(After talking to my best friend, I decided to let her tell you about this year’s Annual Christmas Eve Eve from her perspective. I didn’t want to gush too much about my favorite childhood movie or my favorite local location to work with!)
I didn’t know what to expect from Kayla this year for her Annual Christmas Eve Eve Party. This intimate gathering of friends has grown more extravagant and at times larger over the years. When she hand delivered this metal tin I was intrigued! The Troop Beverly Hills tin held a sparkly circular compass invitation and a troop hat to be worn at the party. It stated we would be earning badges for cooking, spa activities, friendship, and talent at the party/sleepover at The Four Seasons Houston – how fun! I even watched her favorite childhood movie so I could get my look together!
We arrived at the Four Seasons Houston Hotel and knew the evening would be amazing. We were greeted with a glass of champagne at Valet and a beautiful Christmas Tree in their luxurious and chic lobby before being escorted to the restaurant, Quattro, for dinner. It spoke to the Troop Beverly Hills theme. The chef’s table in a private dining room looking into the kitchen was set. There were so many beautiful, small and personal details that I couldn’t keep my eyes in one location. The Ornamentini signature cocktail was adorable and Kayla used her grandmother’s china for the place settings who had passed this summer. Candles provided the perfect ambiance, and she had fun aprons waiting for us to wear before beginning the cooking class. These are just a few of the details. Pictures say more than words.
All of the ladies enjoyed an intensive and thorough cooking class where we made ravioli with a shrimp, spinach, and ricotta filling. And after much anticipation, we were eventually able to enjoy our dinner. It was scrumptious!
After dinner we ventured up to the Troop Beverly Hills suite for talent show shenanigans – and it had been completely transformed. The walls were covered in a palm leaf print, and the room was decorated with Troop Beverly Hills memorabilia. The homemade (and semi-homemade) cookies we brought in our tins were displayed so we can fill them again in the cookie exchange. There was more than enough to enjoy with a mug from the hot chocolate bar which had a variety of accompaniments to make each cup of cocoa unique – Amarreto, vanilla marshmallows was my combination of choice.
The talent show commenced next, and I was certainly surprised by some of the selections by the group. We had a magic show, singing, dancing, and Quick Changing! We will leave it at that. Similar to Las Vegas, what happens at the CEE talent show, stays at the CEE talent show!
The rest of the evening was spent in our customized Burt’s Bees onsies and fur lined knit socks attaching our badges to our troop collars, and just enjoying each other’s company. It was a fabulous and much-needed adult slumber party. The event ended with breakfast the following morning in the suite. All of the guests were able to enjoy some down time in the midst of the hectic holiday season. And this will certainly be the most beloved CEE gathering – especially since it is the last.
Thanks for a great set of memories over the years, Kayla! The holidays wouldn’t be the same without you.
Exquisitely Dunn was officially established in 2007, but its story begins many years prior. Our founder and creative director, Kayla Marie Dunn, has been crafting memorable events since childhood. She quickly realized her knack for dreaming big and transforming vision into reality. This, coupled with her impeccable style, allows us to create classic, elegant events to suit any client’s taste. The hummingbird embodies our philosophy at Exquisitely Dunn. It is delicate, yet surprisingly strong; it is versatile, efficient, swift, and graceful. Understated yet bold, the hummingbird provides joy, brightness, and love. This is the unique spirit Exquisitely Dunn brings to every event.