December 12, 2011

Ladies Only Champagne Holiday Brunch


Yesterday was sooo much fun, my annual 
"Ladies only champagne holiday brunch".  I had the candles lit and the tree dressed


I'm embarrassed by my minimal holiday decorating.  Some of your houses are literally jaw dropping, I had no idea how much decorating people did until I started blogging


That's it kids...YIKKES I hope I don't get kicked out of blog world!


Whats a good shabby tree without a princess crown.....See it right in the center of the tree?


On to the party......

My dress form was keeping watch over the champagne punch bowl


Of course there was coffee and tons of food....I didn't take a picture of the food.....geez!


One benefit of having a small house is when I have more than 15 guests it seems like a huge party because we're packed in like sardines!


Here's some of my guests.....Kelly, Eileen, and Liz


Luci and my Mom

Oh, I hate to tell you folks "Up North", but it was a gorgeous day here in Orlando so, I set the outside tables


Which gave me more room 


I hate pictures of myself, but I guess bloggers like to know who the person behind the blog is sooooooo....OK


 


 If I make the picture smaller it's not quite so bad!


Do you have any Christmas parties planned?


Carol

58 comments:

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Oh, your decor is charming! And the photo of you is great. You should use it as your profile picture!

stefanie said...

its just perfect!!!!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

that looks like such a fun party- Yes we have four Hanukkah parties planned for next week- oy vey!

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Everything looks perfect to me! And you are a very pretty lady! Sounds like a fun party and your home is beautiful!!

The Altered Bee said...

I love your decorating! I myself am paring down and heading towards a more minimalist approach. You have provided me with added inspiration. Quality not quantity!

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh Carol......Your house is lovely....no need to apologize there.

xo

Jo

Ruby Jean said...

Auntie Carol.... Everything is Picture PERFECT!!!!! Especially You!!! It looks like such a LOVELY party... I do hope you got some pictures of Billie... :)

Ruby Jean said...

Oh I forgot to mention how BEAUTIFUL!!!! Grandma looks.... ( that would be Grandma right.. ?? ) Yellow looks GREAT on her!!

Anonymous said...

I love your decor! So cute....
Merry Christmas,
Amy Jo

camp and cottage living said...

Carol
Your place looks beautiful and so do you!
It looks like everyone was having a good time too.
You have plenty of lovely Christmas decorations.

Marlene said...

Oh my what a lovely party. Your decor and preparations are so beautiful What a treat!
xxx
Marlene

laurie said...

what a beautiful party, don'y worry about the decorations, you have more than I do! If you get the boot so do I ! We don't need to put up lots we can enjoy everyone elses, I have a small apartment, no need for lots.I live in Northern Canada and i could eat outside too, IF I PUT MY PARKA ON AND SHOVEL!!!!!I'm so jealous!!
You are such a pretty lady, you should have more photos on.

Laurie said...

What fun! I wish I could have been there! Your decor is lovely!

Terra said...

Your home is decorated delightfully, and the party sounds like it was great fun.

Coopy said...

Oh how I love your sitting room! So very girly and pretty. It looks like your little party was a huge success gauging the smiles on their faces. Lovely indeed. Hugs... oh it was about Coops

Domestic Debbie said...

Lovely decor and idea. A champagne brunch, fabulous!

Createology said...

Your home and decorations are lovely. This is such a wonderful way to spend time with your friends and mom. Happy Holiday Hugs...

kat said...

Oh Carol U R SO funny! Your home is gorgeous! Lots of ideas for me! I think I have your outside table and that chandy outside! OK now I gotta do it! You are SO creative, I love visiting your place! Nice picture too! I know what you mean! LOL
I have been a follower for a time now, I love to re-visit you You are SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ME! THANK YOU! Merry Christmas to your and yours and a healthy New Year! Hugs Kat =^.^=

Audrey Hollatz said...

I just read a quote that said:
”Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” - Charles Dudley Warner

Don't feel too bad about minimal Christmas decor. I own a Tea Room, and put up minimal decor this year! Your home looks charming and welcoming. Guests are really there to see YOU, not your decor anyway!

Judi said...

Aww, it looks wonderful :) ~ There is nothing wrong with going minimal if that is what makes you happy! The party no doubt was a success and the smiling faces are evidence of that! Thanks for sharing the other side of the camera too!

Olivia said...

Awwww, your home is lovely and so are you! , happy holidays! Xoxo

Mari said...

Hi Carol, Your home looks very pretty :)
and so do you :)

xo~Mari

kristiB said...

You decorating is all about Quality, not quantity!!! Love it :D

nannykim said...

Very beautiful and romantic--you have PLENTY of room when you include the outdoors!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

I REALLY wanted to come to the Christmas brunch..maybe next year!! LOL!! Your home is decorated wonderfully for Christmas and I am a tad jealous that you could be outside on your patio!
I see a "window" on the kitchen wall...and would LOVE to see more of that. It has kitty's on it's shelf...
Anyway...you look FAB!!! Your home looks Fab and it looks like you and your guests had a Fab time!
Warmest Christmas wishes,
deb

Larain said...

I just loved your decorations and it seemed that you all had a great time. I just love that white chic look.

Polkadot-pretties said...

i love your decor....
looks like you had a great time :)

xoxoxo

Gina said...

Your Christmas decor is beautiful & it's just perfect! Who says you have to go overboard?

Looks like everyone had a great time.

red.neck chic said...

Uhmm... may I just say...
YOUR DECORATIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL!!! As are you!!!

I KNEW I should be in Orlando... it's cold here in Texas even!!!

;-D Gorgeous! All of it!!!
robelyn

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

hahahahah...I enlarged the pic and you look beautiful there Carol! What a great looking brunch. Wish I could have been there. Looked lovely as did your yard.

Stampin D Amour said...

Carol - your Xmas decor is so shabby beautiful!!! Your backyard is so pretty and green (compared to dried, crunchy plants here in Phoenix...LOL!) You look FABULOUS!!!

I bet it you and the ladies had a super fun time!

hugs!

-pamela :)

Honey at 2805 said...

What a lovely party and a lovely day!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh what fun! I wish I was on the guest list! I am not having any parties...just friends stopping by and of course, the family on Christmas day....

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Carol, the only way you would ever get booted out of blogland is if you stop sharing your wonderful creations with us. Your Christmas decorations reflect your creativity. You know the saying "less is more". Well, you have just the right amount to make a big impact.
And may I say you look great! -----------Shannon

Suzann said...

Hello Carol,
I love your decorations. When you have time come visit I bought two things from your shop and showed them on my posts.
Enjoy your holidays!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Rona Gregory said...

I love your decorations...less is more remember! haha! You have more than I put up this year! You party looked like a fun affair!

Have a wonderful Christmas friend! xx

Ro xx

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Oh I love your yard and your decorations!! Looks like it was a fun time and that pic of you, as pretty as your decorations :)

Debbie said...

You're lovely and would be so in any sized photo!

This all looks wonderful. Everyone had a grand time, I'm sure. I also think your decorations look nice. I love the mantel! Mine is lame this year. I can't get it right.

(And in answer to your question recently. The Duchess is what we call my mom.)

kelly said...

Carol, Your decorations are so pretty. Looks like the party went well.

Kelly

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Carol...looks like another wonderful annual get together for you and your friends. Your decor is fab! I went simple too...not much decorating going on here this year, but I love what I did. You set the table outside? Lucky girl!!!!!!!!!! (*_*) xo

Jane said...

You made me laugh posting the picture of yourself smaller than the others....I think it's a great photo!! So glad you had a wonderful time!!
Jane

Debbie said...

Your decorations are PERFECT!! You did a lovely job & I bet your party was a huge success! How pretty!

pipigirl said...

bet it was an enjoyable time. great pic of YOU! absolutely love your home and transformation into Christmas. your deco is the ULTIMATE. and i really love your blog. keep up the good work and thank you so much for all of your inspirational ideas that you pass along to us. it really could save a girl a TON of money. that way, we can have beautiful things too. MERRY cHRISTMAS, susy

Passionate for White said...

Your Christmas decor is perfect. Remember the old adage....less is more!

Sunny said...

Your home decor is just perfect and lovely...just like you! Thank you for inviting me to your gracious home and party. I had a fabulous time and enjoyed meeting your wonderful friends. Your mom is a Peach and I loved how unaffected your cat Billy was by all the activity! Thanks for including me...
warmly, sunny

Screaming Sardine said...

I LOVE your decor. I don't really go overboard, as I have two dogs and two cats, and they'd be wearing all the decorations in no time - lol!

Anyway, wow!! How lucky all those ladies were who attended your holiday brunch. It looks like a fun time!

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

sissie said...

Come on girl, you are as cute and as pretty as can be! Love how you've decorated for Christmas with all the pink and pretties.
I'm glad that your party went well. Your guests look pretty happy especially after those mimosas!
I didn't realize that people decorate so much either until blogging. I really pared down this year and my knees thank me and also there is a lot less to put away.

hugs
Sissie

HeartVintageDesign said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! And I like your tree : )

Emreen said...

*Simple is always beautiful * ... I like your decor... the candelabra looks very beautiful... Love the decor theme.... Its brilliant !!! The outdoor setting for the party also looks perfect !!

June said...

Carol you are darling! And I love your holiday decor! I think it is just right. I would love to throw a Christmas party, it sounds so fun. I used to in the old days when I was a young mom, but the older I get the lazier I get :)
hugs from here...

Ginger said...

Your Christmas decor is just beautiful Carol. Love the pinks and the crown is such a great idea. Why did u make your picture smaller. You are lovely. Bet it was fun, I'm jealous, putting tables outside. It is raining and yucky here today. Enjoyed seeing your holiday home.

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

I love your Christmas things! So pretty...I agree though.. some bloggy homes are insanely awesome! ha
Happy Holidays!
Lina @ Fancy Frugal Life

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Make that picture bigger!!! You are as cute as can be!!!

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Katie said...

You did a great job....I LOVE YOUR Christmas Decorations!!!:):):):)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Carol,
Such a beautiful party...love all your Christmas decor and the outdoor area is so charming! Thanks for sharing that tiny pic of yourself:)

Blessings,
Linda

Annie Guthrie said...

You are a cute as a button, Carol, and your house looks lovely. Merry Christmas with lots of love from your OLD friend, Annie!

Marianne said...

merry christmas to you...your christmas decorations are lovely...hope you are enjoying the holiday...I"ll be following your blog,check out mine when you have time...I'm new to this,hope to learn more as time goes by...