Monday, December 19, 2011

Dessert Party in a Winter Wonderland



Well the Mistress is back from a weekend filled with men and holiday merriment, and cock-a-tails and some sparkle and pazazz! I had two parties to tend too! But Saturday night's party was the highlight, not only because I went with a five o clock shadow, and not in drag, but it's always a fun night with my good friends, the Capital Street Duo who always have a fun and interesting mix of guest! Not to mention touring the house. This year the Dame Courtney had a dessert party, that reminded me of a fancy chocolatier boutique. And were the chocolate covered potato chips ever addictive with the gin!!!!!!! who knew. Everything was made by the Dame herself! With my outfit I was worried she'd ask me to serve!







Truth be told though, as much fun as it is to visit my wonderful friends and hosts and have a good time, another reason is to see the Dame working her magic through the house for the holidays, and just in general. The Dame is a huge collector of Christmas decorations and vintage items, antiques, Victorian objects, well, she collects alot, but it is always so interesting to see how she will change the place up from season to season. It's never dull and always a treat to see. At Christmas though she pulls out all stops! And if you know me, you know I love my eccentric friends. It reminds me a living in a Bergdorfs window, or close to it. This year, on the main floor, she went with a creme, white, and gold theme, with LOTS of flocked snow everywhere. How stunning is that tree and mantle piece? You will see fairy angels, beads, tons of balls, glass finals, and various white vintage trees that were from the defucted department store Pomroys, that was local to the area and these tress were used in their windows. Also my favorite item- the peacocks that are stuffed with arsenic. I tried to get them in my trunk, but the Dame just wouldn't leave the room. And yes, that is indeed a vintage full size sleigh you see filled with packages, and another tree.














This is there newest edition to the Capital Manor, Philly! And is he ever adorable! And no, he is not a taxidermy!!!



This is the Dame's funeral collection of gadgets on the way up the stairs to the second floor. Don't cross the Dame or she may embalm ya, as I'm sure there were embalming implements present!!!! Who do you think stuffed all those birds?



A beautiful hallway table with arrangment. Love the soft glow of the light.



This is the stunning tree in the master bedroom! This tree is huge, as it went up into the third floor of the house. It was decorated with all sizes and colors of vintage ornaments, beads, candle clips and whimsical pieces. And yes, that is a snow goose in flight behind the tree! Another of her fowl collection!



This is a actual window the Dame installed in the master bedroom that looks out into the upstairs hall, adored with antique bubble light candles. She even gave me one to bring home!



Love the bird cage filled with balls! And how cute is the nest with two blue balls instead of eggs.



A very nice time was had by all, and Dame Courtney always has just the right mix of personalities and characters at a party. The Mistress hit a wall by around 1 and don't remember getting undressed or going to bed, but the next morning was a blur, or should I say early afternoon it was, when the Mistress awoke from the dead like the ghost of Christmas past! After my feeling of being hung left, The Dame and I went to the Antiques Market for some shopping and instead of getting some presents, I ended up with more vintage glass balls, a very swanky sleeping mask, and various other items, but you may as well have enough of what you like right! I can't help myself, shiny balls make me happy! And a huge THANK-YOU to my lovely hosts and wonderful friends for a very memorable night! Tootles!

32 comments:

  1. Those desserts look delicious.

    And the thing about the blue balls is cracking me up!

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  2. WOW! This is just amazing! How many hours must that take? It is simily a warm ambiance for a lovely Christmas! You guys must have had a good time!

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  3. Simlpy wonderful! I can't even begin to think how long all that takes! And such beautiful things! Those tress are amazing!

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  4. Chic, elegant and stylish, loving the birds, how out there! And you boys and your use of balls! It is so simple but adds so much.

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  5. OMG! You two are both so talented! Your styles are diffenent yet so swank both! And you both like entertaining the boys!!!!

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  6. These pics are REEEALLY, TRULY PRETTY... and INSPIRING!!!... I especially like the mantle, how UBER-FABULOUS and it shows that one CAN have BLING, "even" with antiques!!! (I happen to think BLING actually works its magic BEST if it is in a setting like this... would you agree???)...

    Many thanks for such beautiful eye candy, no pun intend, that looks delish also! It like you two are good and evil, with his angelic white, and your fiery red! You two are hired! I'll let William know!

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  7. everything looks so beautiful this is how i wish my house looked decorated

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  8. Chocolate, Chips and Taxidermy.

    Sounds like the the perfect holiday combination to me!

    What creative decorations and wow a 2+ story tall tree!

    What fun there is to be had!

    Holiday hugs to you!

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  9. Yeah, this makes my little feather tree look less than seasonal! I would love to see their house in person, with as many things to see. Everytime I looked I'd see something I missed! Just beautiful!

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  10. Another great weekend for you in such a setting! And how many times were balls mentioned? What kind of party was it?

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  11. WOW! the mantel centerpiece is amazing~! and I love the window in the master bedroom for prying eyes! But those peacocks scary me some,lol!

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  12. Love the white trees and all the small touches! How intricate and festive! And a guy after my own heart. A tux shirt and bow tie with a five o clock shadow! A winning pair for sure!

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  13. The trees and jars and the birds...wow! My mouth remains agape. And how cute is Philly???

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  14. This reminds me of the over the top decorations by Buddy in "Elf."

    And the new addition? Dalmatians I learned from a friend who lived in Harrisburg at the time are really sweet. They are also dumb as bricks. My friend's Dalmatian flunked obedience school twice. You so do not want this breed.

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  15. Anonymous12/20/2011

    Those are some amazing pics. The chocolate ones nearly made me melt with envy. I'm glad you had a great time this past weekend!

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  16. Anonymous12/20/2011

    I have never seen anything so magnificent in my life!
    It's all so incredible and utterly magical, I would have been gasping my way through the evening and found a way to take up residence.

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  17. And it amazes me you two don't work together! So cool. This is what kids remember when they are young. And the desserts? I would have been in a coma the rest of the night!

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  18. BALLS BALLS BALLS! You two sure love the balss huh! But it is sooooooo pretty!

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  19. Such beautiful surroundings for for a sumptuous soiree...

    Wonderful photos darling... I felt like I was there in the room... thank you

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  20. That tree and the rest of it! Am frothing at the mouth right now.

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  21. Everything is so gorgeous! Sounds like your friends there have some serious decorating skill there---I love it! I'm betting it was a good evening!

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  22. tlove everything about this house, the birds,the decorations, and the bubble lights, how cool! And you can't forget the desserts! You know this place is right up my alley!

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  23. So gorgeous... Christmas trees are one of my absolute favorite things and these are some amazing ones!! But the whole place is just so unqiue!

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  24. Very cool to see!I wouldn't even know where to start doing this. And you don't even rememeber going to bed? It must have been a good night indeed!

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  25. This makes me want to wish everyone a glittering, glorious holiday filled with love and laughter. Thank you for your beautiful post and the tour of the dames house, you brighten my world every day.

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  26. Delightful, Mistress!
    luv the birdcage w ornaments!!
    xo*

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  27. Wow! The two side tables and coffee table are my favorites! I'm just in awe of looking at these pictures!!! What a fun party it must have been!

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  28. Omg, it does remind me of a shop window and living in one! This is so cool to see!

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  29. Beautiful and so festive! And thanks for clarifying about the dog, at first I did think it was stuffed!

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  30. A wonderful journey to "Over The Top!" -some Festive Merriment, and a dash of Shopping... How terrific is THAT???!!!

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  31. Gorgeous, elegant, and divine! (like you) What a party! What a hostess! I can see why and how you are friends.

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!