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

Oh Hooray! Some Swell Party Photos!

Written by Patti on December 15th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Now that I have dished almost all the behind-the-scenes gossip about our holiday party, I am ready to dish a bit more.

1. 30% of the guests there I never met before. How some of them got there, I do not know.
2. I saw at least 5 guests that had neglected to RSVP. But I was happy to see them all the same.
3. My floors are still sticky from the bar. I’ll get to that this weekend.
4. It looks like we may need to buy a new stereo for Christmas. Merry Merry to us.
5. If you were there and thought you saw me in two different dresses, you are correct.
6. Those cheap Walmart garment racks are cheap for a reason. They collapsed twice that night.
7. Our two huge trashcans couldn’t hold all the trash our party produced. I wonder how one could recycle most of that stuff? Brooke, any ideas?
8. Even parties with lots of generous sponsors are still expensive. Decor, liquor and our amazing staff don’t come cheap.
9. Gigantic parties like this are like wedding receptions. Don’t expect to spend any quality time with anyone. That’s sad to me.
10. Allow Teague and Brent to take over the bar after Wallace leaves. It’s more fun that way. Ask Brent to play your favorite tunes. He’s good like that.

Thanks for allowing me to dish. I will now reward you with Kevin Stoll’s awesome photographs of our party. He’s a real live photographer and everything. He made us all look better than we do in real life. Thanks, Kevin!

Party Photo Link!

Gift tip of the day for all you crafty types – My special buddy Barry Belcher (you can see him with me in those last few photos) has kits for some really fun Christmas crafts. To check it out, click here.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Ringo Starr – Photograph


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jill Mastrogiacomo says:

    Love ya, Patti! Thanks for the invite and the SWELL time!! You know how to throw a great party 🙂

  2. Kathy says:

    These pictures are hilarious… and a bit incriminating! LOL

    I’m looking forward to seeing the Smile Booth shots! :o)

  3. Patti says:

    Thanks, Jill! Loved having my peaches here!


  4. Patti says:


    Aren’t they fun! Loved seeing you!