Office Holiday Parties Round 1

Sean’s firm’s holiday party was this past Saturday, and it was the first of two office holiday parties we’ll attend this month.  Although this is our fourth Christmas as a couple, it’s only the second time we’ve been able to attend his firm’s holiday party together. Every year they’ve hosted a holiday party (well, at least as long as Sean can remember) it’s been at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and this year was no exception.  It’s really a lovely space, but sometimes I wonder if they’ll ever host the party somewhere else.photo 1photo 5

We met up with some friends before heading over to the event, and I learned that club soda with lime is pretty fantastic and a much more festive drink than just plain water.  The event itself was filled with small bites, good conversations with friends, and the opportunity to tour the exhibit space, which I really appreciate.photo 4

For a few years now, instead of buying a dress or wearing a dress I already own to events like this, I’ve rented a dress from Rent the Runway.  It’s a fabulous idea.  Designer dresses for much less that you borrow for a short period of time.  As soon as Sean forwarded the save the date in October I had my dress for the evening picked out and reserved.  But it didn’t come last Friday as expected and customer service wasn’t available until Monday.  I was so bummed!  I dug through my closet and found a dress I’ve probably worn once four years ago.  When you know something is old it’s sometimes hard to realize that no one else will.  I bought a necklace at Target Saturday morning to help make the outfit feel new.  I ended up so happy in the dress and was even complimented!  I’m disappointed in Rent the Runway but really glad I had the opportunity to appreciate again something I already own.  So much so that I’ll wear the same exact outfit to my firm’s holiday party on Friday.photo 3

We ended up leaving a little early but weren’t tired when we got home at 11:00.  So we made some popcorn to supplement the small bites from earlier, and snuggled up to watch some Jeopardy and SNL.  We had lots of fun at the party, but it was the perfect ending to our night.

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