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POTTERY BARN…….. getting ready for Christmas

My problem is solved!  How to jazz up my Christmas luncheon table.

[Martha would be sooooooo envious]

Thank you POTTERY BARN.

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CHAMPAGNE BUCKET……….holds 4 bottles of BRUT beautifully.

LUNCH at Lillie Langtry’s

Lillie’s is  a great spot in the Theatre District to grab a burger and a beer before or after a Broadway show.

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Lillie Langtry would love this place ………[if she were still alive].  In 1887 she appeared in New York on Broadway as Lady Macbeth…….and was paid $6000 a week.  The critics hated her performance….but the public loved her.

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Tables  in the front ………..sweet place to meet your friends.

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The decor…….Victorian  to an excess………but that was Victoriana in the 1880′s.

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Oh Lillie !   She had an infamous affair with the future King Edward Vll……then she became pregnant by the Prince of wales……….and that same year became the first society woman to appear on the stage.

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One of the longest bars in Manhattan……..but not short on beers.

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Marble railing…….red velvet stools……….laptops welcome.

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Santas in every niche………..HO HO HO!

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Candle sconces…….by the dozens……….adorn the walls.

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20 Chandeliers dangle throughout the restaurant.  LOVE that crystal.

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Antique mirrors in every nook and cranny.

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You will LOVE the Loo.  Really !

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Don’t cha’ luv the way the water flows into the basin.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall!  I want to take you home with me!

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“Skip to the LOO my darling!

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Hee Hee !!

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It’s a grand interior………stained glass everywhere.

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It took an artist months to paint the ceiling……..Michaelangelo would be proud!

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Even the water bottle was toned to fit the decor.  Nice touch !

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Our waitress couldn’t have been sweeter.

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Blue Moon Belgian White………from Golden Colorado!  Hello Coors!!!  Has a coriander nose……slightly sour waft but is floral and gently malty.  Nice !

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Well, I came here for the burger.  Angus beef…….perfectly grilled.  Divine frites.

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Lots of cozy nooks to meet with your friends.

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More of those chandeliers……….

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with Christmas balls abounding.

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This charming couple from Spain…..Maria and Danny………on their honeymoon were at the table next to ours.

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Joana…….photographer…….blogger was photographing for her blog.

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Oscar Wilde……….peering down from the bar……..was so smitten with Lillie…..he called her Venus Victrix…..[what the heck does that mean?]

3000 SANTAS arrive in Central Park

SANTAS by the thousands descended on Central Park today……….along with their elves……reindeer…………Indians……..Christmas Trees.  More than a few were TIPSY!  But all were yelling ……“HO HO HO”……… or……….. ” have a very  M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S “.

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And YES…………Santa’s got BALLS !!!

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Hundreds of the Santas traveled by subway……….others on bikes…..rollerblades and pedi-cabs.

CHRISTMAS PARTY in my lobby 2012

This was our 15th Annual Christmas Lobby Party ……….and I had to grab the tree………it was tipping over………maybe from the weight of 2000 lights and 1000 ornaments.

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Angelica Houston brought fruit tarts  from Le Pain Quotidien to the party.

DECORATING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

The kids in my apartment building always decorate the lobby tree.  I buy the ornaments…..they hang ‘em.  I get them all at” Gracious Home”……..my favorite store on the West Side of Manhattan.

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The kids are all so sweet…………

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Fascinated by the lights……….our tree has 2000 of them.

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They are very fussy about which ornaments they want to hang.

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She is as precious at the ornament…….

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He insisted on hanging the garlands…….

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Archie  found the perfect spot for his red ” snowflake” ball.

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There are 12 of these boxes to choose from.  They get to take the “leftovers” home.

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He’s trying to decide what to put in this spot.  Snowflake or ball?

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She decided the back of the tree needed more ornaments.

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Zack was ever so careful……..for a while !

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“O.K.  I dropped three already….should I drop this red one?”  HE DID !  What a cutie.

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I designed this Angel years ago for a company in Wisconsin…..so she always goes on top……though a lot of the kids vote for a Star.

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All done!  And every day the kids bring their friends to see “their” tree………and they hung all 600 ornaments.  And it shows !

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My neighbor……Angelica Houston ……stopped to pose in front of the tree.  She’s such a sweetie.

SEA CREATURES FOR YOUR TREE

Theres is a funky little shop on Fifth avenue with Mermaids and Mermen just waiting to be hung…………on your tree!  Glitz galore !

With the perfect martini…….awaiting your pleasure.