This was my outfit last night for our annual holiday potluck party we host at our house every year for family and friends!
The inspiration came from the Shabby Apple Website. I first ordered the skirt and the top from there but then realized when it arrived the skirt was almost identical to the Romwe skirt I already own and the top did not fit that right although the quality was great. I sent them back and used my own items to create the outfit.
Just for the photos I added this mini sequin clutch to the outfit. If I was going out in this outfit it would have been perfect!
And here are the amazing shoes. Never have I seen a pair of shoes that are interesting and cool from *every* angle!
Before the party I managed to get my nails done. Had the shellac polish so it would last. The tips were painted hot pink then a coat of silver glitter.
Lace top and lace cami under - Forever 21
Tulle Skirt - Romwe
Scarf (used as belt) - From Turkey
Heels - Betsey Johnson (from Zappos)
Gloves - Amazon
Clutch, bracelets, rhinestone necklace - Forever 21
Pearls - All vintage or gifts
Pearl Earrings - Tiffany's (wedding gift from my husband)
Pearl ring - from Turkey
The day was hectic. I delegated the kids (and their gym classes) to my husband and ran errands like grocery shopping, dry cleaners, drug store, mailing xmas gifts and getting my nails done.
While the kids were napping we re arranged our furniture and got the buffet tables ready and took out all the serving bowl and paper plats and utensil.s
We do this every time we give a big party. Moving our couch to the side and pushing back our kitchen table creates a nice open space to handle large traffic flow.
At 4 PM my family arrived so we can exchange our secret Santa gifts before the guests come. I got the Michael Kors perfume I was lusting over from my sister! My husband got super cool snow boots. I was upset with my mom cause I had purchased these lizard skin nine west heels she was wanting from zappos months ago. It was going to be a big surprise cause I had remembered her showing them to me from a magazine. But she showed up to the party wearing the shoes! Which means she bought them herself! Thank goodness I used zappos so she can return and get something else. But it ruined my surprise.
At 5:30 the rest of the guests and family arrived. It was quite hectic and chaotic with so many little ones running around but so much fun. Another thing I do before a big party with lots of kids is hide all my son's small toy sets and puzzles and legos in his closet and lock the closet door. That way the clean up is much easier with fewer toys.
Here are some cute party photos:
The kids all dress up.
Even though this dress of hers from last year is a bit small I had her wear it so we can totally compliment each other!
With my Mom and Step Dad
The Buffet table.
I set up 3 tables. One for appetizers, one for main and side dishes and one for desserts.
As guests bring their dishes I distribute them accordingly. Appetizer table is open all night. After majority of the guests arrive we heat up all the main and side dishes and open that buffet up. That way majority of the food is there before people have already eaten.
Both my sister and her fiance and my brother, his wife and my little nephew are in this picture!
The Yummy Desserts:
Some of the kids at the kid table:
Exchanging gifts with my best friend's family...
One of my friend's husband came from a concert where he was dressed as an Elf! Surprised the kids who were playing in my son's room:
With my Dad:
And the HOSTS!