa, you are too sweet!! xoxo

    @Arlynn – the artwork is so beautiful. You all did an amazing job. And Christmas Wrapping is one of my favorites, too! I just couldn’t find a decent video of The Waitresses singing it.