Celebu-tantes for Christmas 

Party Expert

Christmas is upon us and what better way to celebrate the birth of the world’s most famous icon than lifting your voice high, overdrafting your bank account and going to some holiday parties. Over the past week, my life has been a blur of tinsel, lights and spiked eggnog. My friends Jesika and Leslie threw a bash that showed the most spirit and left all the partygoers elated with Yuletide fever.

Jesika and Leslie are Indy’s answer to the modern day celebutante. I won’t divulge what their folks do, but these girls are the ones in VIP at the best clubs in Indy. They’re always hanging with the most influential young people of the city, and they make everything they do, from dancing to just walking through a crowd, look effortless and amazing. So, when I got the e-vite to the duo’s “Happy Holidays” party, I sent in my RSVP quicker than you could say “Feliz Navidad.” Take a cue from some of their holiday hits and misses.

THEME: Be sure your gathering stands out by making it more than just another holiday party. Try a secret-Santa theme or a red and white theme. It’s an easy way to make sure people arrive in the festive mood. Jesika and Leslie opted for a wear-Christmas-on-your-sleeve theme and encouraged everyone to show up with Christmas trees and bells on their outfits. It’s hard to take yourself seriously when you’re talking stocks with a guy who has candy canes running up and down the length of his body.

DECORATIONS: Jesus died for our sins; the least you could do is go all out for his birthday party. Turn your apartment into Santa’s workshop and see the smiles you get. Remember: Better atmosphere produces better pictures and good pictures make great stocking stuffers. I can’t wait to get the portrait of my buddies standing under a red canopy of lights looking like a deranged Christmas prom.

AFTER HOURS WEAR: Most Christmas parties don’t run late and hard-core clubbers will want to go out on the town. Make sure to remind people to bring a change of clothes. I looked out of place when I rolled up nine-deep to 6 Lounge’s VIP section wearing a V-neck T-shirt in the middle of winter. (I refused to wear my tacky Christmas turtleneck.) I had no problem getting in, but some “less fortunates” may have better luck if they get a clue beforehand.

See next week’s cover for Pipes’ expert party advice for New Year’s Eve.

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