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jennylafleur ([personal profile] jennylafleur) wrote2013-02-06 12:07 am

of cards & punch

{photo courtesy of Nicole}

Saturday's Card Party was all I wanted it to be - yay!

The food ended up being more work than I originally intended (this is what happens when you do things like roast a hunk of meat for your roast beef sandwiches, hand squeeze 12 cups of citrus juice for your punch and make over 100 filled pastries!) but it was worth it.

We tried some new period recipes and while they weren't all keepers it was a fun way to add adventure and period atmosphere to the evening!

I was so pleased so many people braved the snow flurries, filling the house with 21 guests! That is officially the max for my house I think. Luckily we are a friendly bunch and we were wearing small frocks.

Cards were played, food was enjoyed and there was never a pause in the conversation and laughter.

We even had Kat, who was convalescing at home, Skype in for a couple of hours - that was so fun!

{photo courtesy of Aubry}

I also learned several important things. 1) I really do have the best parents in the world. They are so generous and game to cook and prep for days with me! 2) Rumtopt is quite possibly the most fabulous drink ever. (We cracked open the crock we have been throwing fruit, sugar and rum in for months - so good!). 3) Cocktails made of punch + rumtopt + champagne is even more fabulous but it bites back. Yeah I did not take Brian's warnings to heart about the power of punch. You know that scene in Vanity Fair where Jos Sedley orders the punch at Vauxhall and laments it the next day? Well it's easy to do - beware the punch! 4) Leftover shepard’s pie is good for a punch hangover.

5) I love playing dress-up in candlelight. Seriously nothing beats it.

{Jenny-Rose Photos} - my photos of the event & my favorites from others

Gloria | photos | (flicker)

Gwendolyn | photos | (blog)

Kristen | photos | (LJ - locked post)

Maggie | photos | (flicker)

Kat | photos | (LJ - locked post)

Isabella | photos | (flickr)


I only took one stealth video but it captures the moment pretty well...

And the party from Kat's point of view on Skype...

{photo courtesy of Aubry}

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
Such gorgeous dresses! Everyone looks so happy and beautiful. I want to see more of that bronze looking gown with what looks like spangles and embroidery around the bottom? WOW!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
That would be Nicole ('s drop-dead gorgeous version of the Kyoto purple dress! I could kick myself for not taking detailed pictures of it on the night but she does have some pictures on her blog:

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 01:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow! The whole thing looks like a period drama by the BBC!! You all look so beautiful!!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much - it was great fun!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 01:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Had such a great time, Jenny-Rose!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 03:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! I'm so glad you and Mike came!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 02:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much for allowing me to attend via the Internet! I was so sad that I couldn't make the trip down, so being able to attend via video-chat meant the world to me. Your house looked so beautiful with the elegant candelabras, delicious food and drinks, pretty glass and table wear...and of course THE DRESSES! It was fun to see everyone, chat, and even play cards. Card party of the year!!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 03:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! I'm so glad you had a good time! You looked lovely!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 02:49 pm (UTC)(link)
We had such a wonderful time! Thanks for inviting us! And thanks to your parents too! The food was awesome! :-)

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
You are most welcome! I'm so glad you and your Mom were able to come!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 04:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Everybody looks SO PRETTY. What a lovely night! I'm sure it was so much hard work but knowing you and your parents you pulled it off like pros. So sad I had to miss it!

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much! You were missed though so i hope things work out better next time! :>

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 04:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much for having us. It was a completely amazing party. The food was delicious, your parents are so so nice and at atmosphere was just amazing. And playing whist was just a dream of mine fulfilled!

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! I'm so glad you had a good time!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 06:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, Jen...from the pictures I would have to say that it is the most beautiful party I've ever seen in that house! I'll bet it was even more glittering in person!!! Thanks for the pics for the vicarious among us!

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow - thanks! The candles were pretty lovely with all the mirrors and the sparkily guests. I do love candlelight!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 08:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow Jenny-Rose! it really looks like you outdid yourself this time! that looks like it must have been the best party ever!!!

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much! You do need to make your way to Fredericksburg again one of these years so I can throw another one with you there! :>

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! I'm so glad it went so well, and everyone looks fantastic! I'm so sorry I missed it!

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much! Hopefully one of these days you will make it down!

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
You throw the best parties! Everyone looks amazing, all the food, just wow. And I love the way your gown sparkles. Stunning!

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much! I love throwing parties, dispite the whining leading up to them. I just need a bigger house now... :>

[identity profile] 2013-02-06 11:44 pm (UTC)(link)
You all look spectacular! :)

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much!

[identity profile] 2013-02-07 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much for the invitation. I had a great time at my first ever Regency party. I hope it won't be my last. :)

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
You are most welcome - I'm so glad you had a good time!

[identity profile] 2013-02-07 02:09 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much for the invitation! The party was so lovely, and the syllabub recipe is definitely a keeper! :)

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)
You are most welcome! The syllabub is a definite keeper - on of the few things I'd made before! :>
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[identity profile] 2013-02-07 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you SO much for hosting such a wonderful party (and for inviting me to it, hah)! Your mom and dad are Parents of the Year for doing this kind of thing. :)

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)
You are most welcome - I'm so pleased you came! They are pretty amazing!

[identity profile] 2013-02-07 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
It really was lovely, atmospheric party! Thank you for having me!

Also, I love that picture of me with the punch. I'm stealing it for an icon called "I like booze". ;)

[identity profile] 2013-02-09 07:38 pm (UTC)(link)
It would not have been the same (or nearly as much fun!) without you! Ha - that is the perfect title for that icon!