Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Red (Christmas) Party

Saturday evening I attended the annual Christmas party at the home of friends Vince and Yates. Their "Red Party" is always a highpoint of the Christmas season in Palm Springs. One of the things that make this party so fun is that most people dress in some article of red clothing, which makes things extra festive. The party was already hopping when I arrived-there were well over 100 people throughout the house and outside by the pool sipping cocktails in the moonlight. To my delight, they had classic disco-era and soul music from the 70's and early 80's playing, which to my mind was some of the best party music to be heard. Things like Gloria Gaynor, Chic, Yvonne Elliman, Barry White, Tavares, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, and all that feel good stuff.

above: the house was beautifully decorated with stunning floral arrangements, fresh Christmas garland, wreaths and huge poinsettia plants throughout. The party had a definite glow on. By Palm Springs standards, the party went late. I lost track of time and was still dancing with friends around midnight, enjoying a few laughs and eating way too many snacky-things for my own good. Every so often I would head over to the chocolate fountain and dip a mini cream puff under the stream of luscious warm, flowing chocolate and gobble it up. I can't control myself when it comes to chocolate, I'm afraid.

above: a blurry picture, but I snapped this photo above to capture some of the wonderful atmosphere on the grounds of their property. I don't know if it was the giant Booda statue in, or the myriad of glowing candles, but it was such a cozy area to relax and chat with friends.

above: me with my good friend Skip sharing a few laughs. Luckily there was a heater behind us taking the chill out of the air!

above: Regular readers of this blog know that Rick Rockhill loves cozy fireplaces. I am drawn to them life a moth to a flame. I think my sweater itself was on fire by the time I walked away, but it felt so good! I had such a great time at this party I was still dancing as I walked out of the house.
-Rick Rockhill

10 comments:

Marlupe said...

looks like a fun shin-dig. I am so jealous that you are outside by the pool in December. I need to move there.

Matt said...

I have this sudden urge to visit Palm Springs, even though I never have before ... it can't REALLY be as fabulously retro as it always looks ... ? :)

Palm Springs Savant said...

Matt- if you ever decide to visit, be sure to let me know. I'll be sure you see all the retro fabulosity!. Much of it is hidden off the main area, although if you drive around its easy to find.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Marlupe- At least come and escape the snow!

Lewis said...

Looks like a ton of fun...and just yesterday I found the perfect retro sort of shirt that I could have worn to the gig....tuxedo shirts with all of the accompanying ruffles....it would have been perfect.....

Desert Songbird said...

Looks like a wonderful party, and you look so handsome! I noticed the new avatar - very nice.

Palm Springs Savant said...

aw shucks, thanks Songbird (...kicking pebbles...)

Arcturus said...

Your friend Skip looks a little like actor Peter Graves.

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

Naomi said...

Sounds like a great party Rick. My kind of music - I loved those 70's and early 80's hits. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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