I have a lifelong hatred of New Year's.
A girl who loves parties & glitter & champagne & party crowns HATES New Year's?!
I do. Or, well, I did. Until this year!
On December 29, Emily, Helen & I jetted to Sea Island, a fabulous resort in Georgia, to ring in 2013 in style.
Naturally, I packed the essentials, including these black & gold party crowns.
We may or may not have ordered a cookie cake to celebrate the weekend. Party snacks?
I could NOT get over this insane Spanish moss. I swear it came straight from the Garden of Eden.
We visited the sweetest little church I ever saw... Christ Church Frederica (Episcopal- shoutout!).
Full of majesty & splendor
Beneath the beautiful trees...
After hitting up the Cloister Collection to buy some (sale!) Lilly, we checked into our hotel, The Cloister.
Our gorgeous room! I loved the vaulted ceilings & hardwood floors & our dressing room.
Helen & I enjoyed sitting in The Lodge, admiring all the beautiful Christmas decorations.
The room of my dreams, though, was the solarium. I could stay in here forever!
Gorgeous hydrangeas in the Spanish Lounge
A table for cards in the Spanish Lounge
The Cloister main lobby was oh so beautiful
We soaked up the sun outside on the patio, a nice break from the chilly Texas weather
It was still Christmas, though, y'all!
Mother, can I have my wedding in this ballroom?
The G8 Summit was hosted at Sea Island in 2004. This is the Summit room.
Naturally, I sat in George W. Bush's seat :)
Ringing in 2013 with a strawberry daiquiri at the Beach Club!
The Chapel at Sea Island
Party preparations were in full-force on Monday!
The Georgian Room where we had a super fancy dinner.
(Truth be told, though, I would have preferred Chipotle over sick pate. I don't want foods in paste or gel form... gag!)
My perfect souvenir! An original watercolor of The Cloister
Emily brought these cute NYE cookies from Celebrity Bakery in Dallas for us!
A private tasting in the Library. (Again, I bet Chipotle is better!)
My head & hair are far too big to wear a paper hat. I stick with the crown!
An incredible fireworks display over the water welcomed in the New Year in a perfect way.
Party time, y'all!
There was music & dancing & champagne everywhere! So fun.
My favorite meal of the trip?
New Year's Day brunch at the Beach Club, complete with
black-eyed peas (see, Mother!), chicken & waffles, mac & cheese... all the good stuff.
I hope your 2013 is the best yet!
I had the best time ringing in the New Year with two of my favorite girls in the world!
Thanks, H & E, for a fab weekend!!
I'm already ready to return next NYE...