Holly & Jolly

Friday night was the holiday party for Michael’s work. This year it was a 1920’s theme! People were encouraged to come in costume and there was going to be a costume contest. Most people showed up in costumes. It was so cool and I LOVE the 1920’s costumes. Unfortunately, they don’t really make 1920’s flapper outfits in maternity sizes…so…I went with a simple black dress and some jewelry that could pass for the theme. I loved the outfits that the ladies were all wearing. I wish I could have gotten some photos to share with you guys. It was pretty impressive. I love theme parties, especially this era.

The party was held at the Secret Society Ballroom, in NE Portland. It was such a cool place! I bet it would be a fun place to have a wedding. I’m not sure why this place wasn’t on our radar when we were doing our search. It was cool that they were able to get this location for the party.


It was an open bar (bummer for me) but I enjoyed my cranberry juice and tonic water drinks all night. The themed menu sounded delicious. Had I been able to, I would have tried one of each! They all sound tasty.



There was some food…antipasti type stuff, salads, bread, orzo salad, Greek appetizers, and a few different kinds of pasta dishes. There was also a DJ doing swing music and swing music mixed with like techno…? It was odd but fun!


There was also a photo-booth! Fun! I still regret that Michael and I never actually made it to our own photo-booth during our wedding. That would have been fun. Anyways, here are our photos:


It was a good kick-off to the holiday season.

Sunday we decorated our tree. We actually got the Christmas tree Saturday afternoon, in the pouring rain of course because this is Portland, but I wanted it to dry out a bit before we decorated so we did that Sunday.


I like the small trees. I brought out the decorations and put up some of my favorites. Pretty much 90% of the Christmas decor I have I’ve bought on mega-clearance after Christmas each year. I love that I have so much and barely spent anything on it! The tree skirt I bought for 90% off a few years ago (I think it was like $5!) and every ornament I have was probably less than a dollar or two. Clearance is awesome!



Sur la Table often has really nice, expensive ornaments for less than $4 in their after Christmas clearance, FYI.  This ornament was one I bought in Maui on our honeymoon:


And Bella hung her ornament:



It’s nice to finally get into the holiday spirit! Wow this time next year we’ll be doing ALL the Christmas stuff with the little one. Crazy.

And for your viewing pleasure, check this out: 36 Cats Crashing Nativity Scenes.

7 Responses

  1. When all the kids moved out, my Mom gifted us some of the ornaments we grew up with – stuff that was my Mom’s grandparents which would date back to the 1920’s ironically! I always look for those first to put up. Hannah thinks its distracting to have different ornaments on the tree, so when she moves out, she’ll just have white lights on her tree – that’s it!

    What a fun event!
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    1. What a nice tradition! I love that. My mom has offered to give me some of my old ornaments too. I keep telling her to wait because we just don’t have the space for it yet. But someday I will take them. And I didn’t even think about how our little one will start having a collection too! Awwww. I feel all warm and fuzzy. 🙂

  2. Friends of ours had a Great Gatsby themed party for their son’s Bar Mitzvah and everything was black and gold like the menu you posted. Looks like you had fun!

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