1 Everything was set for the guests to arrive for a holiday brunch celebration.
2 Even the eagle in the servery was decorated for the occasion.
3 Meanwhile, Sara Mastracco and Pierre Schaedelin carried food from the prep kitchen in the adjacent building.
4 My longtime weekend housekeeper, Lily Mei, loves helping Pierre.
5 Another long-time housekeeper, Laura Acuna, did most of the holiday decorating. She has such a knack and keen eye.
6 The kitchen was buzzing with activity.
7 These candied cape gooseberries were used as garnish on the fruit platter.
10 For one dish, my farm-fresh eggs were cooked in a sous-vide machine to a custard-like consistency and served on brioche toasts with creamed spinach. It was amazing!
11 G.K. was curious about everything.
12 Anticipating a party, Sharkey and G.K. rested up beforehand.
13 The fire was set outdoors in the giant fire bowl.
14 Nearby, 150 oysters were arranged over ice in another giant bowl. They were served with a red wine mignonette and freshly grated horseradish. The oysters were from Norm Bloom & Son Oysters & Clams in Norwalk CT from Copps Island, right off of Westport, CT. http://www.normbloomandson.net/
16 There was also a citrus/vodka punch called Mary's Knees.
17 Thomas Joseph carried trays and trays of Christmas cookies to arrange in the Summer House.
18 Individual bread puddings were a big hit.
20 Gold embroidered cocktail napkins
21 Tiny chocolate cupcakes
22 Little plates of Christmas cookies were positioned throughout the rooms.
23 The fire made everything so warm and inviting.
24 My trainer, Mary Tedesco, her daughter Sienna, and her son Mikey visited with Santa.
25 So did Reika Alexander, owner of En Japanese Brasserie in NYC and her darling son.
26 I led my guests through the house.
28 My nephew, Timothy Long, brought his friends, who are professional singers, to the party for caroling.
29 My niece, Sophie Herbert, and her new fiancé, Dan Slater, joined the buffet line.
30 Guests mingled and sat and ate.
31 My nephew, Kirk Christiansen and his sister's boyfriend, Barrett.
32 Actor Richard Gere engaged in conversation.
33 My dear friend, Memrie Lewis looked festive in red.
34 My nieces, Kristina Christiansen and Sophie Herbert
35 This little angel loved the blintzes.
36 Darcy Miller and her daughters Pippa, Daisy, and Ella
37 Another look at that glittered Noah's ark.
38 A wonderful use of pearl garlands
39 A detail of a gold tree
40 It's Francesca and Sharkey with a snowman!
41 Holiday linens
42 I got to show off my grandson, Truman.
43 And little Jude had such a good time!