Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We Sipped and Shopped


Tonight one of our tennis friends had a little party at her garden shop. She and her mother make wreaths and decorations and such, and she let everyone know she was having a Sip 'n' Shop to kick off the holidays.

Sidebar: Back when I used to watch the Real Housewives of Atlanta, I remember that one of the wives had a baby and then invited her friends and neighbors to an open house that she called a Sip 'n' See. I remember that the whole internet exploded in derision. Like, "Sip 'n' See, is that a thing? What IS that?" I was like, it is right there in the name. You sip and you see, it is not that difficult. So uppity, the internets!

Okay, so the Sip 'n' Shop. I had not yet visited her garden nursery. Pretty Neighbor and I wanted to show our support, so off we went. The place looked like a little marzipan cottage. Everything was very cute, and there was wine and cheese. We chatted with some of our buddies and made our way around to look at everything. One older lady had on a full-length mink coat. You don't often see that in these parts, because it's not cold enough. But tonight it was. It's in the teens with the windchill. She also had on a striking red hat and pearls.

Whereas I had texted the hostess to make sure this wasn't a dressy affair and that leggings are still pants, because I would be in my tennis clothes. Or I didn't check with her about the leggings, I've made my mind up about that.

I had planned to buy a wreath there, because I'd heard that they were so pretty. I was even prepared to spend some money on it, even though wreaths, like bows and throw pillows, fall into that category of things that Matt doesn't imagine actually costing money.

(My friend Veronica and I used to have a policy. When your husband asks you how much a jacket or a purse cost, take the first digit off the price and tell him the remaining numbers, and that will sound like a reasonable amount to him. "This purse honey? A splurge at $79." Like that. Anyway.)

So Pretty Neighbor and I closed in on a pretty wreath that was festooned with owls and feathers. I turned over the price tag. "Uh oh," I said, "It has a 'one' in front of it." I scooted over and picked up a bow instead. I had a wreath already that needed bedazzling. But then somehow on the way to the cash register, I wound up holding a centerpiece with greenery and bows and two little reindeer.

Pretty Neighbor goes, "You put that on your dining room table, it's gonna Christmas that shit right up!"

Sold!

BAM.

Then we made our way back to our neighborhood, and I went around and collected the kids, and I thought about what pleasure there is in bustling through the early dark, with agreeable children, and a warm house waiting.

Here's to sipping and/or shopping for all of us. Put a bow on something maybe.

9 comments:

Allison said...

One of the downsides to Christmas in Arizona is that the climate is just so wrong. Looking forward to enjoying yours vicariously. Bows! Center pieces. Love that.

Elizabeth said...

You might have just written your own version of the famous gourd essay.

Life on The Rowland Ranch said...

It's 3am. Burning the midnight oil while reading your blog is delightful. I didn't realize how much I missed this. Please consider blogging every day for the rest of your life. :-)

Life on The Rowland Ranch said...

I meant to say...burning the midnight oil with a newborn, while reading your blog...

delaine said...

I like that bow on your old wreath! It looks very pretty and very festive. Now can we see your centerpiece? Sounds like a lovely evening. Your description of coming into the warm house is so special. You are blessed, and you know it, don't you?

Rebekah said...

I love to read your blog again. I want to play tennis with you if our paths cross in Tenn. around a holiday. I rarely play tennis, but would love to play more often.

For the wreath or your centerpiece you can just "put a bird on it" come March and BAM, you've got spring decor.

Beth said...

Yesterday it was 93 degrees here. On November 13. I mean, WHAAAT?

I love your dropping a digit plan. But my husband goes through every receipt every month... I'm required to save all my receipts and put them in special divided folders, and then when the bill comes, he reconciles each one and then asks me about every single other charge for which we don't have a receipt. Someday, SOMEDAY, I will have every receipt for every penny I spent for one month. After 16 years, that still hasn't happened, but I can dream, right?

Aimee said...

Sip & See, Sip & Shop - Oh MY, so Southern Lady. Seriously, from outsider looking in, it's just too too. I almost forget that I used to attend those sorts of things, but suburban Seattle doesn't get far beyond your Thirty-Ones or Cookie Lees. They do tend to come with copious amounts of wine, though. Some things are NOT regional.

Is it really time to kick off the holiday season? I may have to be dragged kicking and screaming, regardless of the turkey breasts waiting in the garage freezer...

Elle said...

I love that bow! Snapchat that little reindeer guy! Hurry!