Category: holiday parties


December 17th, 2013 — 9:13pm

Saturday night, I hosted my sixth annual holiday party — in the midst of this winter’s first big snowfall.

All smiles with my dear friends Crystal (left) and Sara

Given the weather, I wondered whether it might end up being a party of one for the night. Much to my great joy, a dozen friends new and old braved the elements to join me for a delightful,  laid back evening of festive food, drink and lively conversation.

It was a night of reunions. Parisian-based single gal , whom I connected with three years ago during my , happened to be in town.

Lana and me

Fellow dating blogger Rachel came with three friends. And gym buddies Ayesha and Sheryl, with whom I used to take classes, were part of the mix too.

Amidst the laughter and talk about only in New York moments, we eventually got onto the topic of being single here. Rachel’s friends Sam and Dan admitted the dating fatigue that often sets in and I was reminded of something it’s easy to forget—women aren’t the only ones navigating the ups and downs in this unpredictable, often exasperating landscape of the unattached.

Another comforting reminder—you never know when you’re going to connect with kindred spirits. And isn’t that part of what the holiday season is all about?

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December 16th, 2012 — 5:42pm

I’ve been a little quiet this week and with good reason – three holiday parties and one big presentation at work have kept me on the go. And all of it has reminded me how truly blessed I am to have so much to celebrate this holiday season.

Friday’s presentation was the first in which I presented my work at the to hotel ownership. Thanks to plenty of preparation and a lot of support from my amazing colleagues, it went off without a hitch. Afterward, I basked in kudos from my boss, our General Manager and his boss – then found myself feeling a sharp twinge of sadness as I thought about my dear, departed parents. How I would have loved to share this moment with them. But, in the spirit of honoring them by being thankful for what I do have, I refocused on that.

Work BFF Anna and me at the Westin NY Grand Central’s holiday soiree

The high of Friday’s presentation carried over to our holiday party in the Westin’s spacious Grand Central Ballroom. We know how to do it up right and this was no exception – festive seasonal decorations, open bar, a big buffet and DJ entertainment. I danced up a storm with my colleagues, shared some laughs with my plus one and good friend Crystal and felt all over again like I’ve finally found my true professional home.

Last night, I welcomed about 15 friends old and new for my annual holiday soiree. As we enjoyed drinks, food (including pasta and meatballs prepared by yours truly) and laughs, I couldn’t help thinking about how you never know when or where life is going to connect you with great people.

Celebrating with good friends: Jared, me and Jenny

Among the guests: Jared, the son of my mother’s best friend whom I’ve known since childhood, and his lovely wife Jenny; Stacy, my foodie buddy and fellow Ricky Martin fan who I got to know through Twitter earlier this year; my former personal trainer and now dear friend Crystal; Natalie, whom I met at a singles event a few summers back; and my longtime galpal since college Sara.

Spending time with my friends, and talking about upcoming plans together, has me very excited for 2013. If the end of 2012 is any indication, it’s going to be a great year!

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December 1st, 2011 — 6:53pm

(photo courtesy: Urban Girl Squad)

I’m a huge fan of Urban Girl Squad. This social networking group for women is run by smart, fun ladies who know how to throw fabulous events. What better way to celebrate the season than at UGS’ upcoming holiday party?

Set for Monday December 12th from  7 9PM at Armani Ristorante in Midtown, the intimate affair – only 50 people – will offer the chance to meet new people in a truly chic setting. Upstairs from the store, the restaurant features shimmering floor-to-ceiling windows and a backlit bar. Guests will enjoy one free cocktail, complimentary Italian hors d’oeuvres, drink specials on Armani signature cocktails and the chance to win dinner for two at the restaurant.

Tickets are $35 and being sold through a special link on the Happy Holidays!

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November 28th, 2011 — 9:32pm

As I mentioned over the weekend, one of my resolutions this holiday season is to ramp up the mingling and recharge my dating routine. Of course, that means getting my flirt on — which is why I was excited to hear about Naked Winery’s Unleash Your Inner Vixen campaign promoting its new Vixen Syrah.

Part of what makes this such a festive time of year is the chance to mingle and get in touch with your inner holiday goddess (case in point: from JLo’s stylish new line at Kohl’s that I just bought). And, of course, there are the opportunities for celebrating the season with the perfect bottle of wine. When it comes to reds, Syrah is one of my favorite varietals. Naked Winery’s Vixen is big, earthy Syrah — with smoky, red raspberry and early season black cherry on the nose and a medium long finish. As the back of the bottle says—

“Vixen, our foxy wine, is coy at first then comes on strong with elements of blackberry and some cherry.”

If you’re entertaining, the wine pairs perfectly with a reserve white cheddar or parmigiano reggiano with slices of Italian salami. For the single gal, it’s the perfect complement to girls night in, setting the mood on a date or treating yourself to a wine that ignites the senses with silky tannins that bite and hold on. With its playful packaging and rich flavor, Vixen Syrah is also a great gift and Naked Winery is offering a gift of its own this season – a 30-percent discount on all purchases of Vixen.

To take advantage of the offer, head on over to and use discount code single. Cheers to a fun, flirty holiday season!

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December 8th, 2010 — 7:07pm

Monday night, I headed over to Ardesia wine bar in NYC’s Midtown West for ‘s first annual holiday party.

Celebrating The Season: SingleEdition.com founder Sherri Langburt and me

The cozy gathering featured delicious wines and hors d’oeuvres and a veritable who’s who’s of the dating blogger scene here in Gotham. I had the chance to catch up with , , Cece of , and Issa of .

Simone, Issa and I shared our top blogging pet peeves — the tendency of some anonymous readers to post mean-spirited, unsolicited advice. Like the random weirdo from Indiana who somehow got a hold of my cell phone number and texted me his tips for finding Mr. Right (in a nutshell, lose 40 pounds and color my hair. How insightful!).

While mingling, I also had the pleasure of meeting Kim, founder of . Kim and I quickly hit it off, talking about the perils of dating a friend, the bizarre allure of reality show fame and the joy of connecting with fellow singles who understand the quirks of dating in Gotham.

The longer I’m here in my hometown, the more convinced I am that good men reside outside of the metropolitan NYC area — i.e., not in Manhattan. Which is why I’m looking forward to my date this weekend with a Bronx resident.

Coming up…a former serial dater turned happy husband shares his take on happily ever after and a look at two top dating advice books.

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December 22nd, 2009 — 2:20am

Friday night, I hosted a dozen friends at my third annual holiday party.

This year, along with the usual spread of cold hors d’oeuvres, I brought in White Castle sliders and pigs in a blanket. Hot comfort food goes a long way when the mercury drops — even my trainer Crystal was all for the caloric indulgence.

Celebrating The Season: (from left) Cindy, Rachel, me and Jason

Travel was one of the hot topics of conversation. Galpal Cindy and hubby Jason filled me in on their upcoming trip to Costa Rica, while my friend Prince shared his plans to visit Tanzania after the new year. My 2010 travel resolution — see more of the U.S., especially cities with a happening singles scene.

Fellow dating blogger Lost Plum and I talked about mining the past for material during present romantic droughts, and she also told me about the stalker who wants consent to use her likeness in his upcoming book. Only in New York.

Toward the night’s end, pals Andrea, Rachel and I settled in for some kvetching about singlehood in NYC.

As we shared stories and a few laughs, I was reminded of how lucky I am to have such great friends — friends who make the holiday season something to celebrate.

What’s your favorite part of this time of year?

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December 21st, 2009 — 9:20pm

Friday night, I hosted a dozen friends at my third annual holiday party.

This year, along with the usual spread of cold hors d’oeuvres, I brought in White Castle sliders and pigs in a blanket. Hot comfort food goes a long way when the mercury drops — even my trainer Crystal was all for the caloric indulgence.

Celebrating The Season: (from left) Cindy, Rachel, me and Jason

Travel was one of the hot topics of conversation. Galpal Cindy and hubby Jason filled me in on their upcoming trip to Costa Rica, while my friend Prince shared his plans to visit Tanzania after the new year. My 2010 travel resolution — see more of the U.S., especially cities with a happening singles scene.

Fellow dating blogger Lost Plum and I talked about mining the past for material during present romantic droughts, and she also told me about the stalker who wants consent to use her likeness in his upcoming book. Only in New York.

Toward the night’s end, pals Andrea, Rachel and I settled in for some kvetching about singlehood in NYC.

As we shared stories and a few laughs, I was reminded of how lucky I am to have such great friends — friends who make the holiday season something to celebrate.

What’s your favorite part of this time of year?

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December 12th, 2009 — 9:56pm

When it comes to hosting first-class events with young professionals, nobody does it better than Contacts & Cocktails. Which is why I was excited to hear about the group’s Third Annual Holiday Party.

Scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th, the event will feature complimentary peppermint martinis from 6-7pm, and live jazz from 630-930pm.

Admission is free. Advance registration and business cards are required. To RSVP, click .

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December 12th, 2009 — 4:56pm

When it comes to hosting first-class events with young professionals, nobody does it better than Contacts & Cocktails. Which is why I was excited to hear about the group’s Third Annual Holiday Party.

Scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th, the event will feature complimentary peppermint martinis from 6-7pm, and live jazz from 630-930pm.

Admission is free. Advance registration and business cards are required. To RSVP, click .

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December 24th, 2008 — 3:05am

One of my favorite things about this time of year is sharing it with good friends. Friday night, I had about 15 of my closest compadres over for a little holiday soirée.

All Decked Out: A bevy of candles added a nice touch to my Christmas decor

While enjoying cocktails (white wine and vodka mixers) and assorted snacks (mini chocolate cupcakes, chips and dip and a cheese platter), I caught up on everyone’s news.

Editor/tango dancer/diva extraordinaire Heidi mentioned her new weekly gig as a vocalist with the Steve Marshall Band at . Fellow PR maven and blogger Lyla introduced me to her delightful husband David, and filled me in on their interfaith holiday festivities (she’s Jewish, he’s Catholic). And travel writer Amanda told me about the progress she’s making with her upcoming book, , and plans to spend Christmas with her boyfriend in his Kansas hometown.

That’s What Friends Are For: Celebrating the season with Amanda and Jonathan, good buddies since we all went to Barbados on a press trip back in ‘05.

The only downside of the evening — my eternal worry as a hostess that there was enough food and drink. I invariably tend to overcompensate, putting out a bigger spread than necessary (and somehow managing to get a post-party refund from the supermarket when I return liters of soda and bags of chips).

Once again, there was plenty left over. This time though, I didn’t mind. I knew my friends were too busy having fun to overindulge.

As the party winded down around 1am, my dear friend Tiffany stayed behind to help me clean up, and talk about our plans for Christmas Day. Let the seasonal merrymaking continue!

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