A year had gone by, and Lucy was finally moved into her new New Haven townhouse. She would never feel that it was an entirely finished project, but she felt comfortable enough to throw open the doors to her friends to hold her annual holiday party. Cards went out with the new address on the back for the informal holiday event!
Her new home was not too far from her last, on a pretty New Haven street dusted with snow. It was a stone building with an elegant facade, rising three stories shoulder to shoulder with the buildings on either side. The front door, warded with a discreet but powerful sigil of protection, opened to any coming to join the festivities and do no harm.
The house was decorated in twinkling white lights with a real Christmas tree and live garlands filling the house with the scent of pine. The tree was decorated in pretty (but impersonal) ornaments in a gold and cream theme with the occasional pop of red. From the first floor entry, guests were guided into a formal but comfortably furnished living room which opened to a large kitchen and dining area towards the rear. Although there is clearly a back garden beyond the kitchen through french doors, it appears to be as yet unfinished and wild. The first floor also has a dining room where a buffet of good eats and treats is on offer. Lighter snacks and treats, as well as a bar with both alcoholic drinks and not, were on offer in the kitchen where there is additional seating and space to socialize. A sprig of mistletoe dangled from the encasement between the kitchen and living room and a fire was kept up in the living room fireplace.
Guests were also welcome up to the second floor, away from the music and noise downstairs. The main sitting area was perhaps cozier and quieter than downstairs, a fire roaring, the coffee table playing host to bowls of spiced nuts and individually wrapped truffles, the mantel festooned with live garland and twinkling lights here as well.
In general, the townhouse was elegantly decorated and, it being Lucy's home, was filled with art of different styles and periods connected only by Lucy's personal taste. Lucy happily took anyone interested on a home tour, giving copious credit to the hard work of her friend Candy who did much of the renovations, and Bailey who helped with the interior design.**
With the home noisy and crowded, Kitty, Lucy's tabby cat, stayed mostly in the master suite upstairs, but occasionally ventured down for some attention.
The record player had music going, Christmas-themed but nothing too treacly, and Lucy made sure to flip it over and put on the next thing to keep up the festive mood. Gifts were piled beneath the tree. Guests should take a moment to peek beneath it to see if there is one with their name!
((This is a board event! I'm getting this posted much later than I expected, but please feel free to post at your leisure. You're welcome to write something longer to go here, or just a brief note about your character's attendance. If anyone is interested in writing with me, especially a gift exchange, I would be delighted!
**I do not have a precise home tour of Lucy's townhouse, but if you're curious, I can happily share my inspiration pinterest board. It's not exact, just inspirational.))