Those of my readers who voraciously absorb every detail of the glamorous existence that is portrayed on these virtual pages, will remember that a very similar affair was held last winter on this very same Diva theme. It was so wonderful that it had to be experienced again! Consequently, many of the ingredients in this year's Diva Party are identical with last year's - however, there were a few upgrades this time that I want to share with my audience.
The greatest improvement this year was the Cocktail Bar, installed in the bedroom doorway. This whole idea of installing entertainment stations (or other stations) in doorways, is something that I am rather proud of. In a minuscule apartment like ours every inch counts, and a doorway - assuming that you will NOT need to pass through it during the party! - is a fantastic way of creating (an illusion of) more space.
The door to our bedroom is situated at the end of a corridor (bathroom door glimpsed at left, and walk-in closet at right), and in this little spot I created a bar. A set of curtains are suspended with shower curtain hooks from the top of door molding on the inside of the bedroom; another curtain hangs from a tension rod a foot in front of the doorway. A small, square folding table is straddling the threshold, and on this I arranged my accoutrements.
The neon sign was a loan from work, where a lot of odd paraphernalia has assembled over the years, due to my machinations. It made us all very excited!
Words of wisdom, indeed... This frame matched the ice bucket so well that it had to be used for something...
Since the table was a little too small for everything I wanted to gather on it, I improvised by emptying a few shelves in the adjoining bookcase, like so. (No, those are not real candles - they are the old battery-operated standbys!) The martini glasses have a little marabou trim, so they should feel festive!
Olives, cocktail napkins, and a glam ice bucket - these are some of the ingredients for a Diva Dinner
A disco ball, however small, always helps. It just makes life better.
Lots of Pomegranate Martinis also make life better - with alcohol and without!
Next-door (ha-ha-ha!) to the bar, by the closet door, was a dressing-up station, also slightly upgraded from last year...
The over-the-door mirror has been properly glamorized...
Necklaces, tiaras and feather boas on display for the Divas to wear... We felt pretty!
The nail polish salon, installed in the office doorway with the same technique that created the bar, was a favorite from last year.
The adorable lamp is actually a recent gift from my husband. His contributions to this life of glamor and excess are infinitely appreciated! Not least that he is very cooperative, and stays away for many hours when his wife needs an evening in the fast lane with Divas, Fairies, and such folk.
There's many a husband who could take lessons from mine! I'm just sayin'...
More words of wisdom...
Some new curtain hold-backs, made of gold plastic and (probably) genuine diamonds.
Just what every girl needs!
Better than the "real" thing!
The table setting was very similar to last year, with a hot pink theme, embellished with black and a bit of silver.
Placemats made from paper gift bags, plastic plates with sparkly trim, hot-pink-and-zebra napkins, and diamond napkin rings. Pink Champagne to drink!
In anticipation of the holiday of Purim - only a week away - I added a mask
to the feathered centerpiece...
No, this adorable, over-priced gift bag was not red (why do the colors come out like this?!), but the hottest of pink, and I used it for serving mini-baguettes
A couple of lovely candle glasses with black, flocked velvet trim, reflected in the mirrored buffet... There were some on the table as well.
We may have to do this again.
Regards from Rosebud!