Back on December 13th, over 30 Lolitas and their guests gathered at the Victorian tea house Lady Mendl's for a private party that featured a champagne toast, sit-down dinner, raffle and gift exchange. It was an amazing experience for me to see so many of us all together, looking lovely and having fun in such a nice place. Thank you all again for coming!
About the photos: After her success with the summer party, I hired friend and photographer stratamander again to cover this one, and am glad I did. :) It was hard for me to narrow down the photos to just 50, and I hope you enjoy them as well.
And a big thank you also goes to our generous raffle sponsors, who sent in prizes from their own companies or lines. You can learn more about them at the end of this post, or visit their websites below. Please check them out if you get a chance!
Studio Milky Way
One of our five tables, which were set in two adjoining parlors.
Gifts piling up as the party starts!
The raffle prizes on display near the entrance.
the_rose_prince gets a welcome hug from ongaku_chan.
tropigalia owns that crown!
bakaxtenshi and his guest, who were a lot of fun to meet.
marthaness and local designer legsdiamond share a laugh.
The always cute darcia26 and her guest in the front parlor.
All smiles from sweetieloli.
archfaith, corrosivematter(?) and noirhana all in a pretty row. (We had three guests in black and red, two of whom I'd never met and one only once, so if I've mixed people up my apologies and please let me know!)
misadesu, aeonispi, chiakuma and antithesis17 pose for a quick snapshot.
the_rose_prince in a great photo.
t3h_janitor_jim, noirhana and oxxcyanidexxo join in the champagne toast that officially kicked off the party.
marthaness and a_dropofcolour enjoying their drinks.
tokyosheart, looking sweet!
From left to right: hallarch, darcia26's guest and herself, jeremiahmagic, bakaxtenshi and his guest, and misadesu.
The elegant princessleia1 prepares her tea.
oxxcyanidexxo, who was one of our raffle prize sponsors as well!
bakaxtenshi's guest, contemplating the meaning of life. ;)
A big smile from hallarch.
It's tea time! Lady Mendl's serves homemade sugar cubes that normally have roses on them, but for Christmas we get tiny little stockings.
aeonispi, looking great.
The one and only uglykitties at her table with Person Whose Hair I Want Most katabulous next to her.
dixmacabre in a quiet moment.
legsdiamond's handmade rose headband, in another of my favorite shots. (I love the soft, filtered effect Stratamander got with her lens: no Photoshop needed!)
A thoughtfuldarcia26 at her table.
The stylish set of corrosivematter, misadesu and ugly_kitties chatting.
The regal a_dropofcolour and princesspoodle hold court.
From left to right: Smiles for katabulous, the_rose_prince's guest, and Katabulous's guest.
oxxcyanidexxo and tokyosheart in a neat mirror-image of opposite directions.
Part of the evening's beautiful Red/Black brigade!
bakaxtenshi chats with friends. I also want his hair!
The adorable ongaku_chan, taking a seat for the raffle and gift exchange.
Everyone gathers in the front room and the raffle begins, with a lot of suspense, clapping and laughter as the prizes get handed out.
Yes, we form a small army. Our generals are there in the front. ;)
After the raffle came the gift exchange, where everyone had to come up by number and pick a wrapped gift someone else had bought, not knowing what was inside. When it was your turn you could steal someone else's gift they'd already chosen, or pick a new one yourself. We had a few "thefts" but compared to other exchanges I've been at this one was virtually bloodless!
jeremiahmagic, in his awesome coat, gets something... "pink, yes, something pink..."
katabulous has a new pet!
dixmacabre battles the tissue paper.
sweetieloli makes off with a S'mores kit! Remember it: It'll show up later.
What's in aliknyankochan's gift bag?
katabulous's guest comes away with... bath stuff!
t3h_janitor_jim is clearly pleased by pink.
archfaith looks like she picked a good gift!
I think a_dropofcolour is planning on taking over the world.
The party wrapped up with some last-minute chatting and photos.
pezzazz, looking really cute in her new hat she just got in the exchange.
And then it was out into the cold, dark city...
But not before we got a massive group photo! (We got almost everyone, but two male guests ended up outside of the shot: darcia26 and the_rose_prince's guests. My apologies!)
Did you know that s'mores are the secret Lolita battleflag? I told you they'd show up again. :)
And so concluded our NYC Christmas party... Best wishes to everyone in the New Year and hope you enjoyed the photos!
Also, here's a closer look at our raffle prizes and the folks that sent them along:
CatNapCaps contributed some great Sweets jewelry in the form of two macaron rings, a chocolate ring with a silver-plated base, and an adorable necklace with a silver-plated chain. They also take commissions for shirred JSKs and Sweets jewelry.
The Lolitas-n-Cream founder was a guest at the party too! She brought a great giftbasket stuffed with the adorable Sweet jewelry Lolitas-n-Cream makes: ice cream rings, a macaron pearl ring and necklace set, cell phone strap, barrettes, and wrist cuffs.
Megwa sent along a pretty headbow and four bookmarks of her art, which are really cool as the dresses show fabric print designs she makes and sells in real life. Attention seamstresses!
Velvet Sparkle contributed a huge bag of goodies from their shop, which specializes in importing cute, fun items from Asia like jewelry, shirts and more, and the bag included earrings, necklaces, shirts, belts and barrettes.
And last but not least, Studio Milky Way sent along some yummy cake keychains from their new Sweets line.
(If you'd like to save or use any of these photos, please credit Stratamander and leave the watermarks intact. Thank you!)