New Year’s Eve has become one of my favorite holidays. Though I was a bit under the weather both last year and this year, I relish every opportunity to dress up. A cold cannot and WILL NOT get in the way of a dress up party in a castle, who are we kidding? After a week in Northern California with my family, we all spent our last night celebrating the year to come at a beautiful castle-winery! My best friend, Nicole, and her mom even drove up from Los Angeles to join us for the evening. I was surrounded by people I love and I got to wear a fabulous dress. I could not have dreamed up a better way to bid adieu to 2017.
We attended the Gatsby Gala at the Castello di Amorosa, a winery modeled after an Italian castle in Calistoga, California. I have attended the castle’s new year’s eve functions since I was old enough to attend (21) and can honestly say I haven’t attended a better party. In the past, the New Year’s Eve Ball had a masquerade theme but this year the gala was Gatsby. I’ll be honest, I didn’t go all out with the theme as it didn’t quite hit me that the event would be a full on twenties inspired party until two or three days before the event. Still, I think my dress worked out well enough for the theme! My Aunt had a beautiful twenties inspired headpiece that sort of carried our whole group thematically.
I tend to enjoy getting ready for a big event just as much as the actual event, this year was no exception! Early in day in the 31st, my cousin Michelle, Nicole, her mother and I headed to Sephora for a quick New Year’s Eve makeover. I opted for a gold shimmery eye and red lips while Michelle chose a gorgeous deep blue-red color and Nicole highlighted the inner corner of her eyes with silver glitter. Though my false eyelashes didn’t quite last through the night, I felt pretty darn good about my NYE makeup.
From champagne and oysters upon our arrival, to a dance floor, cigar lounge, speak easy and four-course dinner the Gatsby Gala was a truly spectacular event! This year I think the event planning team at the winery stepped up their game. I adored the fairy lights, chandeliers and cute Gatsby inspired quotes strewn throughout the venue. An explosion of gold glitter on the dance floor at midnight was a beautiful welcome to 2018.
As cliché as it sounds, I have a really great feeling about 2018! 2017 was such a good year for me (more on that later) and I have this genuine feeling of excitement for everything to come in the new year. I am ready for a new semester of law school, ready for a quick trip to the Bahamas, ready to work towards new fitness goals, ready for everything!
Thank you for taking a moment to glimpse into my New Year’s celebration and I hope you enjoyed your New Year’s Eve this year too! If you’re ever in the Napa Valley region be sure to check out the Castello di Amorosa!