Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Finale Party – Texas Style



chanel



Dear Diary,

It is six o’clock and I am getting ready for tonight’s event.  I feel so giddy and just know everyone will have a wonderful time.  I am so glad Marsha helped me put together the outfit for this party.  So much time was spent on the preparations that I hardly had any time to get the ensemble together… No worries, the bubbly will calm me down.



My guests should be arriving just at dusk, when then temperature will be perfect for a Texas Summer Soiree.  Good thing I planned on the air conditioned tent that Ann Onnusko recommended.  It will be so dreamy to see the lights shining thru it as they arrive.  I wonder what Yvonne will be wearing.  She said she is bringing friends.  I can't wait to meet them all.



I know the designers will enjoy the goodie bag I have put together for them as a token of my appreciation for all of the fabulous work they have done.  Let me see…  There were 8 designers, plus my dear Amanda, and Marsha, and I can’t forget Cynthia or my dear reader Angela

Christina Fluegge’s (Greige) Transitional Eclectic Mix

When mentioning the personalized stationery I must remember to say S – my-thson, not S-myth-son.  And I hope they find Clive Christian’s Imperial Majesty to their liking.  I know they will be delighted to receive a couture hat from Anya and one of Marsha’s fabulous bespoke creations.  The group trip to Monte Carlo staying at the Hotel de Paris should top it all off nicely.





The guests are going to be ecstatic when I announce the line up for The Living Room Edition of my Designer Challenge.  I must toast celebrating the past designers and welcoming the newest team:

6/30 Crystal (Plush Palate)
7/7 Kellie Cashon (Cashon & Co.)
7/14 Elie Fournier (Punctuation Mark)
7/21 Will (Bright Bazaar)
7/28 Laura Ingalls (Decor to Adore)
8/4 Marija Stephens (Holding Court)
8/11 Cassity (Remodelaholic)
8/18 Erica Cook (Moth Design)

I better make haste, the guests will be arriving any minute now… Oh, I almost forgot the parting gifts for all of my wonderful blogger friends:  their own iPads with a gorgeous handmade Vaja case.  I hope Mary Ann makes it to the party.



Vaja ipad case

Images Credit:  Chanel, Don Peringnon, Cartier, MiuMiu, Preston Bailey, Braborne Farm, Almas Iranian Caviar, Dooby Design Group, Splenderosa, Hotel de Paris, Anya Caliendo, Clive Christian, Smythson, Vaja.




I cannot wait to see what all of my fabulously stylish guests are up to!






66 comments:

The Zhush said...

The clothes, the caviar, the champagne, the shoes! Is it weird that currently my computer is enjoying a better social life than me?! :)

Herself said...

Catherine, Darling...

A fabulous party for sure! As you know, I had to travel quite a distance so the scooter was my best option. Can't wait to dip my toes in the pool! XXX
C

Averill said...

What a wonderful party, Catherine!

I do hope that I'm not severely underdressed for the event!

Raina Cox said...

Catherine Honey, you throw a helluva wingding.

Thanks so much for inviting me to participate in The Shiny Pebble Designer Challenge!

sherri said...

I often enjoy virtual parties much more than the real thing. This one is certainly no exception, what a wonderful bash you've got going on! niiiiice!

Ann said...

Only you, Catherine!!

This is going to be a blast!

(I still haven't decided what to wear yet...)

Pemberley said...

Whew! Photo finish for me again! Great party Catherine. Stop on by my blog if you are thirsty! Once you have a drink pull up a chair and tell me something I didn't know about yourself....

OneCraftyFox said...

Ooh, looks like the guests have started to arrive! I can't wait to mingle and peruse the menu.

Thanks so much for the invite to your fabulous soiree!!

Christina @ greige and My Sparrow said...

Thank you dear! SO excited to wear my dress and have a little fun!

Concrete Jungle said...

Wow! as guest of one of your friends I'm so glad I fwas included!

Struggler said...

This is far too elegant an evening for the likes of me...
Perhaps, if I dress up as a waitress, I can mingle quietly and drink it all in!

SPLENDEROSA said...

What a totally fabulous party, darling !!! You knocked the ball out of the park on this one. IPads for favors? I think you even topped Mom-Mom on this! Love you so so much. xx's

lisaroyhandbags said...

Sounds like quite the shing ding! Loving those blinged-out shoes and an iPad parting gift! That's my kind of party! : )

Karena said...

I really cannot imagine a better hostess!! This is so exciting and too too fun!You have become the greatest friend a girl can have....!

Karena
Art by Karena

michelle b @ every little thing said...

oooh, lovely partay!!! stopping in to say hello and i'm just loving the photos and blog arrangement! its looking good catherine!
xoxo

bicocacolors said...

wow, i feel like a queen today!!!
thanks from spain

Splendid Willow said...

Catherine, what a fun & creative idea! And your party... we will all be reading about it in the NY times!

Hard to top your grand event, but if you feel like relaxing with some fun Swedes in a lovely Swedish summer home - then come on over! We would love your company!

ox, Mon

Paris Pastry said...

I'm in!! Let's have a blast!

The Buzz said...

Catherine - you certainly know how to throw a stylish party! Too bad we're on the East Coast or we would be right over!

joanny said...

I came by the way of the talented and gifted Marsha over at SPLENDEROSA,

I cannot resist going to a party, especially since it has been a rather serious mood around my home lately-- and this is definitely lifting my spirits playing along with everyone.

Joanny

Kirsten said...

Dearest Catherine,
First of all, I will like to Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in The Shiny Pebble Designer Challenge! Your party is beautifully awesome, and I wish I could truly be there. Your final party "Texas Style" is the very essence of texas style and of hospitality. I have been to Texas many many times (for the Texas Mart) and I have always enjoyed presenting my collections there, even as far as Waco. I linked-in and hope you can stop by Love Accents maybe... for some dancing just about midnite!
Ciao and Baci.
Love,
Kirsten
Ps. Thanking so much for joining Love Accents.
Kirsten

Style Attic said...

I "think" I just registered correctly. Have patience, I'm the friend that will leave early and show up late cuz I got lost trying to find the par-tay!! I feel like a freshman going to a senior event :)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Geez Catherine,
Guess the only thing missing is Brad Pitt, Gerard Butler or other hot hunk of one's choosing!!! I'll have my drink with a little shot of Hugh Jackman if it's not too much trouble!

OneCraftyFox said...

Looks like a fantastic turnout, Catherine. I have visited each blog, thanks so much for this creative intro to other blogs. It has been a lot of fun :)

Amy said...

Catherine, I am QUITE exhausted from the festivities, but it was a SMASH nontheless, feel free to come on over and see what I was wearing-and what we were drinking! Thanks again for including me in the blog group, you are amazing!! Cheers, now get some rest! *Amy

Style Attic said...

Thanks for helping me out and your sweet patience! I am truly in awe of all the beautiful responses. I "get" it now and feel SO unprepared. I just showed up to your party naked with hot pink nails.... I will rock it out next time, hopefully I will be invited back :0

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are truly going to be the belle of the ball.

I do apologize that I am unable to attend. Your living room design has kept me quite busy. :)

Sue Jack Designs said...

Oh, glitterfritz!!! I just this morning learned of the fabulous diva party that I've missed! Will so be looking forward to the next one though....and with bells on my toes!
I will, however, be looking in from a bird's eye view at everyone's ensemble and soiree...diva's aren't easily discouraged, you know.....
Count me in next time as I've just joined your blogs...and what fab blogs they are indeed!
I have already met some of you divas, but cannot wait to be friends with all of you!
Sue

JDB said...

Hey girl! I didn't realize you were in TX. I'm in Fort Worth.

*Chic Provence* said...

Lovely bash, dahling!!

bisous

Kit

Marija said...

So excited for your party! See you tonight ;)

xo Marija

Burlap Luxe said...

Wonderful party thanks for the invite :)

xx
Dore

Mary said...

Wonderful party! Love this post! Great blog, too! Happy I found you!

xxMK
Delightful Bitefuls

Leigha said...

Um. This is quite the party! As my first blog soiree - I now understand the complete and unabashed fabulousness of this. Along with Style Attic, I am naked and in grave need of a manicure. But I will find something to wear (for the sake of your eyes my dear).

Kelly at Chatelaine Ranch said...

Thank you for the wonderful invitation to this swanky soiree!!
Come over and see what I'm wearing,
and bringing as a hostess gift!!
xoxox
This ranch girl gets to dress up!!

Linda Merrill said...

Congrats on a very successful contest and party!!

Sue Jack Designs said...

Oh, glitterfritz!!! I just this morning learned of the fabulous diva party that I've missed! Will so be looking forward to the next one though....and with bells on my toes!
I will, however, be looking in from a bird's eye view at everyone's ensemble and soiree...diva's aren't easily discouraged, you know.....
Count me in next time as I've just joined your blog...and what a fab blog it is indeed!
I have already met some of you divas, but cannot wait to be friends with all of you!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Catherine - I hope you don't mind me being late and us having never met. Marsha encouraged us all so well to attend & come up with idea that I couldn't miss the fun. It is such a pleasure to discover your blog and I am so impressed. The party is going to be one to remember and I hope I don't disappoint. Put together in a hurry! Hope all is well in Missouri City?

All my best & thank you ~ deb

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

That Vaja case is pure gorgeousness!
Have a happy, sunny day, Catherine. xx

Jessica Hills said...

I love those shoes! And those Ipad cases are so pretty!

Mary Ann said...

oh, i don't want this party to end. i am having so much fun! thanks for throwing this lavish soiree, this is the best i have ever been! i am loving the ipad in its lovely case. glad i am able to make it here, i will not miss this for anything, even with my recent surgery. i just have my low moments now and then, and i just need the rest. thanks so much for your cheerful message. i will visit all the links and i am sure i will have a blast and get inspired! you are such a darling! hugs and kisses... verbena cottage

pretty pink tulips said...

Oopsy daisy!!! I rsvp'd and then didn't follow directions! Well....at least I know it's a forgiving crowd! Feeling a bit like a party crasher!!!
xo

Love Where You LIve, a blog celebrating design, individual style & decorating. said...

Fashionably late . . . but so glad I didn't miss it!! Love the Ipad and great case! Thanks for a wonderful soiree.

Jen said...

Those heels! Those heels! Those heels! I think those are the most gorgeous heels I've seen in a very long time!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Catherine, I feel like the luckiest and blessed blogger to be invited to this fabulous soiree! I am the least likely person to be among such fashion forward people!
Thanks for including me. Itreasure your friendship!
Yvonne
PS- Great turn out!

Style Redux 2 said...

Great idea-congrats!

Charlotta Ward said...

Wonderful wonderful Catherine. Thank you for having us!
I have just staged a little do myself over at my Swedish blog corner. Do come and join me.

x Charlotta

La Boheme said...

Oh glad I still made it! Wouldn't want to miss being in such a fabulous company! xoxo

La Boheme said...

Oh glad I still made it! Wouldn't want to miss being in such a fabulous company! xoxo

Hello Lover... said...

I'm new here - found you via holding court - what a fun idea - at first I was reading her post and looking at her hostess gifts and thinking - oh my - I am out of my league! And then I caught on - love it!

Charlotta Ward said...

Hello - me again!
Just back to say I am enjoying the 'party trail' so much. Have been to oh so many fabulous events now, and watched equally many get ready for yours. How much fun can one virtually have!!?

x Charlotta

Concrete Jungle said...

Sorry I'm late I'm late for this very important date!
Just picking out the outfit....luckily being here in the Far East I can go back in time! Just picking the dress and a wee hostess gift.

Cornflake said...

Sounds fantastic! Loving the wonderful ipad cases. Bling it on!!

Fer said...

Good Morning,

There is a delivery for you on my blog!!!

Great party!!

Wild and Precious said...

love this post!

too cute!!

incase you didn't get the chance to see -- i blogged about y'all yesterday!!

My Domicile Style said...

Looks like it was a fabulous party. Too bad I was on a flight back from Paris. Cannot wait to see the next challenge as it features some of my favorite designers.

Mélanie A. said...

I will not be abble to make it this time but I hope I will next time

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

you are quite the party planner, my dear! RSVPing yes, yes, yes to your texan soirée. do check out my little garden party for the day of!

Andrea said...

This sounds like a truly fabulous event, full of truly fabulous guests!!

Island Gal said...

Loving the photos!!!

I'm your newest follower!!
Mine is www.nycislandgal.com
Hope you like it and follow me too!! ;)

OneCraftyFox said...

Catherine, I just wanted to invite you to join my *Cupcake Challenge*, I promise it will be loads of fun!!

Chelsea Gwynne said...

My Gosh! What a post!
Also on the post below this one - what a beautiful photo of you. Hope all is well.

Natasha said...

This is the best party I have ever been too! Thanks for having me.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Hazel said...

Gorgeous post!! Loving the shoes with the jewels!! Oh I'd loved to be dolled up and heading out this evening! :) Hazel

Cashon&Co said...

Sue, the wonderful Zhusher, said it best.
and let me add: Catherine, you blow me away! So chic and fun .... now you need to get us all together in texas for a REAL/non-virtual party! wouldn't that be fun? We can do Dallas OR Houston! I'll bring the champagne, you bring the fun. :) wink....
ps. i'm in such good company amongst the other designers that i'm a little nervous/verklempt. OY.....!!

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

throwing my party tomorrow!!! .. it's a BEACH TIKI BBQ!!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

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