Ratty's work always hosts an amazing Christmas, wait, holiday party for all their employees and guests every year, and I've been so fortunate to reap the benefits as his +1. They really pull out all the stops, great food, decorations, flowers, open bar, live music, you name it, they have it. Last year we even attended a pre-party, complete with wine, cheese and Rockband. Seriously, this place knows how to throw a party.
It started off in the lobby of the main building on campus, which was Ratty's old office building until he moved across the street. I love the architecture of this place, it's so unique and mixes modern styles with classic architecture . The school needed to expand, and make the building handicap accessible, so they built around the existing structure. The newer part is all glass, which means you can still see the marble columns, brickwork and grand staircase from teh the street. Standing in the lobby, you are directly facing the facade of the 'old' building, where the original entrance now acts as a balcony. Isn't that so cool?! I guess when they initially suggested these plans, it was met with a lot of resistance, people wanting to keep the original structure intact, yada yada yada. They obviously moved on with plans regardless, and the expansion has gone on to win lots of architecture/design awards. Not to mention it just looks awesome. Pretty cool huh?
We mingled about the lobby, sipping wine and eating shrimp cocktail [this must be how the other half lives, all the time], before making our way into the ballroom for dinner and the chocolate fountain. Seriously, everyone talked about the chocolate fountain as if it were cascading diamonds instead of chocolate. There was a crazy line, wrapped through the room, that I admittedly waited in. What? Pound cake, marshmallows and pretzel rods dipped in chocolate are worth the wait. I mean, so are diamonds, but unfortunately chocolate was my only option.
I really like Ratty's coworkers. I've have the opportunity to spend a good amount of time with them, there is always a happy hour celebrating something. I even attended his friend Kristin's wedding in Newport a few years ago, pre-blog days, was there such a time?! Everyone was having a great time at the holiday party, telling stories, laughing, eating and drinking. I mean, come on, is there anything better than that? Not really, no.
The party started wrapping up, with people leaving to go and catch their respective trains. Ratty and I stuck around a little longer, catching up with a few people who arrived late. Per usual, the caterer was taking the linens off the tables, breaking down the set ups and practically shooing us out the door before we decided to call it a night.
Here's me and Ratty walking back to my car. It had just started snowing for the first time that season, so I felt the need to document the dusting and sheer joy I felt. Fast forward to the middle of January and that excitement will be non-existent. You'll see! I lots of snow related posts waiting in the wings!