Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Squadron Holiday Party

Brian's squadron here at Offutt Air Force Base is a very busy squadron, often times as many as 9 crews are coming and going at one time.  Something they do every year is throw a holiday party at a fancy place and everyone gets together, lets loose, and has a grand ole time.  This year (since I'm a key spouse in the squadron and because they know I love to throw parties) I was asked to help out with planning the holiday party that was to take place in downtown Omaha at the Magnolia Hotel. I jumped at the chance! Brian had just left and throwing myself into party planning mode helps keep me busy and not missing him quite so much.  This year's party was on January 3rd because we had so many crews gone in the month of December.  It was a Hollywood theme and we had so much fun planning it. Here are some pictures from our party! 
The setup. Tara (the key spouse mentor) and I went early Friday morning to set all of the centerpieces up. Half of the tables we chose popcorn in vases with cranberries and a movie clapboard. My pictures don't really do it justice!

On the other half we did popcorn boxes with yellow flowers and film reels coming out.  Again, I will never be a photographer but you get the gist of it!

Our red carpet

All of the raffles we got local businesses to donate. Omaha sure is a military friendly city!

And the nametags. We had about 93 people in attendance. I didn't get any pictures of the cocktail room but that's where had a photographer, the bar, and a bunch of cocktail tables decorated.

After we set things up our group of ladies went and got our hair done!

We went to a place called Lark in West Omaha and it's a blow-dry studio. I'd never been to such a place but it's a hair studio where they only style hair and do blow-outs.  We didn't really know what to expect. I guess this is something that's popular in big cities like New York and some locals decided to open up their own shop!  It was a lot of fun, especially since I got to do it with friends.

This was the after picture of the first group (there was 6 of us total). I look like a country singer. I've never seen my hair so big before! This is before makeup too.

And this is the after picture with makeup! I'm hoping the professional pictures will showcase it all better because my camera really stinks!

During the party I was the door girl. I handed out raffle tickets and welcomed everyone to the party. And stood there awkwardly!

First was a cocktail hour and then dinner was served.  After that we had some speeches, raffle prize announcements, and then the dj got the dancing started.

And oh did we dance. Yeah that's Brian.  Those fliers sure work hard. And play hard!

The party planners. Tara, Jason (he's a pilot in the squadron and was in charge of being the military point of contact), and I.

Some of the great ladies I get to call friends!

Annie and I, trying to be Hollywood! :)  After that the pictures got a little crazy...

so I'll just show you a picture of Brian and I. After too much dancing and too much drinking.  We're kind of a mess but we had a great time!

And this is proof. :)  We stayed at the Magnolia that night and it was so nice.  The party was such a blast and I can't wait to do it again next year!


Fe Adamsonn said...

That was surely a great party. I prepared a party before as well and it was not easy but in the end it is great to see how each one attended the party had a good time. Nice pictures by the way.

Military spouse

Janelle Vannice said...

That looks like so much fun! Glad you guys had a great time! :)

whit | Black Little Button blog said...

looks like a great time!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Hot Momma! You look amazzing!

Traci@TheHallway said...

What an awesome looking party!! And you look ravishing!!!!!!!!!!!

Becky Dougherty said...

Looks like a great time! You did a super job! :)

Jenn said...

Hottie! Your hair and make up look great! Glad y'all had fun. You are a party-planning queen!

The Chick Nest said...

Beautiful decorations and you look gorgeous! Glad you shared these pictures to see a glimpse into all of your hard work! :) Fun times!

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