keg party

on the twentieth day of december...

after enjoying the christmas light walk with bff debbie on sunday, it was time for another social celebration! specifically, sunday eve was the staff party for both the store and theOTHERstore. nicole had the great idea to all go out together, this year. awesome! the more, the merrier!

the venue? the keg steakhouse, in waterloo.

our party spot

we only MET at 8:30 p.m.! good thing i am getting better at staying up later!

testing, testing, one, two, three...let's party!

[sidenote: my camera is still not functioning 100% normally. as you will see, some pictures are very clear, some blurry. sorry, in advance, for any fuzzy photos!].

the keg was a busy spot on sunday eve – there were several large family groups, and couple of other staff parties going on.

my colleagues kindly agreed to pose for photos!

from the store:

manager paul, (and annette)

cass (and phil)

from theOTHERstore:

nicole; mandy (and ash); paul

luca (and michelle)

me and nicole! (well, i'm from both stores!)

i took advantage of the fact that we were enjoying a holiday party and wore my knit oldie-but-goodie christmas sweater. cheesy? perhaps. but it’s all about your attitude. green nail polish finished the look!

cosy, too!

we started with apps:

three girls, three cocktails...shrimp, that is!

…and moved on to mains:

medium-rare sirloin and mixed greens! perfect!

[i’m mostly including that photo because it turned out so CLEAR! phooey!].

after dinner, it was time to expose ourselves reveal the name we staff at theOTHERstore had drawn for our secret santa gift exchange! well, guess whose name i had received? nicole! that’s why it was so easy to do my secret shopping!

santa plate + red and green marker pens

young paul had my name, and i was so excited to receive…

a gift card for bath and body works!

whee!!! i will really have fun choosing what to buy at this store (a suggestion on my christmas list was from here, even!).

nicole also brought treats to ensure that no one (staff at the store, and all guests) went home empty-handed:

chocolate is always welcome at christmas!

what a really fun evening – lots of laughter, chatter and just a solid good time. and now we are all rejuvenated for the last, busy, week-before-christmas retail whirlwind! i feel so fortunate to work with such a congenial group of people.

did you attend a holiday staff party this season – either your own or as a guest? i have to inquire as to why our condo building did not hold an evening get-together this december – we have every other year that we’ve lived here. that event would have been another fun social!

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  • Lisa  On December 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Looks like a fun time—so late though! I like to be home in my pjs by 9 πŸ™‚
    It looks like it was worth making an exception for though!

    I haven’t been to any christmas parties, but I have so many friend dates this week! Right now I’m procrastinating on grading my classes’ final papers…but as soon as I get down to business and finish that…I’m on break!

    Ok, back to work πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      it WAS a late night! i felt like a real party animal! πŸ™‚ that’s so fun to have outings with friends lined up for the week – a great way to kick off your break! i hope you can finish grading the papers asap!

  • Dorry  On December 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    this looks like so much fun! I’d love a gift to Bath & Body works. mmmm, I can just smell all the delicious things now. we’re waiting until after the new year to have a lululemon holiday party, but we’ve had plenty of festive days and nights together lately. I love that we work with such fun people!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      i am looking forward to a visit to bath & body works – but it is going to be hard to decide between the wonderful scents, as you say! i LOVED your lululemon run & starbucks festive outing, dorry! i’ve heard of other staff parties that are held after the holidays, too – it’s such a busy time of year, esp in our line of work!

  • Stephanie  On December 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Oh, that sweater…that sweater. It’s a thing of beauty. Ha! We had JP’s squadron party on Friday. There weren’t any gift exchanges, but everyone was all dolled up and the food and music were great!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      thanks, stephanie! now, can you imagine if i had just had *a certain pair of tights* to wear with the sweater!?! haha! ooo, your party sounds like fun. it’s nice to get all glammed up once in a while!

  • Johanna B  On December 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I saw your headline and immediately thought “Cathy at a kegger?” Glad to hear it was a fun time and a nice restaurant. There’s only three of us in my department and our director isn’t much on celebrating (anything) so we don’t do a party. The hospital had their Christmas dinner last Friday for 4000 employees. Now that’s a lot of effort for those involved in creating that meal. It was tasty.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

      you have gotten to know me, johanna – yes! a kegger is not exactly my style! wow – a dinner for 4000 – the organization of such an event and the amount of food (how many turkeys?!) is mind-boggling!

  • Zo  On December 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I just attended our holiday party last night. We don’t do secret Santa at my work, but we do seem to manage to give eac other chocolate! Glad you had such a fun time, Cathy!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

      oh, that’s fun that you had your party last eve! nice way to kick off the final week of work before the break. hope you had fun, too!

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