When Mj was interviewing for his current job in January among other questions regarding pay, benefits, location etc one of the first things I asked was, "Do they have a holiday party?" You see, I have a thing for holiday parties. I love it that they are during such a fun and festive time of year. I love it that they give me an opportunity to dress up and go out on a fabulous free date. Throughout the year it is rare that a dress up occasion comes up aside from something like this. When I worked in insurance I may have hated my job but I loved the holiday party. I saw it as my reward for the pain and suffering of working there and I never missed a single one. My current job does a holiday luncheon during the work day which doesn't really count so I was excited that his job goes all out and does the full shebang.
|This tree was probably a good 30 ft tall|
The party was at the Hyatt Hotel and we decided to get a room for the night so we could party as long and as hard as we wanted and not have to worry about driving home. We don't live that far and it's really not necessary but I love staying the night. It totally rounds out the full "holiday party experience." I recycled a dress from who knows how many years ago and I was so glad to have a chance to wear it again. Hubby looked so fine in his suit.
|Our new Christmas tree ornaments|
The party set up was a very elegant winter wonderland. Every couple got four drink tickets, though we managed to get our hands on more, and each employee was entered into a raffle. There were 10 really great prizes including an iPad, wine country tour and $75 Nordstrom gift certificate. Unfortunately, Mj didn't win any of them. We didn't win the actual centerpiece either but we did score 3 additional ornaments for our tree by taking the parts surrounding it. It was pretty cool to meet his co workers and very surprising that with a few of them it was like they already knew me. Apparently, I'm just so awesome that Mj talks about me at work-even if it is just to tell them that I fell down the stairs or cut my finger chopping vegetables. The food was really good and buffet style so we could get as much as we wanted of whatever we wanted-not a good thing for me! They had the obligatory hokey band doing cover songs from the 80's and beyond. Why do people insist on bands? Bands look cool and all and do add to ambiance but for dancing...not so much. When the DJ was spinning the floor was packed and we got out there too. The last time we danced together was at our wedding and we had a special song just for us. Not this time! We got no special attention which is fine with me since we weren't picking up the tab.
|On the dance floor|
I've been looking forward to this party ever since I found out about it and it did not disappoint. Mj got tired first. He may have done a 14 mile bike ride that day but I cleaned the house so I happily took advantage of the the chance to call him an old man. I cannot say enough about my sexy, strappy, high black heels. No foot pain whatsoever at the end of a long night. We both had a blast and then strolled up to our hotel room and slept like rocks. I love a good holiday party.