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GEORGE Winter Bash!

Last week was one of my favorite holiday parties of the year: the GEORGE Winter Bash!

GEORGE is a young professional group related to the St. George’s Society of New York, a charity that was founded here in 1770 to support Englishmen in need. 1770! Its modern-day mission is to assist disadvantaged people of British heritage through scholarships and medical funds. In support of this important charity, and because no one throws a party quite like the Brits, we headed to the Edison Ballroom in Times Square to kick off the holiday season.

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James Higgins © 2014

You know I love any party that has a step and repeat!

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James Higgins © 2014

This one was a little bit crazier than normal, in the best possible way!

GEORGE Holiday Bash in New York City

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James Higgins © 2014

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While we waited for dinner, we sipped signature drinks and nibbled on the best appetizers that I’ve ever had at a party. Mini beef Wellington? Yes please!

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James Higgins © 2014

There were even glowing ice cubes that I wanted to take home with me!

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James Higgins © 2014

And Boots representatives were on hand to touch up ladies’ lipstick. What a great idea!

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James Higgins © 2014

The ballroom looked incredible, and we eagerly headed down to dinner.

GEORGE Holiday Bash in New York City

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James Higgins © 2014

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James Higgins © 2014

There were two cool things about the centerpieces. One was that each table had iPads to use to bid on the silent auction (we’re not in 1770 anymore!).

The other was that each person at the table was given a Christmas Cracker, a British tradition that involves crossing arms and pulling in the hopes of ending up with the goodies inside (kind of like a wishbone, but with paper crowns!).

GEORGE Winter Bash in New York City

James Higgins © 2014

James Higgins © 2014

GEORGE Holiday Bash in New York City

GEORGE Winter Bash in New York City

The party this evening was honoring Jonny Wilkinson OBE, a hero in England who is essentially the David Beckham of Rugby. Men love him because he was England’s best player, and women love him because he’s good looking!

The night began with Richard Sexton MBE (lots of titles tonight!) leading a contest to see who knew the most about Jonny. Each question had two possible answers, heads or tails. In following the rugby tradition, we indicated heads by creating a pyramid over our heads, and tails by grabbing our… tails.

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James Higgins © 2014

James Higgins © 2014

James Higgins © 2014

After the game (which I lost miserably!) Jonny took to the stage to accept the Anglo-American Cultural Award from the British Consul General.

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James Higgins © 2014

He was then interviewed by Richard and we were given a glimpse into Jonny’s life and his current projects.

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James Higgins © 2014

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After dinner, we all had a chance to get to know him even better.

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James Higgins © 2014

GEORGE Holiday Bash in New York

While this was happening, stewardesses from Virgin Atlantic, a sponsor of the evening, were coming around with fun photo props, like the symbol for GEORGE, the bowler hat.

GEORGE Holiday Bash in New York City

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James Higgins © 2014

GEORGE Holiday Bash in New York City

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James Higgins © 2014

GEORGE Holiday Bash in New York City

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James Higgins © 2014

Finally, it was time for dancing! The cover band played music from all of my favorite British artists.

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James Higgins © 2014

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It was SO. MUCH. FUN!

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James Higgins © 2014

James Higgins © 2014

James Higgins © 2014

GEORGE Winter Bash in New York City

James Higgins © 2014

James Higgins © 2014

James Higgins © 2014

James Higgins © 2014

The GEORGE Holiday Bash was one of those parties that you just want to go on forever. You absolutely HAVE to go next year!

If you’re a young professional, you can join GEORGE here. If you would like to support St. George’s Society of New York, you can do so here.

Happy Christmas!

~A

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