When Grunt Labor and I first got together, he always threw an annual Christmas party.
Y’all, I had struck gold.
Not only was he good lookin’, but he hosted a Christmas soiree each year.
Now, there was one catch to this Christmas party – one could only attend if they brought a toy for a kid who might not otherwise get a Christmas gift.
I know – and he has a heart!
When you come through the door with that toy though, you are entitled to all the booze and food you can handle – or until we run out.
I was on board with this party faster than a hot knife through butter.
So that year and each year after, we hosted an annual Christmas party.
And then the Circus came.
And a circus + a Christmas party don’t always add up very well.
And so we did.
It was all decided less than two weeks before the party date, so it was nothing short of a miracle that more than one person showed up.
We set up a makeshift bar in the living room, just near the liquor cabinet for easy access.
We did some furniture swapping when we set-up and changed the location of the Christmas tree this year. We moved the console table downstairs and brought up the vintage radio cabinet – I’m so mad I didn’t think of doing this sooner. It’s like that piece was made for that spot. The radio made the perfect place to set up a bar area for people to mix up drinks.
I was a little worried that the copper and gold tones wouldn’t mesh well together – but I think it works out just fine.
The glasses made quick friends with Jack – If you know what I mean. 😉 They have a great vintage look to them.
I put everything on top of a marble pastry slab to protect the surface of the radio. I’m a sucker for marble and I especially love how it paired perfectly with the blue on the radio.
To the side of the radio, I set up a “sweets” station.
Yes, I’m fully aware that I may be the only one in the world who loves chocolate with her beer and/or Jack.
I used a two-tiered marble server over here to pair well with the marble slab on the radio. I also picked up a set of four adorable nutcracker appetizer plates to use as small serving dishes. However, the Circus is trying to eat off the nutcracker plates as she has discovered what they are this holiday season. Go figure.
The best part of the party though?
Everyone came through the door with a toy.
Cheers, friends and happy holiday entertaining!
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